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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. 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.
The electric immobiliser/alarm system was invented by St. George Evans and Edward Birkenbuel and patented in 1919. They developed a 3x3 grid of double-contact switches on a panel mounted inside the car so when the ignition switch was activated, current from the battery (or magneto) went to the spark plugs allowing the engine to start, or immobilising the vehicle and sounding its horn. The system settings could be changed each time the car was driven. Modern 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. Early models used a static code in the ignition key (or key fob) which was recognised by an RFID loop around the lock barrel and checked against the vehicle's engine control unit (ECU) for a match. If the code is unrecognised, the ECU will not allow fuel to flow and ignition to take place. Later models use rolling codes or advanced cryptography to defeat copying of the code from the key or ECU.
The microcircuit inside the key is activated by a small electromagnetic field which induces current to flow inside the key body, which in turn broadcasts a unique binary code which is read by the automobile's ECU. When the ECU determines that the coded key is both current and valid, the ECU activates the fuel-injection sequence.
In some vehicles, attempts to use an unauthorised or "non-sequenced" key cause the vehicle to activate a timed no-start condition and in some highly advanced systems, even use satellite or mobile phone communication to alert a security firm that an unauthorised attempt was made to code a key.
Coincidentally, this information is often recorded in modern automobile ECUs, which may record many other variables including speed, temperature, driver weight, geographic location, throttle position and yaw angle. This information can be used during insurance investigations, warranty claims or technical troubleshooting.