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1998 Mazda 626: mechanical keys, but none with the transponder chip

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My wife lost all of the keys to her 1998 Mazda 626. We have mechanical keys, but none with the transponder chip in them to deal with the "immobilzer." How do we start the car to get it to a dealer to get new keys? Is there an "emergency" way with a "password" to bypass the immobilizer?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Joe replied 7 years ago.
HelloCustomer Unfortunately there is no way to by-pass the transponder system in your Mazda. If there was it would defeat the purpose of the security system. The only way to get the vehicle started if you don't have either chipped key is to have a Mazda dealer sell you a new key ($30.00) and have them reprogram it into the cars computer ($90.00) but they will need the car to do this. Some locksmiths have the equipment to do this, it may be worth a shot to call any local locksmiths near you and ask.
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