Auto Lockout Tool Overview

No longer will one tool fit almost all. Rigid lock pawls, protected linkage rods, armored cables and side-impact airbags mounted into the door cavity have complicated the tools and techniques required for the “simple car opening.”

People have been locking themselves out of homes, offices, vehicles, etc. for many years. The auto lockouts have probably been the most profitable for locksmiths, based on sheer numbers. In fact, some locksmiths only do car openings. To open locked cars, homes and businesses, manufacturers have been...

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Another unique offering from PRO-LOK is over 26 wire rod tools with the Xacto-Grip tip design. This design uses a larger diameter, high-grade heat-treated wire that is flattened on two sides. The tip is then knurled with a cross-hatch pattern to provide added grip on linkage rods and other lock mechanism components.

For more information, contact PRO-LOK, 655 North Hariton Street, Orange, CA 92868. Telephone: (714) 633-0681. Fax: (714) 633-0470. Web Site:

Slide Lock/Z-Tool

The Grand Master Z-Tool System from Slide Lock Tool Company?s Z-Tool Division offers its popular line of tools and accessories to the locksmith industry. The Grand Master Z-Tool System includes 11 tools, four wedges and other related products in a hard shell case. The System Manual is now in its 17th edition and includes a commercial truck section.

Individual tools include the original stainless steel Z-Tool with depth guides, the inverted Z-Tool with depth guides, and the Vertical Z-Tool that was added in 2003. Other tools in the kit include the Japanese Tool, Frameless Window Kit with two extension tips and the Serpent Tool. The Mercedes Strip, Flush Mount Tool, Wing Window Tool and AutoBuster III complete the selection. The AutoBuster III features the extra long 9.5-inch reach. The optional Porsche tool is specifically designed to open the Porsche 928 model.

The Grand Master Z-Tool System also includes a free Air Wedge, three Flex-a-Wedges, and a Slim Wedge Shield which was added in 2005. All of this equipment is packed in the hard shell organizer case with a booklet of Hold Harmless Release forms.

For more information, contact Slide Lock/Z-Tool, 1166 Topside Road, Louisville, TN 37777. Telephone: (800) 336-8812. Fax: (865) 577-5936. Web Site:

Steck Manufacturing

Steck Manufacturing Company was started as Steck?s Paint & Body Shop by George Steck in 1946. He began manufacturing tools for the body shop industry in the late 1940s when he and a partner developed a fastener used to install rear auto fenders. Steck has continuously manufactured tools and equipment in the same location in Dayton, Ohio, for over 50 years. The company is currently managed by George?s two sons, Raymond and Larry Steck.

Although a large segment of the product line is aimed at the auto body collision and repair industry, Steck has manufactured a popular set of lockout tools for a number of years.

While standard flat and wire rod lockout tools are also available, Steck?s biggest hit in the lockout tool category is the ?Big Easy.? This simple yet effective tool eliminates a lot of problems lockout technicians face with newer cars. Because of the design and application of the tool, there is no danger of airbag activation or disconnected door linkages. The 56-inch-long Big Easy tool enables you to actuate the door handle, manual lock button or electric lock button on most early or late model cars and trucks. With tool tip movement in full view of the lockout technician, unlocking cars is quick and easy.

Another shorter tool, the Little Easy is also offered, while the Lock Knob Lifter raises traditional and late model Japanese lock knobs located at the top of the door panel.

Use either the smooth inflatable wedge or the solid plastic wedge to insert for tool clearance. Either is safe to use with no risk of damage to the door or weather stripping. A bright LED inspection light and a sturdy carrying case are available. Steck Tools come individually or in kits. The Big Easy has one-year warranty.

For more information, contact Steck Manufacturing Inc., 1115 South Broadway, Dayton, OH 45408. Phone: (800) 227-8325. Fax: (937) 222-6666. Web site:

Sully Tools

Pat Sullivan started Sully Tools more than 20 years ago. These popular tools use a high-quality wire to produce an extremely strong tool shaft. Each tool is plated to eliminate rust and corrosion. Strong screwdriver-style handles perform a dual function. They provide a strong gripping surface to control movement of the tool tip and also provide an excellent background to view each tool part number. Even the window wedge utilizes the same handle design. Easy tool identification results in a quick opening at the job site.

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