Citrus county Florida offers many opportunities for water lovers to enjoy beautiful lakes, rivers and springs. As the weather gets warmer, more and more people are drawn to these beautiful shores to picnic, boat or fish. Quite often during the summer months 1 Able Locksmith gets calls from these folks who find themselves without their car keys when its time to return home. Some of the most popular spots in the county include the KP Hole at rainbow river in Dunnellon Florida. The crystal clear, slow moving water makes this the perfect place to drift down the river on inner tubes but it is also one of the top spots people loose their car keys while doing so. Fort Island Trail Beach is a popular destination on the Gulf of Mexico in Crystal River, Florida. It’s sandy beaches and Gulf waters draw large visitiors from all over the world. The beautiful sand beach and the cooling Gulf waters have claimed more than one set of keys from unsuspecting visitors. Traveling into Old Homosassa Florida is like taking a trip into the past with all the natural beauty and many waterways. Here you can swim with the Manatees, tour or fish the Homosassa river, dine in one of the many waterfront cafes and enjoy old fashioned Florida hospitatlity. Many a boat launch there have claimed visitors keys as well. If you travel into the Inverness Florida area you will find a gorgeous chain of lakes known as Tsala Apopka. This unique area travels from Inverness into Hernando and surrounding areas through canals and each little lake that makes up this wonderful chain is unique, offering great fishing and plenty of opportunity to spot wildlife that call the area home. The Withlacoochee river offers miles and miles of natural beauty and is a fisherman and birdwatchers paradise. There are several boat launches in Hernando, Florida and many a fisherman has called to have keys made after dropping their keys into these waters. With so many wonderful choices, ( the places listed are just a few of the choices) of where to spend your time on the water in Citrus county, comes the many opportunities to loose your keys in one of them. Here are a few tips to make sure your relaxing day at your favorite watering hole doesn’t turn into a frantic evening of searching for your keys to get home.
It is helpful to carry a floating key chain to place your keys in while your in or around the water. If you do drop your keys in the water this type of key chain will float to the top as opposed to your keys sinking to the bottom never to be seen again.
Many people use a magnetic key holder and attach it somewhere under the hood of their vehicle or under the frame of the car itself. This is a common practice that we do not recommend, as thieves are well aware of this tactic and can search and find your keys, making your car and home vulnerable to burgalry.
Remember that water can move things in ways that you would not think it could. For example, some people wear their keys on a necklace around their necks while floating down the river on inner tubes or swimming. The same is true if you put your keys in your pocket. The water as you dive under can lift the chain off your neck or move the key out of a pocket without you noticing it and the keys are gone.
You can also use water proof bags to place keys, cell phones, wallets and other valuables in while your on the water. The problem with this type of storage is you must keep an eye that they dont float away while your not looking and you must insure that the bag you use is truely watertight. Some transponder keys and remotes will become useless after coming into contact with moisture so it is important to keep them dry.
Even when you have done everything you can to protect your keys from becoming lost or damaged, accidents can and do happen. We recommend keeping the number to your local locksmith, who is experienced in making and programming keys, handy in your cell phone. Many times a locksmith will tell you they can make you a key. They will arrive at your location, charge you a service call and then are unable to actually make you a working key. If you are in Citrus county Florida or surrounding area, 1 Able locksmith has the experience and equipment to make and program transponder keys for most foreign and domestic automobiles. We also carry most key blanks for non transponder key systems as well. With over 40 years automotive experience, you can rest assured your problem will be resolved quickly.
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A Transponder Key is a radio transmitted receiver used by car makers as an anti theft device for automobiles. The Car or Truck has an antenna ring, usually around the ignition area. The key blank contains a chip which when inserted into the ignition, allows the antenna ring to read the code embedded in the chip. The antenna ring puts out a signal when the key is inserted into the ignition lock, it looks for the companion key, and allows the vehicle to start. Only a key programmed to that particular vehicle will start the engine of that vehicle, thus making it less prone to theft. The transponder key is programmed into the car computer at the factory. If the vehicle’s computer does not receive the correct key identification response when the key is turned to the on position, the car will not start. If a key is lost or damaged for this type of vehicle, a new key can be produced by a locksmith who has the transponder programming equipment. In Citrus county Florida, 1 Able Locksmith has the training and equipment needed to produce transponder keys.
When buying a vehicle that uses a transponder key, it’s a good idea to have another programmed key made. Sometimes keys are lost or damaged, so having a second programmed transponder key is important. It is important to make sure the second key is programmed to your vehicle in order for it to be a working key.
The vehicle owner having a problem with his/her ignition or key should always contact a locksmith with automotive locksmith experience to resolve any problems. Once the antenna ring is damaged the price for repair can be very costly compared to the price of having a locksmith fix the original problem. I personally have seen many transponder key issues made worse by the vehicle owner trying to resolve the problem themselves and damaging the antenna ring around the ignition.
Many people call us when they have lost the keys to their vehicle. One of the first things we ask is if their vehicle takes a transponder key. Quite often people are unaware of which key their vehicle uses. One of the easiest ways to tell if your vehicle uses a transponder key is by the key itself. A transponder key has a large plastic black or grey head. This is the area on the top of the key that holds the chip. A non transponder key will not usually have this hard plastic head, instead it will be a flat silver or brass regular key. The Pictures below demonstrate the look of each key. Notice the difference on the tops of the keys?
We can also determine whether your vehicle is a transponder style system with our specialized software program. Sometimes a vehicle maker will use transponder or non transponder on the same model made in the same year. If you have one of those vehicles that could be either system we suggest calling the dealership with your vehicle registration number or VIN. The dealer can look up your exact vehicle information using the VIN.
If you live in Inverness, Hernando, Crystal River, Dunnellon, Lecanto, Beverly Hills, Floral City, Homosassa, Inglis or Yankeetown here in Citrus county Florida, we can save you money on all your transponder key programming needs.
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Did you know that your door knob locks and your deadbolt locks can be rekeyed cheaper than they can be replaced? We here at 1 Able locksmith are on a mission to save our neighbors here in Citrus county Florida money. That is why we tell our customers about our rekey services.
1 Able Locksmith gets several calls a week asking us to replace locks because the keys have been given to someone who shouldn’t have a key. We tell our customers that if the locks are functioning properly, we can rekey the existing locks so that the lock will no longer work using the old key. This saves our customers money over having to purchase and install new door locks while providing the security of having new keys for your old locks.
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