What are transponder keys? If you have a car, equipped with a transponder key then you may already know the answer. A transponder key head has 2 embedded electronic components in it, these components are a microchip and a processor. Each one has a different job, with the microchip responding to a radio frequency that is implanted in the head. It transmits and receives signals to indicate identification and location.
What Can Go Wrong with Transponder Keys?
If the key is damaged somehow, or the chip is missing- will the car still emit a chirp to indicate where it is located? Will the car still be able to operate? To answer both questions: nope.
In addition, when you find your car you may not be able to open it. Your key is damaged and no longer has the digital code necessary to identify it to that car. If you opt to force open the door, you may be inside, but you may be unable to drive it. The necessary information isn’t in the key, so it won’t work, and neither will using a different chip key.
It’s the processors job to communicate with the electronic system of the vehicle. When the key is damaged, the processor cannot spark the ignition, or fuel injection. While this side of technology can be highly frustrating, the benefit, of course, is that it’s a great deterrent to thieves.
The Help an San Antonio Car Key Pro’s Can Offer
- Repair broken or damaged transponder chips inside the car key.
- Repair or provide replacement key fobs.
- Replace a broken or damaged transponder key.
- Provide you with a spare transponder key.
Keys That Require Reprogramming
It has been a legal requirement since 1995 that vehicles have an immobiliser system. This requires a transponder key, with an electronic chip, to work. The car will only start if key communicates the correct code to the ignition when the key is turned.
There are common keys that require reprogramming, this includes: flip keys or key cards, keys with remote fobs and provide keyless entry, keys with transponder chips integrated. Transponder keys pre-1995 won’t need reprogrammed, but they can still be cut.
San Antonio Car Key Pro’s is There to Help
Your transponder key is damaged and you’re locked out, how can you get back on the road? Your first impulse will likely be to contact the dealership. Stop right there- because you’ll pay more for the replacement, and you’ll have to tow your vehicle to the dealer. Instead, call San Antonio Car Key Pro’s.
San Antonio Car Key Pro’s are highly trained, and competent professionals who can handle emergency calls. More so, they are on call 24/7 and can be with you in less than half an hour, whether you’re in your own driveway or stranded in the middle of nowhere.
San Antonio Car Key Pro’s will arrive with all of the equipment necessary to resolve your problem. They can cut one new transponder key, or multiple if you need, and then program and code it. Your car and key will be connected and functional again, allowing you to continue happily on your way.