Modern cars come with immobilizer car keys that have made things
more difficult for thieves. Thieves are now on the lookout for
any keys that are lying about. I remember when taking the car to
the beach was not a problem, you just threaded the key onto the
cord of your togs and went in the water. Now what do you do if you
are warned that your key contains delicate electronics that must be kept
dry. I doubt that you will enjoy your
day with the thought that a thief may having
the time of his/her life wandering around the car park pressing your
remote and waiting for your
car to signal back that it is ready to be stolen. Think how easy
this, they keep the key in their pocket, keep pressing and when a car
responds they just walk over with a carefree look and get in.
Try to buy a special waterproof immobilizer only key that you will only use when you go swimming.It
will not have the remote door
control as this needs buttons which are
a source of leaks and you may not be able to set/unset the alarm with
You can get special waterproof bags/containers that will hold your
perhaps your phone. They
could be a bit awkward and may leak.
Have a key cut that will manually open the car door ( no
electronics to get wet ) and keep it on you and keep the key that
starts the car in the
Thieves may break into your car
find the key (they know a lot about hiding keys). You may not be able
to set/unset the alarm with the
"dumb"door key. You can get
small car safe, perhaps with a combination lock and lock the
starting key in it and if you are really paranoid you could also
have a secret cut out switch fitted.
to think of it a small car
could hold your other valuables.
It pays to
study the owners manual and ask around. Start with the dealer
then try to find out what locksmith the dealer uses and ask them. When
I did I received some conflicting advice.
My Honda came with keys that can be taken apart to change the
battery and it contains two separate electronic circuits.
The circled box section contains the transponder chip for the
engine immobilizer. I think it is like the chips that they put
into animals and it should run forever and may well be waterproof. The
clear plastic block with the buttons is the remote door lock control.
It clips apart to change the battery and it is certainly not water
proof. It is fortunate that on my particular car the
remote door control plays no part in the engine immobilizer
function. Some cars come with the remote door lock control packaged
separately to the key that starts the car so you can just leave the
remote in the car. Perhaps you have a key with
a faulty remote and can
experiment with some silicone sealer to make your swimming key.
I had a "dumb" (no electronics) key made not particularly to use for swimming
but as an accessory
key (see below). It would be useful for swimming as I could hide the
real key in the car and lock the door which sets the alarm.
Alarm setting and unsetting.
Reading the manual revealed that my standard factory alarm is
set 15 seconds after the car is locked using the remote or by
using a key in the drivers door and it is unset by opening the door
with a key or remote. The good news is that the new
key worked fine to enter the car and thus unset the alarm and of course it would not start the car.
My old 1981 Toyota Crown like most if not all cars of that era had
an ACCESSORY KEY that would not turn in the lock past
the Acc. position and thus would not start the car. I found this handy
and my wife did to. She likes to listen to the radio and I
often leave her in the car when I go to do some business.
She is happier sitting in the passenger seat knowing that she can not
taken for an unwanted ride. The
new "dumb" key acts just like an accessory key only better because it
can be momentarily rotated to the ignition position to adjust the
I saw this device at a hardware store.
It can be installed on a wall for house keys but I can't see why it
could not be fixed in the car and used to secure the key that starts
the engine. It looks big enough to hold credit cards
and some money. Do not advertise that you have installed a device like this as
given time to prepare all devices can be defeated in some way. If an unprepared theif comes
across it you should be ok. There is a similar device that has push
Sorting out this swimming problem on a
takes some effort and each car is different. I hope the above gave you
some background information that is helpful