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The rubber keypad is worn out on one of my 2015 Spark EV key fobs and I would like to replace it (the keypad or the entire shell). I see that a 5 button fob shell for the Volt is listed on ebay, and it looks identical to the fob for my Spark, complete with the correct EV symbols. I was going to place an order, but I thought I'd contact the seller first, including photos of my key fob.

Their response was "Unfortunately, this listing is not compatible with your vehicle." I strongly suspect that this is just the easy and low risk response, and that the Volt fob shell would work. But maybe I'm missing something or the seller's picture on ebay is not correct. Any opinions or knowledge about this?

This is my key fob:
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The answer is maybe. Any remote you choose would need to have the same FCC ID number to be compatible. Flip open your key. Inside the slot where the key rests you will find the FCC ID number and the GM part number. My 2015 Volt remote shows:

FCCID: P409MK74946931
GM: 22923867

If your remote matches the FCC ID, then yes a Volt remote would work. Probably other GM remotes would work also, but some of those will have different buttons. In any event, you can search for a specific FCC ID code on Ebay and see what shows up.

Edit: Sorry, I re-read your post and see where you want to replace only the shell. Yes, your remote key looks exactly like mine, so I would think this shell would work:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Shell-Case-For-2011-2012-2013-2014-2015-Chevrolet-Volt-Remote-Flip-Key-Fob/392117678111?hash=item5b4c08f01f:g:t5wAAOSw-ABbjsrw:rk:1:pf:0
 

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Hi JuneBug,

I decided to take a chance and ordered this earlier today. I'll post when I try it out.

Ray
 

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Hi JuneBug,

I decided to take a chance and ordered this earlier today. I'll post when I try it out.
Great, I'd love to hear how it works. Heck, for $9.95 it would be worth it just to get new buttons. You could also get the new key cut, and transfer the guts over to the new shell.
 

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I got the Volt key fob shell today, and as the seller stated, it was not compatible with my Spark EV. The key blank for the Volt is narrower, so that the key fob body is thinner, and the rubber keypad is not really designed to be removed from the fob body and reinstalled. I'm not too disappointed -- it was worth a try.

Right now I'm using a silicone rubber key fob cover. It looks and works OK, and hopefully protects the keypad from further damage.
 

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I got the Volt key fob shell today, and as the seller stated, it was not compatible with my Spark EV. The key blank for the Volt is narrower, so that the key fob body is thinner, and the rubber keypad is not really designed to be removed from the fob body and reinstalled. I'm not too disappointed -- it was worth a try.

Right now I'm using a silicone rubber key fob cover. It looks and works OK, and hopefully protects the keypad from further damage.
That's a shame. So the Spark uses a wider key? Why would they even do that? Did you look at your fob for the part number that I described? Maybe you could search for that part number. You might get a used one from another Spark that would work--just swap the key blade.
 

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The Spark EV key fob is available for as little as about $35. Probably not worth it to me at this point, but I might have a moment of not being able to resist. My fob works fine, and the one my wife uses is in perfect unused condition. I just thought it might be nice to have a fob to match the almost new condition of my new Spark EV. Not really a rational thing.
 

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The remotes look the similar, but are made by two different manufacturers and are different.
 

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I noticed the other day that my worn FOB ( 7 years) has a light touch on the buttons so just walking past the car can trigger the locks.
 
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