Guyz, someone stole my 89 cressida on Sat for joy ride. Police found it yesterday and is sitting in the impound lot. Keys were in the car when it was stolen, I don't have duplicate keys. Anyone knows how to get keys without taking the lock out? Thanks!
you can't get them cut for a car this old from the VIN. you might be able to get a locksmith to make a key from a door tumbler (easier to get out than the ignition tumbler). other than that you might be SOL.
Thanks for info, i got a duplicate from toyota dealer. Surprisingly they were able to cut one from vin number. My worry is that the theif still have my car keys, is there a way i can get locks changed including ignition?
US alarms must be different to Australian alarms.
For us (Australians) the alarm is quite separate from the key.
The alarm will stop power getting to the coil and ECU, so they get nowhere.
So fitting a new alarm (or reprogramming the code to the old one) will stop a thief with the old key.
Doesn't stop them stealing your belongings though.
Sorry, your post sounded like you were implying the use of a car alarm instead of getting new key cylinders.
US got the immobilizer alarms too. If they have the key, putting it in the ignition silences it, and unlocking the pass. door turns off the immobilizer (the 'safe word' so to speak) after being triggered, then they still drive off with your car. you still have to get new cylinders to keep the car in place.
The alarm has no way of identifying the key, it just knows when the cylinders are turned.
Actually I was suggesting just adding the alarm.
But it sounds like US alarms are very different to Australian alarms.
By law, our alarms do not deactivate just because the key has been turned.
If you have the key but haven't deactivated the alarm by a separate electronic button (usually radio control) then you go nowhere.
Kind of like having 2 keys (one physical, one electronic) and you need both to drive away.
Bit of a pain to use 2 operations to start the car but car theft has dropped dramatically since the laws came in 10 years ago.