Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Laurel, MD
Car: 2010 Outback 2.5 Limited, Sky Blue Metallic
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Originally posted by mpnret
Are you referring to your Acura or Outback? Again the chip ID is not programmable. This pertains to all standard chipped keys. It has a fixed ID in it at manufacture. By using the Subie diagnostic tool you program the car's ECU to accept the ID that is in the key.
I guess I should also mention there is a company out there that makes special Read/Write keys. These cover a very limited number of brands. Subaru is not one of them. These keys along with a special cloning machine let you copy the ID in one of your original keys into the R/W key. As far as the car is concerned the cloned key is the same as the original so no ECU programming is necessary. Maybe this is what you had done to your Acura. This company is not able to clone Subaru keys yet but maybe someday. Some Wal-Mart’s and Ace hardware stores have cloning machines.
My bad I was referring to the Acura
. The key I was getting was a " switchblade" Acura TL key that was milled so it could be cut for 05-08 TSX. Those years don't use the laser cut. As far as I know, the guy was doing the same service the dealer does when you get a new key, just way cheaper. You have to take all your keys to the dealer when you get a new key made.There were a couple of dozen guys getting the keys. Most likely I'm incorrectly using the word programming to whatever the dealer does when you get a new key, maybe add the new ID to the car's ECU
2010 Outback 2.5 Limited, Sky Blue Metallic, Moonroof, puddle lights, interior lighting, wheel arch mouldings, bumper cover,shock sensor, XM radio.