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Once the two halves have been separated, you have access to the battery and the electrical circuit board. In most remote head keys, the circuit board should slide out from the customer’s remote head key. Almost every remote head key has at least one (coin shaped) battery. Depending upon the age of the vehicle, it may be a good idea to replace the battery when the electronics are installed into the new shell.
Next, originate or duplicate the customer’s key bitting onto the shell’s blade. Test the mechanical operation before installing the electronics package. Install the electronics package into the shell, making sure all of the buttons are in their proper positions.
FYI: When moving the electronics package from the remote head key to the new shell, I strongly recommend wearing a pair of disposable surgical gloves. This can eliminate any problems resulting from static electricity, etc.
The HATA HAT-L-02 Lexus replacement shell cover has a decal, which should be removed if a thicker style remote module is to be installed. Once the electronics package has been inserted, position the cover with the lip within the key ring opening. Lower the cover, slide it towards the tip of the key blade to position the lip, and have the cover opening over the threaded hole in the blade. If the two halves fit together the same as the original remote head key, do not remove the label.
Place the cover onto the shell and install the Phillips head screw. Test the remote operation. When assembling a snap-on style of remote head key, carefully place the cover onto the shell and by working your way around the outer edge snap the two halves together.
Rigid blade remote head keys operate Chrysler, Dodge, Honda, Jeep, Lexus, Mitsubishi, Pontiac, Saab, Scion and Toyota.
For this article, I used the HATA HAT-1269 Chrysler Four Button Remote Head Key. The type one and type two Chrysler Four Button Shells are HATA CHRY H4 and CHRY H4T.
The Short Blade Three Button Lexus Shell is HATA HAT-L-01 and the Long Blade Three Button Lexus Shell is HATA HAT-L-02. The Three Button Toyota Shell is HATA HAT-T-03.
For information on replacement remote head key shells, contact your local locksmith supplier or HATA at telephone 866-888-4282, web site www.hatainc.com.
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