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Keys for modern Vespa scooters have an RF (radio frequency) transponder in them that is read by the scooter in order to deactivate the immobilizer. It\'s not enough simply to have a key cut to the same pattern, as you would with ordinary keys. You must also follow a specific procedure in order to \"tell\" your scooter about the new key. Performing this process makes your scooter \"forget\" about any keys that are not included in this process, so make sure you have all your keys together at once for this procedure.

You must have the brown / red key that came with your scooter when you purchased it. If you don\'t have this key, you will not be able to make a new key work on your scooter, and your only recourse will be to replace the entire ECU unit of your scooter at significant expense. The brown / red cannot be replaced. The plastic card with a key code on it that may be in your instruction manual is worthless.

Here\'s the procedure:
- Have all your keys lined up. First the brown / red key, then all your blue keys.
- You have about 10 seconds to do this procedure. Timing is important.
- Put the brown /red key in ignition, turn it to the on position (without starting the engine) and then turn it to the off position within 3 seconds.
- Put the first blue key in the ignition, turn it to the on position (without starting the engine) and then turn it to the off position within 3 seconds.
- Put the next blue key in the ignition, turn it to the on position (without starting the engine) and then turn it to the off position within 3 seconds.
- Do this with all remaining blue keys.
- Put the brown /red key in ignition again, turn it to the on position (without starting the engine) and then turn it to the off position within 3 seconds.

Once you\'ve completed the procedure, go back and check to make sure each key can start your scooter. If not, repeat the procedure. Again, timing is important. If it doesn\'t work, you probably took too long to perform the procedure.

It\'s been reported (but not verified) that the direction / orientation of the key matters during the procedure. MV member lomunchi reports:
\"This didn\'t work for me either till I was mindful of the orientation of all the keys. I did the above with the keychain hole up for each one and it worked correctly.\"

Original article contributed by Whiteknuckler.
Last Updated Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:15 pm
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