As the Chrysler Corporation battles for its life in this new era of bailouts for the auto industry, we seem to forget that the Chrysler Corporation brought us some of the most innovative and interesting cars on the road today, including the original Mini-Vans, the PT Cruiser, and the 300C. The...
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Regardless of how the Immobilizer Code is obtained, you’re now ready to program the vehicle. For this article, I’ll be using the Silca machine. These photos were actually shot on an SDD, but the screens would be identical on the TKO, except for the background color of the screen.
After the machine has been connected to the OBD port on the vehicle, and it has booted up, select “IMMOBILIZER” from the menu.
From the manufacturer list select “CHRYSLER.”
Scroll all the way to the bottom to select “300C [CAN] 08 – 09.”
A message reminding you to use the “00 – OBD CABLE” only appears on the SDD machine because the TKO is equipped with a universal cable.
Next, a message appears that tells you to “Insert a key and turn on the console.” At this point, you need to insert either your new FOBIK or the customer’s existing FOBIK if you are just adding a new FOBIK.
The next screen gives you the options to check how many keys are in memory, add a new key, add an old key, or erase all of the keys that are programmed into the vehicle.
Once a FOBIK has been programmed to a vehicle, it cannot be programmed into another vehicle. But, that FOBIK can be reprogrammed back into the same vehicle if it has been erased. This gives you the option to erase all of the keys for a customer who has lost their keys, in case they were stolen, but also the ability to program the FOBIK back in if they find it.
The next screen is a warning that you must have the Immobilizer Code in order to program new keys. Pressing “Enter” will take you to the next screen.
After you enter the Immobilizer code, you will need to press “Enter” twice; once to complete the data entry, and once to move to the next screen.
If you have entered the correct Immobilizer Code for the vehicle, you will see a screen (photo 38) telling you to insert the first new key to be programmed and turn on the ignition. Pressing “Enter” will begin the programming process. If you entered the wrong Immobilizer Code, you will receive an error message at this point and you will have to re-enter the information.
A standard screen on the SDD and TKO checks the warning light on the dash to make sure that the programming has been successfully completed. On Chrysler vehicles, you will also hear a “Ding” from inside the dash to let you know that the programming is complete and that it was successful.
The final screen allows you to save the customer information in your machine if you wish. I rarely do this, but saving the information can be a time saver if you ever have to reprogram the same vehicle. The down side is that it takes up memory in the machine.
In addition to being able to program a FOBIK into these vehicles, you can use the above procedure to program what is known as a “FOBIK Hybrid” or “POD Key” into the vehicle. A POD Key is simply a FOBIK that does not have the remote functions and is therefore considerable cheaper. POD Keys are generally used as emergency spares, and have a traditional mechanical key permanently mounted on the end, rather than hidden inside.
The ignition is designed to accept either the FOBIK or a POD Key, and has an opening in the center to allow the key blade on the POD Key to enter the dash.