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    Established Member Two Rings nothingbutwin's Avatar
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    Anyone ever washed their key...on accident?

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    So, I found my Key for my a3 in the bottom of the washer over the weekend, I have a premium plus with push button start since then, Iíve replaced the battery (the dash notified me the battery was low) but even before replacing the battery the car has been acting up. Every time I unlock the doors they immediately lock, And continue to lock when the remote buttons are not being pushed...

    Has anyone else accidentally washed their key, or had similar problems?

    Wondering if there is any solution besides going to the dealer and getting a new key fob.

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    Veteran Member Three Rings Spinnetti's Avatar
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    More importantly, is it "on accident", "by accident" or "accidentally" lol... I think I've had a few go through the wash over the years without ill effect - do you have a air compressor? Blow it out good. sounds like you are getting intermittant contact. Might need a rinse with deionized water with the battery out, blow it out good, then reassemble... nothing to lose, and it might do the trick.
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    Active Member Two Rings PINGERS's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by nothingbutwin View Post
    So, I found my Key for my a3 in the bottom of the washer over the weekend, I have a premium plus with push button start since then, Iíve replaced the battery (the dash notified me the battery was low) but even before replacing the battery the car has been acting up. Every time I unlock the doors they immediately lock, And continue to lock when the remote buttons are not being pushed...

    Has anyone else accidentally washed their key, or had similar problems?

    Wondering if there is any solution besides going to the dealer and getting a new key fob.
    Stick it in a bowl of rice. Isn't that what you do with your iPhone? :D
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    Active Member Two Rings
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    I have on my A3. I donít have push to start but my door locks where acting strange after i washed them.

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    Established Member Two Rings nothingbutwin's Avatar
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    So, I changed the battery in my key...twice.

    Key worked fine for about a day...now it doesnít lock, unlock, or panic..

    Iíll be checking with the dealer tomorrow on a new key.

    Great 😐

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    Active Member One Ring
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    I have done this a few times but never with the RS key in. In the past my past R's,GTI, GLI, and F150 have all wound up in the washer.

    I think if you don't use any of the buttons until it is completely dry you are typically in the clear. I don't believe the water actually dose anything to plastic boards and capacitors/relays until they have power activated to them that can arc to where it should not be caused by the moister inside the Key housing.

    Opening it up and letting air out for a night should do the trick, rice can't hurt



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