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How do I enter a 08-13 Corvette with a Dead Car Battery? or Remote?



Back in January I had a customer who went on vacation and disconnected his car battery so it wouldn't die while he was away.  He knew the emergency key slides out from his remote so he wasn't worried about getting back into the car.  When he got back, he couldn't find the lock cylinder and contacted me.

I explained that the emergency key will work in the glove box and back hatch only.  The back hatch keyhole is near the license plate.  Once he could open the back hatch, he could pull the manual door release handle.

I figured I'd better post this for anyone else whose battery is dead or disconnected.  I'd imagine it can be very frustrating trying to figure out how to open the door, never thinking to open the back hatch instead.

By the way, if you need a spare Driver #1 remote, Driver #2 remote, or Emergency key, just click the preceding links to view and order them.

Chrysler Crossfire Flipkey Starts Engine But Remote Doesn't Work

The switchblade remote key can lose it's synchronization if the buttons are pressed too many times when not in range of the vehicle.  If this happens the solution is to simply resynchronize.
  1. Insert key into ignition.  Don't turn it.
  2. Press the lock button on the switchblade remote key twice in 2 seconds.
  3. Turn the key to ON or RUN within 30 seconds.
  4. Take the key out.  Exit vehicle and have the doors closed.  Test the remote.
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How to determine which VATS chip your key has.


VATS stands for Vehicle Anti-theft System and is also known as PASS-Key (PersonalCK595512 595525 Automotive Security System). Each VATS key has a resistor embedded within the key-blade, and each resistor has 1 of 15 possible values. Sometimes the resistors are refered to as a Vats Pellet or Vats Chip. Decoding a VATS key is very simple, but it requires that you know how to use an ohm meter. Any multimeter will have an ohm meter and any Radio Shack, Electronic or Hardware Store can sell you one.

CK596772 596785All VATS keys have a resistor embedded in the key blade with metal prongs protruding out of each side of the key blade. In order to read the resistance of the resistor in the key blade, place one lead of the ohm meter on one metal prong, and the other lead on the other metal prong, opposite, on the other side of the key blade. With the leads in their proper position a resistance value can be read from the ohm meter.

The value from your ohm meter will probably not match, exactly, the resistance value in the chart below, but choose the value closest to the value on your ohm meter. The corresponding code number is the identification number of your VATS key.
  1. Go to a Radioshack or other electronics equipment store and use a Digital Multimeter.
  2. Switch it to measure Kilo-Ohms (resistance.)
  3. Take the ends of the terminals of the tester and place them on the metal thread at the center of the VATS chip.
  4. Measure the Kilo-Ohms.  It will be between 0 and 12.
  5. Use this chart to decide which VATS key chip # you need.  Round your number to the nearest value on the chart to determine which VATS chip number your key has.

VATS Chip Number

1 0.402
2 0.523
3 0.681
4 0.887
5 1.130
6 1.470
7 1.870
8 2.370
9 3.010
10 3.740
11 4.750
12 6.040
13 7.500
14 9.530
15 11.801


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What is a transponder key or chipkey?


A transponder is a benign electronic device implanted in the head of a key which remains dormant until awakened by energy derived from its close proximity to an induction coil at the threshold of a vehicle’s ignition lock. When a transponder becomes energized by the ignition lock being turned ON, it transmits a unique Alpha-numeric identity code back to the induction coil and the on-board computer - for comparison with values stored in the computer’s memory. If the RF transmission from the transponder is an exact match then the engine can be started.

Transponder technology represents a major advance in theft protection.  Since its introduction in 1996, transponder key use has grown to over 90 million cars in North America today.

Transponder keys may also be called “chip keys”. Transponder keys are automotive ignition keys with signal-emitting circuits built inside.

When the key is turned in the ignition cylinder, the car's computer transmits a radio signal to the transponder circuit. The circuit has no battery; it is energized by the radio signal itself. The circuit typically has a computer chip that is programmed to respond by sending a coded signal back to the car's computer. If the circuit does not respond or if the code is incorrect, the engine will not start. Many cars immobilize if the wrong key is used by intruders. Chip Keys successfully protect cars from theft in two ways: forcing the ignition cylinder won't start the car, and the keys are difficult to duplicate. This is why chip keys are popular in modern cars and help decrease car theft.

Many people who have transponder keys are not aware of the fact because the circuit is hidden inside the plastic head of the key. On the other hand, General Motors produced what are known as VATS keys (Vehicle Anti-Theft System) during the 1990s, which are often erroneously believed to be transponders but actually use a simple resistor, which is visible in the blade of the key. If the value of the resistor is wrong, or the key is a normal key without a resistor, the circuit of the car's electrical system will not allow the engine to be started.

How Transponder Works



Your vehicle key can operate your padlock.



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Worlds first codeable Padlock.
Now your vehicle key can operate your padlock.
On the first key insertion and rotation, the sidebar pushes each codebar onto it's tumbler, permanently matching tumbler to the key.


Self-Coding Padlock for Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep 8-cut keys

Self-Coding Car Key Padlock 

Works with the key for the following vehicles:
1999-2010 Chrysler 300
2007-2010 Chrysler Aspen
1999-2000 Chrysler Cirrus
1998-2004 Chrysler Concorde
1999-2001 Chrysler LHS
2004-2008 Chrysler Pacifica
2001-2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser
1998-2000 Chrysler Sebring Convertible - not 4 door or coupe
2001-2010 Chrysler Sebring Convertible, 2 Door and 4 Door
1998-2007 Chrysler Town & Country
2001-2004 Chrysler Voyager
2008-2009 Dodge Avenger
2007-2009 Dodge Caliber
1998-2007 Dodge Caravan & Grand Caravan
2006-2007 Dodge Charger
2001-2009 Dodge Dakota
2001-2009 Dodge Durango
1998-2004 Dodge Intrepid
2005-2007 Dodge Magnum
2000-2005 Dodge Neon
2007-2009 Dodge Nitro
2002-2009 Dodge Ram
1999-2006 Dodge Stratus
2006-2007 Jeep Commander
2007-2009 Jeep Compass
1998-2001 Jeep Cherokee
1998-2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2002-2009 Jeep Liberty
2007-2009 Jeep Patriot
1998-2009 Jeep Wrangler
1999-2000 Plymouth Breeze
2000-2001 Plymouth Neon
2001-2002 Plymouth Voyager
Self-Coding Car Key Padlock 
Works with the key for the following vehicles:
1997 Ford Aerostar
1997 Ford Bronco
1997-2000 Ford Contour
1997 Ford Club Wagon
1997-2010 Ford Crown Victoria
1997-2009 Ford Econoline
2007-2009 Ford Edge
2001-2009 Ford Escape
2000-2005 Ford Excursion
1997-2010 Ford Expedition
1997-2009 Ford Explorer
2001-2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
1998-2010 Ford F150, F250, F350
2005-2007 Ford Five Hundred
2009-2010 Ford Flex
2000-2009 Ford Focus
2004-2007 Ford Freestar
2006-2008 Ford Freestyle
2006-2010 Ford Fusion
2005-2006 Ford GT
1997-2010 Ford Mustang
1997-2010 Ford Ranger
1993-2010 Ford Taurus
2008-2009 Ford Taurus X
2001-2006 Ford Thunderbird
1997-2003 Ford Windstar
2002-2005 Lincoln Aviator
2002 Lincoln Blackwood
1997-2002 Lincoln Continental
1999-2006 Lincoln LS
2006-2008 Lincoln Mark LT
1996-1998 Lincoln Mark VIII
2009-2010 Lincoln MKS
2007-2009 Lincoln MKX
2007-2009 Lincoln MKZ
1998-2009 Lincoln Navigator
1998-2009 Lincoln Town Car
2006 Lincoln Zephyr
Works with the key for the following vehicles:
2008-2010 Buick Enclave
2005-2009 Buick Lacrosse
2006-2010 Buick Lucerne
2006-2009 Cadillac DTS
2007-2010 Cadillac Escalade
2004-2009 Cadillac SRX
2007-2011 Chevrolet Avalanche
2006-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
2005-2009 Chevrolet Corvette
2007-2009 Chevrolet Equinox
2008-2011 Chevrolet Express
2006-2011 Chevrolet HHR
2006-2011 Chevrolet Malibu
2006-2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
2007-2011 Chevrolet Silverado
2007-2011 Chevrolet Suburban
2007-2011 Chevrolet Tahoe
2009-2010 Chevrolet Traverse
2007-2011 GMC Acadia
2008-2011 GMC Savana
2007-2011 GMC Sierra
2006-2011 GMC Yukon
2008-2009 Hummer H2
2007-2010 Pontiac G5
2005-2010 Pontiac G6
2004-2008 Pontiac Grand Prix
2006-2010 Pontiac Solstice
2007-2009 Pontiac Torrent
2007-2010 Saturn Aura
2003-2007 Saturn Ion
2007-2010 Saturn Outlook
2007-2010 Saturn Sky

Self-Coding Padlock for GM 10-cut Keys

Self-Coding Car Key Padlock
Works with the key for the following vehicles:
1998-2005 Buick Century
2000-2005 Buick Lesabre
1997-2005 Buick Park Avenue
2004-2007 Buick Ranier
2002-2007 Buick Rendezvous
1995-1999 Buick Riviera
1994-1999 Buick Skylark
2005-2007 Buick Terraza
2003-2007 Cadillac CTS
2000-2005 Cadillac Deville
2002-2006 Cadillac Escalade
1998-2004 Cadillac Seville
1996-2005 Chevrolet Astro
2002-2006 Chevrolet Avalanche
1999-2005 Chevrolet Blazer
2005-2006 Chevrolet Equinox
2005-some 2008 Chevrolet Express
1999-2004 Chevrolet S10 Pickup
1999-some 2007 Chevrolet Silverado
2003-2006 Chevrolet SSR
2000-2006 Chevrolet Suburban
1999-2006 Chevrolet Tahoe
2002-2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer
1998-2009 GMC Envoy
2004-2006 GMC Envoy XUV
1999-2004 GMC Jimmy
1999-2005 GMC Safari
1999-2007 GMC Savana
2000-2006 GMC Sierra
1999-2004 GMC Sonoma
1999-2005 GMC Yukon
2003-2007 Hummer H2
2003-2007 Isuzu Ascender
1996-2000 Isuzu Hombre
1992-1998 Oldsmobile Achieva
1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero
1995-2003 Oldsmobile Aurora
1996-2004 Oldsmobile Bravada
1997-1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass
1998-2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue
1999-2005 Oldsmobile Silhouette
2001-2005 Pontiac Aztek
2000-2005 Pontiac Bonneville
1994-2005 Pontiac Grand Am
1997-2003 Pontac Grand Prix
1997-2005 Pontiac Montana
2005-2009 Pontiac Montana SV6
1995-2005 Pontiac Sunfire
2006 Pontiac Torrent
2005-2007 Saturn Relay


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