Re: Help changing locks and keys
I can tell a horror story about frozen locks. last january on a saturday morning I went to open car - it must have been around minus 5 or so. I couldnt even get the key in the lock. I went to garage and bought some de-icer and sprayed onto/into locks. Tried again, got key in lock but not turning. tried a couple of times and craaack!! key split into two pieces (i was trying passenger side that time).
Now by sods law the next time I tried with broken key I got straight into the car. Typical. anyway, not thinking about my broken key (which happened to be the only one I had and a master key!!) i tried to start her up, nothing! not a sniff. Got the old man down to help me out and he said it was bloody strange there was nothing happening.
So i fetched out the manual and had a read and for first time read about CODE system. hehe. Then it dawned upon me I had ruined or lost the transponder. I went to timpsons they tried their code machine to no avail. (no transponder in it accoridng to them) so i went away and had had a look around the bottom of the car and to my extreme luck found the transponder chip (its like only a few mils in size) lying in a puddle in the tarmac next to pavement. i held it next to the ignition coil,started first time. needless to say after all that shinanigans I got two new keys made up asap!
To err is human, but you need an Alfa to really screw things up!
The road to heaven is paved with old Alfa's.