Ziptide November 2020

Nov. 3, 2020

The Right Tool for the Job

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We received a question from a reader responding to the story, “Lishi 2-in-1 Tools – A Quiet Revolution,” by Steve Young, which appeared in the March 2019 issue. (Read the article at

Hello. How can I know the right Lishi 2-1 tools for these cars: Toyota, Hyundai, Honda, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover? For example, if I buy the Lishi TOY43, will it pick and decode all Toyota models and years, or does each model and year require its own Lishi pick? Finally, is it advisable to buy used tools to begin?

– Sarkay444

Thanks for writing. You first have to determine which vehicles you plan to work on. Then, go to Lishi’s website: Under the “Our Tools” tab is a listing of all its 2-in-1 tools, so you can find the appropriate tool for the vehicle you want to work on. Unfortunately, the website doesn’t seem to provide full vehicle listings. We would suggest going to a reputable distributor’s website for that information. (The Lishi website lists affiliated distributors.)

For example, International Key Supply lists the following Toyota models that the Lishi TOY43R will work on: the Avalon, Camry, Celica, Corolla, Prius, Solara, Supra, 4-Runner, Land Cruiser, Rav4, Sequoia, Sienna, T100, Tacoma and Tundra, as well as the Chevrolet Prizm. However, these are for older model vehicles — 2005 and earlier (code series 10001 – 15000). For newer versions of Toyota models (code series 50000-69999), you have to use the Lishi TOY43AT. Further, one pick might be adequate to work on a vehicle’s door but not the ignition, so you might have to have a separate second model. This can vary from auto manufacturer to manufacturer, but at least with Toyota vehicles, no one Lishi pick works on all models and all model years of that model.

One further piece of advice: Lishi picks are prone to illegal copying. Whether you buy new or used, make sure it’s a genuine Lishi. It’s genuine if it has an engraving of Mr. Li (the tool’s inventor) on the tool and, if new, comes with an unscratched verification sticker on the back. Good luck!

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