In the latter 90s, vehicles began using keys with transponder chips in the plastic shank. When the key is nearby, the vehicle’s ignition receives a transponder signal from the key and allows it to start the car. Without the transponder signal, the car will trigger the immobilizer, which prevents the car from starting.
In the event a car owner needs a new key, the key will need to be programmed. Key programming is possible without any dedicated equipment in some instances, but a large percentage of vehicles will only allow access with a key programmer.
The Programming Process
A key programming unit can be standalone or part of a scan tool, but programming typically takes place by interfacing with the OBD-II or onboard diagnostics II. This requires capable programming equipment that works for various car brands.
Programming solutions can include vehicle-specific programming systems, remote PCB slot keys or keyless keys, adapters, cluster sets and more. Dedicated systems cover such brands as BMW, Audi, Ford, FCA, GM, Jaguar, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Peugeot, Volvo and more and include diagnostics and programming for bikes.
Diagnostics and programming equipment is also available for Volkswagen and the VAG Group, including the Golf III, Bentley Continental or the Lamborghini Urus. Current VAG programming can access IMMO V immobilizers and reinforce security components.
Diagnostics Equipment Specialists
Automotive diagnostics hardware and software distributors are specialists in key programming equipment, software and related products, including keys and emulators, VIN readers, products for bikes and snow and water vehicles, ECU programming, spare parts programming, forensics tools and cable and adapter accessories. Get in touch with Arbrites USA today.