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03-26-2010 10:20 PM

Occasionally I misplace something, I make a point of putting things in their correct places but only the Lord knows where I put my car keys.
I’ve retraced my steps and my mind is a blank. I tried using the spare key but that didn’t help to cut a long story short I eventually went and got a battery put into the spare (one of my wonderful neighbours took me down town) it unlocked the car but when I switched the ignition on the car wouldn’t start and then the alarm went off (funny how stupid you feel) I switched off and tried again same thing, third time it started I quickly parked the car in the garage in case something else happens. Hopefully it will start tomorrow. I did contact my insurance and told them I have a spare and it might be faulty but again wonderful that they are, they will replace the key. Problem I have to wait 3 weeks for it to arrive here in SA. I have now a slight predicament, I want to attend the woodturning demo on Sunday in JHB but should I go and the car wont start to bring me back (obviously if it doesn’t start to take me then I will have to make another plan) hubby isn’t here he left this morning for the coast (work). What is worrying me the most is, did Honey perhaps swallow the keys, surely she would have been sick by now.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#1 posted 03-26-2010 10:24 PM

Where was the last place you had it? (sorry, I hate when people say that).

My worst hiding spot is in pockets. Jackets, clothes from days gone by… also check the dryer and washing machine.

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#2 posted 03-26-2010 10:24 PM

Gotta go religious here, old family tradition Pray to ST. Anthony

Don’t search they will turn up.

PS. I’m sure if you go to the show there will be all kinds of help to help you out.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#3 posted 03-26-2010 10:28 PM

Cher, I’m assuming Honey is a dog. Do you have a metal detector for the wood in the shop. If so scan the dog.

-- In the end it is more about the memories we make than the pieces we build.

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#4 posted 03-26-2010 10:33 PM

I do not believe I am anywhere close enough or I would offer you a ride to the show!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#5 posted 03-26-2010 10:47 PM

Modern keys have a resistor/computer chip built in to them. If the chip gets deprogrammed then it you can turn the key and the motor will turn over but it won’t run the car. When I bought my current car used it came with 4 keys, only one of which would run the car, the rest acted like it wanted to start but wouldn’t. I had to have the keys reprogrammed at the dealer.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#6 posted 03-26-2010 11:12 PM

PaulfromVictor I had parked the car in driveway and locked it and there is noway I could have locked the keys in the car, the remote is needed. I checked the clothing I had on yesterday I even checked hubbys cloths. Just checked the washing machine and dryer, not there. SawdustJunky At least there is some humour here I dont have a metal detector and Honey is a dog. Dez Thanks for the offer. If push comes to shove I can ask my youngest to fetch and bring me back. I just dont want to leave my car in JHB in some remote area, there will be nothing left of it. Michael Murphy I did manage to drive the car into the garage. Is there perhaps a possibility that it could cut out while I am driving it? DaddyZ I have been praying.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#7 posted 03-26-2010 11:39 PM

aauch I just hate when that happens

Cher try to think back to the day when you used the right key and
roll the film forward picture by picture in you mind while you walk from the place
you parked the car and all the way into the house/shop/garden or any other place
you where the first few ours after you used the key and I´m sure you will remmember
where they are
and for you consurne for Honey she hasn´t swollow them never heard of it before
that dogs eat metal and plastic that way :-)

last time it happens to mee was the days before chips and remote
in the keys I had to pic up my farther and mothers car in the city
while the where on a vacation
and the key there was handlet to me was a garage key so I could only
open the doors and the trunk but not start and drive the car and it was in the mittle of the night
so there was no transport in sight had to walk 15 miles home

good luck Cher hope you find them sune


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#8 posted 03-26-2010 11:53 PM

Might I suggest what I’ve been pondering to get. Something like this one.

Key Finder

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#9 posted 03-26-2010 11:55 PM

My wife borrowed my keys and took some friends to a restaurant for dinner.She had the valet park the car. After dinner she drove everyone home and then herself. She however, took my car key off the key chain and did not put it back on when she picked up the car from the valet. Needless to say, I will never see that key again. Another 40 bucks down the drain, or a purse, coat pocket, slacks pocket. who knows!!!!

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#10 posted 03-26-2010 11:58 PM

I didnt read all the responses so I hope I’m not repeating this. But if the dog swallowed them it will come out sooner than 3 weeks. You just have to look well, you know where. I think I’d rather take my chances and drive the car and ask for help if it doesnt start again.

-- Janice

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#11 posted 03-27-2010 12:05 AM

JAGWAH Thanks for the link. In my hunt for those dam keys thats the very thing that went through my mind of course I dont have one. UnionLabel To replace those keys it will cost the insurance R2800.00. Fortunately I have an access policy so I dont have to pay anything. Just the waiting period of 3 weeks to come from Germany.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#12 posted 03-27-2010 12:06 AM

Janice I have even gone through the garbage ugh.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#13 posted 03-27-2010 12:22 AM

My problem is my keys don’t have to go into the switch. They can stay in my pocket. So I’ve gotten into the habit of not thinking about removing the keys when I finish driving.

I need keys to drive my truck. So due to the Nissan’s habit I’ll turn the truck off, leave the keys and get out shutting the locked door. i have a key in a magnetic holder under the door in the frame now. I’ve done this at least once a month for the last year.

Good luck

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#14 posted 03-27-2010 12:39 AM

Dennisgrosen Believe this, if the car should suddenly cut out in the middle of nowhere and I start walking I will be taken for a street girl on duty and I definitely dont want that happening.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#15 posted 03-27-2010 12:39 AM

So… you lost them and can’t find them….
You may not be able to recover that set Cher (unless Honey “finds” them for you!!) but the next best thing is to be sure that it never happens again! I too would leave my keys around and then go looking for them (not to pleasant during that process, I might add!!). I then decided that a combination coat rack (we really only put sweat shirts on it) and key rack would be great in the garage just outside the house door. So… make one Madam Woodworker!
Mine has about 6 hooks (some with keys and some with sweatshirts) and a shelf on the top for anything I need to remember to take. As soon as you do this, your lost keys will show up! Always happens.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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