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Did you just get a new car, and it comes with a transponder key? And you’re wondering what it is? Or have you just discovered that you haven’t been tapping the full security potential of your vehicle? This post is for you.

Read this to learn what a transponder key is. Also, learn how to set yours up and begin using it.

Transponder Key Programming

The transponder key is a vehicle security idea born in 1995 and has since then overtaken the concept of identification in personal and commercial vehicles. If you own a car manufactured after the 1990s, it is most likely equipped with a transponder key and a receiver in the car, too.

If any other key but this transponder key is inserted in the ignition of your car, it will fail to start. This is because only that key can disarm the immobilizer in your vehicle. However, duplicates can be made. Without disarming your immobilizer, your car will not move. So, it doesn’t make sense to have only one of such powerful keys.

How then do you program a transponder key if you just got one? Or maybe you bought a new transponder key and got it cut. How do you program it to be used in your car?

Before you program your transponder key…

First of all, you will have to purchase a new car key. Uncut car key. Be careful of keys that have already been cut. This one will be almost impossible to recut. The best way, however, to make this purchase is with your locksmith. Secondhand keys (which have already been cut) are most likely already programmed. And they are near-impossible to reuse.

Get a blank transponder key. And the next step is to find a reliable automotive locksmith to do the key cutting for you. When the key has been cut, you can then proceed to program your new duplicate key.

How do you program your transponder keys?

In some vehicles, it is very easy to do this yourself. It’s as simple as 3 stages. You will need

  • a new (unprogrammed) cut transponder key
  • the car user’s manual
  • a little amount of time

When you have those, get into your car. Make sure your original transponder key is not around you or the car so false signals won’t be sent to your car.

Firstly, insert the new (unprogrammed) cut transponder key in the ignition. Turn the key to the “On” position.

Leave it in the “On” position for 10 and a half minute. That is 10 minutes and 30 seconds. Then turn it off.

Secondly, repeat the same process described above.

And thirdly, do it again.

Essentially, you are turning on the vehicle for 10 minutes and 30 seconds and then turning it off 3 times.

This way you’ve successfully programmed your transponder key. You can then start your engine with this key.

Key Programming Service in Arizona

Key programming doesn’t only involve turning the ignition on and off at regular intervals. The purchase of the blank transponder key is quite tricky and an inexperienced person could easily make mistakes and waste money. We recommend you do this with a locksmith you trust.

Also, cutting a blank key is a service you will want to reserve for the best professionals in the business. We have technicians who are equally proficient at key programming as they are at cutting transponder keys. Contact us for key programming services in Phoenix.

Why Choose Advanced Lock Service

Here at Advanced Lock Service, we take pride in providing our clients with the latest security systems and products. Advanced Lock Service is always happy to tell you that no matter the product it is top-of-the-line for our customers, we understand that your properties and personal belongings are meant to be kept safe and secure.

And there’s no better way to do that with these products available on the market. Our products are made in the United States. With the number of new security companies around the world, a new form of technology comes out each and every year.

You should never be stuck with outdated old products when it comes to security. Why do you think software companies are updating every other day?


The second thing that we offer is the most affordable and quickest emergency locksmithing services.

If you’re locked out of your office at work or you can’t seem to get back into your house, there’s no need to panic. The only thing you need to know is that you need an emergency locksmith service. Advance lock service offers this.

If you are in the Phoenix Area can you give us a call no matter where you’re at we have professionals 10 minutes away from your location in Phoenix, AZ. You should never hesitate as we are always constantly on the go and right down the street from you helping make sure this inconvenience doesn’t ruin your day.

The last thing that I could tell you is that our locksmith professionals are unbeatable in the state of Arizona. Our staff is not just “qualified ” but are highly trained and can help fix your problem faster than any other company.

And to help ensure that we have the highest trained staff, we perform background investigations and drug screenings to ensure that the customers always get to the most qualified technicians.

Along with this, we back all of our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If there’s anything that seems to go wrong and it wasn’t made right we will refund all of your money!

Call Us Today!

Give Advance lock service a call! We have the most qualified and highly trained staff of locksmith technicians available in Arizona. We have been proudly serving Phoenix and neighboring cities for the past 26 years and don’t plan on stopping. Feel free to give us a call at 602-3368 670. We look forward to hearing from you!