degrading rubber on ignition key, known story???

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Bluefoxamazone, Nov 13, 2006.

  1. hello,
    it seems that I am not the only one who has an ignition key with a sticky,
    yakky, dirty rubber...
    Has anybody got an idea what happens with the rubber and what can be done
    about it?

    Bluefoxamazone, Nov 13, 2006
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  2. Bluefoxamazone

    Marvin Guest

    Most likely, the key has come in contact with somehting that
    affects rubber. It could be something oily. Think about
    what it may be.

    One fix is to replace the key, but they are expensive.
    Perhaps you can fit a plastic shield over the rubber. I
    doubt you could restore the rubber, and peeling it off and
    replacing it might cause damage to electronics under the rubber.
    Marvin, Nov 14, 2006
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  3. Bluefoxamazone

    Roadie Guest

    If it is they key material I'm aware of, I have yet to see it degrade.
    It gets scuffed and nicked over time but doesn't seem to decompose at
    all. As the other poster indicated, it probably came into contact with
    some solvent, gasoline, paint thinner, etc. I'm not aware of a way to
    reveres the decomposition if that is what is happening. Have a new one
    Roadie, Nov 14, 2006
  4. Bluefoxamazone

    Allen Guest

    Do you use a lot of hand lotion? My wife does and it has caused the
    steering wheel wrap to crack and the center console where her elbow rests
    the faux leather cover has disintegrated. It did this on another car (a
    Cadillac) we had. I don't know if this would cause problems with the key, I
    haven't seen hers lately.

    Allen, Nov 14, 2006
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