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What I would do,

1. Remove the blade from the button section of the key as you do when changing the battery.

2. Try and start the car with just the blade, leave the buttons in the house.

3. If it doesn't start result there's no chip in the blade section of the key you can swap it..or it does start and fail...

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Vehicle Electrics / Replacing key - can I transpose the electrics?
« Last post by red_imps_2003 on Today at 01:48:21 PM »
Neither of my keys springs out particularly convincingly. On a couple of occasions they have failed to open at all (I couldn't even pull them out manually with my nails), leaving me anxious that I would not be able get the car going at all. I've taken both apart and cleaned them with cotton buds and so forth but it feels as though the springs/coil have just about gone in them.

So I bought a replacement fob/case off eBay (this one, specifically - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/For-MAZDA-2-3-5-6-RX8-MX5-3BTN-Replacement-Remote-Flip-Key-Fob-Case-Blade-UK/283065933032?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649). Having opened my existing two keys I am fairly confident I can just transpose the electrical component in the handle from the official key to the new one so that it opens the locks remotely. I am less certain about the other two parts, though.

1. I appreciate the actual key part needs cutting so it fits into the ignition; can this be done by your normal high street cutters (Timpsons and suchlike)?
2. My understanding is that there is a transponder-type-thing in the smaller section of the casing that needs to be present for the engine to switch on once the key is inserted. Is that correct? If so, is it possible to transfer that from the official key to the replacement?

To be clear, I'm not looking to 'clone' the key (which is what most of the other threads in this forum appear to be concerned with) so I don't think any programming needs to be done. I'm juts wondering whether it is possible to transplant the electrical bits from my old fob to the new one and just pay to have the key part cut.

Cheers.
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Mazda 3 / Re: Key fob and manual
« Last post by StevenRB45 on Yesterday at 12:54:30 PM »
Hi,

go here:
https://www.mazda.co.uk/buying-owning/product-features-and-manuals/

pop your vin in and you should get a digital copy of the relevant manuals.
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Mazda 3 / Key fob and manual
« Last post by Angieface on Yesterday at 12:42:19 PM »
Hey guys

First post, hope you can help!

We bought a 2014 Mazda 3 sport very recently, love the car, we brought it from a VW dealership and it's not been the best experience, we didn't get a user manual with the car and we can't access the service history until we get the v5 back from DVLA.

My question today is...

Can we somehow get a replacement manual? We understand that we can program the fob to our own settings? No idea if this is accurate or how to do it?

Any help greatly appreciated.
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Vehicle Electrics / Re: Car Genie & Fuel Consumption
« Last post by StevenRB45 on December 16, 2018, 08:10:14 PM »
Think he's referring to the AA website.

No idea tbf...my understanding of it is that it's the AAs first shot at moving beyond traditional breakdown cover and market of the over 50s. It may be the experiment has ended or that they are pursuing a different route going forward.

Never actually paid anything for mine or my Breakdown cover for that matter but there are some advantages to the AA tracking your every move. They've been used to recover stolen cars for a start and also disprove fraudulent insurance claims. Quite good fun to be able to see what a garage is up to when they have your car as well...
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Vehicle Electrics / Re: Car Genie & Fuel Consumption
« Last post by Willpower on December 16, 2018, 07:48:27 PM »
Does anyone know why the website has this large banner at the top:
We're not currently offering new Car Genie subscriptions to existing Members.

To be clear I was just curious - not thinking of paying the AA £29 pa to record my every move.


If you mean this website, the forum, then we do not have any advertising.  I suggest what you are seeing is a result of a Pop up virus infection on your machine.   Sorry.
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Vehicle Electrics / Re: Car Genie & Fuel Consumption
« Last post by misar on December 16, 2018, 07:06:41 PM »
Does anyone know why the website has this large banner at the top:
We're not currently offering new Car Genie subscriptions to existing Members.

To be clear I was just curious - not thinking of paying the AA £29 pa to record my every move.
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Vehicle Electrics / Re: Car Genie & Fuel Consumption
« Last post by StevenRB45 on December 16, 2018, 05:13:17 PM »
Still got this hooked up, not that I want to monitor fuel consumption at the moment...I've changed jobs to a 9-5 and same commute is now getting 33mpg..ouch. Well it would hurt but part of the reason it's so poor is little weekend work over distance so a tank still lasts a longer amount of time if not miles.

Anyway reason I'm actually posting, my Car genie actually did something last night. Got a text message at 4:46am telling me my battery was low and should drive for at least 30 mins. So today off we went on a family trip including a nice motorway schlep. Parked up and it's now happy with the battery again, given it's been used for 20 odd minute trips relentlessly in traffic with all lights and demist on for weeks not a surprise but nice it worked as it should.

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Vehicle Entertainment / Navigation Systems / Re: sat nav update
« Last post by misar on December 16, 2018, 12:31:35 PM »
The OP has an older (Gen2) system which is the same as mine. In the past it could be updated with a new card from dealers at crazy prices but I doubt that is still possible.

If you go to the Mazda UK website the nearest update option (under Mazda 3) is the 4.1" sat nav:
  https://www.mazda.co.uk/buying-owning/owning/sat-nav/
If you click that option it refers you to a dealer list.

I manage fine with its old maps but if you need something recent the best option is to use your phone or buy a sat nav.
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Mazda 3 / Re: Ice warning
« Last post by sjpoole on December 15, 2018, 09:11:48 PM »
Hi Tall333, thanks so much for the reply

Regards........Steve
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