Ignition Failure Recently, a woman had a spare ignition key made at the local hardware store, but when she went to leave the shop she suddenly found her car constantly stalling out as she tried to drive away. Flustered, she came back inside the store to use the phone and call for help. Luckily, the key maker was nearby and overheard the conversation as she explained how every time she started the car it stalled. She restarted it and it stalled again. This time, she didn’t need an experienced NYE Automotive Group repairperson to diagnose that problem. The hardware man knew immediately what the ailment was — her original key had a security device inside that wasn’t in the newly-made copy. And without that security apparatus, a precision resistor, to “talk” to her car’s computer and verify her identity the car’s security system wouldn’t let it go anywhere. At NYE Automotive, we always love seeing the latest technology coming off the assembly lines, and one of our favorite advancements in recent years is that safety key feature. Many of the ignition keys to today’s vehicles have a little something extra inside that is actually a part of the computer ignition system. Sometimes that piece is obvious — a little black module that is embedded inside, sporting contacts on either side of the key — but that is not always the case, as with this hardware store customer’s key. The resistor inside the key joins three other resistors inside the vehicle to complete a simple circuit, and if the key is missing the appropriate resistor the car will either stall out or not start at all. Back in the old days, it seemed the configuration of the teeth on the key was enough to keep thieves from making off with your vehicle. In these modern times, however, thieves have become more knowledgeable about ways to either forge a key or pick the lock. The resistor, used in conjunction with the positioning of the teeth to make a specially designed key that is the only way to start the vehicle, is the best way to deter those bandits from taking off in your ride. Of course, the higher technology of those resistor keys is often unavailable at your local store with a standard car key duplicator, so a visit to the NYE Automotive group is likely the only way to have a new copy made. They are a little pricier than the old-fashioned, simple piece of metal with notches cut into it, but if the new resistor tech means the difference between finding your vehicle where you left it, or finding an empty parking place where your vehicle once sat, it’s worth the extra bucks. If you aren’t sure if your own key has a resistor, ask your friendly NYE Automotive technician. We’ll be happy to set you up with a few extra copies, because it’s never convenient to lose a key when it’s your last one. The NYE Automotive Group is located at 1479 Genesee St. in Oneida, N.Y. 13421. For more info on any of our vehicles and services, call (315) 363-0600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.