THE VATS-SMITH CONNECTION…

Specialize In high-tech automotive service with this new tool line from Lockcraft

Lockcraft's Vehicle Anti-Theft System (VATS) Decoder enables locksmiths to diagnose system failures, service the column and duplicate VATS keys. The Lockcraft Decoder meets the needs of General Motors VATS-equipped vehicle applications dating back to 1986.

The VATS Decoder performs four basic functions. Initially, the VATS Decoder identifies the correct VATS key blank from the customer's original. Next, the system decodes the correct VATS blank from the vehicle when the original key is lost or not available. The VATS Decoder helps diagnose steering column connection problems and VATS computer problems.

"Without the VATS Decoder it is very difficult to service the VATS system vehicles properly," said John Wiltshire, Lockcraft sales manager. "Most owners would naturally return to their dealers for this kind of service. Instead, Lockcraft's signature VATS line of tools includes everything a locksmith would need to properly decode and service VATS-equipped vehicles. In essence, Lockcraft offers locksmiths an opportunity to also be VATS-Smiths," continued Wiltshire.

VATS DECODER COMPONENTS
According to Lockcraft, becoming a professional "VATS-Smith" is easy. All of the tools are under one cover. The VATS Master Kit includes everything you need to professionally generate and read VATS keys and decode all GM VATS systems.

The VATS Master Kit (Part Number LT6855) features Lockcraft's Decoder and Adapter Key Harness, along with single-sided and double-sided adapter keys. Single- and double-sided replacement keys are also included, along with a three-terminal decoder and diagnostic adapter harness. The Master Kit is stored in a protective foam-lined, plastic carrying case.

The Lockcraft VATS Decoder (Part Number LT7000) is a totally portable diagnostic tool powered by a 9-volt battery. Housed in a sturdy, compact steel case, the system accepts all versions of the GM VATS key and accurately identifies the correct resistor code. The tool was designed with long wire leads for easier connection in smaller vehicle interiors.

With complete step by step instructions for use, the plug-in adapter harness virtually eliminates under-the-dash work on all VATS jobs. An assortment of single-sided and double-sided durable plastic adapter and replacement keys are provided.

Two three-terminal adapter harnesses are provided. Both turn standard two-terminal connectors into three-terminal connectors on the 1997+ Chevrolet Corvette models. One is for performing under dash decoding, and the other is for performing ignition lock diagnostics.

Everything is housed in one place in a protective, foam-lined, sturdy hard plastic case. For safety and durability, the case is designed with dual plastic latches and built in hasp for padlock locking.

LOCKSMITH SCENARIOS
There are several scenarios or typical failures that auto-owners may experience in order for your services to be necessary. First and most frequent, many individuals either lose their keys, including the spare, or lock their keys in their car. Most of the time, those same individuals have not saved the code tags that come with the keys, so it is necessary to contact their local automotive locksmith. Especially with the newer vehicles, it is very important that a professional work on the vehicle so as not to cause any damage that amateur tools may cause, such as damaged wiring or computer programming. The same is true of stolen vehicles and key and lock repair.

Another scenario is an inoperable key. Perhaps it is a bad key. Perhaps it is a duplicate that wasn't keyed correctly. Or it may not be the key at all, but perhaps computer problems that don't allow the key to work properly. A bad wiring connection could also warrant a locksmith's tools and expertise.

SERVICE PROCEDURES
Initially, the locksmith must diagnose the problem. Before each use, the VATS Decoder should be tested by plugging the tester harness connectors together. This will alert you to a low battery. Next, insert the key to identify the resistor code.

For vehicle code identification, connect both tester connectors to mating VATS connectors, which are located at the base of the steering column under the dash. Place the key code switch to "1" and attempt to start the engine with the proper mechanically cut key. If the engine starts, the vehicle key code is 1.

If the engine does not start, press the four-minute time. Wait four minutes until the time light goes out. Then turn the key code switch to the next position and attempt to start the engine again. If the engine starts, the vehicle code is 2. If the engine does not start, press the four-minute timer and repeat the procedure until the correct key code is found.

After the correct key code is determined, the fault test can be performed. Connect both tester connectors to mating VATS connectors again. Set the key code switch to the correct code and attempt to start the engine. If the engine starts, the defect is in the steering column.

For the steering column test, connect the tester as above. Insert the key in the ignition. The tester should read the correct key code. An "E" on the display indicates an open circuit. For other repairs refer to the factory service manuals to correct the problem.

Perhaps locksmiths without any focus on automotive work may experience some frustration at watching this type of work go elsewhere. Or there may be locksmiths that incorporate automotive into their business but can't diagnose and service VATS equipped vehicles. Or maybe, they are losing work to the car dealerships.

An investment in the VATS Decoder enables locksmiths to increase their business by targeting additional automotive customers and ultimately increasing their profit margin. After a minimal investment Lockcraft provides all the training necessary to get you educated in VATS service and repair. By promoting this new service, locksmiths not only will encourage VATS repair work, but will also increase their conventional automotive work.

Lockcraft provides all the necessary equipment for locksmiths to become the local expert VATS-Smith. Lockcraft manufactures and distributes a comprehensive line of ignition, door, glove box and trunk locks. Both coded and uncoded locks are available in chrome and black finishes. Lockcraft manufactures OE-quality key blanks in solid brass and nickel plate, available for the most popular manufacturers, including Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Nissan, Toyota, and more. Plus, Lockcraft manufacturers the only aftermarket VATS key with a lifetime warranty. Lockcraft provides everything you need for rekeying and repairing locks, including automotive service kits for domestic and import applications, as well as all the tools to complete the job quickly and correctly. From the high-tech VATS Decoder to simple handtools, Lockcraft automotive service tools are high quality and designed for ease of use.

Lockcraft manufactures product in their Distribution Center in Brownsville, Texas. Lockcraft is committed to offering locksmiths OE quality locks, keys and service kits priced right. With 30 years in the industry, Lockcraft aims to support distributors with product priced for profit, complete coverage, five-day / 90 percent order fill and supportive literature.

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