Electronic car keys are currently the most common way to get into your car safely and avoid theft as much as possible. While getting a transponder key for a car can be an excellent choice for your vehicle, these keys may sometimes fail to work.
On the other hand, not having replacement car keys can be a nightmare for those who are in a hurry to get into their vehicle. We know how important it is for you to ensure your and your vehicle’s safety, so the following page will walk you through the car key programming process as efficiently as possible.
Can I Start My Car without a Chip Key?
Unfortunately, if your vehicle operates with a chip key, and you don’t have it, it may be impossible to start it. Some alternatives to starting your car without a chip key may include starting it with a mobile app (if available), calling the car manufacturer’s customer service, or calling a car locksmith to solve the issue for you.
In other cases, if you don’t have the key itself but have the “chip,” you may be able to turn your car on, but that process could be extremely uncomfortable to do, so it’s still better for you to consider other options.
How Do You Program a Transponder Key with Only One Key?
There are many ways to program your transponder key, such as using your second/third spare key. However, if you only have one key to work with, here’s what you can do:
Get the key into the ignition slot and turn it to the “On” signal. Make sure you’re not turning in the engine, only the electronic part of the vehicle. Depending on the manufacturer, the time you must leave your key into the ignition slot may vary, but typically, you may have to wait at least 10 minutes and 30 seconds before turning off the car.
Once the time has passed, you must repeat the process two more times. Overall, you’ll have to wait a total of 30 minutes and 90 seconds, so make sure you have some time to spare. If you’ve done all of these steps correctly, you can get the key into ignition again, and the electronic system should program the key.
You can test if everything worked by simply turning on the ignition. If the car turns on; congratulations!
Having the Right Key to Program Your Transponder
Logically, you cannot program your new key with any key. You must either have a master key (which comes with your car) or contact a car locksmith so that you can get a car key made without the original.
You may also check if your vehicle works with a PATS 1 system instead of a PATS 2 system. A PATS 2 system works with a particular programming device, so you may not be able to program your transponder yourself in this scenario.
Can You Program a Chip Key Yourself?
As you may have already concluded by reading this page, under particular circumstances, you could program a chip key yourself. If you have the right tools and follow the right procedure, you may be able to get your car up and running in no time.
Remember that the process for programming a chip key strictly depends on the car model, so make sure you read your car’s manufacturer manual to assess your options. Many people will try to solve this issue themselves since going to the car dealership can cost some money that they may not be willing to spend.
Thankfully, there’s still the alternative of calling a locksmith to solve the problem as soon as possible.
Getting locked out of your car can be frustrating, especially if you don’t have replacement car keys. If you don’t have the means to program the car chip key yourself, you may consider calling our locksmiths.
We’re specialized in dealing with programming car key chips and dealing with all kinds of extra car accessories, such as setting up immobiliser keys, which exist to prevent your car from starting if you don’t have the right transponder.
You don’t have to go through the hassle of programming your car chip yourself. If you need any help, regardless of the car model you have, call UK Auto Locksmith at any time, and we will be at your location anywhere in London within 30 minutes!
In case you want more information, you can call us for a quote at the following phone number (02038809904). On the other hand, you can fill out our contact form online, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.