MG EKA Code
This applies to vehicles using the Lucas key fob (as shown on the right) and can also apply to some Land Rover's
Emergency Key Access Code
- The EKA code is found on the security information card supplied with your vehicle.
- The code is 4 digits long.
- The EKA code IS NOT the code in the key fob.
- The grey plastic tag on the keys IS NOT the EKA code, it is the ignition key code.
- The EKA code has no connection with the key fob. If you have a new key fob programmed the EKA code will not change.
- The EKA code is not written in the immobiliser control box.
- You cannot order a new key fob by the using EKA code.
- This code should only be used in emergencies, when your key fob fails or it is lost.
If your code is lost, Remote Key Ltd. can extract the code for you, but we will need your either your vehicle or alarm ECU. You can also see your local MG dealer who should be able to obtain the EKA code from the MG database. You may need the vehicle registration document V5 and some dealers will ask for proof of ownership. MG dealers will also make a charge.
When entering the code, please follow the steps below. The procedure has to be followed exactly as shown below or as described in your handbook or it will not work.
After 3 failed attempts the system will not let you attempt this procedure again for 10 minutes (30 minutes for Land Rover).
- Using the ignition key insert it into the drivers door lock.
- Turn the key clockwise to the locking position (the doors will lock) and hold it in this position for at least 5 seconds.
- After 5 seconds slowly return the key to a central upright position.
- The first digit - Turn the key fully, as far as it can go, anticlockwise to the unlock position (the doors will unlock) then back to the central upright position. This should be done the amount of times as the first digit on your security card.
- The second digit - Turn the key fully, as far as it can go, clockwise to the lock position then back to the central, upright position. This should be done the amount of times as the second digit on your security card.
- The third digit - Turn the key anticlockwise to the unlock position again, the number of times shown on the security card
- The fourth digit - Turn the key clockwise to the lock position again, the number of times shown on the security card.
- Once this has been completed turn the key to the unlock position once.
If the code has been entered correctly, open the door and the red flashing LED light on the dashboard will stop. You will now be able to start the vehicle.
When turning the key in the lock it must be done with precision and slowly. On some worn locks, you may have to turn the key slightly past the central upright position. If you listen closely you should be able to hear the switches clicking inside the lock.
This procedure will not work on Rover 100's or Mini as there is no override procedure, get a spare key fob!!
According to MG the immobiliser will stay off once this procedure is completed. It should only work again by using a key fob but we have found that this is not always the case. We have come across many vehicles which have become immobilised again after a period of time after using the EKA code, or when the vehicles battery is disconnected or run flat. Do not rely on this system for long periods, get a new key fob.
DO NOT RELY ON THIS METHOD FOR LONG PERIODS THIS IS ONLY FOR EMERGENCY USE GET A NEW KEY FOB