Everyone always asks when new software will be available. At the time of printing we will have GM key programming packages that complete the programming procedure within 12 minutes with no pin codes required plus C.A.N. upgrades as well. We also have Dodge Sprinter, Isuzu, Chrysler Response code conversion, Mitsubishi C.A.N. (see the 2006 Eclipse if you have any doubts) and the new "Tech Package" which will allow T-Code/MVP customers to program keyless ignitions with integrated remotes (sometimes referred to as "Proximity Fobs"). The Tech Package will allow the automotive locksmith to service such vehicles as 2005 Corvette, Lexus LS/GS, Acura RL, Infiniti FX, G35 and Nissan Murano. Watch for upcoming articles regarding our new GM and Tech Package.
Technical support is provided for owners of the ASP MVP or ASP T-Code machines. For more information contact your local locksmith distributor or: Auto Security Products at 425-556-1900.
-- Brad Kenning - Sales & Marketing Manager @ Auto Security Products
For the past 10 years, auto manufacturers have been using computer technology to enhance the traditional mechanical locks on their vehicles. For the past six years. most cars have been built with this technology. Just as locksmiths acquired the tools and skills needed to make keys to traditional mechanical auto locks, they now need to learn new skills and acquire new tools for this newest generation of automotive security.
The service department of any Ford dealership uses an NGS to program new keys. A Chrysler dealer has a DRBIII or a StarSCAN unit to accomplish the same thing. Honda and Acura dealers use the PGM, while Mitsubishi dealers have the MUTT II. Nissan and Infiniti dealers keep their Consult II handy for the same purposes. Every auto manufacturer provides a diagnostic device to their dealer network that is designed to service only their make of vehicles.
While a Ford dealer has no reason to invest in a Consult II and a Dodge dealer wouldn't spend the money to have an NGS sitting around, most automotive locksmiths don't specialize in just one brand of vehicle. The investment required to obtain all of these specialized diagnostic devices amounts to many tens of thousands of dollars, not to mention the bulk of keeping seven or eight different devices in the service van, all of them with updated software and their various attachments and programming methods. It would be like having one key machine that only cuts Schlage keys, another for Kwikset, a third for Corbin-Russwin, etc.
Enter the SDD from Ilco. It is a universal diagnostic tool that contains programs for the security systems in a wide variety of vehicle makes and models, allowing the locksmith to program keys for vehicles made by Acura, Audi, Cadillac, Chrysler, Dodge, Eagle, Ford, Honda, Jaguar, Jeep, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen and more. New capabilities are added as needed since the SDD is a program-based tool. As vehicle manufacturers introduce new vehicles with new transponder systems, those capabilities are added to the SDD.
The SDD talks directly to the security program in the vehicle's computer. In most vehicles it can read the number of keys currently in the vehicle's computer, erase or add new keys. Since it is in communications with the vehicle's security computer, there is no need for existing keys as needed with many of the on-board programming procedures.
The vehicle manufacturers have chosen two methods of protection against car thieves. Either there is a time delay while programming new keys into a vehicle, such as with Fords, or you need to know a PIN (Personal Identification Number), which is required by Chrysler vehicles, Mitsubishi, VW and others. If there is a time delay, the SDD will automatically begin a countdown. If a PIN code is required, the SDD will ask the operator to enter it at the appropriate time. For some systems, such as for Acura and Honda, the SDD automatically bypasses the PIN code, so one does not need to be entered.
Auto manufacturers are moving toward standardizing the computer port that diagnostic devices are plugged into to access the vehicle's computer systems. By the model year 2008 they should all be using the same OBDII port. This means locksmiths will need only one cable for all types of cars. Unfortunately they did not start out that way. The SDD comes with several adaptors and different cables to allow you to plug into the variety of computer sockets different manufacturers are using now or have used in the past.
Additional programs in the SDD allow programming of many GM, Chrysler and Toyota/Lexus remote control fobs into the vehicle's computers, convert seven-pin Volkswagen PIN codes into four-digit ones, and identify the location of vehicle data ports both with text descriptions and graphic displays.
The 2004 model year is starting out to be quite a year for automotive locks and keys, transponder-based anti-theft systems and programming equipment. In addition, technology is rearing its ugly head...