Ziptide October 2020

Oct. 2, 2020

Reader Questions

Locksmith Ledger’s website recently had comments reactivated, so we invite registered users to join in the conversation. We would remind readers that posts are moderated, and we ask posters to stay on topic and keep the tone civil.

We received a question from a reader responding to the story, “Quick Reference Guide: Pontiac Grand Prix,” by Steve Young, which appeared in the December 2008 issue. (Read the article at

“What do I do if the transceiver ring was pried off and the fine wire inside was broken? If I buy a new ignition switch and lock cylinder, will it come with a new transceiver ring?”

– hippiechik66

Steve Young responds: If the transceiver ring is broken, it will have to be replaced. As a general rule, new transceiver rings are “plug and play,” but you normally can’t make a used one work without reflashing it, because it already is “married” to the vehicle it came out of.  But there is a lot of variation from model to model.  In most cases, you should be able to go to the dealer and buy a new transceiver ring (they might not call it that), install it and then reprogram the keys back into the car. As far as I know, the 2008 Grand Prix transceiver ring will be “plug and play” as long as it’s new and not used. You can email me at [email protected] with the information, and I’ll try to help you more

State of the Industry 2020

Locksmith Ledger will unveil a new research report in its November 2020 issue. The report, State of the Industry 2020, is meant to be a presentation of business, products and technology trends that affected the locksmithing industry over the past year and will continue to affect the industry in years to come. A more complete report will appear online for subscribers.

COVID-19 Coverage

To help readers make it through the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, Locksmith Ledger has created a special section on our website with all our COVID-19 coverage in one place:

As of press time, this section includes:

  • Feature articles on the availablilty and code compliance of touchless locks and door hardware
  • Updated information on trade-show postponements and upcoming virtual trade shows.
  • A helpful series of H.L. Flake Security Professionals Business Roundtables.
  • Online training opportunities.
  • Company updates.

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The Back Page of our September issue listed the incorrect key blank for the new Craftsman toolbox lock. The correct part number is BD552.