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Key fob broke. won't work with the spare key. help, it broke

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Key fob broke. won't work with the spare key . help
JA: Have you checked the fob's battery?
Customer: it broke in half. It's like the starter won't let it start with the pare key because it's not electronically synched don't know
JA: What is the model/year of your Honda?
Customer: 2004 accord. is there a work around to fix it?
JA: Are you fixing your Accord yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I've just tried the spare key. Yes I'm working on it myself. the dealership is closed
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: Spare key did work tried the broken key again after that the spare didn't work either.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Honda
Expert:  Kevin replied 6 months ago.

Hi im kevin where did key break ?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
at the fob. the metal came apart from the plastic
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
It started with the other key. Then I went back to the original and it didn't now it won't work at all
Expert:  Kevin replied 6 months ago.

Ok if you turn key in ignition and hold plastic fob as close as possible to key and it should start

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I'm using the other key which is not damaged and get nothing
not even turning over
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
is there a re-set for the fob?
Expert:  Kevin replied 6 months ago.

No reset but car will lock itself out if it thinks its being stolen .lock car and unlock with key and retry with spare key

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
no luck
Expert:  Kevin replied 6 months ago.

Ok so any key light on dash ?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
no
I'm in the car now
Expert:  Kevin replied 6 months ago.

Ok i would disconnect battery for a while then reconne t and try only with spare key

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
giving that a shot
How log?
Expert:  Kevin replied 6 months ago.

15-20 mins

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Okay. hopefully that will do the trick. if not any other suggestions?
Expert:  Kevin replied 6 months ago.

Come back to me once youve tryed this

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
No luck. Left the battery unhooked for a few hours. I think the immobilizer system doesn't recognize the key.Any ideas how to get it back?
Expert:  Kevin replied 6 months ago.

Next step is to have car plugged into disgnostic tool to find out whats going on