• Just Cars, Just The Facts

    The philosophy of Just Cars has always been to promote fellowship and understanding among locksmiths. Competition among manufacturers attending the events is set aside in the spirit of sharing information. 

    Article • December 1st, 2008

  • Keyless Ride Hotwire: PC-Based Key and Remote Programmer

    The number of vehicles equipped with the transponder-based anti-theft system has been increasing dramatically. Soon, almost every new vehicle produced will have an engine immobilizer type system as standard. Even some motorcycles, large trucks and...

    Article • December 1st, 2008

  • Quick Reference Guide: Pontiac Grand Prix

    The transponder programming for the Grand Prix is a little odd, so you need to pay particular attention to the section in this article on programming.

    Article • December 1st, 2008

  • K-ETD Emergency Transfer Dial

    Keedex introduces its K-ETD Emergency Transfer Dial. Its large format, easy-to-read dial is set away from the hole that you are viewing inside of. The transfer from the small dial to the large dial is a one to one ratio - geared accurately to within...

    Product • September 18th, 2008

  • HONDA LOCKS: Bad Design, Good For Locksmiths

    Every Honda sidewinder lock on the road is a possible candidate for lock failure. Contact your local Honda and Acura dealers and see if you can’t get in on the action.

    Article • August 1st, 2008

  • New Automotive Key Blanks Bring Versatility

    Manufacturers of aftermarket automotive transponder/electric key blanks are introducing significant numbers of key blanks and clonable key blanks that can be used on multiple automobile models. For example, the new Bianchi Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep...

    Article • July 1st, 2008

  • Buick Lucerne Servicing Guide: Part II

    The Buick Lucerne was introduced in 2006 as a replacement for the LeSabre. Like the LeSabre, the Lucerne has become a favorite with the rental car companies, which can be real headache for locksmiths. General Motors and the other manufacturers sell a...

    Article • July 1st, 2008

  • Beyond Cloning

    Since original 1990s “read only” transponders have a life expectancy of many thousands of cycles, a metal key blade often wears out long before the chip. Thus, “less chip” transponder blanks and the original chip can keep the first generation...

    Article • July 1st, 2008

  • Should You Specialize?

    Whatever your niche, you need to be armed with specialized tools and equipment and, most importantly, specialized knowledge and training.

    Article • June 1st, 2008


    The following chart is a listing of the 2008 and early introduction 2009 model cars, vans, pickups, and sport utility vehicles. Vehicles are continually being introducing during the year, and this is the most current listing available. I have...

    Article • May 1st, 2008

  • Buick Lucerne Servicing Guide, Part 1

    The Buick Lucerne (Photo 1) was introduced in 2006 as a replacement for the LeSabre. Like the LeSabre, the Lucerne has become a favorite with the rental car companies, which can be a real headache for locksmiths. General Motors and the other...

    Article • May 1st, 2008

  • 30 Under 30: Automotive Specialist Demetrius Heggs

    For my second interview with a locksmith under 30 years old, I wanted to speak with Demetrius Heggs, owner of All City Locksmith in Philadelphia. He was 29 years old when I first approached him about the interview but I didn’t get to it until...

    Article • May 1st, 2008

  • Automotive Update: Encrypted Technology News

    Bianchi is recalling and replacing TK30 chips with the new TK40, the next generation of the Electronic Crypto Chip. The TK40 chip will also allow locksmiths to program the new Ford remote head keys.

    Article • March 1st, 2008

  • Ford Mustang Servicing Guide, Part 2

    Part 1 of our Comprehensive Guide to the Ford Mustang addressed car opening, removing and disassembling the door lock, opening the trunk, removing and disassembling the deck lock and the glove box lock. (See February 2008 issue of Locksmith Ledger...

    Article • March 1st, 2008


    The electronically controlled Tri-Code H.S. machine simplifies duplication or origination of sidewinder keys while quickly producing accurate keys to factory specifications.

    Article • December 1st, 2007