Chrysler Ignition Transponder Removal

Successful removal of a Chrysler ignition transponder ring by a QLP Locksmith San Diego technician, for removal of a broken ignition cylinder. The key stopped turning in the lock. Their is a good chance that it can be removed with little to no damage, and can be restored to OEM factory quality to save the customer money if they choose to. If the preference is to replace it, then a high quality ignition will be used. If you need your vehicle's ignition lock serviced, call QLP Locksmith San Diego today for fast and affordable locksmith service at your location.

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Lock Re-Key & Installation in San Diego Office

Do Not Duplicate keys or DNDs are keys that locksmiths and key cutters are prohibited from copying unless proper identification is provided. This ensures that unknown copies of your key are made.

Do Not Duplicate keys or DNDs are keys that locksmiths and key cutters are prohibited from copying unless proper identification is provided. This ensures that unknown copies of your key are made.

Our dispatcher got a call from a contractor who needed a locksmith for an office construction site. He needed to re-key the main door locks, and to install a push bar or also known as a panic or exit bar lock on the back door for safety and security. A QLP Locksmith technician arrived to the site in a short amount of time and re-keyed the front door locks which were two mortise cylinder locks installed in an Adams Rite latching system. The technician master keyed the commercial locks with "Do Not Duplicate" keys so that different levels of employees would have different key privileges, for example a regular employee might have the key to only lock the office but not unlock it, while a manager would be able to unlock and lock the office. The locks were also keyed to the rim-cylinder lock which connected to the panic exit bar so that the same key would be able to unlock the back door from the outside. 

 

The locksmith technician is checking the panic exit bar to make sure its level and straight.

The locksmith technician is checking the panic exit bar to make sure its level and straight.

As seen in the photo, the push bar lock has already been mounted and is nearly completely installed. The technician is using a leveler to ensure that the bar is straight before the trim plates are put on. The panic bar has a "dogging" function which allows the exit bar to be left unlocked throughout business hours by using a key to enable or disable the function mechanically, even if the door is shut. It works by retracting the latching mechanism in just enough so that the latch does not catch and lock on the strike plate. When installed this system is calibrated so it works efficiently. Due to shifts in a building over time or a worn strike plate, the locking mechanism may need to be re-calibrated. The locks worked well, the contractor got a reliable warranty, and he was satisfied with the service. If you need a commercial locksmith to install or repair a panic bar; or to re-key or unlock mortise locks, then call QLP Locksmith San Diego for fast and affordable locksmith service today!

Commercial Mortise Lock Repair

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This client's lock is a mortise cylinder commercial grade lock which was held in by a set screw. The set screw was old and rusted out and broke when an employee put the wrong key in and turned the lock a little too hard putting stress on the screw which held the lock inside the door. Our client called QLP Locksmith San Diego and we sent a technician out who assessed that only the set screw needed to be replaced. The tech replaced the screw and re-installed the lock. Now the lock is working perfectly and the client didn't have to spend a lot more money replacing the entire lock cylinder. If you are having problems with your commercial locks, call QLP Locksmith San Diego for Fast & Affordable locksmith services 24/7 in San Diego! Call (858) 231-0248 or visit https://quicklock-pick.com/online-service to set up locksmith service today!

Installing New Locks on French Doors

A client called us last weekend because she had old locks on her french doors that were sticking as well as one of the handles would keep coming off with enough force. She decided to replace them as the internals of the lock were rusting anyways. She took off the old lock herself, found the lock she wanted then called us out.

We sent a locksmith out that we had near her location and he installed the locks of her choosing.

The client made our job easier and her bill cheaper by removing the old rusted out lock. The client chose a black satin lock to replace the gold lock she had prior to our visit. Their are different locks that fit on different french doors and many have a variety of different styles and installation options. Some are installed in the profile of the door much like the average commercial lock is, where a hole big enough to put a lock case containing most of the locking hardware is cut into the profile side of the door. Holes are then drilled in the front and back of the door to add the handles. The keyhole usually sits flush with the door.

One side of the lock is installed, the part on the right hand side is a dummy lock which doesn't work or have any locking components, it is purely for ascetic purposes and doesn't increase or decrease home security.

One side of the lock is installed, the part on the right hand side is a dummy lock which doesn't work or have any locking components, it is purely for ascetic purposes and doesn't increase or decrease home security.

In this case the locking mechanism is a long narrow device called a latch that slides into the door in a hole cut into the side, When the key is turned it disengages the latch making the door locked. The other door must be anchored to the floor or ceiling to act as a wall or a door frame and keep the other door locked. When the key is turned it engages the lock's tailpiece that runs from one side of the door to the other where it meets with a thumb turn or a double sided lock in the case of glass doors on the inside. In the middle of the lock a linkage connects the handle and latch mechanism, making it easy to unlock the door from the inside even if its locked.

 

If you need a locksmith you replace the locks on your french doors, then call Quick Lock & Pick Locksmith today at (858) 231-0248 for fast & affordable locksmith services!

Client's new lock installed on her french doors.

Client's new lock installed on her french doors.

What is a Transponder Key For a Car?

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What is a Transponder Key For a Car?     

Transponder car keys, often referred to as car keys with a chip, come in many shapes and sizes. Some are built into remotes with buttons, and others appear to be regular keys with no buttons and only a plastic on the head of the key. This is where the transponder micro chip is installed. Keep in mind that car keys without transponder chips can also have a plastic around the key, although its usually thinner.

What is the Purpose of a Transponder Chip in My Car Key?

    Transponder keys are part of the anti-theft system found on most cars built today. Most anti-theft systems has three parts to it: The Engine Immobilizer, the Transponder Key, and the Alarm.

The Immobilizer Checks the Key for the Proper Code.

The Immobilizer Checks the Key for the Proper Code.

  • The Immobilizer is a computer built into your car that contains stored key codes. If no stored key with the proper code is in proximity of the ignition (most push to start vehicles) or is inserted in the ignition (traditional key blade ignition vehicles) then the computer will immobilize or rather disable the engine from starting. With this system engaged, the chances of a car thief stealing your car is lowered considerably.
 This Car Key Contains a Transponder Chip Which Has a Unique Code That is Read by the Immobilizer. 

 This Car Key Contains a Transponder Chip Which Has a Unique Code That is Read by the Immobilizer. 

  • A Transponder Car Key is embedded with a micro chip which contains a unique code to that specific car key. If that car key code is programmed into the Vehicle's Immobilizer Computer, then that key will have the clearance to disable the immobilizer and anti theft systems and start the car.
Unlocking or Starting the Car Disables the Alarm in Most Cases.

Unlocking or Starting the Car Disables the Alarm in Most Cases.

  • A Vehicle equipped with a factory car Alarm in most cases will work along side the immobilizer to ensure the possibility of theft is minimal. The Key will usually enable the alarm when the car is locked and will be able to disable the alarm if triggered by accident. On some vehicles, setting off the alarm will keep the immobilizer engaged until the alarm is disabled which can only be done with a key.

 

 

Need More Information On Transponder Car Keys? Give Us a Call at (858) 231 - 0248 To Speak With a Mobile Locksmith Technician Who Specializes in Car Keys.

Broken Car Keys aren't a simple DIY Fix

     We received a call from a client who's car key broke clean in half inside her 1998 Nissan Sentra driver side door lock. The key didn't get stuck inside the lock which made the situation that much better, however she attempted to glue the pieces of the key back together.  If their is one thing you must know, its that locks, keys, and glue don't mix. The pieces were glued back together neatly, however, after it dried, the key still broke off inside her ignition! Thats when she called our mobile locksmith service.

     We sent a technician out to asses the situation and he was able to extract the broken key pieces from the ignition lock cylinder. First thing our technician did was he removed the glue on the key and put the broken pieces of the key back together and held them in a clamp in a car key duplication machine. He cut a copy onto a metal key blank to test if the ignition was in good condition. The new key worked on the doors and the trunk, unfortunately however, it would not go all the way inside the ignition, and got stuck about a quarter of the way in. After inspecting the ignition lock, the technician determined that the ignition had glue residue inside that had gotten stuck between the lock tumblers. Without being able to turn a key to remove the ignition, their was no way the technician would be able to remove the ignition and repair the tumblers without damaging it. This resulted in the client needing to replace her ignition.

     If you have a broken car key, don't attempt to fix it yourself as the cost to replace a car key is substantially cheaper then the cost of replacing and re-kying an ignition lock cylinder to match the original keys for your vehicle. The technician spoke with the client and told her the situation and gave her the option of replacing the ignition without getting it re-keyed to save some money. This would mean that she has one key for the doors and one key for the ignition lock to start the car. But she didn't want to have to lug around two keys (who can blame her) so she asked us to re-key the new ignition lock cylinder to match her original factory car key that works on the doors. The broken ignition was removed by force and a new ignition lock cylinder was re-keyed and installed.

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     Car keys and ignition locks have to endure certain types of stress everyday. The keys get banged around, dropped on the ground, or get thrown onto hard surfaces. In some cases, if the ignition lock cylinder is old, it may be hard to turn the key resulting in excessive force to start the vehicle. The ignition tumblers get worn from everyday use, and from additional strain from the weight of other keys on your key ring. You can avoid most ignition and key problems by following these tips:

  • Don't overload your key ring: Its best not to have too many keys on the same key ring as your car key as the weights from the additional keys puts stress on the ignition lock cylinder tumblers resulting in potential early ignition lock cylinder failure.
  • Don't force your key  if its difficult to turn or insert in the ignition, something may be obstructing the keyway, or the tumblers may be jammed. It may be an easy quick fix that doesn't require replacement of your ignition lock cylinder.
  • Never try to repair a broken or bent key. Once a car key has become broken, brittle, bent, snapped, or compromised in any way, its a disaster waiting to happen. This makes it very difficult and in some cases impossible to duplicate the car key onto a brand new key, because the bent cuts on the key will be transferred to the new car key.
  • If you have a spare of the car key in good condition, its a good idea to get that key copied in the unfortunate event you lose your primary key, you can always duplicate the key in good condition if you lose your everyday car key. 

Front Door Lock Repair

     This client called our mobile locksmith service because her key had stopped working in her front door and she didn't have a key for the sliding glass door in the back. One of our technicians inspected the troublesome lock and saw that the key would go in and turn the lock cylinder, but it wouldn't disengage the lock. 

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After our technician successfully unlocked her front door, we went to figure out what was causing the problem. It only took a few minutes to figure out what the problem was. The part in her lock that kept the tailpiece attached to the lock cylinder had broken off from wear and tear. Even though the key was working and it turned the lock cylinder, the tailpiece wasn't connected and wasn't pulling on the latch to open the door. The tech replaced the broken tailpiece connector and restored the lock to working condition.

 

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     The client then asked us to make a key for the sliding door in the rear of the house that she never had the key to incase the same problem occurred again and she got locked out. Our tech re-keyed the sliding door lock to match the front door lock. Now she only needs one key for the front and the back doors. In most cases its more viable to have one key work for all the locks in your home. This is because if one of the locks stops working, you only need one key to open up any side or back doors you may have, avoiding a lock-out situation.

Push Bar Repair

     We had a client call our mobile locksmith service because he was having a problem with his push bar/panic bar that was mounted on the back door of his shop. He told our technician that it had been a gradual problem that kept getting worse until the whole push bar was stuck in the open position. That meant he wouldn't be able to lock his shop when it came time to close last night. 

Push bar stuck in the unlocked position.

Push bar stuck in the unlocked position.

     A fully functioning push-bar should lock when a person lets the door swing shut, and allows them to open the door in an emergency simply by pushing the big bar that runs horizontal to the door, hence why its also known as a panic bar. A dogging function is present on most push bars which gives the user the option to keep it in the always unlocked position so employees can open and close the door without it locking on them each time, even if you have a key to open the push bar from the outside, its still an inconvenience, thats why the dogging mechanism is in place.

Exterior of door that has key hole so that client can unlock the push bar from the outside.

Exterior of door that has key hole so that client can unlock the push bar from the outside.

     Upon exposing the mechanism for the push bar and dogging function, we noticed that everything was in working order on the push bar side, that led our tech to think it was the lock on the external side that wasn't returning to locked position 100%, keeping the locking mechanism for the bar disengaged.

This exterior lock (rim cylinder) ended up being the culprit for our client's push-bar woes.

This exterior lock (rim cylinder) ended up being the culprit for our client's push-bar woes.

     Our mobile locksmith technician's diagnosis was accurate. upon removing the lock, he saw that the exterior lock was jammed causing the mechanism to not lock all the way keeping the push bar open. He was able to repair the broken mechanism instead of replacing the whole push bar assembly which saved our client a few hundred bucks $$$ for a brand new push bar. The tech reassembled both sides of the lock and showed the client that everything was back to working order. The end result was that the client was able to secure his shop last night and anytime he needs to.