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#1 JMorton

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 06:22 PM

My plastic ignition key shell broke. I want to buy a new shell, epoxy the old metal key to it, then put the old electronics into it. Where can I buy the new shell for this purpose? About two years ago, I read a post on this site that described how this was done, but now I can't find it. Searching on the word "key" won't work because search terms require a minimum of 4 characters.

Does anyone know how to find such a post?

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#2 PK_3

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 08:13 PM

I bought a brand new shell with an uncut shaft and buttons on ebay for about $25 awhile ago. As I recall, someone was unloading lots of them...maybe still are.

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 07:47 PM

I bought a brand new shell with an uncut shaft and buttons on ebay for about $25 awhile ago. As I recall, someone was unloading lots of them...maybe still are.

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I tried every - and I mean every - type of epoxy, crazy glue, liquid nail, tape combo. I finally got a local guy to cut me a new key for 85$ listen, i ordered the key and shaft from ebay as well for a wasted 15 bucks. no one would cut a new key from that blank as it didn't unscrew so the electronics could be added. it was really frustrating so I bit the bullet.

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 11:42 PM

I used Sewell Lexus back in 2004 when I got a replacement shell for my broken ’99 RX300 key. I show them at 214-352-8100, down near Love Field around Lemmon and Mockingbird. A picture of what I got back then is at http://www.sewellpar...l.asp?id=180654.
Regarding replacing just the cover of the key, my recollection was that replacing just the cover didn't seem feasible in my case, but I could be wrong. I know that the metal key itself wouldn't transfer to another case -- it was integral to the old case. But your situation may be different than what I encountered.

You might consider calling Sewell and asking about their blanks, and

It appears they sell parts at their store or from the web site at http://www.sewellpar...om/category.asp. Entering your 2004 RX330, I found several keys for your car at http://www.sewellpar...p...88&pid=1287. I think you want to end up with a working Lexus Remote Master”, but by using the cheaper “Lexus Key Shell” if possible rather than getting a whole new key. But from their picture, I can’t tell if the “shell” has the holes in it for the buttons – you’ll probably have to ask.

If the “shell” will do the job, they show to charge $57 (http://www.sewellpar...il.asp?id=88781).

If you have to buy the whole key, it would be $147 (http://www.sewellpar...il.asp?id=76846).

In both cases, just moving the “transponder” guts from the old key to the new will eliminate any “programming” costs.

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 12:31 AM

That interesting. I was a bit dubious about a $15 OEM key. $85 for a new key is pretty goo. I haven't done anything with our old one really. I will say the current key is duct taped together and though wobbly, works fine.

On closer inspection, the old key looks like a phenolic resin. Won't bore you why, but you can't really glue it. This eBay job appears to be a commodity plastic which will glue with the right solvent glue (melts the plastic)...ABS pipe cement is crude but is usually fairly universal.

If I'm right, I should be able to brake the shaft out of the fake and bond the old one in withe its chip and circuitry.

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 10:06 AM

You CAN remove the blade from your present key and glue it into the shell of a new key. Here's the post on the how-to, post #7:
http://us.lexusowner...mp;hl=superglue

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 10:54 AM

THanks,

My wife will love you.

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#8 mikey00

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 03:56 PM

You can get a whole new key cut for your car for $40 from toy-lex.com. Then all you have to do is put your electronics in. Very easy, no programming. Or just get a rubber key cover from thejacketstore.com. It will hold your broken case together and also prevent future breaks. That's what I did.

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 12:00 AM

Here is what I found out. I went into my local Lexus dealer 2 months ago and asked about getting a replacement key fob for my 2004 RX330. They gave me the regular $145 speech. Then one of the parts guys told me they would get in blanks in about a month. I went back a month later, and they had them. They took my current key, cut a new one on the spot, and put the electronics from my old key to the new on (just undo a screw and it fits right in). This took 10 minutes and cost me $40. The only difference is that the Lexus logo isn't inscribed on the back of the key.

In other words, call the parts dept of your local dealer and ask if they have blanks in stock. If anything it is worth a shot.

Hope this helps.

#10 dblo7

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 09:24 AM

I successfully epoxied my key back together. I used the kind that is used to fix boats...

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 11:39 AM

If anyone plans on buying new keys off of ebay etc, BEWARE of after-market keys. They looks "similar" but are made of cheaper plastic.

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 03:14 PM

My plastic ignition key shell broke. I want to buy a new shell, epoxy the old metal key to it, then put the old electronics into it. Where can I buy the new shell for this purpose? About two years ago, I read a post on this site that described how this was done, but now I can't find it. Searching on the word "key" won't work because search terms require a minimum of 4 characters.

Does anyone know how to find such a post?


Try EBay and type in Key for RX300, and you will find many of them, i just purchased mine this week and waiting it to be shipped out, then i need to find a Auto locksmith to do a laser cut as per the mater key. I was told that i cannot remove the old key and place it in the new shell, but can move the door remotes and place it in the new shell. Hope this helps.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 12:53 AM

Thanks,

$40, not to bad. The jacket... this I have to see.

PK

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 12:59 PM

I bought my key off ebay seller callexus for $13.98 & my dealer cut it for $10, put in the transponder & works great with no problem. Saved close to $75 if I bought it from the dealer.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 03:16 PM

I successfully epoxied my key back together. I used the kind that is used to fix boats...


Too funny! :lol: I was just about to post the exact same thing when I got to your post. I just used marine epoxy to fix mine as well. Seems to be holding up fine so far , but its only been about 2 weeks so we'll see.

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