My Key FOB went swimming with me by accident yesterday. But I laid it out in the sun for 2 hours and it worked fine. Good luck for me! Are they supposed to be water proof? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
It turns out that they are. At least yours is totally water proof <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
Hehheh... I would not be so sure. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>The thing is there's some microelectronics inside and while it could be splash proof so that it does not get hiccups after hitting by a few raindrops, it certainly does not look like it should handle being under water.<p>If such a thing happens, the best way to salvage the fob would be:<br>1) Take it out of water asap.<br>2) Open the fob, remove battery as fast as you can. Don't push any buttons (avoid activating any circuitry).<br>3) If possible rinse in distilled water (optional). Even washing under tap water helps if the fob went to swimming pool or sea water.<br>4) Dry with pressurized air or under a table lamp etc. (don't melt the plastics)<br>5) If you don't see any signs of corrosion (green buildup around component legs or switch surfaces), you are probably OK.<br>6) Insert battery and put the keyfob back together.<p>I'd suggest you open the fob anyway while it still works and check for corrosion. If there are any, it might still be possible to clean that and prevent the likely premature death...
very good advice there<br>I fix mobile phones (amongst other electronics) during the weekends more of a hobby than anything<p>I get mobile phones all the time being dropped in the sink, toilet or in a pint of beer.<br>The first thing you do is turn the phone on, press buttons or charge it.<br>this is completly wrong as you dont want to get in contact with the electronics.<br>charging it just burns it out ... with the key obviously you cant charge it.<p>so best thing is to take it apart and dry it<br>if it doesnt work, clean it with white spirit. 98% of my phones that are water damaged (and not plugged into a charger after) work after dousing the boards in white spirit and using at toothbrush to clean it
I washed my key and dried it in my pants pocket about a week ago. When I discovered this blunder I was pissed but took the key straight to the car right out of the dryer, plugged it in and the car started right up. No problems with the function buttons on the key either. Waterproof or just lucky? I'd like to think Volvo sealed it tight enough so that if someone had a brain fart like i did it wouldn't cost them $300 for a new key to drive there $28,000 car.
These things might be more durable than I thought. Washing in a machine will definitely let some water in. So in that case too I would open the fob and check if there is still water inside, even if it seems to work. Huge kudos to Volvo if I'm wrong and there isn't any water or any signs of it!<p>The keyfob is at least two magnitudes simpler than a cellphone. Also the currents running inside are considerably smaller so the fob is not that prone to dying after a swim. Anyways, modern electronics endures submerging into water pretty well if it is off (= no batteries at all) and all moisture is removed before applying any voltage. <p>Like Akash just said, the more current the quicker the death if there is water in the circuitry. Washing in white spirit is a very good trick too. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">