Who knows about chipped keys and ignitions?
I guess because I have an early 04, the ignition/key is not chipped. The last owner also said he lost the key, and had to get a new one and ignition put in at the dealership. I asked him if that one was chipped, or if it was blue. He claims that it was just a regular black headed subaru key even before.
My concern is that I want a chipped key. Car theft is rampant in this area and one thing I LOVED about my old STi is that it had that key. So I'm curious, how does it work? Is the ignition receiving constant power, and when it reads the chip it starts? If so, bypassing it to hot-wire the car would be just as easy as any other car by taking it out of the loop.
If it actually sends a signal fro the chip to the ECU to tell it to start, that would seem more useful. It would also make what I want to do impossible I believe. I'd like to find a wrecked one and buy the locks/ignition and keys so that I have a chipped ignition (not to mention a matching key for doors and ignition, unlike now.)
Anyone know if this is doable? Or is it as I said in scenario B, where the ECU receives a signal and thus one of these ignitions wouldn't be compatible without the matching ecu?
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