Locksmithing etc. Jan. 2012

RSA Laboratories FAQ on RFID Is it possible to destroy an RFID tag in a microwave oven? Yes. This is an effective approach, but a dangerous one. RFID tags can purportedly catch fire in microwave ovens. For more information, contact...

For more information contact your local locksmith wholesaler or Lishi Tools at Web Site: www.lishitools.com


Transit Connect Transponder-Equipped?

The 2010 and 2011 Transit Connect is not equipped with the transponder-based engine immobilizer system for most models. However, it appears that the XLT model is transponder-equipped. You know, that is the work truck with the leather seats, etc.


Door Closer Sizes

Chart 1, Door Closer Sizes, is a simplification of several door and surface mount door closer manufacturers charts to provide a better understanding of one through six sized door closers. This selection chart provides ranges for door width and maximum weight. The numbers are averages. Always refer to the door closer manufacturer’s specifications when selecting a sized door closer.


Expensive Door Stop

On occasions, I have the opportunity to spend some time with locksmiths, giving me ideas and the opportunity to learn. Not too long ago, while out on an installation, a locksmith used his 18 volt electric screw gun as a door stop while installing access control. It kept the door in place.


Decoding a Colorado/Canyon

General Motors introduced the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon for the 2004 model year to replace the S-10 and Sonoma. These mid-sized pickups are being manufactured for the 2012 model year. They use the 70,000 to 75,928 code series having a ten cut lock mechanism with four depths of cut.


The aftermarket key blanks are:

  • HATA B108OE
  • Ilco EZ B110
  • Jet B108
  • JMA GM-38
  • STRATTEC 692365


The tumbler arrangement is:

  • Ignition: 1 through 10
  • Door: 3 through 10
  • Tailgate: 5 through 10

To originate a key. remove the screws securing the tailgate lock. Remove the tailgate lock. Read the six depths of the wafers through the weep hole. Cut the six depths into each side of the key blank.

If possible, use a computer program that helps you fill in the unknown depths. Using a computer will limit the number of key blanks to two. If no computer program is available, remember that the difference between two adjacent cuts is no greater than two, a 1 and a 3, a 2 and a 4, etc. Once the key operates the door lock, progress the final two cuts for the ignition lock.


Car-Opening Techniques: 2005-11 Chevrolet Cobalt

This month we will offer recommended car-opening techniques for the 2005-11 Chevrolet Cobalt sedan. The Cobalt is equipped with vertical lock control linkage on the front doors and horizontal lock control linkage on the rear doors. The linkage within the door cavity is not protected.

Depending upon the car-opening tool manufacturer, they may recommend using either the front passenger door or the rear passenger door in order to gain access.

Warning: Use extreme care as the slightest scrape along the bottom edge of the glass may result in the window glass breaking.

The following opening methods can be used to unlock the 2005-11 Chevrolet Cobalt sedan.


Use the High Tech Tools Horizontal Linkage Tool 23 to unlock the rear passenger door locking mechanism. Separate the glass from the weather strip by positioning a wedge forward of the outside door handle assembly. Insert the Horizontal Linkage Tool with the working end pointing towards the front. Lower the tool and rotate until the tool contacts the two horizontal linkage rods. Position the 23 Tool just above the lower rod and manipulate the tool until the rod is in the top. Bind the car-opening tool and slide the horizontal linkage rod rearward to unlock the locking mechanism.


Use the Pro-Lok AO38 “Honda Tool” and an inflatable wedge to unlock the rear passenger door locking mechanism. Begin by inserting the inflatable wedge eight inches from the front edge of the rear passenger door split window divider. Inflate the wedge according to manufacturer’s instructions. Insert an inspection light seven inches from the front edge of the split window divider. Identify the location of the horizontal linkage rod at eight inches below the bottom of the window frame. Insert the small end of the AO38 car-opening tool into the door six inches from the front edge of the split window divider with the tip facing rearward. Lower both tools nine inches into the door cavity. Rotate the tool 45 degrees clockwise and lift the tool one inch to position the tool directly under the linkage rod. Twist the tool counterclockwise to bind the linkage rod. Slide the rod rearward to unlocking the locking mechanism.

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