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What is the most cost-efficient solution when door keys do not fit ignition?

Being a auto locksmith, I can 100% recommend that you have your door lock rekeyed to match your current ignition key. Cost will depend on location and if you remove the the lock yourself and take it ...
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Is there a reason keyless ignition cars do not shut off when it can no longer detect the keyfob?

I looked into this, and it turns out that almost all aspects of starting or turning off a car are governed by a federal requirements document called FMVSS 114. Things that are in there: Steering ...
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Is there a reason keyless ignition cars do not shut off when it can no longer detect the keyfob?

As JPhi1618 mentioned, this functionality centers around CFR 571.114, AKA FMVSS 114. Specifically section 5.2.1 which states: Except as specified in S5.2.3, the starting system required by S5.1 ...
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How can I turn on the airbag on Mitsubishi Outlander without a key?

There is a metal key hidden in your FOB. The metal tab sticking out the top is the key, press the release button and the key will slide out.
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Is there a reason keyless ignition cars do not shut off when it can no longer detect the keyfob?

There may be other reasons but without a doubt a big part of it is because it's impossible to predict under what conditions the car no longer detects the key. And as stated in some of the comments, ...
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Remote does not always lock/unlock the car: diagnosing RF receiver issues

I have had a similar issue with remote controls before. Just for completeness, I've already listed two things you've already tried -- they're primarily for anyone who reads this some time in the ...
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Effects of shutting off Nissan altima (or any car) while in drive

The transmission and its control systems will not be damaged by this practice. Safety could be compromised if the shifter is left in this position. The park lock will not be engaged so the vehicle ...
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Key won't turn in Honda Fit after ignition cylinder repair

I repair these quite often, even for Honda dealerships in my area. Its possible you just lost the key buzzer lifter and the now the key buzzer is dropping past the cylinders sheer line. Other then ...
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Fixing a water-damaged remote key

I accidentally ran the smart key for my '09 Jaguar XF supercharged sedan through the washing machine once. It was submerged in water for about 10 minutes until I found it. I was able to fix it by ...
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Malfunctioning windows

I discovered that the problem was caused by the window controller's "Force Limiter", which had disabled the normal window operation. It can be reset by Opening the defective window Closing ...
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What is the funny looking thing attached to my new mazda3 key fob?

That is a dealer ID tag. The salesman and managers use it to check keys in and out. They should have taken it off of the key before they handed it to you. If you don't want it, just take it off and ...
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Honda Odyssey alarm goes off randomly

I have a workaround and its been in place about 6 weeks over 1 year now, so I feel confident to post it. I left the vehicle with my prefered independent mechanic for two days. Regretfully the alarm ...
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Volvo V60 key needs new battery, will it 'forget' the car?

In most cars it's not the key remembering the car, but the car remembering the key. Your Volvo should be no different. Reading through your owners manual, it gives no warnings about taking this to the ...
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volvo ignition key

If you are looking for a method by which you can diagnose the problem to confirm your suspicions that one of your keys has failed I can suggest the following. In close proximity to the ignition ...
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How can I fix a key broken off in a door lock?

You need to find a way to open the door, slim jim or other tool. Once the door is open you need to remove the lock cylinder to get the broken key out. Depending on the vehicle how hard or easy this ...
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Where can I drill a hole in my Ford key?

this is a key that the transponder went out on, cut it down with a razor knife. the transponder is a black magnet looking thing, I have it marked in white. as you can see, plenty of room on the upper ...
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Where can I drill a hole in my Ford key?

A little late, but: Another option, if you can find one that fits, is a rubber key cover that slips over the top of the key. Arbitrary example (not necessarily a fit for your key): These should work ...
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Can valet keys get wet?

It probably has an RFID chip inside that's read by the car in order to deactivate the immobiliser. I wouldn't have thought it would be affected by water, but I'd not take it too deep... I'm guessing ...
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Found a set of car keys, now what?

There are a few ethical options available to you. Leave a note/poster nearby stating that you have found a lost key Post on social media that you have found a lost key so word gets around Hand in the ...
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Found a set of car keys, now what?

I cannot post a comment so in addidion to Terry: go to facebook, join a local community (from where you found the key) - something like: buy and sell Philadelphia (no idea if it exists) - post that ...
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Can I get a new key cut without it being reprogrammed?

Yes you should be able to do this - you mentioned Timpsons, and it is probably worth visiting them before purchasing anything since they may be able to replace the blade itself or potentially replace ...
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Honda Odyssey alarm goes off randomly

We were dealing with a similar problem with a 2003 Odyssey. We watched the YouTube video and disconnected the hood switch connector, and the problem was improved for several months. Out of nowhere ...
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Replacement/Copy of 70s Honda Key

It is difficult to matchup keys only based on a picture. In my travels, I did find several Ilco blank keys that are similar in appearance to yours, I even found a few places that sell them online. It ...
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What does it take to program a used ECU?

I went through the "replace a faulty engine computer" drill a year or so ago and it was quite an ugly experience. 1). The manufacturer did NOT sell replacement units. This car was 15 years old. If ...
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Spare hide-a-key for both access to the car and starting?

My Subaru has push button start. If the car senses the key fob anywhere inside the car, I can not lock the doors. The fob has a mechanical key (#2 in pic below) that will open the driver's door. ...
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my car's keyless remote fob only works when outside of the pcb housing

If that happened to me, I would double check the battery for voltage when pressing the FOB buttons, and I would also check the battery contacts for possible corrosion. It sounds like the plastic FOB ...
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Fixing a water-damaged remote key

Hair dryer played over opened key with battery removed brought mine to life without needing to replace battery. This was about 3 hours after it had come through the washing machine.
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Where can I drill a hole in my Ford key?

I used a plastic suction cup, gold in half and super gluenit
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How do I add a second key fob to my 2008 Prius

We got a new silver-backed key for my 2008 Prius and my husband said that just one little step was missing for the programming of the keyless parts of the fob (2nd set of instructions). He found ...
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Remote Key Fob working only inside the car (close to receiver)

This sounds very much like a 'dry' solder joint on the battery connector. If you're a dab hand with a soldering iron, go to and re-solder the battery contacts. If not, go see your local watchmaker or ...
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