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Lost key transponder

Postby rustybucket » Tue Aug 23, 2016 8:40 am

My key smashed to bits when I dropped it outside.
I thought I had found all the pieces but must have missed the tiny transponder.
Now the car won't start. I can open all the doors and the boot.
But when I put the key in to turn it over all the lights come on then I turn the key and nothing.
Anyone know if I can just buy the transponder or do I have to go to Mitsubishi for a whole new key?
2009 Lancer.
Mitsubishi want $400 for a new key. They say I can't buy the transponder separately.
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Re: Lost key transponder

Postby himynameisdaniel » Tue Aug 23, 2016 4:22 pm

Mitsubishi are correct.

the transponder chip (the model number is etched on the chip but you need a magnifying glass to read it) itself can be bought for around 20cents from china however it needs to be programmed with your vehicle ignition system.
the tools required to program these transponders vary between $400 - $2k then a workshop will need to constantly update these tools to be able to code new cars.
so around 400 is around reasonable considering they have to buy new tools every year or so. there may be other workshops that have this capability so ring around.
In most cases you will also have to provide proof of ownership prior to the work being done.
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Re: Lost key transponder

Postby Lancer1993 » Tue Aug 23, 2016 4:56 pm

Guess no spare key?
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Re: Lost key transponder

Postby rustybucket » Wed Aug 24, 2016 11:18 am

Yeah I have a spare key.
Rang around and found a place in Melbourne that can replace the transponder for a quarter of the price that Mitsubishi want.

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Re: Lost key transponder

Postby Lancer1993 » Wed Aug 24, 2016 3:38 pm

How about the locksmiths you find in shopping malls? They now often do electronic keys, not sure how they are on prices.

Was told the number one thing to take on any road trip is your spare keys, even if its a day trip. You don't want to be 100's of kays from home with a broken smart key.
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Re: Lost key transponder

Postby NinaGood » Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:49 pm

Lancer1993 wrote:How about the locksmiths you find in shopping malls? They now often do electronic keys, not sure how they are on prices.

Was told the number one thing to take on any road trip is your spare keys, even if its a day trip. You don't want to be 100's of kays from home with a broken smart key.

Agree, some locksmiths are available 24/7, at least these ones are http://replacecarkey.org/ , I used their services a couple of months ago. The problem is not serious at all if you find a professional, just don't waste time.

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Re: Lost key transponder

Postby powermad » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:53 pm

Had the same problem with our CH key, dropped and broke with the transponder lost.

Locksmith was able to replace and reprogram the transponder. Took about 20 minutes, $95.

Nelson Locksmiths, Clovelly Park if interested.

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Re: Lost key transponder

Postby bumblebee » Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:28 am

If worst case scenario and can't get a new transponder you can get a new key cut and programmmed to the car.
The locksmith will also be able to remove the old key from the car ECU.
I can't remember the amount of keys you can have programmmed into the lancer but it is a lot more then just 2


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