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Vehicle engine immobilizer programming has evolved beyond on-board programming methods and manufacturer-dedicated tools to the “fits most non-proprietary” vehicle makes and models programming devices. With more than 350 vehicle makes and models equipped with transponder-based anti-theft systems, specific vehicle manufacturers dedicated tools are not practical for most locksmiths. Add to this that many of the late model vehicle on-board programming methods require the availability of two keys and you have a strong case for a multiple brand/vehicle programming device.
Another advantage of a multiple vehicle programming device is that you do not need the existing programmed transponder key(s) in order to program one or more transponder keys to a vehicle. However, depending upon the manufacturer, model and year, the programming instructions may differ.
The hand-held Kaba Ilco TKO (Transponder Key Originator) is designed to program, originate and delete transponder keys and information from vehicles made by more than 35 worldwide manufacturers. The TKO connects to the vehicle using the OBDII data port, which is standard equipment on almost every vehicle made. (In 1996, the OBDII specification became mandatory for all cars sold in the United States. The OBDII provides power and real time data in addition to a standardized series of diagnostic trouble codes (DTC).)
Ilco’s TKO has the ability to bypass some of the required vehicle immobilizer information including the InCode from the late model Acura and Honda vehicles. The TKO can program remote keyless entry for General Motors, Chrysler and Toyota vehicles. In addition to programming, the TKO can be used to read and reset vehicle immobilizer error codes.
TKO is stand-alone. It does not require connection to a PC (personal Computer) to program most vehicles. The exception is when programming a 2004+ Nissan vehicle that requires a BCM (Body Control Module) conversion. Some 2009 and later vehicles require a BCM conversion that is available only through either NASTF or a Nissan or Infiniti dealership.
There are three different ways of powering the TKO, as it is not a battery operated device. The most used method is to plug the unit’s cable into the OBDII port, having the vehicle provide power. When the TKO is first powered, it shows the vehicles battery level immediately after the proper password has been entered.
Tip: Knowing the voltage of the battery prior to programming can eliminate unwanted problems, as many programming problems can result when attempting to program transponder keys when the vehicle’s battery power is below twelve volts.
A 120VAC power supply and 12VDC converter that is enclosed standard equipment can also power the TKO, providing access to the database of vehicle information. Tip: Using either of the provided alternate power sources, the TKO may be operated prior to going out to the vehicle to determine the Ilco key blank needed, the transponder make and model and the location of the OBDII port, saving time up front.
The TKO is a screen-driven programming device. The “U” shaped keypad surrounding the LCD has 23 keys. Navigation keys are on the right side of the LCD. They are the left and right arrows, the up and down arrows, the Escape (backup) arrow and the larger Enter arrow. The up and down arrow keys must be pressed to move the cursor one line up or down. The left and right arrow keys will move the cursor up or down one page at a time. Note: If the information is less than one screen height, the left and right arrow will move the cursor to the top or bottom of the page.
Each of the five “F” keys are designed to provide additional information. Twelve keys along the bottom of the LCD are based on a telephone keypad with numbers 1-10 with the 26 letters of the alphabet and the “*” and the “#” keys to move the cursor when typing information into the data base.
Using the Ilco TKO 2nd Generation Multi-Function Programming Tool, we erased and programmed the two Honda Civic keys in just a few minutes.
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