Automotive Locksmithing

  • North Bennet Street School: The Epitome of What a Locksmith School Should Be

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one of the fastest growing maintenance and repair occupations is in the locksmith and safe servicing category.

    Article • February 1st, 2009

  • ASP 2008 Automotive Lock Catalog:

    Your One-Stop Source For Auto Lock Parts

    Article • January 1st, 2009

  • Test Driving The ITL Sidewinder Machine

    ITL's sidewinder key machine easily originates sidewinder automotive keys.

    Article • January 1st, 2009

  • CODE CARDS & the HPC 1200CMB

    A busy shop can quickly originate keys from lock manufacturer to lock manufacturer by simply replacing a code card.

    Article • January 1st, 2009

  • Ilco EZ®-Code

    The Ilco EZ®-Code electronic code machine is designed to deliver high level performance at a moderate price. It will cut automotive and commercial keys by bitting number, indirect code (automotive keys) or by duplication. Special features include...

    Product • December 16th, 2008

  • 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

  • Tool Tips: Wedges, Picks and Shims

    Make your own locksmithing tools and save some money

    Article • December 1st, 2008

  • 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

  • New Car Facts for 2009

    Almost every 2009 model year vehicle will continue with the same lock systems which were used in 2008. Here is a rundown on some of the new model introductions and their expected locking systems.

    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

  • Ford Focus Facts from HPC

    HPC recommends using under & over car-opening tools when servicing a lockout on a Ford Focus.

    Article • November 1st, 2008

  • BigEasy Loop

    Steck Manufacturing Company's new BigEasy Loop (P/N 32903) is a simple and inexpensive device to assist technicians using the BigEasy to open locked cars by grasping door handles and window cranks. The BigEasy Loop snaps onto any BigEasy Lockout Tool to...

    Product • October 23rd, 2008

  • Arm Yourself With The Right Lockout Tools and Technology

    Why has the process of unlocking cars today changed so much in the last decade? The two biggest factors are crash safety and cost reduction. 

    Article • October 1st, 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