Locksmithing Etc.

Gates, Fencing and Related Products TS Distributors offers a variety of fencing including fabricated walk (42” wide) and drive gates (6’ wide single and double) in four-, five- and six-foot heights. They also sell gate operators and other components...

Arrow Value Line Mortise Cylinder

Arrow Lock has introduced their Value line brass body mortise cylinder, a non-logo front satin chrome (US26D) plated finish that is 1-18” long. This mortise cylinder includes a two-screwhole straight cam and a ring collar with spring. The Value line mortise cylinder comes with an “A” keyway and two keys. The Value line mortise cylinder part number is MC61P-001-SC.26D. For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or Arrow Lock, Web Site www.arrowlock.com.


Ilco Key Blanks

Ilco has introduced some commercial, automotive and utility key blanks. I will list the automotive key blanks first. Remember, if the key blank is equipped with a transponder, the Ilco number ending will be PT. They are listed in the two accompanying Ilco charts.

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or Kaba Ilco Corp., 400 Jeffreys Road, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Telephone: 800-334-1381. Web Site: www.kaba-ilco.com.


Car-Opening Techniques: 2006- up Audi A3

This month we will offer recommended car-opening techniques for the 2006- up Audi A3, a four-door hatchback. The door locking mechanism is electronic; there is no mechanical linkage in this vehicle.

As an alternative, several high security lock picks are designed to manipulate the wafers in this Audi door lock. These picks are designed to operate only the door lock, not the ignition lock.

Warning: This vehicle is equipped with multi-layer weather stripping at the base of the windows. The windows are extremely tight. Use extreme care as the slightest scrape may result in the window glass breaking.


The following opening methods can be used to unlock the 2006- up Audi A3:

High Tech Tools uses the One Hand Jack 78SG Tool to unlock the front passenger door locking mechanism. Insert a one hand Jack system and an inflatable wedge along the middle of the top of the front passenger door. Inflate the wedge to wedge out the doorframe to provide access for the car-opening tool. Insert the 78SG through the opening created along the rear edge of the doorframe using a weather stripping protector. Slide the tool into the passenger compartment and hook the front passenger door handle. Pull back on the tool to unlock the door locking mechanism. An alternative opening method is to engage the lock release button to unlock the door lock mechanism.

The Pro-Lok method uses the AO-35 “MCOT-Wide” tool and an inflatable wedge to unlock the passenger door locking mechanism. Begin by inserting the inflatable wedge nine inches from the rear edge of the front passenger door window. Inflate the wedge according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Insert the AO-35 tool into the door 19 inch from the rear edge of the window with the working end of the tool facing forward. Lower the tool 12 inches into the door cavity. Rotate the tool until the arch is on the passenger compartment side of the window glass. Deflate the wedge. Carefully lift the tool until the tip is in the passenger compartment. Rotate the tool 45 degrees counterclockwise and manipulate the tip of the tool onto the bottom portion of the electric lock-unlock button. Carefully push the bottom portion of the button, unlocking the locking mechanism. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for removing the car-opening tool.

Slide Lock Tool Company’s instructions say this vehicle is very tough to unlock, so do it only in an emergency situation and require the customer to sign a “Hold Harmless” form.

Slide Lock recommends using an AutoBuster III car-opening tool to unlock the passenger’s door locking mechanism. The AutoBuster III requires two thick wedges forward and rearward of the inside door lock-unlock button and door release button, an opening large enough for the AutoBuster III tool to enter. Insert the AutoBuster III tool with the working end towards the rear into the door cavity until the bend is beneath the bottom of the window. Remove the wedges. Rotate the tool until the bend is on the passenger side of the window. Carefully raise the tool until the tip is visible. Manipulate the tool until the tip is directly in front of the electric lock-unlock button. Gently push the button to unlock the door locking mechanism. Carefully remove the tool according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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