Automotive Lock Service

 

Lost keys
We can cut keys to your car, van, truck, motorcycle, minibus even your golf buggy getting you back on the road.

Vehicle re-keys
We can re-key all your locks and provide new keys, meaning the lost keys will no longer work. Check with your Insurance Company as you may be covered for this cost.

Keys cut to code
We can cut automotive keys to code using the latest in computer key cutting machines giving you a better than new key. Throw away your old worn key!

Damaged Locks
Lock Services Limited
can repair or install new locks keyed to your existing key for most makes of vehicle.

Transponder Keys
Vehicles manufactured after 1995 may have a computer chipped key that communicates with your car through a coded signal. We have the latest in computer key machines to cut and program these keys. These keys are more expensive than a standard car key. Get a spare key cut if you only have the one copy. Losing all your keys could cost you up to $3500.

What are transponder keys?
The biggest change to the automotive industry in recent times has been the introduction of the built in immobilizer system on all cars manufactured since 1995 (late '94 in some cases). This involves placing a microchip in the head of the key, which is a miniature transmitter and receiver. There is an engine management system in the engine compartment that can recognize the signals transmitted from the key. If the correct signals are not detected the engine will not start.

TRANSMITTER+RESPONDER=TRANSPONDER
Electronic chip: A chip inside the head of the key transmits a signal to the car when the key is inserted in the ignition.
Mechanical element: key is cut as per traditional key.

How does the Microchip work?

Transponder

An electronic chip with a permanent memory which contains an ELECTRONIC CODE. The transponder has an antenna with which it can interface with an external electronic control device.
Through the antenna the device emits a fixed frequency signal; the transponder receives the signal and then transmits its electronic code, by means of special frequency modulations, to the control device, which is able to process the code.
The transponder has no external input of power supply (passive system); it receives the energy necessary to work from the signal emitted by the external control device (inductive coupling between the control device antenna and that of the transponder).

Can all Transponder keys be copied?
A good percentage can now be copied but some brands have a encrypted code which only the car dealers can supply.

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