Reliable as modern vehicles are, automotive manufacturers have not yet managed to completely eliminate the car key problems that motorists sometimes experience and, when such problems do occur, they are normally a major inconvenience to say the least. If you have never considered why you might need help with the keys to your car or its locking and ignition systems, or what you would do if you did need help, you are sure to find this article of interest. In it, we look at the range of problems motorists in Calgary and elsewhere experience with their keys on a daily basis, and how as an auto locksmith service provider, we are able to help them get back on the road.
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When You Might Need Our Transponder Key Programming or other Auto Locksmith Services
We work on cars and vans of all vintages so whether you own a brand new vehicle with electronic locking and ignition systems or an older one with a conventional key and locks, you can take advantage of our auto locksmith services whenever you encounter a problem. Some of the reasons that local motorists call to ask for our help are listed below.
One of the most common reasons that motorists call an auto locksmith is to request replacement keys after having lost those that came with their vehicle. We always recommend having a spare one cut if you are down to your last key and would like to avoid this particular problem but hindsight is a wonderful thing and sometimes people just don’t have the time to follow this advice or they happen to lose both their original and spare key at the same time. In such an event, the best thing to do is to call us immediately and provide us with the details of your vehicle.
Assuming that you can provide your chosen auto locksmith with proof of ownership and the VIN of your vehicle, they will be able to cut a new key for you and, in the case of modern vehicles, they should be able to provide you with a transponder key reprogramming service too. If your car or van requires a transponder key, a new key will not be able to start it until it has been programmed with the unique code that it needs in order to send a signal to the antenna in the ignition cylinder. For this reason, owners of vehicles with these types of ignition systems should make sure that the locksmiths they call for help are able to provide this particular service. Without it, you will still be able to use your new key to gain access to your car but you will not be able to start it.
Keys That Break in the Lock or Ignition Cylinder
Vehicle key extraction is another service that we are asked to provide every now and then, owing to the fact that older keys may eventually succumb to metal fatigue from repeated use and break when inserted into a lock or even worse, the ignition cylinder of the vehicles in question. If the end of your key breaks off in your ignition cylinder, you will most probably need to call an experienced auto locksmith to extract it. In some cases, it may be possible to extract a key without any professional assistance but it depends on where exactly the key breaks. A sturdy pair of tweezers or needle-nose pliers can sometimes be used to good effect but we would recommend against the DIY approach unless you are sure you know what you are doing. In the worst case, you may damage the ignition cylinder or lock in which the key is stuck and end up with a larger bill for repairs than would otherwise have been the case.
Whether your key breaks off in an exterior lock or in the ignition cylinder, you will need to call an auto locksmith that offers car key cutting as well as key extraction services as you will need a replacement key once the old one has successfully been extracted. Most experienced auto locksmiths can make new car keys if they have all the necessary information about your vehicle but some may keep a larger stock of blanks than others so you will have to make sure you call one that has ready access to the blanks for your vehicle’s key type. As a reputable locksmithing company with many years of experience, we can cut new keys for many different makes and models at short notice so if time is of the essence, please feel free to call us on the number provided. As mentioned earlier, if you have a modern car that uses a key with a chip inside it, you should make sure that the locksmith you call offers a transponder key reprogramming service too, or you won’t be able to start your vehicle with your replacement key.
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Sometimes, when you are unable to open your car door or trunk, it may be the locks that are the problem and not the keys. Certain types of locks are more prone to developing faults than others but no matter what type of locks your vehicle has installed, you may encounter a problem with them at some stage. Modern cars with keyless entry systems obviously drastically reduce the chances of encountering such problems but they still feature locks for each door and the trunk and these may malfunction at some point in time. We, along with other experienced, full-service auto locksmiths in Calgary, can work on all types of locks so no matter what type of vehicle you own, you should feel free to call us if you ever have a problem with your locks.
Locks can develop faults owing to worn internal parts after many years of use and they can be damaged if somebody attempts to force them open too. During our time in business, we have also received a number of calls from local drivers whose locks were blocked with dirt and debris that had accumulated over time so it is worth including your locks in your regular cleaning regime if you wash your own car. If you use a car detailing service, you can either ask them to clean your locks at the same time as the rest of the vehicle or make a note to do it yourself every now and then. Certain types of locks benefit from occasional lubrication with a light mineral oil but we suggest checking your vehicle handbook or consulting the manufacturer before lubricating any of the locks on your car or van.
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Malfunctioning Ignition Switches
Most motorists that are unable to start their car after inserting the key into the ignition switch tend to jump to the conclusion that it is the key that is at fault and immediately call a local firm to inquire about car key duplication services. However, sometimes it is the ignition cylinder itself that is at fault and not the key so this is something to bear in mind when you are deciding which company in Calgary to call. If you call a firm that only offers a simple car key duplication service you may find that you are still unable to start your vehicle after receiving your new key. To save time and money, we suggest calling a company that is capable of duplicating keys and repairing damaged ignition cylinders, such as ourselves.
The widespread use of electronically activated ignition systems that work in tandem with a transponder key means that, yet again, you should make sure the auto locksmith you call to repair your ignition cylinder is also capable of programming a new key, just in case the cylinder is not repairable and needs to be replaced. Complex electronic ignition systems should only be repaired and maintained by fully qualified and experienced auto locksmiths so please do not be tempted to use the services of a cheaper, inexperienced or unqualified locksmith if you suspect that your ignition system may have developed a fault rather than the key that you use to activate it.
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Keys Locked in Vehicles
If you are one of those people who has yet to lock your keys in your car or van, you should count yourself lucky. It is easy to think that people who do such a thing are simply careless and not paying attention to what they are doing but this is not always the case. When you are travelling with other family members or perhaps distracted because of recent events in your personal life, it is very easy to lose track of what you are doing and accidentally lock your keys inside your car. Children playing with car keys can also lead to unfortunate accidents of this nature and even though you may do your best to stop them from getting hold of your keys, it is not always possible to be constantly vigilant. Whatever the reason for your keys being locked in your vehicle, there is no need to feel embarrassed: the most important thing to do is to call for expert assistance as soon as you can.
As an experienced auto locksmith in Calgary that offers car key cutting services covering all makes and models, you can call us at any time to help you gain entry to your vehicle if you have locked your keys inside and we will respond immediately. We have helped many stranded motorists to get back on the road again and pride ourselves on our ability to answer all calls for assistance without delay. Every member of our team is a fully qualified and experienced locksmith, and can therefore make new car keys for vehicles both old and new.
Damaged Transponder Chips
Transponder keys may make your car more secure but they also add another component to the ignition system that can and sometimes does go wrong. The chips inside such keys are normally protected by a rubber covering but this covering is not normally waterproof so one thing you need to be aware of when using a transponder key for the first time is to keep it away from water and other liquids. The rubber covering may deceive you into thinking that it will not be damaged if accidentally dropped into a basin full of water but this is often not the case. Immersion in water is not the only way in which the chips in these keys can be damaged: if curiosity should get the better of you and you decide to take a look inside your transponder key, you need to be careful not to scratch the surface of the chip as this could damage it and prevent it from working as it should.
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As we have already mentioned, we are able to supply and program new transponder keys so if you accidentally damage the chip inside yours, there is no need to worry. Just call and let us know a few pertinent details and we will take care of everything for you. Cloning transponder keys can, of course, only be done for customers who are able to prove ownership of the vehicles with which the keys are to be used. You should make sure you are dealing with a reputable company when requesting this service as less scrupulous companies may supply you with low-quality generic keys that only work for a short period of time.
If you live in Calgary or the surrounding area and you would like us to make new car keys for you, or assist you with another automotive key-related issue you are having, please call us at any time and we will be happy to provide you with all the help you need.