Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Ottawa, heart of corruption
Good point. Don't use a screwdriver, use a flat-edged tool like a veggie scraper or a putty knife, or a thin-edged kitchen knife. That puts opening pressure almost the whole length of the remote and prevents ugly gouging. I learned that trick after the fact... Then use denatured alcohol or other cleaning agent that won't destroy the rubber and graphite, like acetone. Our remotes get worn out due to silicone oil being released by the components.
This trick works on key fobs for remote access to your vehicle, as well as placing tiny strips of tin foil between the button and the motherboard to increase contact.