Locksmithing Etc. November 2010

Nov. 1, 2010
News You Can Use


Ford is moving towards 80 bit encrypted transponder technology in their 2011 vehicles. The 40 bit encrypted transponder was first introduced for the 2000 model year.

At this time (September 2010), only two models are equipped with the 80 bit ECU/ECM components to fully make use of this new technology. They are the 2011 Ford Mustang and the Super Duty pickups. More than one dozen Ford and Lincoln models are expected to incorporate the technology within the 2011 model year.

The 80 transponder key blanks at this time are being stamped with either the “HA” or the “SA” in the blade just beneath the IPATS plastic bow or IKT (Integrated Key Transponder) Plastic housing on one side.

The 80 Bit technology is backwards compatible; an 80 bit key can operate a vehicle equipped with either the 80 or 40 bit technology. However, a 40 bit transponder can only operate a vehicle equipped with 40 technology.

2011 POLARIS ‘366’ 4 WHEELER

The 2011 Polaris Artic Cat ‘366’ four wheelers have a new lock mechanism using the code series A000-249, B000-249, C000-249 and D000-249. The key code is last 4 digits stamped on ignition housing and on the original keys.

Spacing: 1- .157” 2- .256” 3- .354” 4- .453” 5- .551”

Depths: 1- .291” 2- .272” 3- .252” 4- .232”

The spaces are the same as a number of motorcycle locks including Yamaha and Suzuki. There are no key origination machine cards available at this time. Use a micrometer card.

Original equipment key blanks are available from the dealership. Aftermarket Ilco blanks YH50 or YH51 can be used to originate or duplicate these keys. Only the original equipment keys can be mounted into the snap-on cap.

The key blank number varies by the code series. The YH50/YH51 key blanks have been used for many years for earlier code series that have three depths.


Section 4.1.3 Appurtenances of the NFPA 80 2007 discusses preparation of fire door assemblies. discusses what products can be installed onto a fire door in accordance with the manufacturer’s inspection service procedure and under label service. is surface-applied hardware shall be applied to the door or frame without removing material other than drilling round holes to accommodate cylinders, spindles, similar operational elements, and through-bolts in doors. These holes shall not be permitted to exceed a diameter of one inch with the exception of cylinders.


The Mercury brand appears to be becoming discontinued around the end of this year.


The life cycle of lithium batteries differs from alkaline batteries. A lithium battery voltage has a very sharp drop off, going from near fully charged to dead very quickly -- pretty much like falling off a cliff. This life cycle makes monitoring the voltage settings of a lithium battery basically impossible at this time. For this reason it is not recommended to use lithium batteries in a battery powered lock.


Kaba Ilco Corp. has introduced its Ilco® Key Blank Directory, 12th Edition. This latest 452-page edition has more than 12 years in the making. As with previous directories, the catalog will be divided into worldwide vehicles, North American Cylinder and International Cylinder. Keys will be listed as Originals, Look-Alike, Safe Deposit, Flat Steel, etc. Contained in this new directory will be key blank assortments, key machines and a cross reference. All key images and profiles are to scale and organized to for quick identification.

For the first time, the Ilco Key Blank Directory will be available as a printed book and a CD. Ilco will continue to offer “look-up” and download of the directory by section on their Web Site. The 12th edition directory is located under Literature & Support, Key Blanks at web site: Web Site: http://www.kaba-ilco.com.

For more information, contact participating Ilco distributors.


The Illinois Locksmith Law has been updated. For those of you who do or do not have a state locksmith law, the existing Illinois Locksmith Law and the changes make interesting reading and something to think about. The underlined language was added.

Web Site: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/96/096-1445.htm


Since cell phone numbers are public, telemarketers have access to your number. Unlike most landlines, the cell phone number owner will be charged for the minutes. If the message is saved on your phone, you will be charged for the minutes to listen to it.

There is a National DO NOT CALL Registry. The registry is for landlines and cell phones. The web Site is Web Site: https://www.donotcall.gov

According to the National Do Not Call Registry, your registration will not expire.


Accord to Ford resources, the Ford Motor Company is converting to a global key design; the side milled high security key. Ford has begun the change with the 2011 Fiesta. It appears that Ford and Lincoln vehicles will migrate to the side milled key over the course of the “next few years”.


Major Manufacturing has introduced Special Machine Screws for hinges and strikes installed onto steel doors and frames. These special machine screws are designed to replace stripped-out hinge and strike screws installed onto aluminum and metal doors and frames. The hardened screws have a standard #10 under cut head that accommodates a Phillips head screwdriver. However, the threads are a special 12-24 with a special #1 thread cutting point for ease of installation. Note: The standard #10 screws have a 10-24 threads that is smaller than 12-24 threads.

The Special Machine Screws are available in a 7/8” length, black oxide (LS-29) or nickel (LS-28) finish in quantities of 25 or 100.

For more information, contact your local locksmith wholesaler or Major Manufacturing, Inc., 1825 Via Burton, Anaheim, CA 92806 Telephone 714-772-5202 Fax 714-772-2302 Web Site: http://www.majormfg.com


Most battery powered electromechanical locks have the ability to adjust the unlock time. The time once the credential has been accepted, the lock is unlocked in order to gain access. Many locks off unlock times from a few seconds to more than one minute.

It is important to be aware that for most of these battery operated locks, the longer the unlock time, the more power that is required. This will shorten the overall battery life.


Dodge Ram pickups

This month we will offer recommended car opening techniques for the late model two and four door Dodge Ram pickups. These full-sized pickups are equipped with inside vertical linkage buttons on the doors.

Important: These vehicles are equipped with multi-layer weather stripping that fits very tight.

The following opening methods can be used to unlock the 2002-08 Dodge Ram.

Use the High Tech Tools “S” Tool #47 and a wedge to unlock the front passenger door locking mechanism. Insert the wedge forward of the outside door handle assembly. Insert the #47 car-opening tool carefully into the door cavity with the tip facing forward. Lower the tool into the door cavity. Rotate the tool until it contacts the vertical linkage rod. The locking button should move when the linkage rod is contacted. Bind the linkage rod and lift to unlock the door locking mechanism.

Use the HPC CO-76 opening tool, a wedge and an inspection light to unlock the front passenger door locking mechanism. Begin by inserting the wedge just forward of the vertical locking button of the front passenger door. Insert the inspection light to determine the location of the lazy pawl. Insert the CO-76 car opening tool into the door cavity. Position the tip of the tool beneath the lazy pawl and pull up to unlock the door locking mechanism.

Use the Pro-Lok AO-39 “Double Slide Tool” car opening tool, inspection light and an inflatable wedge to unlock the front passenger door lock. Insert the inflatable wedge eight inches from the rear edge of the window glass. Inflate the wedge. Insert the inspection light six inches from the rear edge of the window and identify the lazy pawl bell crank below. Insert the long end of the AO39 car-opening tool one inch from rear edge with the tip facing forward. Lower and rotate the tool 90 degrees counterclockwise fourteen inches. Lift the tool one inch to position the tip beneath the lazy pawl. Lift the tool to unlock the door locking mechanism.

Use the Slide Lock Z-Tool™ and a wedge to unlock the rear passenger door locking mechanism. Insert the wedge into the rear edge of the door. Insert the small end of the Z-Tool with the tip pointing forward. Lower the tool not to far as the locking mechanism is high in the door cavity. Rotate the tool until it faces the opposite rear corner of the vehicle. Push down on the tool to contact the horizontal linkage rod. Rotate the tool to bind and lever the tool towards the pickup bed in order to unlock the locking mechanism.

Use the Tech-Train Productions TT-1008 car opening tool and a wedge to unlock the front passenger door lock. Insert the wedge near the rear of the window. Place a slight bend in the shaft of the tool so the long end of the tool will reach about an inch further into the door cavity. Insert the TT-1008 car-opening tool into the door cavity at least 14 inches to be beneath the locking mechanism. Rotate the tool until the tip is pointed towards the inside of the vehicle and slowly raise the tool having the tip near the rear of the door. Pull up on the tool at an angle to get the tip into the window track will provide the proper alignment. When contacting the lock control bell crank and linkage, carefully lift up. The locking button should move as an indication the tool is in the correct position. Continue to lift the car opening tool to unlock the locking mechanism.

The direction to rotate the late model Dodge Ram door lock plug to the unlocked position is clockwise.

For more information, contact your local locksmith distributor or the following car-opening tool manufacturers:

High Tech Tools, 628 NW 28th St., Miami, FL 33142. Telephone: 800-323-8324. Fax: 305-635-1015.
Website: www.hightechtools.com.

HPC Inc., 3999 N. 25th, Schiller Park, IL 60176. Telephone: 847-671-6280. Fax: 847-671-6343. Website: www.hpcworld.com.

Pro-Lok, 655 North Hariton St., Orange, CA 92868. Telephone: 714-633-0681. Fax: 714-633-0470. Website: www.pro-lok.com.

Slide Lock Tool Co. Inc., 1166 Topside Rd., Louisville, TN 37777. Telephone: 800-336-8812. Website: www.z-tool.com.

Steck Manufacturing Company, 1115 S. Broadway, Dayton, OH 45408. Telephone: 800-227-8325.
Web Site: www.steckmfg.com.

Lockmasters Inc., 2101 John C. Watts Drive, Nicholasville, KY 40356. Telephone: 800-654-0637. Fax: 859-885-7093.
Website: www.lockmasters.com.

We are interested in printing opening methods from other car-opening tool manufacturers. To have your instructions published, contact technical editor Jerry Levine, phone 818-700-0640, e-mail [email protected].