Automotive Locksmithing

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • GENERAL MOTORS IGNITION LOCKS

    Through the mid-1960s, General Motors divisions basically used two styles of the same in-dash ignition lock. For simplicity, I remember them as the concave and the “cowboy hat” models. For most applications they were interchangeable. Both styles of...

    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

  • 10 Steps To Opening A 2007 Subaru Forester

    Car-opening methods for the 2007 Subaru Forester are the same from the 1998-2007. The most significant piece of information about opening 2007 models is that the front passenger door is tighter then the rear doors. Since both doors have a manual...

    Article • February 1st, 2008

  • Ford Mustang Servicing Guide, Part 1

    The latest generation of the Mustang is unlocked exactly like the previous generation. There is no lock on the passenger side of the vehicle, but the latch that Ford has chosen to use is equipped with a lock bellcrank just as if there were a lock on the...

    Article • February 1st, 2008

  • VATS Basics

    The number of vehicles equipped with the VATS system peaked in the late 1990s, as transponder systems and other anti-theft systems were developed. The last VATS-equipped vehicle sold was the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird which were both...

    Article • January 1st, 2008

  • TESTING THE KABA-ILCO TRI-CODE H.S.

    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

  • Where Are We Now? NASTF, Key Codes and the Locksmith

    It first started with the National Right to Repair Act. Then around ten years ago, the auto repair industry started talking with auto manufacturers about getting access to service information and service tools. About five years ago, the...

    Article • December 1st, 2007

  • TESTING THE KABA-ILCO TRI-CODE H.S.

    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