Apex Auto Locksmith proudly offers car key replacement services to drivers. Our locksmiths provide key duplication services just like your dealership, but at a more affordable price.
Parts of the Key
They may look fairly simple, but today’s car keys are comprised of various parts that each have their own special job.
The bow is the part of the key that you hold on to when you’re operating it. It is usually shaped like a circle or a rectangle and is generally where your key fob buttons are located. Most bows on today’s car keys have a plastic cover, which houses a transponder chip.
The bitting, which may also be called the ridges or teeth of the key, are the cuts that move the lock’s internal mechanisms. Depending on the lock, the bitting may be on both sides of the key, and on newer cars, the bitting may be in a snake-type pattern on the sides of the key.
The key’s wards are what keep it from fitting in locks other than those on your vehicle. They don’t affect the internal components in any way, but they will keep your Ford key from fitting into a Chevrolet lock.
The tip of the key, which is at the opposite end of the bow, is what you line up with the keyway before inserting it. Today’s car keys can be inserted two different ways, meaning that you don’t have to worry about inserting the key upside down.