Locksmithing Etc.

Adams Rite Steel Hawk 4300 The patented Adams Rite Steel Hawk 4300 is a non-handed, electrified deadlatch designed for aluminum glass storefront doors. The Steel Hawk 4300 is a direct replacement for the AR 4500, 4700 and 4900 deadlatches, as it...


Bianchi Update

Bianchi has introduced their TK100 Universal Cloning Chip and has changed the part numbers for their two-piece clonable keys and horseshoe blades. The horseshoe blade changes were made to simplify the part numbers by using the characters coined into the center of the horseshoe blades.

For example, the old part number for the Ford 8-cut horseshoe blade was FD72U. The new part number is FD21U. The complete 2-piece key blank part number using the TK100 Universal Cloning Chip is FD21UTK100.

The Bianchi TK100 Universal Cloning Chip incorporates all of the capabilities of the TK24, TK40 and TK60 heads. The battery-less TK100 can be reprogrammed up to ten times on the same or different vehicles. The TK100 will clone fixed code, Texas Instruments Encrypted and Philips second generation Encrypted transponders. Since there is no battery, the electronics are sealed in epoxy.

The TK100 operates with the Bianchi 884 Decryptor Ultegra. It will not operate with the Repli-Code 7 TX, Repli-Code 7 TX + Decryptor, Quick Code or Smart Clone. However, these cloning machines can program the TK24, TK40 and TK60 heads.

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or Bianchi USA, Inc. Telephone: 800-891-2118. Web Site: www.bianchi1770usa.com


Laminated Glass Windows

GM, Volvo and Audi have some vehicles equipped with laminated glass.

Chrysler has made a decision to equip their vehicles will laminated glass for all windows beginning with the 2011 model year. Ford began using laminated glass windshields in 1919, probably a result of a number of factors including lawsuits.

Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles will be equipped with laminated glass on an ongoing basis. At this point, the vehicles that are equipped are the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Chrysler 200 and 300, and the Dodge Durango, Charger and Avenger.

The good news is that laminated glass provides sound insulation and keeps the outside and inside layers of glass bonded when cracked or broken. The not good news is laminated glass is more expensive than tempered glass. Even more important is when laminated glass is nicked or chipped; it can run requiring the window be replaced.

Laminated glass can be identified by looking along the edge. There are two thinner pieces of glass sandwiched together upon an interlayer. Tempered glass is the entire thickness.

Important: In order to make it easier to identify the type of side window glass, many manufacturers are beginning to mark the side window glass with the words laminated glass when equipped.


2012 Ford Focus

According to available resources, the 2012 Ford Focus will be equipped with a sidewinder lock mechanism. This is an interesting change from when Ford Motor Company removed the side bar from their 8-cut lock mechanism.


CAR-OPENING TECHNIQUES : 1998-2003 Lexus RX300

This month we will offer recommended car-opening techniques for the 1998-2003 Lexus RX300. This four-door sport utility vehicle is equipped with bicycle style cables, requiring unlocking the vehicle using either the inside lock control rocker or the inside door handle. In 2004, the RX330 was introduced having the same basic design. Unlocking a 2004-10 RX330 can be unlocked with slight modification using the same tools.

Important: Be sure to remove the wedge prior to bringing the car opening tool into the passenger compartment. The additional stress that is placed onto the car opening tool and the glass by the wedge(s) can result in the breaking of the glass.

Be very careful when you contact the lock buttons or the inside door handle and surrounding areas. Too much force can result in scratching or marring the trim.

The following opening methods can be used to unlock the 1998-2003 Lexus RX300:


The Pro-Lok method uses the AO-34 “MCOT-Narrow” tool and a wedge to unlock the front passenger door locking mechanism. Begin by inserting the wedge 11 inches from the front edge of the front passenger door window. Insert an AO33 “MCOT-Separator Tool” one inch from the front edge of the passenger door window with the tip facing rearward. Lower the tool and rotate the tip beneath the bottom of the window glass. Raise the tool until the tip just enters the passenger compartment.

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