Car Key

Simply put, locksmiths use all the same tools and methods that auto mechanics, mechanics, and mechanics use to create function keys for cars. The main difference is that locksmiths deal with metal and other parts rather than engines.

Car locks are not meant to be played by amateurs. Car locks are very delicate and on newer models the keys are programmed. Locksmiths must take great care in handling old keys and programming new ones.

Locksmiths have to use CNC machines (Computerized Numerical Control) to work with automobiles, especially automated vehicles. This computerized machine can cut, heat, and melt metal, allowing locksmith service tools to make exact copies of your keys. 

There are several steps to making a car key that a locksmith should follow;

  • lost key replacement
  • cut car keys
  • car key fob programming
  • Key code tracking

A locksmith tracks key codes to create keys that match your current car. A locksmith usually has to use a scanner to scan the car’s computer and check the key code memory to retrieve the key code. This is usually done using a special programming machine directly connected to the car. If this is done correctly, the car will start immediately (no need to add a copy of the key). If you want an extra copy of the key instead, you may end up paying much more than you expected.

key cutting process

An experienced locksmith uses a key cutting machine that takes specific information, such as the type of vehicle, and creates a key template suitable for that vehicle. A precise, high-performance key cutting machine does the job. Contrary to most people’s misconceptions, locksmiths create each drawing by moving cutting heads and metal parts, much like a locksmith works, not a machine. The locksmith then uses a machine tool to bend the cutting edge of the key. The process is completed by drilling holes on both sides of the key and filling this space with small debris. Similar to a key cutting machine, locksmiths use cut-surface keys to make copies.

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key programming

This is an important task in the automobile key process. The locksmith will need to connect a programming device to her EWS connector port on the vehicle and turn the ignition on. They can then send commands to your vehicle. These commands are sent not only over OBD2, but also on separate channels specific to each car manufacturer. The car will then respond with a series of diagnostic codes. With that information, the locksmith can determine whether there is a problem with the key (bad code), ignition (bad connection), or both. Luckily, this information makes it easier for professionals to fix the problem. All a locksmith has to do is replace the ignition cylinder or reprogram a blank transponder chip. Then you can use the programming tool again to reprogram the actual key (now fixed).

Create a new key using a scope

This process is used when locksmiths need to make keys for a particular vehicle. The lock is called push-to-start, which offers keyless entry, but is also unique in its location. Today’s modern locks are typically equipped with remote starters and proximity unlocking, allowing the owner to simply insert the key fob to perform the activation procedure.

To begin making blank keys, a locksmith Adelaide will need to measure the space in your vehicle’s lock cylinder. This measurement has to be precise and requires special tools such as electronic range finders and suitable space finders. A locksmith creates a pattern file after removing the existing key from the vehicle. The pattern contains all the information to create a key that fits the vehicle’s lock cylinder. A locksmith can create a key using the same lock cylinder and the information you provide.