Need a New Transponder Key? Call Upon Our Experts!
Almost anyone who drives a car these days has a transponder key, whether they know it or not. Yes, it sounds fancy, but it is actually an innovation that automakers came up with in the 1990s to boost car security. And don’t confuse transponder keys with remote keys. Remote keys – usually on key fobs – open your car doors. Transponder keys do something else; they are designed to prevent hotwiring by sending a specific signal to your ignition, allowing your car to start.
Take a look at your car key; if the top portion of it is thick plastic, you probably have a transponder key. In that thick plastic is a little transmitter that signals a receiver on your ignition switch through your car’s computer. You could make a copy of your key with the same cut, but unless the key has that has the right signal, your car won’t start, because the computer won’t recognize a signal.
That’s why making a new key for your car means more than a trip to the hardware store. If you somehow lose your car keys or need an extra key made, you need a good locksmith, such as 24/7 Local Locksmiths' 24 hour locksmith service to get the job done.
Not all transponder keys are created equal
You see, a certain amount of expertise is needed to program a transponder key, because all transponder keys are not created equal. There are two types of transponder keys: zero bitted keys, which are set up to be cloned; and encrypted keys that have a preset, random encryption that needs to be programmed to the car. When the expert from 24/7 Local Locksmith handles the job, he/she will do one of two things. The specialty car locksmith will either insert your key into a tool with a blank key to clone it; or take a new key out to your car, and hook a device to your car’s computer port to program the new key.
So transponder key replacement requires the tools and knowhow you can only get from someone like 24/7 Local Locksmith. Give us a call, and while you’re at it, keep our number handy. We do all sorts of car key, residential, and commercial lock work anywhereacross the U.S. We show up within minutes, do the work in a friendly, professional manner, and get you on your way. Ours is a good number to have for an emergency, or when you just need good security advice.
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