Locksmithing etc. May 2012

New Caterpillar Code Series Caterpillar appears to have two new code series for their 2012 trucks. We have received one key code from each series. One code series appears to use Chrysler depths and spaces and the Y157 style key blank. These double-sided...

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or DORMA, telephone 800-451-0649, Web Site www.dorma-usa.com.


GM Key Codes

A locksmith called regarding a key code stamped into the ignition for a 1990s General Motors vehicle. The code was six characters long. The first four were the actual key code. The last two were the VATS value. The six-character code can be found on some GM models equipped with a CSS steering column. You can sometimes get the six-digit code from a code service.

The last two digits are the VATS value. The two digits will be either two letters or a letter and a number for the 14 VATS values (2-15).

They are: 2-CN; 3-FW; 4-GP; 5-KA; 6-N5; 7-UN; 8-XB; 9-GA; 10-NP; 11-FY; 12-C5; 13-XY; 14-KB; 15-UW


Keedex Lever Guard

Keedex has introduced the GRD-LVR lever guard for gates. The non-handed guard is designed to protect the inside lever from outside manipulation. The lever guard is constructed from 16 gauge steel. Dimensions are 11-3/8” long by 9-1/2” wide and 2-7/8” deep with a ¾” bevel.

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or Keedex, Inc., 510 Cameron Street, Placentia, CA 92870. Telephone: 714-993-4300. Web Site: www.keedex.com.


Key Machine

A Lowes store I occasionally frequent had a key duplicating machine about the size of a soda machine for a period of time. The machine would duplicate a key for a set price. The styles of available keys were very limited. The machine is no longer there.


New Medeco Deadbolt

Medeco has introduced the 14 Series ANSI Grade 2 Deadbolt. The 14 Series is available with the Medeco patented key control using a BiLevel or Medeco3 mechanical cylinder, an M3 Logic Medeco mechanical/electronic cylinder or an eCylinder electronic cylinder.

For more information, contact your local locksmith wholesaler or Medeco, Web Site: www.medeco.com.


Schlage CT5000 Controller

The Schlage CT5000 offline single opening controller is designed for applications where an integrated electronic lock may not be compatible with the opening. The CT5000 can be used with electric strikes, magnetic locks and electric latch retraction exit devices on non-standard openings including narrow stile aluminum storefront doors.

The Schlage CT5000 has three inputs, three form C relay outputs and supports up to two Weigand reader inputs. It is compatible with keypads, 125KHz Proximity, 13.56 MHz Smart Cards and Magnetic Stripe credentials.

The CT5000 offline controller supports up to 5000 users and 5,000 audits. The controller can be programmed at a compatible keypad or using Schlage SMS software, a PC and the Schlage Handheld Programming Device. A UL294 listed Class 2, 12 or 24VDC 2Amp power supply is required.

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, Telephone 866-322-1237. Web Site: http://w3.securitytechnologies.com/irst/Pages/default.aspx.


Car-Opening Techniques: 2004-Up Ford F-150 Pickup

This month we will offer recommended car-opening techniques for the 2004-up Ford F-150 pickup. These F-150s are equipped with inside vertical lock control linkage rods and lock buttons. Portions of the vertical locking rod are unprotected, enabling in-the-door car-opening tools to be used to unlock the door locking mechanism. Ford redesigned the F-150 for the 2004 model year.

The following methods can be used to unlock the 2004-up Ford F-150 pickup:


Use the High Tech Tools 47 Tool and a wedge to unlock the passenger door locking mechanism. Insert the wedge forward of the front edge of the outside door handle assembly. Insert the #47 car-opening tool into the passenger door cavity with the tip pointing rearward. Lower the tool into the door cavity. Rotate the tool counterclockwise to contact the vertical linkage rod. When the tool contacts the vertical linkage rod, the lock button will move slightly. Once contacted, capture the vertical linkage rod in the tip of the car opening tool. Bind the linkage rod and carefully lift the tool to unlock the door locking mechanism.

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