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A locksmith writes: BMW autos can be opened by quickly operating the inside power button twice, then pulling on the inside door handle twice. This allows the door to be opened using the outside door handle. His question was, "How quick is quickly and does this have to follow quickly with operating the inside door handle twice or is there some time between the operation of the lock button and inside door handle?"
Answer: Yes there is a time limit; however, there is no exact time involved. The time appears not to be too critical as long as you hear the power door lock cycle both times when you press the inside power door lock control. Sometimes the door will unlock the first time you pull the inside handle and a second pull will not even be necessary.
DUPLICATE KEY PRICES
How do you price your duplicate keys? Do you give a discount for multiple keys purchased? Do you price them in groups? For example, house keys, single-sided automotive keys, etc, or do you price your keys individually? Is there a price difference between original equipment key blanks and aftermarket key blanks? Is there a price difference between the key blanks that are similar to originals and the lower cost key blanks? Are your "non-most common" key blanks more expensive than the fifty most popular key blanks?
Kia uses different length keys for the 1995-02 Sportage model vehicles. The difference is determined by the transmission. The longer shank key blanks, Ilco X267/KK4 and Jet KK4, are for the automatic transmission-equipped Kia vehicles. The manual transmission-equipped vehicles use the shorter shank key blanks, the Ilco X253/KK3 and Jet KK3.
NEW FROM OLYMPUS LOCK
Olympus® Lock, Inc. has introduced two pin tumbler lock products, the N078, and the 754/854. The Olympus N078 pin tumbler cabinet lock is now field-reversible for left or right hand door applications. In addition to the standard 1-1/8" barrel, the N078 cabinet locks are available with a 1-3/8" barrel length to accommodate both door and drawer applications. The N078 door and drawer locks are equipped with D4291 keyway four- or five-pin lock cylinder. An additional option is a longer bolt.
The Olympus 754 and 854 door and drawer locks are designed to accommodate the original equipment Sargent deadbolt cylinder, part number #13-3457. The 754/854 cabinet locks have a standard with 1-3/8" barrel length. Optional trim spacers are available to flush fit 7/8" material thickness. The Olympus 754 is designed for a cabinet door application and the 854 drawer application. Both door and drawer locks are non-handed. The 754 and 854 locks include a matching notched strike and are sold less cylinder.
For more information, contact your local locksmith wholesaler or Olympus Lock, 18424 Highway 99, Lynnwood, WA 98037. Telephone: 800-525-0954. Fax: 206-362-3569. Website: www.olympus-lock.com.
CAR-OPENING TECHNIQUES: 2005 CHEVROLET COBALT
This month we will offer recommended car-opening techniques for the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt. The Cobalt is equipped with unprotected inside lock control linkage, manually unlocked/locked using a vertical locking button.
CAUTION: Be careful when unlocking the Chevrolet Cobalt by inserting the tool into the door cavity. If too much force is exerted during the insertion, removal, or twisting of the tools between the weather strip and the window, the glass can break.
The following opening methods can be used to unlock the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt:
Use the High Tech Tools Triple Hook Tool #86, a strip saver, and a wedge to unlock the front passenger door locking mechanism. Begin by separating the glass from the weather stripping with a wedge directly above the outside handle of the passenger door. Using the strip saver, insert the Triple Hook Tool behind the wedge into the door cavity with the tip facing towards the rear of the vehicle. Lower the #86 car-opening tool into the door cavity until the tip of the tool is beneath the bend in the vertical rod. Rotate the tool so the tip is directly below the bend in the linkage rod. Lift the tool to trap the linkage rod in the tip. The locking button will move, indicating contact. With slight turning pressure, carefully lift the tool to unlock the locking mechanism.