Posted by James Boyle

Is your flip car key not opening anymore? Here's a step-by-step guide that takes less than three minutes to show you how to fix and tension the spring inside your remote.

Step 1: Remove Any Screws on the Back of the Shell

Some car key shells have a screw at the back. If yours does, remove it.

Step 2: Pull the Car Key Shell Apart

Carefully open the shell; be cautious as the spring inside might pop out. The key shell should now be in two separate pieces, along with the key blade, the key spring, and a secondary circular piece that locks into the top of the spring.

Step 3: Reattach the Spring into the Shell

Ensure the notch at the end of the spring locks into the shell to create tension.

Step 4: Attach the Circular Piece into the Top of the Spring

This piece locks into the top of the spring. Turn it on the end of the spring to lock it into place and spin the spring around.

Step 5: Insert the Key Blade

If the circular piece has two notches, insert the key blade into these notches.

Step 6: Tension the Key Blade

Tension the key blade in the opposite direction to the flip you desire. For example, if you want the key blade to flip out clockwise, tension it counterclockwise. In some cases, you may need to do two rotations.

Step 7: Put the Top of the Key shell Back

Reassemble the top shell over the clip, along with the back shell, to restore the complete car key.

Step 8: Test Your Flip Car Key

The key should now be able to tension successfully. Test it by pressing the button to see if the key blade releases smoothly. Get your car key flipping perfectly again in no time.