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 repair your key so it's like new again at a fraction of the cost of a new one.
Whether you have lost your keys, 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 vehicle's 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, which is way more convenient!
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. This signal does not require battery power to work. The only part of the key that requires battery power is the remote for the central locking/alarm.
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. But as the vehicle manufacturing develops, so does our software. There are not very many vehicles out there, if any, that we are not able to make keys to.
The push button start (smart key) 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. If the battery in the fob is flat, you can still start the car by holding the key up against the start button or location stated in your owner's manual.
In some vehicles, attempts to use an unprogrammed key can cause the vehicle to activate a timed no-start condition. This period can last anywhere from 10 minutes to 48 hours!