What if your car keys suddenly go missing? If your keys fell out of their trunks, were left on a park bench or were left in a mailbox…your first thought maybe “Oh no! They’re both in big trouble now!” Then you panic, remembering the keys that are missing and what could have possibly caused this emergency situation. You immediately grab the nearest set of keys from your car and rush to the closest lock in your neighborhood. As soon as you see the open lock behind the open window, you make your way inside, only to find a note pinned to the wall which states: “You may take this key and use it for entry into the next room.”
At this point, it is important to understand that not all car locks are created equal. If you have recently added an automatic door opener to your vehicle, or if your ignition is stuck in a certain position, you may be concerned about the safety of the car key replacement you are about to undertake. The key to safe replacement may come with a professional lock repair specialist, but before you decide on this course of action, you need to ask yourself several questions.
Is a new key fob enough? While an electronic key logger is a great option for monitoring your child’s activities, it can also be expensive and you may still want to protect the ignition and accessorizing with a standard key. A key fob combined with a handheld ignition device and immobilizer is often all you need to ensure your child’s access. Some manufacturers even make the starter button part of the key fob, so you can add a functional keyfob with a button instead of an actual key that’s hard to change out.
A lot of cars, especially cars in climates that tend to get hotter during the summer months, will require some kind of heat shield or radiator. Sometimes, the car key itself will simply get too hot and bend out of shape. This is why you see people putting blankets over the ignition in order to protect it from overheating. If you have a vehicle with either a steel or aluminum body that gets too hot, then you may need to look into getting a replacement for your keyfob.
A lot of cars do not have the option of changing out the actual keys but instead, have the option of changing out just the metal shank for the fob. It is always important to make sure that you get a replacement that is of the same color and type of metal shank as the car. This is to make sure that no damage occurs to the actual job itself after being installed. Most fobs come in a variety of different colors with silver, black, and red being very popular. Most times there are also different logos that come on the fobs, which are important to keep well maintained.
Car Key Replacement is also commonly done for the purpose of changing the actual key that plugs into the ignition. Sometimes the key fob will have a different type of key, such as a lock or a combination. In this case, you will need to replace the entire ignition assembly to match the new key. This could be a bit more complicated, and there are parts that can get a little wobbly, so I would recommend calling in a professional if this ever happens to you.
If you have both ignition and transponder keys, you will definitely need to call a locksmith. A simple replacement process will do, but if your ignition is really stuck, you may need to use a longer hammer and stronger wrenches. With either the ignition or transponder keys in place, you will need to unscrew them and take them out of the lock itself. Then you will need to disconnect the battery but keep the battery charging. If either the ignition or transponder fails, it’s time to call a locksmith.