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That is not true..You have to remove the steering wheel to get to the retaining clips that secures the key cylinder. If you still have your original purchase papers you can go to the dealer and they can cut you a key...If your car is used or you don;t have the key codes. You will have to go to a auto locksmith (and a good one to have this done.) The key cylinder reads a resistance in the pellet and it has to match the one programmed into the cars bcm (body control module) or the car will not start. Just any cylinder and key won't do... it has to be coded to the bcm.
If all you did was lose the key, copy down your vehicle identification number (VIN) which is on the dash, and take it and your registration and personal identification to the dealer to prove you are the owner. They can look up what you need and make you a key. :)
Not sure about Chevy's, but when my husband lost his keys for his Ford, he got a new key programmed, and when he found his "lost" key, it still worked. Try it. Don't think it will hurt it if it doesn't work, but check with a dealer.
The keys are "chip" transponder keys that send out a signal to the control module that tell the system the right key is inserted and let it start. In order to make the system work with new keys you must have at least one working key, which you say you lost, you have no choice here but to seek out help from a dealer or a local locksmith that has the correct electronic scanner to set things up. I also think you will need to buy a new security module (due to the fact you have no working key), that is a big dollar item.
I Had The Same Problem... In The Same Year Car except i have a manual trans. and a correction the the post below me the keys do have a chip.. i recently went and took my original key and had it copied (as a spare) .. and went to try the new key out and it would turn the cars electronics on but wouldnt crank the car. ford later told me the keys are programmed... jus so u have to go to the dealer and spend more money to get a new key
well the technician must not have realized that your particular key has a chip in it. and it will not run without it. it will unlock doors and turn on ignition but will not tart the car... get your money back from the tech and go to the dealership... I know it sucks and youll probably have to spend around 200 dollars per key. I feel your pain cause i had to do the same. gl to you.