Automotive Locksmithing

  • STRATTEC CODESEEKER: PROGRAMMING KEYS to the 2007 TOYOTA RAV4

    Transponder programming for late model vehicles is not always easy. Programming information has usually not been made available on some of the newer models. This problem is not specific to locksmiths as vehicle manufacturers also have delays with not only...

    Article • September 1st, 2007

  • Taking Another Look at THE KABA-ILCO TKO TRANSPONDER KEY ORIGINATOR

    Nine out of ten of the top selling vehicles in North America today are equipped with transponder-based anti-theft systems. In 1995, only two car models were equipped with this type of system. As we are finishing the 2007 model year, more than 400...

    Article • September 1st, 2007

  • Taking Another Look at THE KABA-ILCO TKO TRANSPONDER KEY ORIGINATOR

    Nine out of ten of the top selling vehicles in North America today are equipped with transponder-based anti-theft systems. In 1995, only two car models were equipped with this type of system. As we are finishing the 2007 model year, more than 400...

    Article • September 1st, 2007

  • Silent Partners

    Decades ago our lock shop did things a little different than today. My father had a large metal container which was filled with tumblers discarded from old cylinders. He changed combinations by selecting pins from the container which were slightly...

    Article • September 1st, 2007

  • Programming the CHEVROLET HHR PK3+ TRANSPONDER BASED ANTI-THEFT SYSTEM

    In the past, transponder based anti-theft system programming has been relatively easy for most General Motors vehicles. In addition to using the General Motors programming device, most GM vehicles could be on-board programmed. An on-board programming...

    Article • August 1st, 2007

  • Q&A: David M. Hasty CRL

    Locksmith Ledger questions the locksmith foreman for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus about institutional locksmithing

    Article • August 1st, 2007

  • NEW BIANCHI CLONING SYSTEM

    The Repli-Code 7 TX is capable of making cloned transponder keys for more than 750 makes, models and vehicle years on the road today.

    Article • July 1st, 2007

  • LONG REACH TOOL by PRO-LOK

    Pro-Lok's new shapes and sizes of auto opening tools are designed to bypass even the most stubborn lock system.

    Article • July 1st, 2007

  • New Product Showcase

    (Product photos will be available in July) A1 Security ALOA Booth 922 A1 Security introduces KeyCommander, a first line of defense for common-sense key control. The lockable cabinets hold 25, 50, or 100 key pegs that can be locked into a...

    Article • July 1st, 2007

  • Servicing The VW Touareg & Porsche Cayenne, 2003 – 2007

    Don’t rush this job. Remember that you are working on an $80,000 vehicle

    Article • June 1st, 2007

  • 2007 MODEL CARS, VANS, PICKUPS, AND SPORT UTILITIES UPDATE

    The following chart is a listing of the 2007 model cars, vans, pickups, and sport utility vehicles that have been introduced thus far during the 2006/07 calendar years. Vehicles are continually being introducing during the year, and this is the most...

    Article • May 1st, 2007

  • Locksmithing Etc.

    CHRYSLER UPDATE The 2006-on Dodge Charger is factory equipped with an ignition lock not available through the aftermarket. The Original Equipment ignition lock on the 2006-on Dodge Charger is wafer only, being equipped with double throw wafer...

    Article • April 1st, 2007

  • Making Vats Ignition Keys the Easy Way

    This system was designed primarily for use on VATS ignitions, but we have tested it on other six-cut GM ignitions as well.

    Article • February 1st, 2007

  • Unlocking “Deadlocked” BMWs

    The deadlock on these vehicles is automatically activated within a few seconds after the vehicle is locked, regardless of how the vehicle is locked.

    Article • January 1st, 2007

  • Understanding Wedging

    The facts are that wedging is a part of most car-opening jobs, but there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it.

    Article • December 1st, 2006