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Reflash Lexus, Toyota and Honda ECU/ECM Computer Service

AACR Locksmith now provides on-site reflash service for Lexus, Toyota’s and Honda vehicles that require the ECU to be replaced.

If you have lost your keys for a Lexus, Toyota or Honda on some models made between 1998 and 2004 the computer or ECU may have to be replaced or reflashed to program new keys back into the car, also if you only have a valet key and want to add another key the ECU has to be replaced or reflashed. The dealer will install a new computer in your car at a cost ranging from $1000.00 to $ 2500.00 dollars, they also may tell you that is the only way to get new keys and that they are the only ones that can do this service, in the majority of cases this is not true. We have the equipment needed to make replacement keys and also to reflash the computer and can provide this service at a price far lower than the dealers offer. We can also do this at your location, no need for towing services.

How Does This Service Work ?

1. Give Us A Call – There are some models that show ECU replacement or Reflashing is necessary when in reallity there is no transponder system used on that car and replacement keys can be remade at a very reasonable price.

2. If service is determined to be necessary
a. We come to your location, and generate the new keys (you get 2 new keys)

b. We remove the ECU and reflash the unit, then reinstall it.

c. We then program the keys into the car

d. You now have 2 new working keys to your car

3. In most cases we can provide same day service, to get you back on the road again.

 

Below is a list of the most commonly asked questions about this service.  If you have any other questions, feel free to give us a call.
1.Question- I lost the keys to my Lexus or Toyota (this also applies to some Honda’s and Acura’s), I called the dealer and he stated I had to replace the computer in order to start my car, Is that my only option?

Answer- No that isn’t correct, we can reflash, reprogram or reset your computer and
make new keys for your vehicle.

2.Question- Can I get a remote head key for my vehicle? Do you cut these keys?
Answer- Yes, we can provide you with a remote head key. Yes, we can cut these keys
and send them with your reflashing order.

3.Question- Why don’t the dealers provide this service?
Answer- The dealers just replace the ECM, ECU or ICU that way they make more
money.

4.Question- How long does it take to remove the ECM, ECU, ICU from my vehicle?
Answer- Removal usually takes 10-30 mins when done the first time.

5.Question- Why do you need the door lock from my vehicle?
Answer- We use the door lock to check the keys to be sure they work properly. We can
do it without but the keys cannot be guaranteed to work, due to a wrong code or locks
that were changed.

6.Question- How long does it take to remove the door lock?
Answer- A person can usually remove the lock in 20-45 mins. A mechanic or auto body
professional can remove the lock in less time.

7.Question- Is it cheaper to reflash the computer (ECM, ECU, ICU) or just buy a new
computer from the dealer?
Answer- Reflashing or Reprogramming the computer is always a more cost effective
solution to the problem.

8.Question- How long does it take to have this service completed?
Answer- We can usually do these the same day we receive it, and send it out the next
day.

9.Question- How should I package and ship my ECM, ECU or ICU to you?
Answer- You should wrap the computer up in bubble wrap, put it into a durable box,
tape the box closed with approved packaging tape. You need to insure the package for
approximately $1500.00, to cover it in case of loss or damage. We insure it when we
send it back to you.

10.Question- What is the shipping cost?
Answer- The cost depends on how fast you need it shipped back to you. UPS Next Day
Air is the most popular way to ship, the cost is $65.00 for this service. UPS Second Day
shipping is $45.00. UPS Ground shipping is $15.00, all these prices include insurance.

11.Question- My remote key head is cracked, and the key is loose, can you fix this?
Answer- Yes, We can cut a new key with the new shell attached to it. The only thing
that needs to done then is to swap the electronic part from the old key to the new
remote head key. Replacing the shell is cheaper than buying another new remote
head key.

12. Question- Can you come to my location and perform the ECM removal and
reflashing service?
Answer- Yes, we will come to your location. We service many locations. Please call us
for more details.

13. Question- What kind of Remote Head Keys do you sell?
Answer- We have several different kinds of Remote Head Keys that we sell. We have
New Lexus Remote Head keys, Aftermarket Remote Head Keys and Refurbished
Remote Head Keys. The new Lexus Remote Head Keys are the most expensive, the
Aftermarket and Refurbished Remote Head Keys are a better deal. The only difference
between the New Remote Head Keys and the Refurbished Aftermarket Remote Head
Keys is the new one has the Lexus Logo on the back of the shell and has new
electronics inside the shell. The Refurbished Aftermarket Remote Head Keys have a
new blade and a shell without the Lexus Logo on the back of the shell. The electronics
inside these Refurbished Aftermarket Remote Head Keys are used but in perfect
working condition. There might be some small scratches and minimal wear on the
plastic. All of our Remote Head Keys carry the same warranty. The warranty is for 60
days unless otherwise specified, this doesn’t cover damage or abuse.

Transponder Keys – Why They are Important

Technology makes people’s lives safe and secure. With the latest innovation on transponder keys, we are assured of having secured homes, offices, and cars. Transponder keys are high security keys manufactured to provide transmission signal between your key and the lock.

Transponder keys
Transponder keys

Transponder keys are beneficial with the use of the installed programmed chip in the key. Transponder keys can have many uses especially in cars because these keys work by having a unique code in the key that transmits signals. Transponder keys are inserted in the car’s ignition and the computer in the car would then emit an electrical impulse to the key. The chip in the key would then send back a code to the car’s computer to make the car start. If somebody attempts to insert a wrong key, the engine will be locked and will not start anymore.

The automobile manufactures provide two transponder chip keys with the car when it is purchased. As we all know if you lose one of those keys you need to get it replaced so you don’t end up locked out of your car. Many people think that the only option for getting these keys replaced is to contact a dealer and purchase it from them. Some locksmiths have the equipment and knowledge to cut these keys for you.

Not all locksmiths have the appropriate equipment or knowledge to duplicate and program transponder keys so make sure you get a locksmith who can do this for you. Locksmiths that can make replacement transponder keys have made a significant investment in equipment and training. You generally can get these keys at a lower price from a locksmith than you can if you go to the dealer. Finding a qualified locksmith for to make the transponder keys for you can be tricky, but if you live in the Myrtle Beach or Horry/Georgetown county area you can go to [us_c] and we will take good care of you.

Transponder keys are essential in achieving zero percent stolen. With transponder keys, automobile security industry has been transformed and peace of mind can be realized. For further inquiries about transponder keys, you may contact [us_c].

Transponder Keys – What Are They?

Transponder keys are a high security way to safeguard your vehicle, through the use of radio waves as opposed to traditional lock and key. They were invented primarily as a means to prevent car theft, and are highly effective at doing just that. When you need transponder keys made for an emergency, for a lost set of keys, or as a spare pair, you can not call on just any old [us_mbl].  Instead, you have to find one that can work with them.  [us_c] specializes in transponder (computer-chip) keys.  We are one of the very few locksmiths in Horry county that can program 98% of the transponder keys in the Horry and Georgetown counties in South Carolina [excluding BMW, Mercedes, VW, Volvo & Saab.  At the time of this article NO LOCKSMITH in the area can program these vehicles] .

Transponder keys are coded and given to you when you buy a car. There is an embedded transmission chip that is installed into each individual key to allow the vehicle to start. Without the key, you have no chance of starting the car. This incredible innovation in automotive security has made hot wiring or stealing a car nearly impossible. The only way a car that operates with a transponder key can be stolen is to steal the actual keys themselves.

Another great thing about transponder keys is that they can also be canceled if they are stolen. If someone steals your car keys or worse yet, your car, you can easily have the locksmith or dealership cancel the keys. This will render the car impossible to start.

Spare keys are made for transponder keys, but they still have to be programmed before they will function properly. Blank keys as they are commonly called can be acquired through many [us_mbl], but you should be sure that the locksmith is bonded and insured before dealing with them. They have to not only give you the keys, but also be able to activate them. Otherwise, you have ones that are rather useless. Most people go to a [us_mbl] for their spare or emergency transponder keys because it is much less expensive to do so. Nobody wants to pay the inflated dealer prices for them.

[us_c] are professionals at cutting these blank transponder keys and then pairing them up with your vehicle. The key is to deal only with the better known and licensed locksmiths in your area. These particular keys are far too complicated and advanced for the layman to attempt to do, so unlicensed locksmiths are not advised. They would likely hurt your car far more than help you out of your automotive security problem.

Another common problem with these keys are when they break off or become stuck in the ignition or door of your vehicle. A good [us_mbl] can easily extract your broken key and provide you with a transponder key that will work. It is very convenient that you can settle both the broken key and get a new key all at once.

Because transponder keys are not cheap, you need to make certain that you have the right keys when you buy a used car. Car dealerships can, of course, program these keys to their particular make of car, but you will pay a much heavier price than a typical car key would cost. Going to a dependable [us_mbl] can save you money and likely a ton of time over a dealership, so keep that in mind when you need new set made.

[us_c] is one of the very few locksmiths that can program 98% of the transponder keys in the Horry and Georgetown counties in South Carolina [excluding BMW, Mercedes, VW, Volvo & Saab.  At the time of this article NO LOCKSMITH in the area can program these vehicles] .

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