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- car lock-smith Hey there. Have you broken or misplaced the key to your Audi? Do you want to duplicate transponder key, laser cut or keyless entry device? Googling for an affordable and convenience replacement key service?

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Okey DoKey Locksmith offer 24/7 fast and affordable Audi replacement key. Call (832)408-0006 for immediate assistance, free estimate and scheduling. Our expert mobile car locksmith come to you to duplicate or replace your lost keys on-site.

Furthermore, we can solve all your Audi locks, key and ignition concerns.

Does Audi use transponder keys?

transponder keys Audi started using sidewinder transponder keys in 2001 and most vehicles adopt the use of transponder keys. The Audi A4 is an exception which did not had transponders until 2002.

In 2006 few models started using the keyless entry device based on the Keyless Entry & Keyless Start (KESSY). This technology also use transponders and is either standard or optional equipment on various model and years.

Why does Audi use transponder keys?

vehicle anti theft Transponder key provide vehicles with a higher security level against theft. Transponder deter and prevent theft by eliminating the option of ‘hot wiring’ the car using a discrete code. This makes breaking the door and ignition lock ineffective! If the car computer doesn’t recognize the key microchip code, it won’t start.

How does Audi transponder and immobilizer work?

An immobilized Audi consist of immobilizer, RFID transponder key and an antena around the ignition switch. When the key turned in the ignition, the antenna induces a voltage in the transponder chip. The chip send a unique encrypted code signal to the immobilizer. If the immobiliser recognize the code, it sends back a random number to the key. The key and immobiliser both calculate the codes. If the codes match on both sides, normal engine starting is allowed.

How do I know if my Audi has a transponder key?

  • Audi A4 2002 - 2015
  • Audi A3 2006 - 2015
  • Audi TT 2001 - 2015
  • Audi A8 2001 - 2015
  • Audi A6 2001 - 2005
  • Audi Q5 2007 - 2015
  • Audi A5 2001 - 2015

How to duplicate Audi keys and remotes?

duplicate car keys Audi key programming is done with VW proprietary diagnostic equipment and programmers. The process of making a spare key also requires a unique PIN code obtained from Audi. All previous keys must to be present for the duplication process.

To duplicate a Audi key you have two options, the dealer or a locksmith. Getting a spare key from the dealership is a good option for a good quality OEM keys. The locksmith will be a good option if you are looking for the convenience.

Audi key made by VIN

Each lock on your Audi created with a special keycode at manufacturing time and saved with the VIN. Using the VIN, the locksmith or the dealer what’s designated for each cut in the key. To duplicate a key you will provide your VIN number, registration or title. Many times the dealer don't have the key in stock and will order a replacement key from Audi which will takes 2 to 5 days to be delivered. Once the key has arrived, you will have to drive with your vehicle to the dealer to cut and program the new key.

Audi key cloning

Few locksmiths have the ability to identify, edit, generate and clone transponder keys, remotes and smart keys. Using special key cloning machine, they can detect the signals from the transponder key code and the ignition coil. Cloning is usually used when you don't want to wait for the dealer key or if there is a problem in the vehicle key-lock system. For example, if the ignition cylinder and coil was replaced before.

Why is it hard to find a locksmith to make keys for Audi?

Audi was one of the first to protect the transponder with a unique 4-digit PIN code for each vehicle. Initially, the code was available only to the dealer. The 4 digit was ‘hashed’ in a 7-digit PIN that changed daily and is unique to the specific dealer.

The 4 digit code was eventually cracked and could easily be converted back to a 4-digit static PIN. Using a proprietary diagnostic tool (VAS 5052), few locksmiths can make keys to Audi until 2005.

In 2006 Audi countermeasure the process to keep grubby locksmiths from tinkering with their preciouses. Their proprietary diagnostic tool has to be plugged in simultaneously to the vehicle and to Audi database via the internet.

After a wotldwide protest, Audi made the ability to program keys available to third parties. A locksmith today can program Audi keys ONLY if he purchase the VAS 5052 from Audi.

Can you program a Audi remote yourself?

Audi offer onboard interface to duplicate remotes! In order to program a duplicate remote, you will need one functional key and a cut and programmed key. To get a cut and programmed key you can ask the dealer for a key by VIN or to buy cut key online. Follow the insrtruction below to program a duplicate remote:

  1. Insert new cut key into the ignition and turn the it to the “On” position. (Do not crank the motor).
  2. Step out of your vehicle and close the driver’s door.
  3. Insert the primary key into the driver door lock and turn it to the right. This will manually lock the door. Once the door is locked, remove the key.
  4. Press the “Unlock” button the primary key remote hold it down for at least one second and release it.
  5. Open the door and turn the ignition back to the “Off” position.
  6. The new remote should be programmed to the vehicle.

Lost/stolen key replacement! What to do?

lost key madeIf your Audi made before 2000, your vehicle use a key with no chip. Find a dealer, locksmith or even a hardware store with a car key cutting machine and get a new key made by the VIN.

One exception to the above is if the ignition changed and is not in sync with the VIN. In the second case a locksmith need to replace the ignition again or to make a new key by reading the key grooves inside the ignition cylinder. This process is more complex and requires a locksmith with the right machine and experience.

If you lost all your keys to a vehicle that uses transponder key, the engine control unit should be reprogrammed. The immobiliser will accept a new key and reject the old one promising the disabling of the old/lost/stolen key.

This reprogramming interface available only to the Audi dealer or a licensed locksmith. This means that the car towed to the dealer or a mobile locksmith will have to come out to you.

Note - If you choose to tow your vehicle to the dealer, you don't need the car at the dealer when you order the key. You only need to tow the vehicle when the new key arrives to the dealer.

Can the dealer make keys for older Audi?

Most Audi dealers has stopped making remotes and flipkeys for older models. They will cut a new metal transponder key to manually unlock the door and start the car but no fobs.

My Audi ignition key wont turn! What to do?

ignition repair There are many reasons for ignition problems! Please check our article about ignition repair and replacement.

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emergency mobile locksmith Our emergency mobile car lock smith are in working order 24/7. Ready to handle all your Audi ignition and locks dilemmas. We usually arrive at customer location fast.

Our truck is entirely arrayed with current programming, cutting and diagnostic devices able to restore keys onsite. A key replacement process for a vehicle usually done same day.

We taking pride in bringing an economical cost and reliable services. Give us a call at (832)408-0006 for a FREE ESTIMATE and our Audi expert will arrive to your place ASAP. Okey DoKey Locksmith is always here to meet your needs in a professional way.


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  4. edmunds - American online resource for automotive information.

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