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ECU Flashing on Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Acura, & Saab ECUs

Acura and Honda Reflashing Services

Honda and Acura type 1 vehicles are a bit different from the newer systems which came later. One big difference is the ability to add in your own keys if you have the red AND black keys supplied to the car’s original owner. Later Honda/Acura systems do not have an on-board key learning procedure. This means you must take your car to a locksmith that can perform reflashing services or to a dealer to get it programmed into the car.

The second difference is, there is no On Board Diagnostics (OBDII) port access. This means when you lose your last master-key, you must have the Immobilizer Control Unit replaced or reflashed. Most locksmiths do not have the tools and training required to perform reflashing services on type 1 Honda/Acura vehicles. Most car owners who lose their last key will instinctively choose the least economical choice and tow their car to the dealer and max their credit cards to afford the $650 to $1,500 service. The automotive key specialists at Key Man Lock & Safe Company in Ogden, UT can reflash your Honda or Acura vehicle quickly for an affordable price!

Which Honda and Acura Vehicles Require ECU Reflashing if All Keys Are Lost?

Acura NSX 1997 – 2005

Acura RL 1996 – 2004

Honda Prelude 1997 – 2002

Are you a locksmith or a Mechanic with the ability to program keys? Call us to find out how we can help. We offer same day flashing services to local locksmiths and overnight flashing services to locksmiths nationwide. Bring in or send us the ECU along with the year, make, model, and VIN. You don’t want to miss this opportunity.

The Immobilizer Control Unit is located at the bottom of the steering column under the dash.

Do you drive one of these cars and only have 1 key left?

Do yourself a favor and get a copy made today. Don’t risk losing your last key and being stranded somewhere and be forced to pay for specialty ECU reflashing services. Getting a spare key is cheap and easy. The chip key specialists at Key Man Lock & Safe Company in Ogden, UT can cut and program your existing key in less than 5 minutes for a VERY affordable price. Do yourself a favor and give us a call today.

Toyota and Lexus Reflashing Services

Which Lexus and Toyota vehicles need ECU reflashing if all keys are lost?

Early Toyota and Lexus vehicles operate a bit different than the later systems do. There are several differences, however the main one you will actually care about is if you lose your last key to one of these vehicles, the cost for new keys appears really high. Why is that? It’s because Toyota and Lexus (same company) in their infinite wisdom thought it would be a good idea to not give anyone access to the ECU (the part in the car that stores the chip key data) through the standard diagnostic port. That means you can’t plug-in a diagnostic machine and simply add in keys like we can on the later models.

This leaves you with 3 options.

  1. Sell the car

  2. Tow it to a dealer and pay to have the ECU replaced, synched to the car, and then to program in the brand new keys they sell. Make sure you are sitting down when you hear the price of that!

  3. Call us. We can re-flash your current ECU and add in two keys for a fraction of the cost of a brand new part, labor to install, and high programming fees.

Reflashing means we write over the current files in the ECU and convert it back to its virgin unused state. After it’s been overwritten, we can add in new keys! Here is the list of vehicles that need to be reflashed if all keys are lost.

Vehicles Which Require Reflashing

Acura NSX 1997-2004 RL 1996-2004 Honda Prelude 1996-2004 Lexus ES300 1998-2003 ES330 2004 GS300 1998-2004 GS400 1998-2000 GS430 2001-2003 GX470 2003-2004 IS300 2001-2003 LS400 1997 LS400 1998-2000 LS430 2001-2004 LX470 1998-2004 1999-2003 RX300 RX330 2004 SC300 1998-2000 SC400 1998-2000 SC430 2002-2003 Saab 93 2003-2009 Toyota 4-Runner 1998-2004 Avalon 1998-2003 Camry 1998-2009 FJ Cruiser Highlander 2001-2003 Landcruiser 1998-2004 MR2 2001-2003 Prius 2001-2004 RAV4 2002-2003 Sequoia 2001+ Sienna 1998-2004+ Solara 1998-2004

Key Man Lock & Safe Company is currently the only locksmith in the State of Utah with the ability to flash and program Toyota, Lexus, Honda, and Saab ECUs and program keys onsite at our location or yours with same day service. Other locksmiths will pull your ECU and send it out of state to have it flashed and programmed costing you much more.

Dealers charge upwards of $1,500 to $2,000 to REPLACE your ECU as they do not have the ability to flash it when all keys are lost. Key Man Lock & Safe Company offers this service in several various ways. Often, if you pull the ECU yourself and bring it to our location along with the year, make, model, and VIN, we are able to flash and program the ECU and cut new keys at a HUGE savings without making a service call to the vehicle. We are also able to accept your ECU by mail, complete the work, and quickly send it back to you. You may also have your vehicle towed to our shop, or we can send an automotive locksmith to your location.

No matter which option you choose, we can save you as much as $1,700.

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