A key is an instrument that is used to operate a lock. A key is usually intended to operate one specific lock or a small number of locks that are keyed alike, so each lock requires a unique key. The key serves as a security token for access to the locked area; only persons having the correct key can ...

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Is there a reason keyless ignition cars do not shut off when it can no longer detect the keyfob?

There's been some security-related questions being asked here and on sister sites concerning keyless ignition automobiles and how to defend against some security risks. This brings up a related ...
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Couldn't start my Volvo due to Key Error. Called assistance and he fixed it by hitting the key with a screwdriver. What could be the error?

My Volvo S40 (06) would not start when I turned the ignition key. I got a message that was somewhat like "Key Error, please try again". I tried with both my keys so it wasn't the key itself. I think I ...
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Remote Key Fob working only inside the car (close to reciever)

I am struggling to get my Peugeot 308 2-Button Remote Key back to work. I noticed first issues when my Remote Key unlocked / locked the car after several attempts. Then one day it suddenly did not ...
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2007 Hyundai Elantra - Car beep when I lock the door no longer working

I got in a minor accident the other day. Cosmetically my hood was a little crumpled and the grill cracked. Functionally the only thing not working is the wireless lock beeping feature. Is this ...
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How do I program a Chevy Malibu Key with chip in it?

I have a '07 Chevy Malibu and would like to know how to program the key. I lost the original, but was able to get a spare from the dealership. I do not want to pay the locksmith $150 to program the ...
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'98 Passat Locked when FOB batteries changed, how do you unlock it?

My friend owns a '98 VW Passat 2.0 Turbo. He changed the batteries in the key FOB and now the vehicle is locked by the security system. Using the key will not unlock any of the doors or trunk. What ...
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2007 BMW Z4 won't start when my phone is plugged into the cigarette lighter plug

Sometimes when my cell phone is on charge in my 2007 BMW Z4 before I start it, nothing happens when I turn the key. The car is acting like it, as if I did not have the clutch pushed in - the key ...
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I lost my Mercedes smart key, how do I get a new one?

If I lose a Mercedes smart key fob, how do I get a replacement? Is there anything I should do to prevent the old key from being used if it was stolen?
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How can I fix a key broken off in a door lock?

This morning I tried to open the passenger-side door (of my 2001 VW Eurovan) but it appears to be stuck. The door is unlocked. I can pull the handle, but apparently not far enough to operate the ...
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Second key for Mazda5 2013 - programming vs cloning, 80 bit vs 40 bit

I have Mazda5 2013 with a single key, so I am trying to get a spare (at least one) I have the part number ( G2YA-76-2GXB ) - dealer would charge $50 for the key plus $70 for the programming There ...
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Fixing a water-damaged remote key

I have a Toyota Camry 2011 and two remote keys. One of the keys was soaked with water two years ago. Of course, it is not working. I went to a dealer and they failed to recover it. Is there something ...
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Effects of shutting off Nissan altima (or any car) while in drive

Every now and then when I get home after a long day, I pull into my driveway and while the car is stopped (foot on the brake), I turn the vehicle off without putting the vehicle in "Park". Car is ...
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What is the funny looking thing attached to my new mazda3 key fob?

I got my new 2016 mazda3 today from the dealer and tossed the second key fob right in my backpack without taking a look. Then I found there was this weird looking thing attached to it. It has "...
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2009 Mini Cooper. How do I open the trunk?

This is an odd question, I am sure, but we bought a used Mini Cooper, but it didn't come with an owner's manual. We have figured out how to open it with the key fob, obviously. The problem comes ...
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Can I reprogram a used Mercedes smart key?

I want a new key for my Mercedes Benz and I've heard that you can get a used smart key for much cheaper than a new one from a licensed Mercedes mechanic. Can I reuse an already programmed Mercedes ...
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Where can I drill a hole in my Ford key?

I have a key (for a 2006 Ford Focus), and the bit that attaches it to the keyring has broken off. I could fix this by drilling a hole in it, and attaching the keyring to that. But it's got some ...
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How do I add a second key fob to my 2008 Prius

I have a series II 2008 Toyota Prius. I purchased a second key off of eBay and would like to program it for ignition and remote control.
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Can a heavy key-chain damage your ignition?

I just bought a 2012 VW Jetta TDI. The dealer asked me to do a 2,000 mile check-up to make sure everything is within tolerances. At the check-up the service representative said my key-chain was too ...
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Manually operating F150 starter motor

The vehicle in question is a 1997 F150 with a broken ignition switch. Inserting the key and turning it just spins. "Fortunately", the switch was left in the "on" position; the steering wheel is not ...
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Can valet keys get wet?

I have a 2014 Honda Pilot. It has two kinds of keys, one has buttons on the key itself the other does not have buttons, the one without buttons is a valet key. When I went to the Honda dealer to ...
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How to determine if a Mercedes key is original?

I have made a duplicate of my car key ( 2001 E320) and I want to know if the key (reprogrammed used key) is original; manufactured legitimately by Mercedes or an authorized manufacturer. I didn't ...
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volvo ignition key

I've got a problem with my 2001 Volvo S60 ignition key. One key will start the car no problem. Most recently, however, the other key will turn and the engine just grinds but won't start. Put the other ...
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Are there preventative measures I can take in case I lose my Odyssey key?

A little under a year ago, I purchased a used 2005 Honda Odyssey. The car only came with one key, and I have constant concerns about losing that key. My question: Given the fact that I have a working ...
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2009 Chevy Malibu key programming failed

I took the steps to program my newly cut key because I lost my original key...After going through the steps I must have done something wrong because now the car is just black and won't do anything. ...
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Start a circuit or device when you insert key in car ignition

I want to start a circuit in my car when I insert my key in car ignition and let it turn off when the key gets removed. I have Honda Civic 2007. Can someone just help me out as to from where do I take ...
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One Key Starts, Two Others Don't

As of yesterday, my wife's key no longer starts our 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe. The key turns fine, all electrical accessories work, but the starter is never engaged. My key (an original) works fine. I ...
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Is there a key code with my Kawasaki

I hear that there is a key code for my 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 LT that can be given to a dealer who can then cut a new key for my bike if ever necessary. Now it is. But where do I find the key code?? ...
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Can I disable my 2009 Volvo S40's remote key fob panic button?

The panic button on the remote key fob is very sensitive and sets off the alarm accidentally all the time, for example, when it's in my pocket and I move a certain way. Is there a way to disable the ...
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Functionality of buttons on keys.

I recently purchased an old BMW 318is (1994 model, so it really is old) and received two pairs of keys. The keys come with a silver and black pad that has 4 buttons on it. I'm not sure what each ...
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How to reprogram an 86 corvette chip key to a new Electronic Control Unit

I just put a new Electronic Control Unit (ECU) in my '86 Corvette. My key seems to be giving the right code, as I get fuel to the rail and spark to the plugs, however, I don't get injector pulse, so ...
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reprogramming a key for 2006 chevy malibu

i changed the master key for my 2006 chevy malibu because the old key got lost. now i have lost the new key and found the old one. is there a way to reprogram the key to work again? Will the ...
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How can I lock keys inside 2007 Mazda6?

I am getting my car towed to a location for me to pick it up at a later time. I have a spare key and want the driver the lock the other key in the car. Unfortunately technology is getting in my way. ...
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Is there really such a thing as a skeleton key?

I've worked in the motorcycle industry for a while. I've heard ridiculous claims of something called a "skeleton key" which could turn any ignition to "on". Does something like this really exist? Is ...
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Which operations are done when key is turned to On position?

I would like to know which operations or functions does the car do when I turn the key to On position (the key position before starting the engine) in gas engine and in diesel engine. For example, in ...
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Key won't come out of a Ford Fusion, 2007

The keys are stuck in the ignition in this vehicle, even when the car is in park. What can be done to fix this, so the keys can come out again? Thanks!
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I lost one of my Toyota axio 2015 smart keys. How can I create a duplicate using the other key?

How can I create a duplicate using the other key?
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Key Card Battery Low message after replacing battery

I have a late 2012 Renault Megane and when using one of our key cards the dashboard displayed a message about the battery being low. I have replaced the battery with a brand new one and the message is ...
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Two Mercedes Electronic Keys - One Works As a Remote - One Works to Start The Car - How Can These Be Combined?

I just bought a 2005 Mercedes C230 and I have two Mercedes electronic keys - one works as a remote - one works to start the car - how can these be combined/programmed so they are both fully functional?...
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Key unlocks steering lock but won't turn into the ignition section Hyosung Prima Rally (Scooter)

I have Rally Prima Scooter and just recently I have been unable to turn the key to the ignition section of the lock. I am able to put the key in and turn it one click to unlock the steering lock but ...
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2007 Chevy Malibu key

I lost my only key to my car and the dealership keeps telling us different things every time we talk to them. They said they can make a key from the vin number but that it won't start the car and that ...
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Is there a general procedure for retrofitting “smart key” cars with real keys? [closed]

With all the cost, trouble, loss-of-use, and inability to shut the vehicle off if electronics fail associated with "smart" keys, if I ever get a car that needs one I think I'd want to adapt it to ...
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Car door unlocks and motor can be started via remote when I don't want it to. How do I prevent this?

A friend of mine purchased a new vehicle. Unlike vehicles in the past, this vehicle does not require you to insert a key to open the doors or run the car. The key merely must be within a couple feet ...
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Battery shorts when key is turned quickly

My friend has a newish (~2009) Toyota Tacoma that apparently can short the battery when he turns the key from off to start too fast. By short I mean, when fully charged the truck will click once like ...
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Honda FIT 2011 Smart Key

I am new to this forum and this is my first post. I came searching for Honda fit answers and now i am here in the forum seeking for FIT owners help or suggestions. I bought a Honda FIT 2011 as a ...
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Replacing keys for 09 Malibu

I bought my 09 Malibu used and was given only one set of keys. I've lost them and now the dealership is telling me it will cost about $900 to replace them because the lock system was installed ...
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Adding a key to Nissan NATS system

Is there any way I can purchase / add a key to a Nissan NATS based system other than getting charged through the nose by a dealership? My car is a 99 Nissan Almera.
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Current from key to solenoid of starter motor relay

I am considering installing a starter motor immobilizing relay inline with the starter setting of the key and starter solenoid. I recently got a MAH-112-C-4 online. It has a 30A switching ...
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How do I program a key for a 2005 Toyota Corolla?

I bought a blank replacement key for my 2005 Toyota Corolla and will have a locksmith cut it to match the existing master key. How to I program the car to recognize the new key for starting the ...
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Self Program Third (Spare) 2009 Honda Odyssey EX

I have a 2009 Honda Odyssey with two existing ignition keys. They are both transponder (chip) keys. I would like to purchase a third spare transponder key, have it cut, and self program it. Many makes ...
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Quickly pull key out - weird noise (Golf)

Unfortunately, I can be rather impatient. As such, I occasionally pull the key out of the ignition a little too fast (to which this post will explain the too). When this happens, there is a weird and ...