As a professional locksmith, I have encountered numerous situations where clients have lost their keys or their keys have worn out over time. In these cases, it is essential to have the expertise and tools to create a new key without the original. This process requires precision, knowledge, and specialized equipment to ensure that the new key fits perfectly into the lock. In this article, I will share with you the techniques and methods used by locksmiths to make a new key without the original one. When you lose your keys or they become too worn out, it can be a frustrating and stressful experience.
However, there is no need to panic as a skilled locksmith can still create a replacement key for you. The first step in this process is to use a code cutter to identify the depth of the code slots in the lock's key. This information is crucial as it tells us how the new key should be cut to fit perfectly into the lock. With years of experience, a locksmith can easily determine the code and make a replacement key that works seamlessly. Another method used by locksmiths is to disassemble the lock (with great care) and measure the pins or wafers inside.
This allows us to determine where the cuts in the operating key should be made. While this method may seem complicated, it is an effective way to create a new key without the original one. However, it is essential to note that this technique can only be used if the locksmith has free access to the cylinder. Modern car keys come with advanced security features that require specialized tools and techniques to replicate them. This means that if you lose your car key or break it in the ignition or lock, it can seem like a nightmare.
But fear not, as an experienced locksmith can still make a replacement key for you. However, this process is more complex as the locksmith will also need to program the transponder chip to communicate with the car's computer. This ensures that the new key can start the car and perform other functions. It is a common misconception that only dealerships can replace modern car keys. In fact, many dealerships outsource this task to external locksmiths.
As a result, you can save up to 50% of the cost by going directly to a locksmith. We have the expertise and equipment to cut and program the exact same key at a fraction of the cost. This is why it is always recommended to contact a locksmith first when you need a replacement key for your car. When creating a new key without the original, it is crucial to determine the correct code and key. This is where our skills and experience come into play.
By inspecting the lock, we can identify any marks or impressions left by the pins and wafers. These marks can guide us in filing a working key that fits perfectly into the lock. Additionally, we may also need to use the vehicle identification number (VIN) to determine the correct code for your car's key. While it is helpful to have the key identification number, it is not always mandatory information. In some cases, we may be able to create a new key without it.
However, it is always recommended to have this information on hand as it can speed up the process and ensure that we create an accurate replacement key for your car.