What You Should Do After Losing a Transponder Key

Have you ever lost your transponder key? The transponder key is the key that you can open without placing the key in the door? You can open it remotely. This is definitely a handy gadget that has certainly come in handy for most of us. However, when we no longer have access to this key, it can be a huge inconvenience for most of us. The level of convenience it offers most of us is so important to us that we simply do not know how to function without it. If this sounds like you, you likely have a spare transponder key but what if you do not? You may be up a creek without a paddle, as they say.

As long as you call on Hemet Locksmith in Hemet, CA, you can be sure that we’ll be able to get you the help you need in no time. Most locksmiths know just how much of a pain it is to lose your transponder key; most of us have them ourselves. Just like it is possible to use a traditional key, it is just as simple to lose a transponder key. Although your transponder key makes it almost impossible for someone to steal your car, this isn’t the case if they actually have your key in their possession. This is why it is so important to make sure you contact us right away to make sure that we reprogram your dashboard and get you another transponder key as soon as possible.

There are some additional things that you can do when you lose your transponder key. We have listed them for you below.

  1. Missing Transponder Chip – Sometimes you may not lose the key itself but when you lose the chip, it is just as good as losing the key; the key still will not work. It is simply like a shell. The reason that your chip can go missing is when it has been drooped one too many times. It eventually loosens to the point of coming out. In fact, when this happens, most people simply think that the batter has fallen out of their transponder key. Hemet Locksmith is one of the few 24-hour emergency locksmiths that will come to wherever you are to replace the chip in your transponder key. Our locksmiths have everything they need in order to handle this for you. Many motorists also assume that the only way to get another chip is to have their car towed to a dealership. This is not the case; you can save money and time simply by contacting a mobile locksmith to handle the job of replacing your missing transponder chip.
  1. Always Be Ready – You will surely miss the convenience of having a transponder key when you no longer have access to yours. This is undeniable. It isn’t the worst situation in the world but when you don’t have a spare key, it can turn into a nightmare. Being ready for the possibility of this happening to you involves your having a spare key made and given to someone who is responsible. You can greatly decrease your anxiety by having a transponder key made. These keys can be rather expensive so it is best to ask for another key when you are first purchasing the car. This is the time that you’ll get the best deal. In most cases, the auto dealer can be convinced to through the extra key in along with the purchase of the car. If you don’t want to shovel out approximately $100 U.S.D, we would suggest you get yourself a spare transponder key now. If you’re unable to get the dealership to give you a break on a transponder key, believe it or not, you can actually buy one on Amazon or EBay. A locksmith has the machinery that will enable them to program your new transponder key for you.
  1. Don’t Buy the Lost Key Insurance – Someone might attempt to sell you lost key insurance. There are many people who have never ever heard of such insurance but for those of you who are offered this type of insurance, kindly decline. This is a monthly or annual expense that you can avoid. Use the money you save on something far more useful, like gasoline for your car. In fact, an even better idea is to go and invest in a spare transponder key rather than wasting it on lost key insurance. This is simply another ploy for insurance companies to make money off of unsuspecting consumers.


  1. Buy Your Transponder Key Online – We mentioned this earlier and it is true, you can find your next transponder key online. As you might already know, you can find practically anything and everything on Amazon and EBay; transponder keys are no exception. You might wonder how this is accomplished. The key to your successfully finding a transponder key that will actually work is to find one that is being sold by a reputable seller. Not every manufacturer offers reliable transponder keys so give us a call and ask us which ones are reputable. Any of our trained and qualified locksmiths will be happy to advise you of the ones that you can rely on. We would also encourage you to only purchase this type of key online if they offer allow you to return it if it doesn’t work. We would never suggest buying a transponder on key that will not work once it has been properly programmed. In some cases, if you buy from a reputable seller and the key will not work, sometimes they will send you another one. This is how they keep customers coming back.

It is not impossible to lose your transponder key. This sort of thing happens everyday; the key to successfully dealing with it is in knowing what you will do to handle the problem when it happens to you. We hope you will take heed to the suggestions above.


Helpful Information About Keyless Ignitions

Transponder Keys

Some people like it and some do not. What are we referring to, the keyless ignition. This is one of the many newer features offered on most recent automobile models. While it certainly sounds like a good idea, there are some motorists who would beg to differ. Some do not feel as though it is worth the added expense of having this type of ignition. A keyless ignition allows you to start your vehicle without ever inserting a key into the ignition. Just push the button and you’re off and on your way. Make sure you’re key is lose enough to your car so that the transponder can be picked up by the cars computer. Manufacturers are designing these types of cars because they know just how much most people appreciate convenience. They are attempting to make the process of getting in and out of your car as easy as possible. There are advantages and disadvantages associated with having this type of car.


Difficult to Steal

Since your cars transponder key is programmed to a computer, it would be difficult to start the car without the proper transponder key near the car. It isn’t impossible to start the car but it would be rather difficult and time consuming. Most car thieves will not take the time to rewire an entire car with the possibility of being able to get it to start. There are some that will even shut down the ignition altogether if it is detected that someone is trying to steal your car. This is why it is difficult to steal a car with a keyless ignition.


There is no doubt that it is convenient to start your cars engine without inserting a key into the ignition. When you have things in your hand or are trying to get your kids in the car, it can be difficult to locate the keys in the bottom of your bag. With the press of a button you are off and on your way. If you have a lot on your plate and are running around all day, you may not even remember exactly where you have placed your key. As long as you know that your key is in the vicinity of your car, you can be sure that your car will start with almost little to no effort on your part. The keyless ignition affords you the chance to get on the road quickly.

If these things are most appealing to you, your next car purchase might be a car with a keyless ignition. Still, despite the most attractive features that the keyless ignition offers, there are still some people who are not buying it. They don’t feel as though it is worth the money to buy a car with a keyless ignition.


More Expensive

A car with the keyless ignition is more costly than the cars sold with a standard ignition. This is due to the level of technology used in developing this type of technology. You should consider the amount of time and level of attention needed in order to design a keyless ignition. The price might not be readily apparent but you can be sure that the cost is in the price of the car. There is a lot of insight needed in order to develop something this useful. The mechanisms used to design the keyless ignition are more costly than the mechanisms used for the standard ignition. All of the modern conveniences have to be paid for by someone and unfortunately it is the consumer.

More Expensive Key

If you already have a car that requires a transponder key, you probably already know just how pricey this type of key is. Since the keyless ignition requires that a signal is sent from the key to the cars computer, you’ll need a transponder key in order to operate the feature. You are not able to go to your local hardware store to have a key made. The transponder key calls for specific equipment in order to program the key. The key doesn’t have to be inserted into the ignition but has to be near the ignition in order for the engine to begin. Many locksmith services have the needed equipment to program your new transponder fob key. You likely already know that you can get a new key made from a dealership but what you may not know is that the key is more expensive when you get it from a dealership other than a locksmith. You will also have to consider the cost of the key when you have more than one car that requires a transponder key. This can be rather expensive, especially when you are considering buying additional keys as spare keys. However, getting this type of key from a locksmith affords you the chance of getting them for a lot less than those provided by a auto dealership.

Ignition Failure

If your ignition is not working it can be very expensive to have repaired. This is the case with a standard ignition so there is no doubt that it will be more expensive to repair when it is a keyless ignition.

When you are in the market for a new vehicle, you will be confronted with this option since newer car models are being designed with this feature. It will help to know ahead of time what you can expect. That is why our Hemet Locksmith technicians wanted you to know what to expect if you’re considering a car with a keyless ignition. In Hemet, CA many motorists rely on us for their many lock and key service needs. They trust that we will provide them with the most useful information possible. We cannot only offer you the most useful information at Hemet Locksmith but we can also provide you with your spare transponder key. You can rely on us for more than just unlocking car doors. Find out all that you need to know about keyless ignitions and more by consulting with our service associates today.


One of the most requested services we get here at Hemet Locksmith is for ignition cylinder assistance. There’s a reason for that. Drivers everywhere want their cars to work safely and on-demand so that they can get to their destinations with a minimum of hassle and stress. No one expects to hop in the driver’s seat and have to deal with a not-working ignition! Instead, we have our destinations in mind. Whether we are trying to get to work, or to pick up a child at school, our attention is focused on the end result and not on having to deal with an unruly ignition system!

Automotive Locksmith

No matter what make or model of car we drive, our ignitions will not last forever and will have issues at some point. It’s smart to know how to handle this problem so that you can deal with it in an efficient and cost effective way. Read our post and hopefully you’ll find it helpful and informative!

Super-duper ignitions

Ignition systems were originally designed to provide electrical power to the car’s engine. Like most other modern inventions, they got more complicated as time went by. In today’s world, ignition systems also power windshield wipers, air conditioner, headlights, radio, power windows, GPS system, power seats, and lots more. This means more parts and more things that can go wrong. Instead of panicking and trying to find a nearby mechanic in a hurry, why not think of this post and follow our simple advice? You just might save yourself an expensive service call and lots of time!

Check your gear!

What gear are you in? If your ignition won’t turn over, the problem may not be your ignition cylinder at all! There have been many times when a local Hemet, CA resident calls in a panic saying that their ignition system has failed. One of our mobile technicians is dispatched to the scene, then finds out the driver was simply in the wrong gear.

If your ignition won’t start, do a fast check and make double sure that you are in the PARK gear and no other! Modern ignitions will not crank the engine in any other gear including NEUTRAL or DRIVE. Sometimes, the shift is not in a certain gear at all but in-between gears so move it about until it actually clicks in and is definitely in the PARK position. Now try and start your car.

Culprit #2 – Locked steering wheel

Did you try and start your car but were unable to actually turn the ignition key? It went in to the cylinder just fine but it wouldn’t turn! Again, the problem may not be your ignition system at all. This could be a classic case of a locked steering wheel. Sometimes, we can lean a little too hard on to the steering wheel and it will lock into place, and not allow you to start your engine. Try applying some pressure to it and make it move (and unlock) in the process. Your ignition key should work now!

Drained battery

Another non-ignition cylinder problem that can affect your ability to start your car is a drained battery. This is because if the battery is dead or almost so, you will be unable to turn over the engine and the end result is the same; no driving. A simple check will tell you if the problem is indeed your battery, or not. First, put on your parking brake so that your car does not move forward or backward while you are trying different tests to see if your ignition cylinder really is the problem. Next, turn on your dashboard lights and see if they light up. Be sure to check to see if the dimmer switch is on; it can be set to low and give the impression that the battery is dead when it really isn’t. Try your radio, windshield wipers or power seats and see if they work. If they do, your battery is fine and not the problem. If not, you most likely have a drained battery and not an ignition cylinder issue. Please note; if you hear a series of fast clicking sounds, the problem is your starter and not your battery or your ignition.

Oh no! A stuck key!

Sometimes, the ignition or transponder key gets stuck in the ignition switch. Many local Hemet, CA drivers have called our shop about this one! This can happen for a couple of reasons. If the correct key is used but the ignition is switched to the ON position, sometimes the key will stick. Also if the key itself is damaged or if the ignition switch is broken, it can cause your key to get stuck. Once in a while, the WRONG key is used by mistake and this too, can cause it to be difficult to remove. Try gently tapping the key with a hard surface and see if this is enough to dislodge it. Don’t hit it; too much pressure can cause key breakage and then you are faced with key extraction in addition to your other repairs and service issues. If you are able to get your key to the OFF position, remove it, insert it again, and then try to start your car.

Is it time to call for help?

If none of the above tactics worked for you, then you may be ready to call someone for help. At first, it’s natural to call for free and easy assistance. This often includes friends, family members, neighbors, or co-workers that you feel know about car problems and their solutions. This is not a bad idea if the person you get to help you really knows their business. All too often the person only dabbles in mechanics and they can sometimes make matters worse. Keep in mind that it’s your vehicle and you are responsible for any damage to it. Why not call a local Hemet, CA automotive locksmith? Many shops are affordable and offer 24-hour emergency service direct to your car’s location.