Locksmithing etc. March 2012

Adams Rite 4600 Series Lever Trim

Adams Rite has introduced the patent pending 4600 Series Lever Trim for the Adams Rite 4300, 4500 and 4900 latches and the Dual Force 2190 and 2290 interconnected locksets with either upward or downward motion. A feature of the 4600 is the patented adjustable drive mechanism that allows the escutcheon to be set back from the door edge to provide additional clearance. The Adams Rite 4600 Series Lever Trim is available in seven finishes and 11 lever styles.

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or Adams Rite at www.adamsrite.com

 

Electronic Keys Stop Working

According to a bunch of news outlets, the Marriott Hotel in Denver, Colo., locked the guests out of their rooms upon the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. Disaster resulted during those three hours. According to management, no other Marriotts reported problems. No other hotels reported similar problems. Is this an argument for key override?

 

Vehicle Door Lock Shells

The 2013 Cadillac ATS and XTS, and the 2013 Ford Fusion have a shell that covers the driver’s door lock. To remove, there is a slot along the bottom of the shell. The tip of the key is inserted into the slot and the shell pops off in order to gain access into the passenger compartment in case of dead battery, etc. Once the door has been unlocked, the shell snaps back onto the door handle.

 

Olympus Lock T-Knob Cylinder

Olympus Lock as introduced the T54C T-Knob Replacement Cylinder Kit for CompX/National T-Knob lock models C8154 and C8155. The US26D finish, solid brass cylinder can replace existing cylinders without having to replace the handle. The uncombinated Olympus T54C can be keyed to existing 4-pin or 5-pin systems. Key-retaining or non-key-retaining function is determined by the configuration of the T-knob lock.

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or Olympus Lock, 18424 Highway 99 Lynnwood, WA 98037. Telephone: 206-362-3290. Web Site: www.olympus-lock.com.

 

AHS App for Locksmiths

Access Hardware Supply (AHS) has introduced an electronic hardware retrofit app for the Apple iPad. The app provides one place to include the necessary information about the opening, including a photo if desired. Once completed, the information can be downloaded directly to AHS, who in turn provides recommendations for the hardware along with costs.

For more information, go to the AHS Web Site: http://www.accesshardware.com/ and click on “Find out about our new retrofit installation iPad app.”

 

STRATTEC GM Remotes

STRATTEC has introduced 12 General Motors original equipment remotes. These remotes have between three and six buttons. For example, STRATTEC Part # 5922377 GM remote is designed to operate 2007-2012 Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, and GMC Yukon models equipped with the five-button remote. The 5922032 is designed to operate the 2006-2012 Chevrolet Impala models equipped with the four-button remote. The 5922373 is designed to operate the 2008-2011 Buick Enclave, 2009-2011 Chevrolet Traverse, and the 2007-2012 GMC Acadia models equipped with the four-button remote.

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or STRATTEC Security Corporation, Web Site: http://aftermarket.strattec.com/

 

Schlage Alarmed Lock

Schlage has taken door security to a new level. An ANSI/BHMA Grade 2 Security residential alarmed lock that can detect a range of actions including access and egress, tampering to the lock and forced action against the door. The lock will notify each type of action to alert the homeowner. According to Schlage, the Alarmed Locks will launch in 2012.

Toyota Emergency Keys

Here are four photos of a Toyota emergency key, showing what the key looks like. The blade is .065” thick, approximately two-thirds the thickness of the regular key. The emergency key has cuts on only one side and is specifically designed to operate only the mechanical lock of those vehicles with passive entry/passive start.

The 2011 Toyota Sienna emergency key part number is 69515-08020. The 2012 Toyota Camry emergency key part number is 69515-33100.

 

Bauer Lock-in Truck Bed Cover

These double-sided convenience key locks have five wafers and what appear to be three depths of cut. We have collected a few of the Bauer ML key codes. The known depths of cut are 1- .276”, 2- .244” and 3- .213”. The depth increment is .0315” or .8mm. An example ML key code is ML033, having the depths of cut of 13122.

There does not appear to be an aftermarket key blank yet. Original key blanks from Bauer at 866-682-2837. This same key blank is used for the Bauer SL, ML, CH, J and DM code series. The Ilco X226/HYD12 and Jet HYD12NP can be used as a substitute key blank.

 

Jet Hardware Key Blanks Update

The Jet LXP90H-PH key blank has the side milling that is required on some of the Kia and Hyundai secondary locks. This side milling is not in the LXP90 key blanks. The Jet LXP90H-PH key blank do not affect the operation of Lexus and Mazda vehicles equipped with the high security locks.

In the chart on page 50 in my December column, the Weiser information for the Smart Key should have been Jet WR7-NP and Ilco N1176. My apologies for any problems that may have resulted.

 

Unique Tools

Although this is not exactly a tool, a friend showed me this bathroom sink.

 

Estimates

When you present an estimate, should you show separate prices for parts and labor or do you just combine them into one amount?

What percentage of your estimates are successful?

If you win every estimate, are your prices too low?

If you do not win many are your prices too high?

Has any customer ever asked you to lower your estimate?

Have you lowered the estimate?

Let us know what you do. E-mail jerry.levine@cygnus.com.

 

Car-Opening Techniques: 2006-on Toyota RAV4

This month we will offer recommended car-opening techniques for the 2006-on Toyota RAV4. The third generation four-door RAV4 is equipped with bicycle-style cables inside of the doors. Some models are equipped with the anti-theft door relocking system. On these models, when unlocking the door lock mechanism, the alarm indicator will flash.

Warning: The multi-layer weather stripping is very tight. Failure to remove wedges prior to bringing the under-the-window tools into the passenger compartment can result in the window glass breaking.

Note: The inside front door handles override the relock mechanism (if present) by holding the inside handle in the open position.

The following opening methods can be used to unlock the 2006-on Toyota RAV4:

Use the High Tech Tools 78SG Tool and the One Hand Jack Tool to unlock the front passenger’s door locking mechanism. Use the One Hand Jack Tool to separate the doorframe from the vehicle. Insert an inflatable wedge in the top rear corner and inflate. Remove the One Hand Jack Tool. Insert the #78SG car-opening tool into the passenger compartment with the tip pointing downward. Slide the tool until the tip is positioned behind the door handle. Pull back on the tool to move the handle into the unlocked position to unlock the locking mechanism. Open the door using the outside door handle.

Use the Pro-Lok AO-36 MCOT- Long Tool, AO33 MCOT-Separator Tool and an inflatable wedge to unlock the rear passenger’s door locking mechanism. Begin by inserting the inflatable wedge eight inches from the front edge of the rear passenger door window. Inflate the wedge according to manufacturer’s instructions. Insert the AO33 one inch from the front edge of the window with the tip facing rearward. Insert the AO-36 into the door cavity at five inches from the front edge of the window glass with the tip facing forward. Lower both tools 16 inches. Rotate both tools having the tips on the passenger compartment side of the window glass. Deflate the wedge. Raise the AO33 tool, having the tip in the passenger compartment. Raise the AO36 tool through the opening created by the AO33 tool. Lift the AO36 tool until the tip is in the passenger compartment. Position the tip of the tool against the manual lock-unlock button. Push the button rearward to unlock the door locking mechanism.

Use the Slide Lock Frameless Window Tool™ and a wedge to unlock the front passenger’s door locking mechanism. Begin by inserting the wedge at the top rear corner of the doorframe to relieve gasket pressure. Slide the Frameless Window Tool into the passenger compartment above the wedge. Slide the tool in carefully to avoid the coupler damaging the car’s finish. Manipulate the tool over the inside door handle. Pull back on the handle to unlock the door locking mechanism. Open the door using the outside handle.

Use the Steck Manufacturing BigEasy “Glo” and a wedge to unlock the front passenger door locking mechanism. Begin by first inserting the wedge or inflatable wedge into the top corner of the door. Once the door has been wedged out, insert the BigEasy tool into the passenger compartment. Manipulate the tool to position the ninety degree bend tip behind the inside door handle. Carefully pull on the inside door handle to unlock the locking mechanism. With the handle in the release position, pull on the outside door handle and open the door.

Use the Tech-Train Productions TT-1015 car-opening tool to unlock the front passenger’s door. Begin by placing two wedges forward of and behind the inside door handle about eight inches apart. Insert the TT-1015 between the wedges. Lower the tool until the upper bend is beneath the base of the window glass. Carefully position the upper bend just beneath the weather stripping on the inside of the passenger compartment. Stop and remove the wedges. Carefully raise the tool into the passenger compartment until the tip is inside the passenger compartment. Manipulate the tool positioning the tip behind the inside door handle. Carefully lever the handle out to unlock the door. With the handle in the open position, pull out on the outside door handle to open the door.

The direction to rotate 2006-on Toyota RAV4 driver’s door lock plug to the unlocked position is clockwise.

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or the following car-opening tool manufacturers:

High Tech Tools, 1628 NW 28th St., Miami, FL 33142. Telephone: 1-800-323-8324. Fax: 305-635-1015. Website: www.hightechtools.com.

Pro-Lok, 655 North Hariton St., Orange, CA 92868. Telephone: 714-633-0681. Fax: 714-633-0470. Website: www.pro-lok.com.

Slide Lock Tool Co. Inc., 1166 Topside Rd., Louisville, TN 37777. Telephone: 800-336-8812. Website: www.z-tool.com.

Steck Manufacturing Company, Inc., 1115 S. Broadway, Dayton, OH 45408. Telephone: 800-227-8325. Web Site: www.steckmfg.com.

Lockmasters Inc. (Tech-Train tools), 2101 John C. Watts Drive, Nicholasville, KY 40356. Telephone: 800-654-0637. Fax: 859-885-7093. Website: www.lockmasters.com

We are interested in printing opening methods from other car-opening tool manufacturers. To have your instructions published, contact Jerry Levine C/O Locksmith Ledger, 3030 Salt Creek Lane, Suite 200, Arlington Heights, IL 60005 Fax: 847-454-2759. E-mail: jerry.levine@cygnus.com.

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