Where servicing an older VATS equipped vehicle, even if the Security light illuminates, try starting the engine. I have had two 2000 and newer Chevrolet vehicles that the engine started using the mechanical key to operate the ignition lock.
VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
The Vehicle Identification Number is 17 numbers and letters used to identify the most important information regarding the vehicle. The VIN is normally on a plate attached to the dashboard on the driver’s side or the door or doorpost. On some vehicles, it is also stamped onto the firewall or one of the strut towers. For newer vehicles it can be on a special tag on all large removable body parts.
The first character indicates the country of manufacture. For locksmiths, the first and the 10th are probably the most important. The 10th character indicates the year the vehicle was manufactured. This is important for getting the correct clone or transponder blank.
From 1980 thru 2000, the 10th character of the VIN was the letters of the alphabet A-Y ( I, O, Q & Z were not used). The year 2000 was “Y”. In 2001 they changed to numbers 1-9. The year 2009 is a “9”. In 2010, the 10th character of the VIN will once again be letters, probably in alphabetic order beginning with “A.”
HIGH SECURITY 4 PLUG HOLDER
The patent pending High Security 4 Plug Holder is designed to provide a “third hand” when servicing and master keying high security lock cylinders. This four slot plug holder is manufactured from 6061 Aluminum, accommodating most high security lock cylinder plugs up to .512” in diameter. Each plug holder contains double “V” grooves, accommodating Schlage Primus, CX5, Medeco and other high security locks equipped with sidebar mechanisms.
Since each opening can accommodate a one half inch diameter plug, the tool can also be used when master keying and servicing most conventional lock cylinders. The top of this 1” by 2” by 4” servicing tool has a built in tray to keep small parts with their plugs.
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HEARD ON THE STREET
I’ve heard that in almost 50 percent of homes purchased, the owners do not replace or re-combinate the locks by the time they move into their new residence.
As locksmiths, we are asked to install door hardware products for many different applications. We are required to follow codes, laws and ordinances that are national, state, county and city. I was just told that condominium complexes, both residential and commercial, can and often do require specific manufacturers, trim and finishes to maintain consistency throughout.
If a customer wants something different than what is on every other door, make sure they understand (preferably in writing) that they are responsible, not you.
THIS WAS DIFFERENT
I received a telephone call from a locksmith. He was at off-college housing and could not figure out have to remove a double cylinder deadbolt installed onto a door.
The lock cylinders had the name Schlage; however, there were no visible mounting screws on the interior cylinder. He asked me to take a look. At first, I thought it might have been an old Lori deadbolt that uses mortise cylinders. Each cylinder is secured by 3/32” setscrew that is accessible through the door edge. To secure or release a mortise cylinder, a long 3/32” hex wrench slides between the bolt and the housing once the bolt faceplate is removed. Tightening a setscrew secures the mortise cylinder as if it were installed into a mortise lock.
The bolt had the name Schlage stamped into the faceplate. So much for the Lori Lock theory.
Using a small straight slot screwdriver, I carefully pried around the outer diameter of the interior lock cylinder. The faceplate slowly lifted off and beneath were the two mounting screws. Someone had either removed the interior faceplate and installed an exterior faceplate as an inexpensive way to increase the level of security or had an interior cylinder that did not have a faceplate.
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