There are advantages of selling key blanks without part numbers. Today, a person can use a web search engine having a key blank part number and purchase the key blank online. Then he or she can take the key blank to a key cutter and have the key duplicated. In addition to offering key blanks for sale, one web site I found also offers transponder programming instructions.
Key blanks without part number are much more difficult to identify.
ILCO FOB JACKETS
Kaba Ilco has introduced “Jacket Auto Remote Covers™, silicone rubber covers that correctly fit over factory remotes and remote head keys. They are available in twenty styles to accommodate the different vehicle manufacturers. Each style is available in three color choices pink, blue or black.
There are covers for remotes, proximity remotes and integrated remote keyless entry. These include the Chrysler remote head and FOBIK keys, Ford IKT, Honda and Lexus. Remote covers are available Ford, GM, Hyundai, Infiniti, Kia, Nissan, Scion and Toyota.
The Jacket Auto Remote Covers are available individually, six of the same style and color, or one of three starter assortments. The assortments range from 30 to 60 covers.
For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or Kaba Ilco Corp., at 400 Jeffreys Rd, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Telephone: 800-334-1381. Web Site: www.kaba-ilco.com.
Doors cause more than 250,000 injuries every year. Don’t become a statistic.
In my May column, I wrote that the “JMA USA TP20MAZ-20D.P2 can be used with the 2004 or later introduction Mazda 2, 3, 5, 6, CX-7, CX-9, Miata and RX8. At this time, no other aftermarket key blank manufacturer offers this transponder equipped key blank.” According to Jet Hardware, the MZ34-PHT will work with the Mazda 6 2003-on, Mazda 3, Mazda 5, MX-5 Miata 2006-on, CX-7, CX-9 2007-on and the RX-8 2004-on,.
CAR-OPENING TECHNIQUES: 2005-up Chevrolet Corvette 2003-09 Cadillac XLR
This month we will offer recommended car-opening techniques for the 2005-up Chevrolet Corvette and the 2003-09 Cadillac XLR. This Corvette and the XLR were chosen because of the many different methods of entry developed by the car opening tool manufacturers.
IMPORTANT: Some of the later model vehicles are equipped with laminated glass and indexing windows. I strongly recommend not using car opening tools on these vehicles.
Both the 2005-up Chevrolet Corvette and the 2003-09 Cadillac XLR are keyless. All locking functions are electronic, controlled by the remote. The door latch is not in the door, it is mounted into the frame of these cars. To unlock and open a door from in the passenger compartment, there are two different buttons that must be pressed. The first is the lock/unlock button. Once the door is unlocked, the door release button is pressed and the door can then be opened. There also is a special mechanical lock that can provide access into either the trunk (XLR) or passenger compartment (Corvette). The emergency keys are designed to accommodate only number two or deeper depths of cut.
If the battery is dead, entry can only be gained by using the mechanical lock. The 2005-up Chevrolet Corvette mechanical lock is located above the left license plate light at the rear of the vehicle. The 2003-09 Cadillac XLR mechanical lock is located on the left side of the rear bumper behind a removable access panel. It appears to be similar to the plastic plug used for a tow hook.
Once the Corvette lock has been manipulated, there is access into the passenger compartment. There is a cable behind panels just to the rear of the driver and passengers’ doors. Tilting the seatback forward may make it easier to gain access to the panel. Open the panel and pull on the cable to open the door.
Once the XLR lock has been manipulated, there is access into the trunk. The trunk lid is electronically operated open and closed. When the battery is dead, you must pull up on the lid overriding the motor that normally opens it. This requires a great deal of effort.
There is a cable behind the panel on the left side of the trunk. Pulling the cable will open the driver’s door and the fuel filler door.
Important: Do not manually close the Cadillac XLR trunk. The trunk lid is designed specifically to only be opened and closed electronically. There is a blue button mounted into the trunk lid to close it. Once the vehicle has been opened, have the vehicle owner take care of the dead battery in order to electronically close the trunk lid.