Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: How can I get my car to start when the theft system won't allow my key to turn over?

asked by on

My key got broke and I thought I could buy a new one. The key doesn't have the chip in it it needs for it to start so the theft system kicked in. It says it may not restart and tells me to remove the key from the ignition.

My car has 236670 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: The security chip is designed to keep your ...

The security chip is designed to keep your vehicle from starting without the owner's key. Unfortunately, you will need to obtain a key with a chip and have it programed to the vehicle. A mobile locksmith may be able to provide this service or you may have the local dealership cut and program a key for you, using your VIN number.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Sputtering and stalling

Hello. If the issue returned after the spark plugs were replaced then it may be possible that there is an issue elsewhere. Aside from bad plugs, other issues with the ignition system, such as a faulty ignition coil or spark...

Q: What does the Nissan Intelligent Key™ insertion indicator mean?

Your car’s Intelligent Key™ allows you to start the car without the need for a physical key. However, the system isn’t foolproof. It requires that your Intelligent Key™ be programmed and have a good battery. The Intelligent Key™ insertion indicator...

Q: Coolant leaking into cylinders

Hi. As coolant is burned through the combustion chamber, it travels through the exhaust which can damage your catalytic converter. This will lead to the clogging of your exhaust and can cause different problems with your vehicle. If you need...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.