Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
BD asks: So, my stepdaughter broke the key to her 2006 Honda Accord (don’t ask how) and she tried to put it back together and well, let’s just say it was a less-than-successful attempt. The ignition itself seems to be problematic as well. A locksmith has said that the keys are made of brass and wear anyway, and he’d replace the key and ignition for $300 or so. My question is this: Can we just replace the ignition with something mechanical? As in, there is a metal key with no damned electronics and you can copy it for $5? Or is that not possible?
My reply: I’m not sure whether you’re talking about the key fob or the key itself – which in many cases is a combination (integrated) unit. If it’s a key with a fob – which I think your stepdaughter’s ’06 Honda has – then you generally need to have an operational fob for the ignition to work as it will not recognize the key without the fob’s electronic anti-theft transponder being in working order.
The good news – I think – is that aftermarket replacement keys are available. I did a quick look on eBay and found this (one of several). Just search “2006 Honda Accord key) and have a look for yourself. It may be be necessary to have the fob programmed/coded for your stepdaughter’s car,but the overall fix here should be easy – and ought to cost a lot less than $300, too!
This assumes, of course, that your stepdaughter did not break the key off in the ignition. If so, then the fix will be more challenging. There are ways to get a broken-off key out, as by using JB weld or another type of bonding agent to “get hold” of the stump and pull it out. Or just remove the ignition switch (harder because of modern anti-theft design).
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