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How To Replace Your Keyless Entry Remote Case

You know that hunk of plastic, tape and rubber bands attached to the keys in your pocket? Yeah, that thing you call a remote. Are the buttons covered in sticky soda residue? Don’t you think it is time to replace it? It is quite easy to replace the case for your keyless entry remote control, You just need a quarter, your old remote and a new keyless entry remote case from NAPA Auto Parts.

You don’t just get the keyless entry remote case, each kit comes with a new button pad to ensure the buttons won’t stick. NAPA has cases for most makes and models, so drop in, pick up a new case for your remote and you can go back to pretending you are a wizard by locking and unlocking your car door from afar.Replacing your remote control case is easy with a NAPA replacement case.

With the original remote removed from the key ring, insert a quarter (or small flat-blade screwdriver) into the recess in the case. The location and size of recess will vary by manufacturer. Gently twist to separate the halves.Most cases can be separated with a quarter or flat-blade screwdriver.

Once you have opened the case, look for the circuit board.  The circuit board is responsible for the function of the keyless remote. Remove it from your old case and take this time to change your battery.

The guts of the remote no complicated, just a circuit board and a rubber pad.The new case comes with a new button pad, which is nice because the old one is probably pretty grungy.  Make sure the new button pad is securely set in the case.

Yay, no more sticky buttons from old soda spills!

The circuit boards vary by manufacturer, some have micro-switches on the board and others have contacts on the button pad like this remote for a GM truck.The circuit boards vary by the vehicle, but they can all be swapped into a new case.

Rest the circuit board inside the button pad after you have secured the button pad into the front cover.The circuit board drops into the new rubber pad just like the original.

Once you have everything in place, snap the case together.No screws necessary, the case just pops together.

That’s all there is to replacing the case for your keyless entry remote control. Easy peasy.  What if your remote control is too far gone to repair? Did you toss it in the trash 5 years ago? Did you just purchase the car and the previous owner lost the remotes? NAPA Auto Parts also carries complete replacement remote controls for many makes and models. Programming them is a fairly easy, but each vehicle has its own procedure.

Use our reserve online feature to reserve your keyless entry remote case or replacement keyless remote at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.

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Jefferson Bryant

A life-long gearhead, Jefferson Bryant spends more time in the shop than anywhere else. His career began in the car audio industry as a shop manager, eventually working his way into a position at Rockford Fosgate as a product designer. In 2003, he began writing tech articles for magazines, and has been working as an automotive journalist ever since. His work has been featured in Car Craft, Hot Rod, Rod & Custom, Truckin’, Mopar Muscle, and many more. Jefferson has also written 4 books and produced countless videos. Jefferson operates Red Dirt Rodz, his personal garage studio, where all of his magazine articles and tech videos are produced.

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