Get New Keys Today! (323) 538-3170Oldsmobile LogoMost of the Oldsmobile car keys are usually three keys in one. These keys consist of a mechanical key for releasing the steering lock, a transponder chip which the car computer reads after the driver has inserted the key in the ignition cylinder, and a remote control for unlocking or locking the doors and turning off the car alarm. These keys usually offer great security. The following are the main types of Oldsmobile car keys;

Oldsmobile Transponder keys.

Oldsmobile KeyThe Oldsmobile chip keys contain transponder chips embedded in the key’s plastic body. Oldsmobile introduced this type of key earlier in 1995 as a way of curbing car theft cases. The chip in the key is usually passive and therefore it doesn’t need a battery to function, meaning that the car computer reads the code in the chip after you have turned the key in the ignition. Without the chip, the car key won’t start the vehicle. This also happens when the chip is broken. If this is the case with your key, you will need to reprogram the vehicle’s immobilizer control unit after you have purchased a new key with another code.

Oldsmobile car master key.

Some Oldsmobile car models come with a red master key that is not meant for the normal day to day use. Only the vehicle dealers should use this key when reprogramming or replacing a key for your car. But unfortunately, the chances of misplacing this key are usually very high. If such an event occurs, you will need to replace the entire engine management system.

As a result, Oldsmobile has not been supplying this key with the new models and instead they are holding the vehicle’s specific security information on a central database. The dealer uses this information when replacing or reprogramming a key. When buying a second hand car, you should remember to check the handbook and ensure that you received all the keys including the master key if the manufacturer supplied it with the vehicle.

Oldsmobile Rolling Codes.

This form of key is featured in the newer models. Initially introduced in the year 1999, this key sends a new code every time the driver uses it to unlock the vehicle. The major difference between this key and the transponder key is that its codes keep changing while the transponder key has a single fixed code. The feature enhances the security of vehicles since it is virtually impossible to replace the codes.

Oldsmobile key-less entry remote.

Nearly all new Oldsmobile models have a remote control for locking or unlocking the doors and turning off the alarm system. This type of unlocking system is crucial, but has some problems. The remote controls use a radio transmitter which sends coded signals to the receiver usually fitted in the vehicle.

The operating frequency of these transmitters ranges between 419MHz and 434.90MHz. The frequency is therefore closer to that used by radio amateurs, by MoD communication and some other common devices. Interferences can sometimes occur and in worst cases the driver will be unable to unlock the vehicle doors. The manufacturer has minimized this problem in the newer models, but the problem is still common in the older models.

If the remote control fails to unlock the doors, you should ensure that the batteries aren’t flat and if you suspect that there is radio interference, you should get closer to the vehicle. For extreme cases you can rely on towing services to take away the vehicle as a result of this interference and the remote control will work. However, most cars with remote locking have bypass systems that employ the normal metal key in unlocking the doors without having to set the vehicle alarm off.

In conclusion, ensure that you have received at least two keys after purchasing the vehicle. And if you happen to lose one, get a replacement within the shortest time possible. You can rely on a car key specialist when you need an additional key for your Oldsmobile car, or when you need a replacement. You won’t be able to drive your car when a part of the ignition key is stuck or broken in the ignition lock. Car key technicians will also offer key reprogramming services.

Oldsmobile Models:

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  • Oldsmobile Six
  • Oldsmobile Eight
  • Oldsmobile Deluxe
  • Oldsmobile 66 and 68 (1939–1948)
  • Oldsmobile 76 and 78 (1946–1950)
  • Oldsmobile 88 (1949–1999)
  • Oldsmobile 98 (1941–1996)
  • Oldsmobile Starfire (1961–1966)
  • Oldsmobile 442 (1968–1971 & 1985–1987)
  • Oldsmobile Cutlass (1964–1999)
  • Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme (1967–1997)
  • Oldsmobile Cutlass Salon
  • Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais (1985–1991)
  • Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera (1982–1996)
  • Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser (1971–1992)
  • Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser (1964–1977)
  • Oldsmobile F-85 (1961–1963)
  • Oldsmobile Toronado (1966–1992)
  • Oldsmobile Omega (1973–1984)
  • Oldsmobile Starfire (1975–1980)
  • Oldsmobile Firenza (1982–1988)
  • Oldsmobile Achieva (1992–1998)
  • Oldsmobile Alero (1999–2004)
  • Oldsmobile Aurora (1995–2003)
  • Oldsmobile Bravada (1991–2004)
  • Oldsmobile Intrigue (1998–2002)
  • Oldsmobile Silhouette (1990–2004)