How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Robert Your Own Question
Robert, Vauxhall Technician
Category: Vauxhall
Satisfied Customers: 4708
Experience:  Fully qualified 19+yrs exp/self employed technician in the UK
Type Your Vauxhall Question Here...
Robert is online now

My car won't turn over today after dropping the key fob

Customer Question

My car won't turn over today after dropping the key fob yesterday and I now have a flashing orange car light with a spanner showing. I have done the pedal test and the code is 161600 (P1616). I seem to think it is the immobiliser which has locked. I do not have the EKA code nor a spare key/fob. Is there a way I can over ride this?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Vauxhall
Expert:  Robert replied 1 year ago.
Hi..there.. To override..In short no..if its the only key you have and the key has lost sync with the cars immobliser then nothing can be done to overide..You have to take into account That the code p1616 means the the BCM/Instrument cluster aswell as the CIM all have to see matched key/transponder..there was a wide known problem with CIM modules doing exactly the same issue programming wise and cause the key to be shut out/non start so to speak but there was an update to sort that..vauxhall dealer would be the only place to do that..also on some Corsa models the multiplug conector coming loose at the back on the instrument panel as its part of the immobliser circuit - i would of probably expected to see p1614 - but with pedal testing its never 100% accurate going by experiance on most vauxhalls..The fact you dropped the key and this problem occurred..the best advice i can give is to find someone with a high end diagnostic or even better TECH2 and knows how to use see if these systems are present aswell as the key when inserted into ignition..if the key isnt recognised then they could try and reprogramme or reprogramme the immobliser or at least considering you only have one key to purchase another and programme that to the car..
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks. I am now waiting for a Vauxhall technician to ring me back.
Expert:  Robert replied 1 year ago.
Hi..No problem..