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Having Trouble With Your Transponder Key? Here's How To Troubleshoot It

Elli Jokela

Transponder keys are a relatively new addition to today's modern automobile. Designed primarily as an advanced anti-theft feature, transponder keys emit an RF frequency that ties that particular key to a particular vehicle. This way, transponder keys can help prevent auto thefts by making it much harder for criminals to steal vehicles using traditional methods.

But as with any type of technology, transponder keys can be a bit of a pain to deal with if and when they fail. The following is a brief guide to help you troubleshoot problems with your transponder keys.

The Battery Could Be Low

Some transponders are powered by a small battery located within the plastic portion of the key itself. If the battery is close to being exhausted, the signal produced by the transponder may not be strong enough for your vehicle to detect.

If this is the case, then you'll want to replace the battery with a fresh one. In most cases, you'll be replacing a CR2012 battery, which is about the size of a small button. Keep in mind there may be a relearn procedure your vehicle has to go through in order to recognize the transponder once the battery is replaced.

Extra Keys Could Cause Interference

If you make a habit of carrying more than one transponder key, then it might be possible that the presence of two or even three similar transponder keys could be interfering with the transceiver. Such interference could prevent the vehicle from starting properly, even if your transponder key is in perfect working condition.

Whenever you're in your vehicle, it's a good idea to make sure you have only one transponder key on your person and that particular key corresponds only to your vehicle. If you have any spare transponder keys, then you should probably put them away in a safe place within your home.

There Could Be a Chip in the Chip

Transponder keys are surprisingly resilient, but a sufficient amount of unnecessary roughness can cause damage to the chip within. Once this happens, you won't be able to start your car. Chips can also be damaged by exposure to excess heat and moisture, so it's important to keep your keys in a safe place away from extreme heat and wetness.

If you suspect damage to the internal components within your transponder key, you can carefully open it up and visually inspect the damage. Don't bother trying to repair what's broken, however - in most cases, you'll have to buy a brand-new transponder key from your dealership or locksmith.

It Could Be the Module Itself

If you've tried all of the above steps and you still haven't had any success, then it may be time to look beyond the transponder key. As a part of the vehicle's security system, the transceiver module detects the radio frequency of the transponder key in order to confirm said key's identity. It's quite rare for this module to stop working, but there's always the potential for a malfunction.

Replacing this module depends on its location as well as the relative ease involved in its replacement. You may have to take a look at your vehicle's service manual to find where exactly this module is located (it's usually located within the vehicle's steering column) and level of work that's needed to replace it.

If push comes to shove, you can always bypass the entire system by installing a transponder bypass module. This module completely skips the transponder/transceiver validation process, allowing you to start your car without any issues. However, defeating this security measure also defeats the purpose of the transponder key in the first place.

For more information, contact your car dealership or a local locksmith.