Rebuilding a remote

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    Brianw2016

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    Hi everyone

    I wonder if someone can help.

    I have a remote control, speciality a TomTom GO Remote (http://img.gpsreview.net/wp-content/uploads/tomtom-remote-control.jpg).

    I am trying to incorporate the remote into a fixed place on my car, so that it sits flush in the dashboard.

    How easy is it to remove the circuit board, and put it into your own custom build shell and buttons, in a reconfigured manner.

    If it's a hard task, does anyone have any suggestions?

    Thanks
     
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    As long as you can safely unscrew or carefully pry the casing open, it shouldn't be difficult to either remount buttons to a new casing, or to disconnect the buttons and connect your own momentary switches. For your specific remote, it appears to use a single, flexible rubber/fabric to cover 3 of it's buttons. Those are the ones which you will likely have difficulty removing, and should simply cut. The rest of them could be remounted into a carefully cut hole in your new casing. If you are going to attempt to cut/pry the casing open, my preferred method is to very carefully use a hacksaw on one corner, careful not to damage the circuit board. After that, you use a small screwdriver and attempt to widen the cut by cracking the plastic along it's edge.
     
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    Thanks so much for the reply.

    Typically, how would you connect the new button to the board? Simply via a soldered wire?

    Thanks
     
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    The old buttons should have two connections, simply remove the old button by desoldering or cutting, then solder a new one in it's place.
     
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    Thanks, i'll give it a go
     
    Brianw2016, Jan 6, 2017
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