What is Sidewinder Key?


What is Sidewinder Key? A laser-cut key is commonly called a sidewinder key. This name comes from the unique winding cut on the metal part. Unlike standard keys that have the usual straight grooves and jagged cut edge, a sidewinder key can have smooth edges. The laser carving can curve and bend across the metal shaft much like the snake the key is named after.

Where do I get Sidewinder keys?

While most hardware stores can cut basic keys easily for a low cost, many are not equipped to create sidewinder keys. The hardware necessary is quite a bit more costly than standard key grinders. The more expensive keys come with transponder chips inside that require program setup by whoever cuts them or the vehicle dealership.


Most people use these modern keys with laser cutting and the chip inside. A replacement can cost anywhere from $150 to $250 dollars, so some car owners opt for an extra transponder key without the sidewinder cutting. This lowers the price considerably.

Problems with Sidewinder keys

hykokeys Late model Hondas report some issues with smooth operation of a sidewinder key with the remote control transponder. Vehicle owners first notice when the key can no longer slide smoothly into the lock or turning it once it is in becomes quite difficult. To stave off these problems as long as possible, regular cleaning and lubrication of all the locks on the car should be done. Some dealerships recommend full replacement of the lock mechanism. Professional locksmiths also provide excellent repair services for these and other issues.


Because sidewinder keys are so expensive, making sure they keep working as long as possible makes sense. Purchase the right type of lubricant for your car or truck locks and use it properly on a regular basis. This will not only making everything turn more easily but also protects the lock from water and dirt that can grind down the mechanism over time. This lubricant functions well in both the door and trunk locks and the ignition.

To make a point

With the large expense associated with modern sidewinder or laser cut keys, you probably want yours to last as long as possible. The sense of security you will get when you know you have a backup in case of emergency is priceless. Whether your car or truck key gets damaged or lost, a spare key can save the day. It is better to make the investment now in a replacement sidewinder key than wish you had one as you stand locked out of your car in the rain.

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