Auto Locksmith Tips
What is a Chip Key?
Almost every car comes with a transponder key today. Almost all new cars on the road today come with some type of transponder key. These transponder chips were designed specifically to prevent individuals from forcing the lock, using shaved keys, and using keys that were duplicated without owner authorization.
A Transponder Chip disarms a vehicle immobilizer when the car key is used to start the engine. The majority of keys to cars built after 1995 contain transponder chips.
When the car key is turned in the ignition, the engine control unit (ECU) on the car sends an electronic message to the key, and it will allow the car to start only provided it receives the correct message back. So, even for a simple car key without any buttons, the key must be cut correctly to turn the locks, and also programmed correctly to disarm the immobilizer. Car keys with chips can be programmed using special programmers.
Transponder Keys are different from automotive remotes that are used to unlock and lock your vehicle; some transponder keys are built inside of your keys (in a component called remote key heads) while others are placed separately.
A Proximity Key is a small fob that allows for a key-less entry and ignition system. The fob communicates via radio waves with your car to lock and unlock doors and start the engine when within the acceptable range.
Modern vehicle doors and trunks still operate with standard locking mechanisms, however. You do not need a transponder key to access the interior of a vehicle or the trunk. If you are concerned about being locked out of your cars, take your keys to a locksmith and have him or her cut new keys that will enable access to the car, but not the ignition.
If you want to copy your transponder key, Carl Jarl Group’s Locksmiths can use specialized equipment to clone an existing key for your vehicle. Some car brands don’t require specialized equipment to program keys and they can be programmed with an OBP (on-board programming) process by the vehicle’s owners – all they need to have is the instructions included in the car manual as well as two existing, pre-programmed, not copied keys.
Carl Jarl Group Locksmiths are trained extensively in the auto locksmith field and have years of professional experience. We use the highest quality locksmith tools available, so you’ll get the best possible service. After all, your car is important to you – and it deserves the utmost care and respect.
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