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MIT13 Transponder Key...EVERYTHING You Want to Know

Let's talk about everything that you need to know about the Mitsubishi MIT13 transponder key.

If not always, one of the easiest ways to identify the Mitsubishi MIT13 transponder key is by finding the N stamped on the keyblade. It's a quick and easy giveaway that you're going to be dealing with an MIT13 transponder key. 


Mitsubishi started using this transponder key in the year 2000 until right around 2006. Since there's a 6 or 7-year gap that this key was used, it is amazing how popular this key is. As a matter of fact, the Chrysler Sebring Coupe and the Dodge Stratus Coupe from about the same time period used this key but with a Chrysler shaped head on it. It looks like a Y160 head on it but it's essentially an MIT13 in disguise. In those situations, if you want to, you can use the MIT13.


The chip is going to be that Texas Instruments 4D61 encrypted chip.


If you're new when it comes to working with automotive keys or transponder keys, it's important to use test keys, a metal headed key. Make sure that you cut it properly, and you're good to go. It's also nice to try the key first to see if it works when cutting by a code or a decode. That way you're not going to ruin a more expensive transponder key. 



As you know, I like the JMA shells. The part number is TP00 MIT-18.P.


The code series is going to be a F1 - F1571.

Fun fact: The Chrysler Y165 key, the MIT13 in disguise, uses the same code series. It's essentially identical outside of that head shape.


Let me show you the best practices to ensure that when it’s your turn to cut one of these keys, you're prepared to get the job done. 

Note: We’re talking about the MIT13 transponder key but I’m cutting on a MIT6 key because I’m just cutting this key for a video and there’s no sense of wasting a perfectly good transponder key.


Setup your machine. Before we clamp the key to the jaw, here are some points for you:

  • There's no shoulder stop on this key so we're going to be stopping it on the tip.


  • How we're going to be clamping it down is going to be on this opposite groove. This is how we're going to be putting it in.


  • What is important that you want to pay attention to is how much material here is available to clamp on. As what I like to say, is there enough meat on the bone for us to be able to clamp this key? A lot of times, you want to make sure that you clamp it as far in as you can on your machine to make sure you can get some of this extra material to ensure it clamps down very well.


Install both keys using a tipstop.


Once done, clamp it down nice and tight. Put our safety spectacles on,and let's cut a key.


Cut the other side. Buff the newly cut key, and check if it works.

There you have it, it's pretty simple to duplicate one of these MIT13 keys. That's everything that you need to know about the MIT13 Mitsubishi transponder key. Check the PDF file that contains all the information above. Comment your thoughts and anything you can add. Include the #LockBoss to automatically get entered in to win one of five free prizes we give away each week on YouTube. Thank you, and we'll see you next time.

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