Automotive Locksmithing

  • High Cost of Locksmith Tools

    I was listening to a seasoned locksmith complain about the high cost of automotive tools. He went on for several minutes talking about the automotive tools “in the day”. A lock pick was under one dollar, car opening tools were not much more than a...

    Blog • December 19th, 2011

  • Locksmithing etc. December 2011

    Olympus Lock SFIC Housing Olympus Lock has introduced the 724VR small format interchangeable core housing for file cabinets and medical carts. The Olympus 724VR is a direct retrofit for the Best part number 2P73. The housing will accept the standard...

    Article • December 2nd, 2011

  • New 2012 Cars Are Coming

    Five models with new credentials include the Buick Verano, Hyundai Veloster, Fiat 500, Chevrolet Sonic and the Chevrolet Cruze.

    Article • December 2nd, 2011

  • New Key Blanks and Transponders

    High security sidewinder keys are becoming the key type of choice by more and more car manufacturers. Some of these keys can be used to operate the door and ignition locks while in other cases the key is enclosed in a remote fob to be used as an emergency...

    Article • December 2nd, 2011

  • Back Page, December 2011

    TWENTY YEARS AGO Key machines were featured in the December, 1991 Locksmith Ledger. Dimark International explained their line of Borkey key machines (now sold by MBA USA).  Ilco showed three unique machines including their 030 machine which can cut two...

    Article • December 2nd, 2011

  • 2000 – 2007 Ford Focus Poses A Challenge To Locksmiths

    Both the trunk lock and ignition lock were designed to be replaced rather than serviced.

    Article • December 2nd, 2011

  • Kia - Hyundai Lock Facts

    When it comes to an interesting vehicle line for keeping up with key blanks and code series, the Korean-made Hyundai and Kia car models are hard to beat. Lock series and key blanks often seem to be changed when supplies run out instead of at the end of...

    Article • December 2nd, 2011

  • 2011 National Average Price Survey

    National Average Prices: What Do They Mean?

    Article • December 2nd, 2011

  • Locksmithing etc. November 2011

    Removing Shear Head Bolts Removing the ignition switch with mechanical lock from Honda, Toyotas, etc. requires removing the two shear head bolts. They are called shear head bolts because the shank portion of the bolt is narrowed just above the...

    Article • November 2nd, 2011

  • Back Page, November 2011

    TWENTY YEARS AGO Locksmith Ledger tried to define what a 1991 locksmith was. "A Locksmith is an individual who has the ability to rekey a lock, install a lock, repair a lock and bypass/neutralize a lock." Does this definition still fit today? The care...

    Article • November 2nd, 2011

  • Locksmithing Etc.

    Check and Question Every Bill In tough times, every penny counts. A great way to control those little expenses which in good times you seem to forget, is to check and question every bill. Checking and questioning every bill will help remind you of why...

    Article • October 12th, 2011

  • Ilco 057 HS Key Machine Gets The Job Done

    With a label marked “Proudly Made in USA,” Kaba Ilco Corp. is putting its reputation on the line with a new 057 HS manual key duplicator for high security automotive keys. After our thorough testing of the new 057 machine, Kaba Ilco has good reason to...

    Article • October 7th, 2011

  • What’s New in Vehicle Entry?

    Vehicle Entry isn’t what it used to be. I’ve been making a living from selling vehicle entry tools and information for more than 20 years now, and I’m beginning to wish I had picked a field that was easier to keep up with. When I started, it was all...

    Article • October 7th, 2011

  • Back Page. September 2011

    10 Years Ago Exit Alarms were on the cover of the September 2001 issue of Locksmith Ledger. Dick Zunkel wrote about the Evolution and Applications for Exit Alarms. Tim O’Leary addresses building codes and legal issues regarding exit devices and...

    Article • August 15th, 2011

  • News Briefs September

    Napco Protects Stonewall Jackson National Shrine The "Stonewall" Jackson Shrine located at the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, is the plantation office building where General Jackson died. The “Death Room”; the most important...

    Article • August 3rd, 2011