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  • Product Description

    Immobilizer Delete For many VW and Audi cars


    kermatdi.com  offers an immobilizer delete service for all VW/Audi (VAG) cars.  This requires sending the ECU to our service center in Utah.


    Most ECU's are $155  although some ECU's may require an extra charge

    Q: How can I tell If I have an immobilizer problem?

    A:If your car will start and run, but shuts off immediately, with the "car in key" symbol lit on thedashboard, then you may have a faulty immobilizer.   An immobilizer delete may help. Please see the demonstration in the video below.  The antitheft provision of the immobilizer shuts off the engine if the car is started without a matched ignition key.  (or if there is a problem with the immobilizer system itself)   There should be a fault code stored in the ECU (P1570 or 17978 fault code indicates "Engine start blocked by immobilizer") 

    Q: My car doesn't run! Isn't this always caused by the immobilizer?

    A: No. If the car does not start and run at all, then it’s NOT caused by the immobilizer.   If the car runs for a few minutes then stalls out while driving, it is NOT caused by the immobilizer.  If the car runs rough, or misses and stalls, then it is NOT caused by the immobilizer.  Likewise, deleting the immobilizer will not help if the no-start is caused by something like a dead battery, out of gas, or some other mechanical problem.

    Please note: If the car does not start and run at all, then it’s NOT immobilizer related.  Deletingthe immobilizer will NOT help if the no-start is caused by something like a dead battery, out of gas,or some other mechanical problem.

    After you purchase this product, you will be sent address and instructions for sending it in.


    What is an immobilizer?

    All VW and Audio cars since about model year 2000 include a factory anti-theft system.  This anti-theft system includes something called an immobilizer, or "immo" for short.   When it’s working properly, the immobilizer allows the engine to run if the correct key is used to start the car.   However, a malfunctioning immo makes a car undriveable, because the car shuts off right after it's started!   With a bad immobilizer, the engine WILL START, but NOT STAY RUNNING for more than a second or two after starting.


    Fortunately there is something called an immo bypass, otherwise known as an immobilizer "delete".  This reprograms  the Engine Control Unit (ECU) immobilizer function, so the ECU ignores the faulty immo.  With the immo deleted, the car will run independent of the immobilizer, even if the immobilizer itself is defective.  As their VW and Audi cars age, many car owners welcome this immo delete, which allows them to drive their car when the immobilizer is broken.


    Other reasons to delete the immobilizer:

    • Sometimes you lose a car key, or need to make an extra key for your car.  These will also trigger the immobilizer, and the car won't run.  Reprogramming at the dealer can be expensive or inconvenient.
    • Immobilizer delete lets you add a remote start feature from an aftermarket security system.  Otherwise the immobilizer will prevent the car from running without the special key in the ignition, which kind of defeats the purpose of a remote starter.
    • ECU goes bad and you wish to replace it with a less expensive used ecu  (We can duplicate the data in your existing ecu over to the replacement in this case if desired)


    Well, how does an immobilizer actually work? It goes something like this:

    • Shortly after the engine starts, the engine computer asks for the "ok" from the immobilizer module (which is physically located in the insturment cluster).
    • The instrument cluster looks for the presence of the "chip" in the ignition key, through an antenna in the steering column.
    • If the signal from the key is detected, the instrument cluster tells the ECU "ok keep running"
    • If the signal from the key is not detected, the instrument cluster tells the ECU "not ok" and the ECU shuts off the engine.  The instrument cluster illuminates the "car in key" lamp to indicate an immo problem, and a fault code gets stored in the ECU.


    The immobilizer has at least two components: The engine computer and the module in the dashboard.  Sometimes there is an alarm system, which is the comfort and convenience module (door locks, flashing lights, etc.)  The instrument cluster has an antenna that detects the transponder "chip" in the ignition key.  With an immobilizer delete, the Engine Computer doesn't ask the instrument cluster about the immobilizer.  In other words, the car with a faulty immobilizer will still start and run - with an immobilizer delete.


    >>>>>>>>>> PLEASE NOTE: it's important to emphasize, not all  "no-start" issues are immobilizer related. There are a number of reasons why a car won't start!. If it's the immo, the "car key" light will be flashing in the instrument cluster.  The car will start, run for 2 seconds and then shut off again. There will be "immobilizer fault" codes stored in the ECU memory when scanned with an OBD code reader. For VW this code is described as:


    17978 - Engine Start Blocked by Immobilizer
                P1570 - 008 -  - Intermittent


    What about the flashing light?  While the car will run normally again, an engine immobilizer bypass won't always fix all the other symptoms of a faulty immobilizer caused by one of the other components.  For example, the dashboard light may still blink, if the immobilizer problem was caused by a broken antenna pickup, or a broken transponder chip in the ignition key.  This is because the actual immobilizer function is NOT in the engine computer, it is in the dashboard.  Immo delete separates the dashboard function from the ECU.  In other words, although the engine controller ignores the immo input from the instrument cluster, the immobilizer in the instrument cluster may continue to complain with a flashing dash light.  However, at this point, the flashing dash light is of no functional consequence.  It is merely a nuisance once the immo is gone from the ECU.  The answer to a flashing immobilizer warning light in the dash after immo bypass, is simply to physically remove the light bulb from the dash!


    kermatdi.com  offers an immobilizer delete service for all VW/Audi (VAG) cars. This service requires removing the ecu from the car, and sending the ECU to our service center for the repair. Please feel welcome to call or e-mail us with any questions! (info@kermatdi.com / 877-537-6283)

    AUDI A4 Quatro Owners (03-07)-- If your ECU part number starts with 8E0 there may be an issue with the car alarm. We can delete the immo, and the car will start once again. However... after you start it, the horn will honk and the side marker lights will flash for 4 minutes. This is a car alarm situation that is unique to these Audis. We can't do anything about the factory alarm with the immo delete.We can alternatively retrieve the pin code for a nominal charge, which will allow adapting a new ecu and keys if needed. contact us please for details


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    1. 2001 VW Beetle Immobilizer delete is a success with fast turnaround time!

      Being a Parts Manager brings challenges every day. When the older VW's and Audi's no longer have instrument clusters available, we searched high and low to find one for our customer. But to no avail. Then we found KermaTDI online. This was our last hope for helping our customer. We opted for the overnight express to and from their facility. In 48 hours time we had the ECM returned to us as promised and within 2 minutes had the customer's vehicle up and running. Our customer was completely satisfied. Thank you KermaTDI and your team for a job well done. I will highly recommend you for our customer's future needs. on 22nd Jun 2015

    2. worked great

      sen the unit in, quick turn around and worked great highly recommend on 28th Mar 2015

    3. Immobilzer Delete

      The guys at Kerma do a great job, have had 2 immobilizer deletes done by Charlie both have worked out great with very satisfied customers after our local dealership told them their instrument clusters were obsolete and there was nothing they could do for them, unless they were interested in buying a new vehicle. on 24th Mar 2015

    4. Nice !!.

      can you guys do this to all makes and models . ? .
      If you guys can let me know.
      am very happy with the results .for sure will do more bussines in the future. . Very happy . !!
      Thank you .
      on 13th Mar 2015

    5. Saved the life of a MkIV Golf 2.0

      Bought an '02 Golf with no start due to Immobilizer issues, sent my ECU to Kerma for the delete. Fast turn around, shipped back next day! Plugged in my ECU and it started right up even with the immobilizer light flashing! Thanks KarmaTDI! on 9th Mar 2015

    6. Very Satisfied

      Great Company. Product is exactly as it states. Fast shipping, turn around time, and great customer service! on 24th Feb 2015

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