Honda Key Fob Battery

Honda Key Fob Battery Replacement Cost

Batteries For Your Honda Key Fob
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Have you ever attempted to perform a seemingly simple task only to become frustrated by unforeseen obstacles that make you wish you had left it to a professional? Many people have found this to be the case with Honda key fob battery replacement cost. There is very small case screw with a unique head that can be easily “stripped” if removal is attempted without the proper tool. You can save yourself the frustration  as well as money (stripped screw prohibits removal of the battery cover thus requiring the purchase of a new unit at a cost of $35.00-$69.00).

Honda Key Fob Battery Replacement Cost

Labor is FREE. All you pay for is the cost of the battery- $3.70-9.00 plus tax, depending on the style of fob. No appointment necessary. You can do it on your own.

Most new vehicles today come with a smart key fob or transponder (remote) key, as opposed to a traditional, metal key that turns on the ignition.

Modern technology has provided both convenience and improved security. Thanks to advanced key technology, car theft has decreased. However, more embedded technology also means that key repair and replacement has become more challenging.

What Type of Car Key Do I Have?

Traditional Key

  • Most basic style of key.
  • May have no technology (1990’s and older) or can have embedded chip that activates ignition (starting with 1998 and newer models).
  • Does not require an appointment if making duplicate copy from spare key.
  • Requires appointment and vehicle on-site if key is lost or broken.
  • 15-20 minute visit if original key is present.

Transponder Key

  • Includes traditional turn-style metal key, with microchip & remote feature on handle.
  • When inserted, key sends a signal to the vehicle that activates the transponder.
  • IF REMOTE STILL FUNCTIONS, Proctor’s can replace with $85 Eternity Key. Programming is $57.50 per key. No appointment required & car does not have to be on-site.
  • IF REMOTE IS MISSING/BROKEN, repairs cost $150-200. Car must be on-site & appointment is required.
  • Includes traditional turn-style metal key, with microchip & remote feature on handle.
  • When inserted, key sends a signal to the vehicle that activates the transponder.
  • IF REMOTE STILL FUNCTIONS, Proctor’s can replace with $85 Eternity Key. Programming is $57.50 per key. No appointment required & car does not have to be on-site.
  • IF REMOTE IS MISSING/BROKEN, repairs cost $150-200. Car must be on-site & appointment is required.

Smart Key

  • Comes standard on most new vehicles.
  • When key is within range of vehicle, the vehicle will turn on at push of a button & is not inserted into ignition.
  • Is the most technologically complex type of key and therefore, can cost the most to repair or replace.
  • Cost to replace starts at $200. Appointment is required & car must be present at the dealership to replace.

Key Fob Programming

Every dealer we surveyed said they wouldn’t program a key fob unless you visit the parts department and show proof of ownership or registration. 

This level of security is an asset since it means a would-be thief can’t write down your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and get a new key fob programmed at a dealer. 

Some locksmiths may program specific keys, though they will likely need a second, functioning fob to do so. Online sites advertising programmed remotes shipped to your door may not be reputable unless they ask for ownership verification, so shop wisely. 

Accessing and Driving Your Car When The Key Fob Is Dead

If your car offers keyless access and engine start, you can still access your vehicle with a dead fob. You can release a physical key found inside the fob (consult your owner’s manual!). In some cases, you can also open the trunk or liftgate.

You can also hold the key fob up to the start and stop button (or another location in the car) to start the vehicle. Again, your owner’s manual will contain vehicle-specific information about where to hold the key fob. If you want to learn how to replace the dead battery on your Honda key fob, read our article here.

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