Don’t forget about safe maintenance

August 10, 2016

When it comes to safes, a lockout is never a good situation. It can be very costly to open and then repair the safe. Regular service is the best way to minimize any lockout situations. If a safe is attacked, it’s designed not to open (or at least be very difficult) without a professional for a reason. So keep this in mind and call a professional to service your safe. Most manufacturers recommend once a year, but if the safe is only used a couple times a month and not every day, then every 2 years is acceptable.

At the very least, be sure to replace the batteries regularly. How often depends on the amount of use it gets. Once a year is usually plenty, replace them when you replace your smoke detector batteries. Avoid using cheap batteries, get the good ones. I have been called out to a malfunctioning safe many times, only to discover the customer has replaced the batteries with a discount brand. Duracell Procell Batteries is what we use and what many manufacturers install on new electronic safe locks. Yes, we carry Procell at our shop.


Can I bypass my car’s immobilizer?

April 1, 2014

I was recently asked about bypassing the immobilizer on a vehicle, here’s my opinion.

Doing so is not advisable. Immobilizers are an anti-theft device. Insurance companies know which vehicles are equipped with these types of devices and price their rates accordingly (this is one reason why they ask for your vehicle’s VIN). If your vehicle’s immobilizer was to be made inoperable, and the vehicle was stolen, then you may end up having problems with an insurance claim.

That said, there are some methods for rendering an immobilizer system inoperable. What some lower quality alarm and remote start installers do, is place the transponder chip permanently near the immobilizer antennae. This eliminates the requirement of the chip being in the key itself, making a regular key capable of starting the vehicle. This type of bypass is not recommended for insurance and security reasons. If this bypass performed, then the vehicle could be stolen using physical attacks on the ignition lock.

For more information about Immobilizer systems, please view our webpage at: http://www.ezkeylocksmith.com/Vehicle_ECU_Immobilizer.html

We also offer lost key and other immobilizer service nationwide. For more info, visit: http://www.ezcarkeys.com/


New Webstore

November 4, 2013

We’re proud to announce our new web store. Sales for immobilizer services and reflashing across the country have increased to a point that we felt this was a great method of getting the word out. While the website doesn’t apply much to our local customers for now, it will help us reach even more potential customers across the country.

http://www.ezcarkeys.com/

Immobilizer reflashing

Immobilizer Reset Services by E-Z Key Locksmith, Inc.

 


Dealer + Tow + Time = Just call a locksmith

January 3, 2013

So you’ve lost the keys to your newer vehicle. You find out that your car key has a computer chip inside of it and without it, the car won’t start. So what can you do?

Option 1. Have your car towed to the car dealer and have them cut and program new keys. This includes waiting for a tow truck, travel time to the dealer, waiting for the dealer to make and program the key (which can take anywhere from 1/2 a day to several days), then you have pick up your car and drive all the way back home, or wherever you were. So, now you’re paying the tow bill AND the dealership for new keys, plus a lot of your time that I won’t put a value on. In our area, the dealerships are limited, meaning some vehicles like Mazda, Nissan, Volkswagen, etc. are far away, which means an even larger tow bill.

Option 2. Call a locksmith! A properly equipped and trained automotive locksmith can make keys for your car on site. Many locksmiths operate after-hours, so you don’t need to wait for the dealer to open if you lost your keys in the evening or on weekends. The locksmith comes to your vehicle, no need to pay for a tow truck and travel to the dealer.

Here’s an example for lost keys, prices can vary greatly due to vehicle type and distance from dealership to be towed to.

Tow truck ($150) + Dealer ($125) = $275

Locksmith = $199-$250

Choosing a locksmith saves you time, frustration, and money! Even if you have roadside assistance, they will cover a portion of the bill from a locksmith. AAA-WA covers the locksmith’s travel distance + $50/$100/$250 depending on your coverage level. Other roadside assistance programs cover a flat amount.

E-Z Key Locksmith, Inc. Westport, WA


Spare transponder Keys.

November 30, 2012

Need a spare car key? Do you only have one car key and been told your car’s anti-theft computer needs to be reprogrammed for more keys? E-Z Key Locksmith, Inc. has just added new equipment that makes getting a spare transponder key more economical. Duplicate keys range from $24.95-$84.95 with most cars costing $59.95. This is up to a 65% savings to you over previous options! With an over 85% coverage, even vehicles with high security keys like Honda/Acura, GM, Ford, Toyota/Lexus, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Chrysler and most other manufacturers are possible! Our spare car keys are shaped like the originals, no bulky, generic plastic head to deal with.

And yes . . . they WILL START your car!!!


Who has keys to your house?

October 15, 2012

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Who has keys to your house? Former residents and their friends, neighbors, real estate agents, tradesmen, maids, gardeners, relatives, kids, friends? If you’re not sure, it’s time to face the problem. This is often a concern when buying a new home. But it still applies if you’ve been in your home for a while or if you are renting a home and are not sure if the landlord ever changed the locks. You have a couple options, ignore, rekey or replace.

Ignoring the problem can be unsettling, especially if you don’t know who has a key to easily access your home, it’s belongings, and you! They can enter whenever they want, while you’re at work or even in the middle of the night . That’s not a good feeling. Don’t leave it to chance. Act now!

If you’re concidering replacing the locks, use a quality lock to replace your existing locks. Avoid bargain brands when possible. Bargain brands often have a much lower quality in security and reliability when compared to name brand locks. That’s not always the case, but if you’re unsure, ask us or avoid them.

An economic option is to reuse your existing door locks. If the existing locks are in good condition and good quality, you can save a lot of money by having the locks rekeyed. Most residential and commercial locks can be rekeyed if they are in good condition. Rekeying an existing lock changes the key that operates the lock to a new combination, rendering old keys unusable in that lock. This is a popular service that we offer. You will get a fresh set of keys that work your lock during this service.

 


Safe maintenance

August 23, 2012

When it comes to safes, a lockout is never a good situation. It can often be very costly to open and then repair the safe. Regular service is the best way to minimize any lockout situations. If a safe is attacked, it’s designed not to open (or at least be very difficult) without a professional for a reason. So keep this in mind and call a professional to service your safe. Most manufacturers recommend once a year, but if the safe is only used a couple times a month and not every day, then every 2 years should be fine.

Mechanical dials
The largest piece of advise that I can give anyone about their mechanical safe is to never slap the dial. Slapping the dial is spinning the dial hard and/or fast, this makes the wheels inside the lock hit each other at a forceable rate. Often creating an audible slapping noise as the wheels hit each other. Many of these wheels are made of brass, it’s corrosion resistant, but a soft metal. When you slap them together, that brass eventually deforms, which can cause problems in opening the safe. Take care when dialing your combination and don’t spin the dial too rough.

Electronic safe keypads
At the very least, be sure to replace the batteries regularly. How often depends on the amount of use it gets. Once a year is usually plenty, replace them when you replace your smoke and CO detector batteries. Avoid using cheap batteries, get the good ones. I have been called out to a malfunctioning safe many times and find out that the customer has replaced the batteries with a discount brand. Duracell Procell Batteries is what we use and what many manufacturers install on new safes. We carry Procell at the shop.


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