We are a full-service locksmith company that offers a selection of replacement automotive OEM, factory and aftermarket keyless remotes & keys. In simpler terms, if you’ve lost or damaged your keys, we’re the ready solution! We also service RVs, residential and business key customers throughout the Inland Empire.
If you own a modern car, an electronic key fob (also known as a remote or transmitter) is an integral part of the key set. A key fob is a palm-sized portable device capable of controlling various parts of a car. Their primary function is to manage the remote-entry system installed in a car. Design dictates whether the controller stands alone or works like a keyring. Depending on the style, the fob may also include a regular or valet key for the vehicle. Given the make and model of your vehicle we at Vehicle-Locksmith are able to provide you with a new key fob to access all necessary locks on your vehicle.
After the mid- to late-1990s, manufacturers began placing a transponder chip in the plastic head of the key. The chip emits a signal to a receiver in the ignition. If this “immobilizer” detects the wrong signal — meaning that the wrong key is in the ignition — the vehicle will not start. When the car key is turned in the ignition, the engine control unit (ECU) on the car sends an electronic message to the key, and it will allow the car to start only provided it receives the correct message back. So, even for a simple car key without any buttons, the key must be cut correctly to turn the locks, and also programmed correctly to disarm the immobilizer. With our specialized equipment, we at Vehicle Locksmith are able to provide you with a new set of transponder keys programmed for your vehicle.
A keyless entry system is an electronic lock that controls access to a vehicle without using a traditional mechanical key. The term keyless entry system originally meant a lock controlled by a keypad located at or near the driver’s door, that required pressing a predetermined (or self-programmed) numeric code for entry. We at Vehicle-Locksmith can reprogram the keypad to allow access to your vehicle. If the pad has been damaged, we can help you in the replacement of the keypad itself.
Another type of keyless system is the remote keyless system (RKS), also called keyless entry or remote central locking. This refers to a lock that uses an electronic remote control as a key which is activated by a handheld device or automatically by proximity. Widely used in automobiles, an RKS performs the functions of a standard car key without physical contact. When you are within a few yards of the car, pressing a button on the remote can lock or unlock the doors, and may perform other functions. A remote keyless system can include both a remote keyless entry system (RKE), which unlocks the doors, and a remote keyless ignition system (RKI), which starts the engine. If this is the type that your vehicle uses, we can reprogram or replace depending on the keyless device.