Immobilizer Key Security Car Dashboard Light
The immobilizer system is a car security mechanism that prevents the engine from starting unless the proper key is used or provided. A tiny transponder in the ignition key and electrical gadgets within the car make up the immobilizer system. The Immobilizer system examines, determines, and validates whether the ignition key is genuine or not when the driver enters it into the ignition switch and switches it to the ON position. Only if the Immobilizer system determines that the key is genuine will the driver be allowed to start the vehicle.
The Immobilizer Indicator will light when the ignition key is inserted and switched to the ON position, and will remain illuminated until the engine is started. The Immobilizer Indicator will turn off once the engine is started. When the ignition switch is switched to the ON position, the Immobilizer Indicator blinks. Contact your local Kia dealer to have the system examined. When you push the start/stop button in the ACC or ON position with the smart key in the car, the Immobilizer Indicator will glow in amber for 30 seconds before turning off. If the Immobilizer Indicator lights in amber for just 2 seconds or blinks, get the system examined at your local Kia dealer. The Immobilizer will flash for a few seconds if the smart key is not present in the car, and the driver will be unable to start the engine until the smart key is present. The Immobilizer Indicator will also flash if the smart key’s battery is low or if the smart key system is malfunctioning. If this happens, contact your local Kia dealer to have the system examined. Even if the battery is low, the engine may be started by pushing the start/stop button with the smart key.
When the immobilizer fails, the following are the most common symptom.
When you use a key to remotely lock the doors of your vehicle, you will discover that they do not lock. It’s a sure sign that your car’s immobilizer is malfunctioning. Many contemporary vehicles lack keyholes on the exterior of the doors, making it impossible to open them manually with the key.
You are unable to open the doors of your vehicle using the smart key, which is another indication of immobilizer issues. If you lock the door from the inside, you will be unable to get back into your vehicle since your key will not open the door. You’ll need to contact a locksmith to open the door at this point.
Starting issues with the engine
The most frequent symptom of a problem with your car’s engine immobilizer is that it won’t start at all. If you haven’t had any problems with the locking mechanisms, there may be a number of reasons for this. When your car’s engine refuses to start, it’s a sign that there’s an issue with the immobilizer or the smart key itself.
What to do if the immobilizer fails
Please contact your car local dealer for your vehicle. There’s a possibility the issue comes from a recently changed ignition key, a new ignition switch, or a lock cylinder. If that be the case, your vehicle dealer may be able to create a new key key with the proper microchip for the new ignition lock cylinder.
Inquire with local locksmith with the special tools, to see if they can make another key based on the pre-installed microchip in your original. This chip, in conjunction with the VIN (vehicle identifying number), which enables the vendor to identify the immobilizer unit used for the car, may enable the shop to build a functioning, effective copy and fix the immobilizer issues.
What Should You Do With Micro Chipped Keys? (most modern immobilizers)
1. Experiment with various keys.
2. Switch the ignition on and off 5-6 times.
3. Turn on the ignition for 5 minutes, then turn it off and restart.
4. Remove the battery for 5 minutes.
5. Disconnect the battery for 5 minutes, then connect the positive (+) and negative (-) wires to disperse any tiny electrical charge contained in the electronics.
6. Disconnect the battery for 5 minutes before reconnecting it with the ignition key in the on position.
What Should You Do With Remote Key Fobs?
1. Inspect the remote’s batteries.
2. Remove the batteries from the remote and press the button.
3. Disconnect the car’s battery for 5 minutes.
4. Press and hold the button for a few seconds.
5. Press and hold both buttons for a few seconds.
6. If you are in a high-radio-interference area (such as a port or a supermarket parking lot), relocate your vehicle to a different place.
Thank you -Erwin