How to Disable a Panic Button


If you press the "Panic" button on your key fob, your car may honk its horn, flash its lights or do both simultaneously. This button may prove helpful if you cannot find your car or you need to summon help, as the horn and lights draw attention to the vehicle. Under some circumstances, however, the panic button may be too sensitive -- a gentle touch may trigger your alarm. If you decide to disable your panic button, you should know that you can reverse the process at any time.

Things You'll Need

  • Flat-head screwdriver or butter knife
  • Transparent tape
  • Use a flat-head screwdriver or butter knife to pry open the key fob. Work gently around the edges of the case as not to crack the plastic. Remove the backing from the case and set it aside.

  • Turn over the front side of the case to expose the back of the rubber buttons.

  • Use your fingers to lift the circuit board from the back of the rubber "Panic" button. Set the circuit board aside.

  • Stick a small piece of transparent tape over the contacts on the back of the rubber "Panic" button.

  • Replace the circuit board, then replace the backing of the case. The tape prevents the metal on the backside of the rubber "Panic" button from making contact with the circuit.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pry open the key fob and remove the transparent tape to enable the "Panic" button.

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