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ECU Flashing now available from the Austin Key Guy!
There are a few models of Toyota, Lexus and Honda that can’t be programmed by a standard key programmer. Unlike standard transponder systems that are able to be programmed on-board or through the OBD II port on a vehicle some models must go through ECU flashing commonly called “reflashing”.
If all of the keys are lost, you have 2 options. You can either tow the vehicle to the dealership and either have the ECU replaced or some dealers now offer ECU flashing. Towing to the dealership is an added expense as well as paying the normal inflated dealer price.
The Austin Key Guy can come to your home or business and do the same thing for about half what the dealership would charge for an ECU Flashing.
To do this, for the ECU must be removed from the vehicle. It’s typically located behind the glove box, behind the instrument cluster or under the hood.
Once removed the ECU must be taken apart and a specific chip must be isolated, cleaned, prepped and then a special computer called an “EZ Flasher” is attached to it.
This computer puts the original factory data onto the EEPROM (electrically erasable programmable read-only memory) which then puts the vehicle into a learning mode so that new keys and be programmed and the immobilizer will recognize them.
The ECU is then re-installed and the new keys are cycled into the vehicle.
ECU flashing is a more specialized service and many locksmiths including dedicated automotive locksmiths don’t carry the equipment or have the knowledge to flash an ECU. Typically it takes about an hour and depending on the specific make and model as well as the cost of the keys it can run between $250 and $500.
With any ECU flashing 2 keys are given as to prevent the expense in the future.
If you have any questions or would like to make a copy of a key BEFORE you have to do an ECU flash call or text the Austin Key Guy at 512-402-2050!