Specialty Tools Make the Locksmith’s Job Easier

Here’s a first look at some of the newest tools for the automotive locksmith.

Advanced Diagnostics T-Code Pro / MVP Pro

Advanced Diagnostics (AD) has recently introduced four new updates for the T-Code Pro and the MVP Pro. These new updates allow the user to program most of the new vehicles with ease.

  • ADS-166 – for the 08 Honda Accord (Pro only)
  • ADS-172 – for 2010 Ford – USA models (Pro only, requires “L” dongle and Ford PATS4 and PATS5 software)
  • ADS-173 – for 2010 Chrysler products (includes PIN read)

ADS-133 – Mazda CAN software – this is an updated version of software that AD has previously introduced that now bypasses the PIN number on Mazda CAN vehicles. The PIN bypass upgrade is free for those who already own the older version of the ADS-133 Mazda CAN software. (This software also requires the Advanced Diagnostics new Smart Card.)

For information, contact your local locksmith distributor or Advanced Diagnostics, telephone 650-876-2020, web site www.tcodeusa.com.

Silca TKO / SDD Software Updates

Silca has recently introduced four new update packages for their SDD / TKO machines. All of these updates are “backwards compatible” with the older SDD tool, so they will work on all versions of the Silca diagnostic tools.

  • Honda CAN software for many Honda and Acura vehicles from 2008 and up.
  • 2010 Ford CAN & Prox Applications (E-Series, Edge, Escape, Explorer, Explorer Sport Trac, Flex, Fusion, F250 / F350, Mustang, Taurus, MKS, MKT, MKZ, Mariner, Milan, and Mountaineer)
  • Mitsubishi CAN Applications (Eclipse, Endeavor, & Galant 06 – 09, Lancer 08 – 09, Outlander 07 – 09)
  • Mazda CAN 2 Applications (2010 CX-7, CX-9, 3, 5, & 6)

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or Kaba Ilco, telephone 800-334-1391, web site www.kaba-ilco.com.


If you’ve never used a Determinator, you’re working too hard. I grew up with impressioning, and I’ve taught it for years. In those years, I’ve met a lot of folks who had a hard time with it, but I’ve never met anyone who couldn’t impression a lock if there were only two cuts in it. And that is pretty much what the Determinators do for you. Without going into detail, the Determinator will normally narrow each cut on the key down to two possible depths. Armed with that information, it doesn’t take long for almost anyone to make a working key. Determinator Tom has introduced three new Determinator sets to make your work even easier:

  • GM 12 – Chevrolet Equinox, using the B96 / B102 keyway
  • FOR 6 – Ford 8-cut system, Huf locks on the H75 keyway
  • KIA 3 – Hyundai and Kia vehicles using the HY15 keyway

Determinator Tom also has two new books out. The first, “High-Security Key Origination Manual,” is actually a compilation of his three earlier books on originating side-milled, “high-security” keys, plus a new fourth volume. This four-part book covers vehicles such as BMW, Mercedes, Saab, Kia and Lexus. He even covers the new GM flip-key system as well as the Pontiac G8 and others. His second book, “High-Security Quick Reference Book,” covers all the data that you would need to know to deal with just about any high-security lock system found in North America.

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or The Determinator, telephone 800-561-0443, web site www.thedeterminator.com.

Aable 8 Wafer Ignition Force Tool & No Sidebar Force Tool

Occasionally you’ll encounter a Ford 8-cut ignition that has either been hopelessly damaged, or has just failed. When that happens, the easiest way of dealing with it is to just force the lock to turn and then replace it. The problem is that some Ford ignitions have sidebars and some don’t. Fortunately, there are specialty tools for each different application.

Aable makes a combination tool that will allow you to either drill and pick the standard sidebar ignition or to force it. The tool is machined to fit precisely into the openings that are revealed after you pop off the plastic “fishlips” on the face of the lock. These opening are above and below the keyway on the sidebar equipped locks.

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