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Help, Advice, Owners' Discussion and DIY Tutorials on Volvo XC90s. The XC90 proved to be very popular, and very good for Volvo's sales numbers, since its introduction in model year 2003 (North America).
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Re: Fix a Volvo flip/switchblade key - DIY, pics and advice

Post by ggleavitt » Sun Mar 10, 2019 6:44 pm

I used the key a couple times since the “fix” and while it's holding up fine, I can already see some delamination of the silicone right at the end of the key case. So trying to pin the down the case flex at the end is key (pun intended) to making this repair last in my opinion. I looked at one of my '08 keys, that end is already showing a small fracture (case is original) so flex is a normal part of function that needs accommodated once you re-use an OE key case.

I like the idea of creating more surface area for the adhesive. I also like the idea of the previous poster who used the thumbtack to hold the bottom of the key assembly tight up against the top. I tried this along with my little screw and it sure seems to lock in whatever flex remains at the end of the key slot. As such, I'm now using a “V4 case” with a stainless 4mm washer under the screw.

I used a handheld rotary tool and a small cylindrical cutting blade to make the notch.When it’s tightened up, there’s no key flex at the end so I’m encouraged. No idea if the brass threaded piece in the base will pull out, time will tell.

Really glad this post is around, folks can see a few options for making key repairs.
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Key fob switchblade broken

Post by Lucia » Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:00 am

I had service done on my 2004 Volvo XC70 and when I got the car back after being repaired the switchblade on the fob doesn't work, it's just floppy. Rather than try to fix it or even accuse someone at the service center (since I didn't see them break it and they'll probably deny it anyway) how can I permanently get the key to be rigid since it's working fine just not able to close it? Please help, I'm really pissed.



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