• Test Driving The AD-900 Pro

    The AD-900 Pro successfully cloned clonable transponder-equipped keys and electronic keys from Bianchi, Ilco, JMA, Jet and STRATTEC.

    Article • August 1st, 2009

  • Video Education in the 21st Century

    Close-up of a GM six-cut lock demonstrating decoding principles.

    Article • August 1st, 2009

  • Ilco® Electronic Cloneable Key System

    The Ilco® Electronic Cloneable Key System features a two-part design that is proportionally sized to original keys. Two heads (TI and Philips) and 21 blades will accommodate a wide variety of transponder-equipped vehicle applications with a minimum...

    Product • July 28th, 2009

  • Removable Chip Transponder Blanks

    Miscutting transponders key can become very expensive for locksmiths. JMA USA has recently made available a very extensive product line of transponder key blanks, with removable chips. Locksmiths can remove the transponder chip from the key blank if the...

    Product • July 28th, 2009

  • AD-900 Pro

    The Advanced Diagnostics AD-900 Pro is a transponder duplicating/copying (cloning) machine manufactured by a company that does not manufacture or sell transponder-equipped key blanks in North America. The AD 900 Pro has the ability to clone Silca/Ilco EH2...

    Product • July 24th, 2009

  • GM Adds Sidewinder Locks For 2010

    The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Equinox and Buick LaCrosse vehicles initially will be equipped with these sidewinder locks, with more models to be added.

    Article • July 2nd, 2009

  • An Overview of Keyless Remotes

    I’ve been an automotive locksmith for over 35 years, and keyless remotes have been around for about half of that time. Through the years, I have learned that only two rules apply when it comes to working with keyless remotes: There are no...

    Article • July 2nd, 2009

  • Remote Key Heads

    Just about every vehicle manufacturer has remote head keys on at least some of their vehicles. A remote head key has the remote functions; lock/unlock, etc., plus the mechanical key blade contained in one package. The mechanical key blade of a remote head...

    Article • May 1st, 2009

  • 2009/2010 Model Chart

    2009/2010 Model Chart: Our chart lists the 2009 and early 2010 vehicles from major car manufacturers and the available transponder blanks. Part 1 appears in this issue and the remainder of the chart will run in an upcoming issue. Click here to download a...

    Article • May 1st, 2009

  • JMA Unique Transponder Key Blanks

    This transponder key design enables JMA to sell key blanks with or without a transponder chip. JMA sells transponder chips separately.

    Article • May 1st, 2009

  • Servicing the 2005 Subaru Outback, Part 1

    Guide to unlocking, door lock removal and transponder programming for Subaru Outback

    Article • April 1st, 2009

  • Programming the 2005 Ford F150 with the MVP

    This low-cost entry provides automotive transponder programming capabilities for the locksmith who programs a limited number of vehicles.

    Article • March 1st, 2009

  • 30 Under 30: Tommy Shafer

    Getting Started In A family Locksmithing Business

    Article • March 1st, 2009

  • Essential Tools for the Automotive Locksmith

    You need a computer, key code software, hand tools, key machines and transponder machines.

    Article • February 1st, 2009

  • Chrysler Skim Pin Code Retrieval Tool

    When Chrysler introduced their transponder-based anti-theft system for the 1996 model year, they required  an individualized four-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to program additional transponder-equipped keys or erase and program...

    Article • December 1st, 2008