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Hi,everybody in jag land i have a query,when i bought my S type i only got one set of keys,however.i have got another one cut at an expensive £45.00,this opens and locks the doors,turns on the ignition but wont start the car,would i be right in assuming that there is a chip of somesort in the original key.

thanks for you help in advance,chaps and Happy Easter,Adi

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Sounds like the key is duff.


Have a look at these eBay links, perhaps they may be of help, I hope you get things sorted shortly:







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Hi Adrian, as far as I know each key is fitted with an electronic device which is programmed to the cars electronics. When the key is placed in the ignition a decoding process is used to validate the key and the car cannot be started unless the key is programmed to the vehicles electronic system. In other words the new key you have had cut if it is not programmed to your car's electronics isn't going to start it. Unfortunately I think the only way to get a programmed key is through a Jaguar dealership and they will ask for proof of vehicle ownership, they will also require the key number which would originally have been on  a sticky label on the key. Jaguar advise that this label is removed for security reasons and kept safe should it be needed in the future, so you may not have the number. If you don't Jaguar I would think could trace it from the cars VIN number. Whichever way you look at it to get a spare key to start your car isn't going to be cheap. This is my take on the situation, however other members may know differently and if so any information that is forthcoming will be of benefit to us all. Best wishes and good luck Geoff.

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Hi Adi

Geoff's bang on about the chip, Its a transponder. you will need the code, and it won't be cheap getting a key cut and the transponder coded. I'm in the same boat as you, new car only one key. Sorry for the bad news but best of luck, Karl

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I think Josh is correct, thinking back I had my spare set replaced under warranty, thery said they couldn't just send a new key through the post as they needed the vehicle as well to programme the key to, which was a 140 mile round trip .


So unless anyone knows of a different way I think you will have to do what Josh suggests .





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Well,chaps been a while however happy ending.after all the faffing about with the spare key being cut,i spoke to a nice Indian gentleman who has a cobbler and key cutting stall in Castleford Market.After explaining my situation.he took my key cut another from a blank and asked me to try it when i went home,eureeka moment.new key fit all locks and ignition but again no start on engine,returned later that week gave him the key which he fitted a centre.then programed the key from a computer final price £40.00 job done,i suppose its finding the right man at the right time.any way will keep you posted on my up and coming adventures " Headlight droop to fix" and Heater always hot 3 way valve to test,and lots of little things that keep us men amused at weekend that women dont understand,bye for now happy motoring chaps,p.s will try and post some pictures of me motor,and if anybody else calls me Arfur Daly i'll swing for em Terry.cheers.



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