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Excellent suggestion. I attempted something along the same lines, but used a knife to separate the entire key into two parts. The switch had broken away from the printed circuit board. It appears that the flow soldering had not been sufficient to retain the switch in place against the shock forces resulting from the key being dropped a few times. Looking at the fracture points using a lens, I think mine is too damaged to provide a connection.

Having worked in the electronics industry for a few years including seeing stuff that is designed for resistance to high g forces, it looks as if Mr Renault gave no serious thought to the risk of keys being dropped. It appears to be rather a basic design fault that any competent electronic designer should have avoided.
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