Locksmithing etc. Dec. 2012

Lockitron Lock Technology Lockitron is a manufacturer of keyless entry using your phone. Their product is mounted over the thumbturn, having a larger turn knob in the center. The Lockitron connects to the residence’s Wifi and can be operated using a...


Lockitron Lock Technology

Lockitron is a manufacturer of keyless entry using your phone. Their product is mounted over the thumbturn, having a larger turn knob in the center. The Lockitron connects to the residence’s Wifi and can be operated using a smartphone and the two-button app. For older phones, Lockitron operates through simple text message commands. For late model Apple iPhones, the Lockitron can sense the phone and unlock the door using Bluetooth 4.0. Retail price is $149

For more information, contact Lockitron at https://lockitron.com.

 

Handle Finishes

Be careful of the lock hardware you are selling. There seems to be an increase in the apparent melting away of the non-standard finishes, exposing base metal on some locks.

 

Hotel Electronic Locks

According to news sources, millions of electronic hotel room locks are vulnerable to unauthorized access using easily available parts and a quick opening procedure. Estimates range from several to 10 million. The fix appears to require the lock be returned to the manufacturer. My question is: What kind of security device does each of the hotels use to be able to rent the rooms when the locks are in transit or being upgraded?

 

Chrysler Ignition Off Drain Issue

Chrysler has made a change. The Ignition Off Drain (IOD) fuse has been eliminated on a number of the new vehicles and replaced with a software switch. The procedure is normally completed at the dealership. If the keys are lost before the Chrysler vehicle gets to the dealership and you are called out to make a key, the "Shipping Mode" must be turned off before the vehicle can be programmed to accept the new key.

If the vehicle is in the "Shipping Mode," a message is displayed. This condition can be disabled using two methods. Use a scan tool to access the BCM miscellaneous functions or depress the front defrost and list/enter buttons at the same time for five seconds. According to Advanced Diagnostics, the manual method may not work on some of the early build vehicles.

 

Major Mfg HIT-66 -200 Lock Mortiser

Major Manufacturing has introduced the HIT-66 -200 Lock Mortiser designed to be used with the HIT-66 Clamp System. The HIT-66-200 comes with a one-inch carbide tip mortise bit, mortise guide plate and stop collars.

The mortiser drills holes and removes the webbing to create a mortise pocket for a mortise lock. The maximum size of the mortise pocket is 9-1/2" tall by 1" wide by 6" deep. The HIT-66 clamp system is sold separately. ½" Drill motor not included.

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or Major Manufacturing, Inc. , 1825 Via Burton, Anaheim, CA 92806. Telephone: 714-772-5202. Web Site: www.majormfg.com.

 

Chrysler Vehicle Information

The following chart is a quick reference for Chrysler vehicles manufactured from 1939-2012. The information includes key blank numbers, code series and 1200CM code card information. From 1939 to 1968, Chrysler ignition locks were mounted into the dashboard. Beginning with the 1969 model year, Chrysler started moving the ignition lock to the steering column. Beginning with the 2005 model year, the ignition began migrating back to the dashboard on some models. With the introduction of the FOBIK and the pushbutton ignitions, the Chrysler mechanical key has either been hybridized or relegated to providing key override in case the remote functionality stops.

 

Norton Door Closers Test

Norton 7500, 7700, 8000 and 1600 Series door closes have surpassed 10 million cycles in a test witnessed and verified by Underwriters’ Laboratories. These closers exceed ANSI/BHMA Grade 1 cycle standards by six times.

 

STRATTEC High Security Pinning Kit

STRATTEC has introduced the STRATpack™ part number 7023068 High Security Pinning Kit for:

2010-current: Buick La Crosse, Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain

2011-current: Buick Regal, Chevrolet Volt, Ford Fiesta

2012: Buick Verano

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