Advices for Auto key programming Problem

I just bought a Silca SBB tool for programming chip keys, the last few cars that I have bought only came with one key. Having keys cut and chipped for 3 cars was gong to be extremely expensive so I bought a tool to do it myself. It is a slightly more expensive option but over the long run it will pay off. I have been a licenced tech for close to 25 years so it was also an excuse to add one more fancy tool to my arsenal. Firstly I’m working on a 2003 Intrepid ES. Here is the problem, I plug the tool into the OBD port on the car just below the steering wheel, and all hell breaks loose. The tool instructs you to insert the (original) key and turn on the console, when I press the enter button it searches for the ECU, eventually giving the message “ECU not found”. When this happens my gauges drop to zero, the warning lights come on and the ODO displays No Bus. Sometimes the car won’t stay running. Once the tool is disconnected it all returns to normal. Without the tool connected the car runs fine and the check engine light is off, occasionally the check engine light will stay on for a few Km’s after a fuel fill, related to a evaporative emissions code, it will go out by itself. The tool works flawlessly on my 1999 Ford ranger and on my 2006 Dodge Magnum. Any ideas?

If you’re talking about a Sentry key(grey head) for LH cars and only have one that’s already programmed to your car…I believe if you have an EVIC you can program additional keys without a trip to the dealer. Of course this applies to car model years that had an EVIC. 2001+ I believe. So even if you have a 2001 Intrepid that never came with an EVIC and you install one..you can program additional keys. Assuming you have them cut.

For the programmer you have now….sounds like you might have wasted some money. Maybe the programmer is good for CAN bus systems and not PCI bus?

As I said right off the top….I only have ONE key, if I had two I wouldn’t be in this situation. I don’t think it was a waste of money really…… I paid $190 with delivery to my door! I ordered it from Hong Kong at noon on Friday and it showed up at my door via DHL express by noon Monday!!! I programmed a key for my Magnum and 4 for my Ranger. It also showed that my Magnum had 2 keys in it’s memory (both of which I have in Hand) and my Ford Ranger had 4 keys registered to it’s memory, and I was able to delete the 3 keys that I do not have in my possesion, You could still open the door with them but they will no longer start the vehicle. I have also had several friends and co-workers, that will now pay me to code keys for them and see if any keys need to be removed as well! It shows in it’s menus that it does all types of vehicles from the mid nineties up through to 2010. It shows the intrepid as one of the vehicles it does. I have also seen a reference to a chrysler specific OBD II cable, it may be that I need that cable. AS for being able to see the keys registered to your car…… A friend of mine had his car stolen right out of the drive way, long story short…. it’s getting more difficult to steal cars now adays so the theives are getting more resourceful. As it turns out his key was duplicated and coded by a guy working in the parts department of a dealership, he would make a copy of your key and then take all the info from the work order (Address, possible work address etc) and sell the key and location info in one nice neat package to the local neighbourhood chop shop. (He did get caught eventually) When I worked at a dealership we used to have a spare key for EVERY vehicle that was leased out by our company ……made the repo a whole lot smoother when you can just drive the vehicle away.

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