When it comes to types of keys you can have for your vehicle, it really boils down to two possibilities: the run of the mill flat metal key or a transponder key. Most people think about a key fob when they hear the words transponder key, but it turns out that a transponder key is more than just a fob that you use to lock/unlock the doors.
This post will tell you what you need to know about transponder keys and how a locksmith can help replace and reprogram your transponder keys.
What is a transponder key?
A transponder key looks like the lock/unlock fob and probably has this functionality as well, but, a transponder key is more than just a locking and unlocking mechanism for your car. Transponder keys provide an added level of security to your vehicle.
If your car has been outfitted with this technology, the transponder key must be close to or in the vehicle in order for it to operate. How does this work? There’s a tiny microchip located in the transponder key which sends a signal to your car through an antenna ring connecting to the ignition cylinder. If this connection is not made, the car won’t start.
How are transponder keys programmed?
Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, the process to program a transponder key will vary. Many times your owner’s manual will point you in the direction of the nearest dealership to get the job done, but this is not always necessary. You’ll be required to enter a code associated with the new transponder key, but the rest of the steps vary and can be difficult to decipher on your own. Reprogramming a transponder key is requires much more expertise than simply having a traditional key recut.
Can a locksmith replace a transponder key?
Yes! In fact, this is generally your best bet. Locksmiths deal with a multitude of different vehicles and are well versed in “re-keying” your transponder device. They’re generally less expensive and can do so more quickly than the dealership. After your local locksmith takes a look at the vehicle they’ll be able to order you a new transponder key, if necessary, and program it to your vehicle in no time.
Transponder Key Replacement in Boston
Be prepared ahead of time in case you lose your transponder key. Having an extra one on hand to shorten the time it takes to get back up and running. If you don’t have an extra transponder key, give us a call at Kenny’s Lock. We’ll help you out to replace or reprogram your transponder keys.