Ignition Lock Cylinder

Albert Owner/Technician Pennsylvania Posted   Latest   Edited  
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2011 Hyundai Elantra Touring GL 2.0L (E) 4-spd (A4CF2)

Hi to all ,

Ok, My question is, I have a customer who wants me to change the Ignition Lock Cylinder how involved is it and do I have to program it into the system?

The reason being the customer had it somewhere else for other repairs, and that place caught fire, and they lost the key I did suggest having a new key cut by a dealer or somewhere that can cut keys, but the customer refused this and thinks it'll be cheaper just replacing the whole thing I just don't want to turn the car into a lawn ornament.

Thank you for your time

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Sean Owner
Arizona
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It'll be cheaper to have keys cut by code, then programmed. .9 for the ignition cylinder. .5 for each door lock cylinder. Key code and pin through autocode​.​us is 18, I charge 95 to originate key from code, and another 90 to program them. If it were at my shop, there's no way I would change the locks on the whole car.

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Rob Owner/Technician
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If there is nothing wrong with the rest of the locks its going to be cheaper to have a new key made, that way if it ever happens again or the customer loses a key they will always be able to have a key made to the CODE the vehicle came with. You have advised the customer correctly and it's usually bad news when they don't follow your professional advice. I have a word for those that don't follow…

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Dan Owner/Technician
Texas
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...Sean and Rob are 100% correct...I'd punt it and the hardheaded owner...Dan H. ...South Texas...

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Marlin Technician
Oregon
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The job of a SA is to inform the customer of the costs of the options. Why in the world are you operating on the direction of (potential) customer assumption?

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Ty Technician
Connecticut
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Not sure what the drama is all about on this. Replacing the lock cylinder does not require programming. But without the old key to place the cylinder in ACC position, there is no way to replace just the cylinder, as it simply will not come out otherwise. You will need the entire housing. Obviously the supplied keys will not match the door/trunk, but if you get a key cut to the OE, the new lock…

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Marlin Technician
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…gt;Not sure what the drama is all about on this. I don't either. >Replacing the lock cylinder does not require programming. But without the old key to place the cylinder in ACC position, there is no way to replace just the cylinder, as it simply will not come out otherwise. You will need the entire housing. Yeah, it seems crazy to me, Why not just get a matching key and help the…

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Albert Owner/Technician
Pennsylvania
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I can get the cylinder out without any issues I just needed to know If I needed to program it I've replaced enough cylinders to be able to do this job with ease. I've also told the customer that it should be cheaper to get the key cut by code we'll see if they understand that. If I get the job I will do the whole job that includes replacing keyless entry fobs. Thank you all for your replies…

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Paul Mechanic
Illinois
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How well do you know customer? Something does not feel right to me? Does you know if he owes on vehicle or can you at least confirm his story? Proceed cautiously either way. Good luck

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Sean Owner
Arizona
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I'm not positive, but it looks like that one is a standard key, with no chip, so no programming needed, unless it's the smart key system, then there would be no ignition lock. You will still need to change all door locks, and trunk locks. If you do this procedure, please verify ownership, and document on the work order that the owner chose to change the key code from the factory designated…

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Ty Technician
Connecticut
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Marlin, good catch. You're right. If he gets a key cut to the original code, no need to replace ignition cylinder. Seems to me, this should have been a pretty simple process. Not sure where it went side-ways.

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Albert Owner/Technician
Pennsylvania
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Ok I want to thank all who replied to this. I asked the customer to call around for pricing on getting the key cut by code I guess he did not before coming to me turns out it's a lot cheaper. Thank you

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