How-To: Replace Broken 2011-2016 Cruze Key
This tutorial will show you how to replace a broken Gen1 Cruze key. As long as the blade of the key is intact, this tutorial will allow you to replace ANY key damage. Note: you will need to have one functioning key in order to perform this procedure. If you only have one key, refer to special note at the bottom of this tutorial.
- Small hammer
- 1/16" punch
Note: I used a gunsmithing punch set, but you can use any small hammer and a 1/16" punch. Amazon has a 1/16" punch.
Replacement 4-button OEM Cruze Key (Available on Amazon.com) OR,
Replacement 5-button OEM Cruze Key (Available on Amazon.com)
My Cruze key developed a crack right at the place where the key blade meets the swinging mechanism.
Make sure you have an OEM key for this, as other keys may not work. You do not need to have the blade on the OEM key cut.
Regardless of what damage you have, the process will be the same. Using the punch and hammer, rest the key on a hard surface and tap out the retaining pin holding the key in.
Do the same for the replacement key. You may have to rest the edge of the key on a hard surface for this as it's going to be in there tight. Enough whacks with a punch and it will come out though.
Take the old key blade, place it in the new key body, and drive the retaining pin (from either key) back in. For this, I only had to use the hammer and didn't need the punch.
Programming the new key to your vehicle is easy with two simple steps:
1. Start your car with a spare key and wait a few seconds.
2. Turn off your car. Within 5 seconds of turning it off, insert the new key and start the car.
Turn off the car, and verify that the buttons on the new key work. This one worked for me perfectly on the first try.
If you only ever had one key and you don't have a spare to start your car with, remove the pin as described above and place just the blade of the original key into the car. Hit the open button on both key FOBs so the swing mechanism is open. Use the old key FOB to start the car, then turn it off. Pull the old key FOB off of the key, then place the new key FOB onto the key, and start the car. Remove the key blade using a pair of pliers if it won't come out easily. Then, assemble the original blade to the new key FOB with the retaining pin as described above.
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