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99 Ka, Is There An Immobilizer Bypass?


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So recently my spare key ring was stolen from my house which had my ford ka key on it.

I have a spare but it does not have the immobilizer chip in it so it's not actually any use really, I can unlock the car etc but I cannot start it. I'm from NZ and the lock smith wants to charge me $400 to program my spare key with an immobilizer chip, as I'm selling the car for $700 lol I can't justify it, I'd be better put dismantling it and selling as parts.

What I'm wondering is, is there anyway to remove/bypass/render useless the immobilizer so my spare key will work? Or am I screwed and now own a very large paper weight?

Thanks in advance

Murdoch

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The immobiliser circuit is integral to the ECU and instrument cluster so not possible I'm afraid.

$400 for a PATS chip isn't steep it's flaming vertical.

Surely there will be somewhere else that charges a more reasonable rate?

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I got told it's a 3 key system, thanks ford. So they can't program 1 key they have to program 3, so I have to buy 3 keys... fml

I just spent $700 fixing it up for it's warrant too 5x new wheels, new coil pack and new rear brake cylinders. I just wanted to break even lol

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It should only be 2 keys afaik.

Usually the car is supplied with one key with central locking and one without.

I would say that the key you do have is not an original as without a transponder it's pretty much redundant.

Surely there is an Auto Locksmith that can sort you out without the use of KY?

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Nope, he asked me about the spare key, apparently it's relevant that it has a red cap, which makes it a 3 key system. I think he said something about there being 3 different types of caps and red was the bad one :(

Anyway at this stage looks like I'll be stripping it for parts. I wonder if the tyre place would by the tyres back lol, drove on them for less than a week :(

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there has to be a way of coding a new key or remap the ecu to work with a new key with the chip in it.

have a look on what a keycoder has to say. i understand i am in the uk but this should apply to all countrys

so it can be done. try phoning around m8 and get some prices. i would recon around £150.00 uk money

as a chipped key £60.00 remapping about £80.00

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If the key had a red tab on it, it should be a 2 key system, and according to the documentation 2 key pats was fitted to KA's from 98.5 model year on.

The older 3 key system with a master key I seem to remember the whole body of the key was red.

KA-Pats.pdf

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I seem to remember that the old system (red body master key), using the all red key, up to 15 new keys could be made from that one key but you needed the red key

If it is not the red key system (ie just the red tab) you need two working keys to make a third.

Jake off these forums has knowledge of this.

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Cheers guys, I think even with a 2 key system at $100 a key and $125 to program them it's still way too much, I'll just hope the parts are in demand.

Thanks for your help and suggestions, I think bottom line is once again the little guy gets screwed by corporation lol.

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