Mazda key replacement

Mazda CX-5 key fob or just a regular key?

It can be that your Mazda CX-5 will have just a regular key. If you lost the only key you had to your car and need a new key replacement, here are some tips that can save you time and money.

Who can make a key for a Mazda CX-5?

First, if you are searching online for automotive locksmith services to get a key made for your Mazda CX-5 we would say you should expect some locksmith companies to answer you with, “we cannot make this key,” or “only the dealership can make this key,” or “your key is very expensive”. Mazda CX-5 from the years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 can have a smart key fob system installed. If your Mazda uses a smart system key fob it means that your key is a key fob with no need to turn the traditional ignition switch in order to start your car and your car actually has a push button to start it.
However, some of these vehicles may not use a smart system key fob. If your vehicle was made in the years 2013 or 2014, your vehicle may require just a regular key. This regular key costs much less from the smart key and is more easy to make. This also means any automotive locksmith company will be able to assist you.

Mazda CX-5 key type

Regular transponder chip key
If your Mazda CX-5 has just a regular key, this key is still considered a transponder chip key because it has a chip inside. This electronic chip is invisible to you and is located inside the plastic key head. The chip belongs to a system called the anti-theft system. This type of key needs to be programmed to your vehicle. If you have a key made to your car and the key is not programed as well, even if the key will turn the ignition switch cylinder, the car will still not start.
Many mobile locksmith companies will have the right equipment to program these transponder chip keys.

Smart key
With the Mazda CX-5 smart key fob you can say everything is much more difficult to do than with just the regular key. You will have to use a professional locksmith company that carries all the right equipment or you will need to take your Mazda into a dealership in order to program your smart key fob. If you do use a locksmith company, we recommend you make sure they have the original equipment that is made in the USA in order to program your key fob and not aftermarket cheap equipment that can damage your vehicle’s ECU. Besides the original equipment, the locksmith will need to follow the right programing instructions that are different from the standard instructions. Make sure the locksmith has this knowledge.

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