Automotive Keys Replacement
- Spare Key
- All Keys Lost
- Transponder Key Programming
- Key Shell Replacement
- Car Key Replacement
Car keys and motorbike keys cut quickly and efficiently by our highly skilled automotive locksmiths here at All Star Lock & Key.
Is your car key broken or falling apart? We can replace the plastic housing so its like new again at a fraction of the cost of a new one.
Whether you have lost your keys or simply require a spare key, or a replacement car key, we are here to help and have different options such as genuine keys, after-market alternatives or keys without the button to save you money.
We can make keys to almost every make and model in Australia including smart keys (push button start), European models such as BMW, AUDI, Mercedes, Peugeot, Land Rover, Mini, Asian cars such as Hyundai, Kia, Lexus, Toyota, Honda, Suzuki, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Mazda, American models such as Ford, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, GMC, and Australian Ford and Holden.
We can make keys to Motorbikes such as BMW, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha.
We also understand how important it is to feel confident and worry free when it comes to somebody working on your vehicle. Our dedicated staff invests the time, training and diagnostic equipment to ensure no damage to your vehicles electronics.
You can rest assured that we are qualified locksmiths and hold all the necessary licenses required to work on your vehicle. Something to think about when you are hiring a locksmith.
How Your Key Works
The electric immobiliser/alarm system was invented in 1919. It was more of a manual system back in the day as you can imagine. These days, immobiliser systems are automatic, meaning the owner does not have to remember to activate it.
Immobilisers have been mandatory in all new cars sold in Australia since 2001 due to the increase of car theft.
While most people just think that they turn the key and the car just starts, there is a lot going on inside that little key. The key is constantly sending out a signal that once programmed, the car is always looking for. Some models used a static code in the ignition key which is recognised by an antenna ring around the ignition and once the car turns on and sees the correct code, it will allow the car to start. Later models use what we call rolling codes in a bid to prevent copying (cloning) of the code from the key. Each time the car is started, a new code gets introduced.
The push button start cars work in a similar way except the key doesn't have to be in such close proximity. The signal is boosted so you can start the car by simply pushing a button.
In some vehicles, attempts to use an unprogrammed key causes the vehicle to activate a timed no-start condition. This period can last anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour.