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Went to a local Honda dealer trying to get spare keys made. they didn't work. loaded the 500's up and took them to the dealer so they could try them in the ignition but still go. They say the switch is worn but at only 1 year old I don't think so. Any ideas, or do I go to a lock smith.
 

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i have heard taht you can make new ones
 

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I had that happen to my house keys i took them back to the hardware store that cut them, they used that buffer machine on them and told me to try them again this time they worked. I think it wasn't a clean cut and it had slivers on the edges and the buffer cleaned up the key. Hope that helps.
 

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well...

that sounds like a truckload of BS to me...

it's a honda dealership they have to get it to work
 

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You would think so but I think there is a real problem with these multi manufacturer dealers. their parts people don't really care for one thing and the other is they don't know the product. Even something as simple as keys.
 

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Take a wire brush (preferably on a pedestal grinder or just a hand brush will work) and brush the key. After cutting a new key you will have square perfect edges and they need to be worn a little in order to work on a used switch. It may take a little bit of effort with a regular wire brush. I had the same problem when I bought my 4runner. I had 2 keyless remotes and only one key. I had 2 keys cut at 2 different places and niether would work so I stopped in my father's machine shop and used his pedestal grinder which has a wire brush wheel on it. After a few minutes of wire brush polishing they worked perfect.

Used to when you got a key made most places had a seperate polisher in order to round the edges and smooth everything up but the key making machines they have now just have a slot in the front that they slip the key in and out a few times and it doesn't do a good enough job.
 
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