Citroen Locksmith Manchester
Citroen Car Key Replacement & Repair Services
We are able to cut and program replacement Citroen keys and remote fobs for all the vehicles across the range, even the CITROEN RELAY (fiat immobiliser system)
Up to 1997, Citroen keys didn’t utilise transponders (or chips) and therefore don’t need programming. This includes vehicles using the keypad system. Therefore making new keys for this era of Citroen is much more straight forward. Even with lost key situations, we’ll have you up and running in no time at all.
FROM 1998 all Citroen vehicles use transponder keys as pictured above (including remote fobs also). The transponder contained within keys from 1998-2000 is known as a philips fixed code type 33 (or ‘T5’).
Transponder keys were employed because only when the vehicle receives a certain unique code from the transponder inside the key will it be allowed to start.
Making spare Citroen keys (1998-2000) is very straight forward and done on site in a matter of minutes.
Lost key situations, however will require a PIN code which is found under a scratch panel on a plastic ‘SECURITY CARD’ the size of a credit card in the owners wallet (see picture below). If this is missing , we can quickly obtain this code for you. You do not have to go to the dealers to get this.
FROM 2001 Citroen enhanced security by using chips with rolling codes (philips ‘type’ 46 or’T14).
Up until this year (2010), this meant that the programming of new keys was only possible by plugging diagnostic equipment into the vehicles OBD (communication) port and using a PIN code to complete the programming, hence making unauthorised duplication even more difficult.
As we constantly invest in technology and have the very latest equipment on the vans, now standard keys (ie. non remote type) can be programmed without needing the PIN code in a matter of minutes (providing a working programmed key is available).
The Vehicle Pin Coe is Essential for programming when:
- All keys are lost
- A remote key fob is required
If you do not have the PIN code, we can quickly obtain this for you.
REMOTE KEY FOBS: If you’re after a remote central locking fob (even if you don’t have one at present) then we can provide this for you (providing the vehicle came with one originally). Generally from 1998 onwards most Citroen’s came equipped with remote fobs.
In a number of cases, the fobs are the only option as they not only activate the central locking, but also turn the alarm on and off.
KEYS LOCKED INSIDE? Amongst other ways of this happening, many cars will self-lock if left unlocked (often after just a minute!) as a security measure. Using non-destructive techniques we can get into your vehicle and get you up and running again, even outside office hours! Call us immediately.
BROKEN KEYS / KEY BROKE IN LOCK? Key extraction service available. Don’t stress, help is only a phone call away. Even when keys are badly broken / worn down, solutions are at hand.
STOLEN KEYS: Had a key, or your only key stolen? If one’s gone missing or you’re unsure if someone else may have a copy then we can get this key deactivated from the vehicles memory , ensuring YOUR CAR STAYS IN YOUR HANDS! Lock changes or even re-coding existing locks where possible are also services we provide on site.
CITROEN RELAY VAN: This is essentially a fiat system which key programming is very specialised (requiring expensive equipment/software) and undertaken by a small number of auto-locksmiths, as the transponder in the key / remote is pre-coded to chassis. Basically this means normal programming procedures aren’t an option and a technique known as eeprom work needs to be done (vehicle specific key data and security codes extracted from the vans ECU or immobiliser and then written to the transponder).
THE DEALERS TAKE A WEEK TO OBTAIN THESE KEYS as they come special order from Fiats factory in Italy, THEN the small matter of taking the van to them for programming (not very convenient or economical if you’ve lost all keys!)
Even when all keys are lost, we’ll have you running again in a couple of hours!