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High security sidewinder keys are becoming the key type of choice by more and more car manufacturers. Some of these keys can be used to operate the door and ignition locks while in other cases the key is enclosed in a remote fob to be used as an emergency unlocking key in case of electronic failure. Regardless of the usage, locksmiths must be prepared because customers will be increasingly asking for some type of sidewinder key servicing.
Locksmith Ledger polled several aftermarket key blank manufacturers to determine what 24 key blank numbers are most in demand. Bianchi was the first list we received, so it was used as the model for our list. New key blank numbers are always being added, so this may not be an up-to-date listing of all available keys from the five companies listed. As new blanks are added, and other aftermarket companies develop similar lists, we will update our list and print it in a later Locksmith Ledger issue.
Our chart is only a beginning list. Car companies offer several variations on the keys listed including flip keys, remotes with differing numbers of buttons and wallet keys for emergency use only. Some of the keys on the list are for older vehicles, which did not use transponder technology. As GM and Ford add more models using sidewinder locking systems, the popularity of keys for those models is sure to increase.
Ford has introduced GEN 2 PEPS fobs. The second generation Passive Entry Passive Start fobs are available for specific Ford and Lincoln models. The five-button models are trunk or tailgate release buttons. All of the GEN 2 PEPS for Ford models use a PEPS Emergency Key, STRATTEC part number 5912345. Note: These part numbers supersede all previous part numbers.
Strattec part numbers and their applications are:
Ford 4 Button GEN 2 PEPS Fobs - Part #5921285: 2012 Ford Edge, 2012 Ford Explorer
Ford 5 Button GEN 2 PEPS Fob - Part # 5921286, 2012 Ford Edge, 2012 Ford Explorer
Lincoln 5 Button GEN 2 PEPS Fob - Part # 5921288, 2012 Lincoln MKX
For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or STRATTEC Security Corporation, 3333 West Good Hope Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53209. Telephone: 414-247-3333 Web Site: http://aftermarket.strattec.com.
Advanced Diagnostics Update
AD USA has introduced software, dongles and cables for their Pro Series transponder programming devices and the Code Wizard Pro.
Advanced Diagnostics has introduced software for PIN code reading and key programming of Volkswagen CAN-equipped vehicles using the Pro Series programming devices. The vehicles include the: 2005-08 Jetta, 2006-07 Passat, 2006-2010 Beetle and 2002-05 Audi A4. Note: A dealer key is required on 2006-07 Passat and vehicle models 2008 and up.
ADS-178 software is for all 2009-12 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicle equipped with the Prox, Fobik Push to Start and PEM Systems using the Pro Series programming devices. This includes the: 2011-12 Dodge 300, 2011-12 Dodge Journey, 2011-12 Dodge Charger, 2009-12 Dodge Challenger ,2009-12 Dodge Ram, 2011-12 Dodge Durango and 2011-12 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Note: For this software to operate, it requires the ADS-173 FOBIK B software.
AD has introduced the dongle M for the 2004-2009 Toyota Prius models in order to program keys and fobs using the ADS-125 and the ADS-150 software.
The new Hyundai/KIA Programming Cable, part number ADC-193 enables more complete programming coverage, approximate years include 2002-2012 Hyundai and KIA models.
In addition, the new 2011 transponder programming Applications Guide can be downloaded as a PDF file.
The Code Wizard Pro (AD600) software program supports multi-vehicle brands and provides the ability to generate immobilizer PIN codes, mechanical key codes and dealer tool security codes.
Advanced Diagnostics will be ending all Exchange Programs on Feb. 29, 2012. See your local distributor for details.