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After much pain with my astra's central locking it looks more and more like the fob itself is at fault. Everything works i.e. I can lock the car using the button on the dashboard, shut the doors and the car is locked. I get no bong bong noises when the key is removed and drivers door opened, batteries replaced with brand new items, battery removed for hours etc. I think the fob is now at fault and no signal is being received by the car. Does anyone know how I can get the fob tested or what I can do with the fob, taking a hammer to it is not an option as I only have one key. Can I buy another for from somewhere and have it programmed to the car ? If I can, how easy is it ?

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Can I buy another for from somewhere and have it programmed to the car ? If I can, how easy is it ?
The official route is to go to Vauxhall, along with your Car Pass, and ask them to order you a replacement, at something like £100 to £150.

Another way is to order a virgin key from somewhere like eBay. It has to be a brand new keyfob and not one that's already been programmed to another car. Check with the seller, and get him to confirm it in blood if you have to. Then get someone with a code reader to program it to your car. Should cost less than £50. You'll need to remove the key blade from your key and fit it in the replacement fob by knocking out the scroll pin, pulling out the blade and fitting it in the replacement fob and reinserting the scroll locking pin. Alternately pay to have a new blade cut from the key number details on the Car Pass.

There are also fob repair specialists. You pop your keyfob in a jiffy bag, post it to them, and a couple of days later they'll return it back to you. Not really practical if you've only got one key, or only one car in the family.
 
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