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Keys made the wash cycle

I accidentally left my keys in my pants as I did a wash. I found my jeep key in the bottom of the washing machine after.

Will my key still work and will there be any long term issues? Not sure how waterproof these keys are but would like to avoid having the key stop working and leaving me stranded in a parking lot.

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Old 08-13-2016, 10:31 AM
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Re: Keys made the wash cycle

I would open it and take the battery out. Then throw the whole thing into some rice and let it dry out... Those fobs are not very waterproof. Hopefully it works out!
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Old 08-13-2016, 10:39 AM
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Re: Keys made the wash cycle

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I would open it and take the battery out. Then throw the whole thing into some rice and let it dry out... Those fobs are not very waterproof. Hopefully it works out!
That would also be my recommendation. You don't have to dunk the rice in, it will absorb the humidity.

If it were mine, I would not only lose the fob but the washer and dryer as well. lol. Hopefully your luck is better than mine.
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Re: Keys made the wash cycle

It would be nice if they made the fob waterproof or at least water resistant. I mean, it is a Jeep. We are supposed to be playing with it in the great outdoors. I get soaked just watering the flowers!
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It would be nice if they made the fob waterproof or at least water resistant. I mean, it is a Jeep. We are supposed playing with it in the great outdoors. I get soaked just watering the flowers!
How true eh?

I honestly think it will be fine if you get the battery out. I think it's either going to work, or die. I don't think it'll work for a few days and then stop on you. If it's going to be damaged from it, it will be right away.
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Re: Keys made the wash cycle

She lives! I didnt open the fob and remove the battery till this morning. I let it air dry for a few hours before putting it back together and testing it.

The first attempt I thought it was dead, but then I realized i put the battery in upside-down. I guess these fobs are more water resistant that we thought
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Glad the fob made it! #keyfoblivesmatter
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Re: Keys made the wash cycle

I did the same thing a few years ago. I let it air dry tried the fob the next day and it worked fine. I've been using the same fob for the past three years after having it go through the washing machine and had 0 issues.


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She lives! I didnt open the fob and remove the battery till this morning. I let it air dry for a few hours before putting it back together and testing it.

The first attempt I thought it was dead, but then I realized i put the battery in upside-down. I guess these fobs are more water resistant that we thought
I wouldn't wait that long next time you do this... the longer you leave any moisture inside the better the odds it might start corrosion.

The rice trick works, so does immediately flushing it with as pure isopropyl as you can get at your drugstore, then using your wife's hair dryer on it--being careful to not overheat it.
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Re: Keys made the wash cycle

Yea leaving it sealed overnight wasn't the intended idea. I threw my pants in the wash after a very smokey fire 7 hour fire. By the time I pulled the pants out of the wash and noticed the key it was too late. I had no energy to deal with it so I just went to sleep and dealt with it in the morning.

Hopefully I won't have to have this issue twice!
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Re: Keys made the wash cycle

I beat the hell out of my Jeep fobs. I've dropped them in water buckets washing the cars, I think I've washed one once or twice and I've gotten caught in the rain on my cycle with my keys in my pocket too many times to count. And can't forget my 1yr old getting hold of them on the regular. They take a beating and keep on ticking.
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