What is a transponder key?
A car key having transponder chip in it, to provide it additional security, is known as transponder key. The signals released by the transponder, after identifying its user, are received by the transceiver of the car which will stop the car to start if the signals are incorrect.
A car with transponder key cannot work without it. You can open the car doors and trunks with improperly programmed key but to start it you will have to use properly programmed key.
Do I need to program my transponder key?
Though, it is not essential to program transponder key for every car as some old cars without any electronic part can be run with standard keys but if you want to use it in the ignition of your latest car then you will have to program it.
You need not program your transponder key if you want to use it only for opening the trunk and doors of the car instead of starting it. You can ensure the security of your car without programming its key, if it has a transceiver.
How do I know if I have a transponder key?
If the part of the car key that you hold to turn the key in the ignition is covered with a rubber or plastic shell then it can be a transponder key with a chip inside it. You can view the chip by removing the cover. But you should be careful as any damage or scratch on it can make it unusable for your ignition.
You can also check whether your car can be started with only a metal key by using a copied key. An automotive locksmith can help you to check whether you car needs a transponder key or not. Then you can program your car key to use all of its functions.
Do I need to purchase a new key?
Your local locksmith can help you in buying another key you want but you should be aware of secondhand keys while buying on your own. Mostly of the secondhand keys are already programmed so they cannot be cut or programmed again to use in another car.
In this way, a transponder chip cannot be used for any other car. Moreover the key should be properly shaped to fit into the keyway of the car. If you want to make another key then you can trust on the locksmiths of United Locksmith as they can help you on every step while programming your car key.
How long does it take for transponder key programming?
A transponder key can be programmed within few minutes unless you want a duplicate transponder key. Our locksmith can provide you a duplicate key within few minutes just by cutting one by taking down your VIN. Such things can take some time as any haste can affect the quality of the key.
Does programming include a key cutting service?
No, both are separate services but our professionals can provide both. The key should be cut properly to fit in the car keyway to start it. The user cannot be identified only with the transponder chip. It also needs a properly cut and programmed key for this purpose.
Can I program my transponder chip myself?
You can, depending on the type of your car. It can be tricky to program your own key as every car has its own process to program its key.
If you want program your key yourself then you will need correct information about your car to get proper supplies otherwise it can be waste of money and time. You should call locksmith for this purpose.
Transponder Key Programming Service
To be safe it is better to have an extra key while programming your key yourself. You can get it made form a locksmith. Being prepared in advance can save lots of you time and money at the time of emergency.
You should trust on a reputed locksmith like United Locksmith for making extra car key. Our locksmiths can provide 24×7 emergency services to our customers. They will come to your spot with blank keys and necessary equipment to make an extra key as well as programming your existing key.
But if you want to cut your key by code then you will have to tell in advance as it is not an emergency service. Our locksmith will program your present key by using proper key programming tools
These key programming tools can also be used for various other services. They can be used for erasing the present keys from the system, in case you have lost them. It will protect your car, if the lost keys fall in wrong hands.
Our locksmith will arrange the things so that the car transceiver could not receive the signals released by the old transponder chip.
In-Car Transponder Key Programming
You should program your transponder keys through your car if you want to use different options. Some cars program their keys themselves. But you must have additional capabilities for this purpose. In such cases a chip can be programmed without having a working key. Its key has to be cut by code with the help of a reliable locksmith so that the transceiver of the car can accept its signals. The code it then transferred to a non-programmed and uncut blank key. At this time, they can also erase the existing keys from the system.
Now the technician will access the diagnostic port of your car to access its computerized system, which may take some time. Such waiting time protects form the use of illegal means while using a device.
Remote Location Transponder Key Programming
In some cases the keys of some cars can be programmed only without using the car just by using their existing keys. But it is not applicable for all cars and keys. The technicians have to do some kind of mechanical manipulations inside the automobile if its transponder key has to be programmed from some other location instead of in the car.
While using any secondary procedure our locksmith will inform you. If this process is convenient for you then he can also follow it. He will also tell you how to use this service. In case the presence of the car is necessary for programming the transponder key even then your locksmith can help you.