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What Happens When Your Car Key Remote Stops Working

What Happens When Your Car Key Remote Stops Working

You walk into your garage one morning to head off to work, and you click the unlock button on your car key remote, but nothing happens. This happens to all of us at one point in our lives. Even with all our new technology and smart cars, keyless entry remotes still wear out over time and need fixing, reprogramming, or replacing. Whether it be a dead battery, a broken contact inside the remote, or something else entirely, car key remotes stop working eventually. Here’s what to do when your car key remote stops working in Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Brandon, and the surrounding areas. Determine the Problem When your car key remote suddenly stops working, the first step is to try and determine the problem. There are various ways in which you can troubleshoot your remote, but we’ve put together a list of steps to go through when troubleshooting your remote. Verify the remote is bad by trying a backup remote. If you have a backup remote, you can...
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Locksmith Services for Property Management Companies

Locksmith Services for Property Management Companies

Property management companies should be among the first in line for a long-term, valuable, locksmith company to have on speed dial. When it comes to the safety and security of your complexes, quality lock systems should be at the top of the list. Some of the most important tasks that the property managers typically undertake include: Securing the premises that your buildings are on Protecting against vandalism Ensuring the safety of tenants These can be accomplished easily with a professional, reliable locksmith on hand. For example, you can call Cheap Lock & Key! Cheap Lock & Key is licensed, insured, and trained in all areas of the field, including security audits.  Lock Changes, Master Keys, & Other Services Your Go-To Locksmith Can Provide An on-call locksmith can become one of the most powerful tools for property management companies. Your go-to locksmith will be familiar with all of the locks on your buildings. Furthermore, they will be able to...
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What is a Smart Key (Also Known as a Keyless Ignition System)?

What is a Smart Key (Also Known as a Keyless Ignition System)?

A Keyless Ignition System, or a SmartKey, is an electronic method of granting access to both entry and engine control of a vehicle. In 1995, Siemens started implementing the SmartKey. It was a device available to Mercedes-Benz models only. Over the years, this has evolved and smart keys are now present in vehicles of all makes, models and varying price points. How does the system work? The keyless ignition is a passive RFID system, which means that the vehicle sends a code to the ignition chip from its computer. The ignition chip receives the message and, if it recognizes the code, will give the operator full access to the vehicle. Simply put, as long as your SmartKey fob is inside your vehicle with you when you press the start button or flip the start switch, the engine should start and the car should become drivable. Not all systems are the same. While Keyless Ignition Systems generally work the same way, they may be set up differently, depending on the make or...
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Pros and Cons of Keyless Entry for Your Car

Pros and Cons of Keyless Entry for Your Car

In the Tampa Bay area, technology moves fast and the advancement of keyless entry for your vehicle is no different. Keyless entry is an added safety feature to many vehicles that require the key fob to be in the owner's possession, but does not necessarily require the owner to use the fob to open or start the car. Here are some of the pros and cons of this vehicle feature that is becoming more and more common across the board. Pros: Operation, Security, & Auto-Locking Features Ease of operating keyless entry. Keyless entry makes it easy to unlock your car. As long as your key fob is on you and you're within the proper range of your vehicle, the doors and trunk can be unlocked. Simply press the button on the side of your car door handle or your trunk handle and you can gain entry. The need to search through your pockets or purse for a traditional key have been eliminated. Added security. Thieves cannot use your key and make a copy of it to steal other...
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