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Buying Electronic vehicle keys on Ebay and Amazon

Posted by Lynn Chambers on Thursday, April 21, 2016, In : Automotive Locksmith Blog 
If you are in the market for a spare key for your automobile, check with a locksmith first on what type of keys are best for your vehicle. Truly, sometimes a good deal is just that; a good deal. Often times, we think we can buy almost anything online on shopping sites like Ebay and Amazon. While there are some good deals to be had, electronic car keys are too important an item to buy used, or worse, China imports. Many of the keys on Ebay and Amazon are re-purposed to look and seem new, while...
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Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep Keys

Posted by Lynn Chambers on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, In : Automotive Locksmith Blog 
Is your vehicle dash showing things like seat belt, brake lights or battery lit up on the panel while running? Is your dash lit up with the engine off and the key removed? It is not a faulty ignition, but rather the computer in your vehicle is going bad. Specifically the ECM module may be going bad. See your dealer or mechanic for repairs. If your keys will not work after the repair, call us for help.

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Toyota Keys 1999-2003

Posted by Lynn Chambers on Wednesday, May 13, 2015,
Did you know some Toyota vehicle owners have no choice but to replace the cars computer once the last spare key is lost? Not every vehicle was transponder based, but those that were need the computer changed to be able to program new keys so the car will start and run again. Transponders are basically a computer chip which tells the vehicles computer that the right key is being used, and it is ok to start the vehicle. These were added to Toyota vehicles because of the high rate of some models...
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Ford Keys Not Working

Posted by Lynn Chambers on Tuesday, February 24, 2015,
Ever have a replacement or duplicate transponder key for Ford, Mercury, or Lincoln made and it would not program to your vehicles computer? Your old keys worked just fine, but now the new keys won't program to your vehicle so it can start. Try checking the PCM fuse relay in your vehicles fuse panel. Many customers report the car hesitating to start or the immobilzer (anti-theft) light coming on intermittently while driving or attempting to start their vehicle. This is a sure sign the PCM fuse...
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1998-2002 Honda and Toyota Keys

Posted by Lynn Chambers on Tuesday, February 24, 2015,
Did you know if you lose your only vehicles' key to an older Honda or Toyota vehicle that you could have to replace your immobilizer unit in the vehicle right alongside the keys? When Toyota and Honda first introduced transponder based systems in their vehicles to prevent auto theft, the immobilizer unit in these vehicles was meant to be replaced along with the keys. The keys are assigned to to the vehicles immobilizer unit from the factory. Unless the units computer is re-flashed (Honda) alo...
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Honda or Acura Ignition Change, Key Problems, ECM replacement-Read This!

Posted by Lynn Chambers on Saturday, March 1, 2014, In : Automotive Locksmith Blog 
Did your vehicle ignition recently need to be replaced or changed on an Acura or Honda vehicle made after 2003? Be sure that your mechanic also changed the plastic hub around the face of the ignition lock. There are two plastic connectors and an FCC Label on the transponder based ignition portion of the ignition lock housing. This part is called the immobilizer control unit receiver, and allows transfer of information from the vehicles' key to the vehicles ECM. Make sure you transfer the old ...
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Broken Car Key? Broken Remote? Call After 6 Locksmith

Posted by Lynn Chambers on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, In : Automotive Locksmith Blog 
Broken remote? Broken electronic smart key? Broken car key? We can help! Just like the pictures below, sometimes you only need the housing of a key, also known as a key shell. Most shells cost only $25, and key cutting will cost an additional $25.00. So, for only $50 you could replace your seemingly broken or damaged key for a fraction of the cost of a replacement key. You might ask, what if the key or remote doesn't work at all? Call us for a free quote, it's that simple.
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