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What Can Cause Ignition Failure & Your Key to Not Turn

What Can Cause Ignition Failure & Your Key to Not Turn

When your vehicle's ignition and key fail to work properly, it can leave you in panic mode! Nobody looks forward to a situation that can cause them to become stranded. However, before you panic, there are several reasons why this could occur. Start with the easiest scenarios and work your way up to find a solution to your ignition problem. More often than not, it is an easy fix! Did you unintentionally try and start someone else's car? Ok, this may sound dumb, but it happens! People do actually try to start the wrong car. The average car key has a few hundred thousand possible combinations. While it is unlikely, you actually can unintentionally unlock someone else's car door. However, once you access the car, chances are you will not be able to turn it on, due to another security measure built into the vehicle's ignition. This problem could occur in a busy parking lot where there may be similar cars to your own. Make sure you are trying to start the right ...
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Reasons You Should Install a Smart Lock at Your Home or Business

Reasons You Should Install a Smart Lock at Your Home or Business

As technology advances, so do the ways we can use it in our everyday lives. Smart locks are a great example of technology that home and business owners can acquire to invest in safety and security. Smart locks use mechanisms and codes to lock or unlock the device. They give you greater control over who accesses your premises and also when they are allowed to do so. The Convenience of Keyless Entry to Avoid Misplaced Keys We have all been there! You leave your keys at home or you forget them on your desk at work. Or perhaps your children misplace a key. It is a frustrating and sometimes panic inducing situation. Smart locks remove the possibility of these scenarios, because you now get the convenience keyless entry. All you have to do is remotely disable the lock from your smartphone or use a secret code to disengage the lock right on the keypad. The way you lock or unlock your keyless entry will depend on the type of system you install in the door. Track Who Enters...
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How Long Does It Take to Compromise Your Residential Door Locks?

How Long Does It Take to Compromise Your Residential Door Locks?

Locksmiths have all the techniques and tools to get into your home when necessary, but this information is becoming more and more accessible with the use of the internet. The problem with traditional, outdated, or inexpensive outer-door hardware is that they can be easily compromised. This means your family, home, and possessions are vulnerable. How long can it actually take someone to compromise your residential door locks? These techniques have been around for decades, and are still some of the easiest and most obtainable ways for people to break into your home. What Are Bump Keys For years, professional locksmiths have used bump keys to gain entry into homes for legal reasons. Now, with the use of the internet, anyone can find, create, or obtain a bump key and use them illegally to gain access to your home. A bump key, also known as a 999 key, is a specialty key that can bypass security mechanisms in traditional pin and tumbler locks. These keys are cut to the maximum ...
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Why Make 2 Keys for Newer Gm Vehicles If You Only Lost 1

Why Make 2 Keys for Newer Gm Vehicles If You Only Lost 1

Cutting a new key for your vehicle may have been easier 20 years ago, but with modern times comes new technology and the focus on safety and security. Newer GM vehicle models are utilizing the transponder key or keyless entry remote systems in their vehicles to add protection for both you and your vehicle. Keyless Ignition Systems Are Standard in Many GM Models Many GM vehicles, within the past four years, have turned to the standard of keyless ignition systems. While it is not standard across the board on GM vehicles, many of their models come with the option for a keyless ignition system, such as: Chevy Cruz Sonic Spark Trax Suburban Tahoe GMC Yukon or Yukon XL Losing a key for these cars can become a headache for the vehicle owner. The only way to get a new key cut for systems utilizing keyless entry is to have an entirely new key programmed for your vehicle. Once a new key is programmed for your GM vehicle, all previously programmed keys are...
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Vehicle Ignition: What You Should Know

Vehicle Ignition: What You Should Know

Ignition systems in cars have been evolving over the past two decades and have gone through three significant changes to get to a more reliable and faster system that has been adopted across models for years. While the concept of producing a spark for ignition has not altered, the method of creating the spark has vastly improved. Distributor-Based, Distributor-Less, & Coil-On-Plug Car Ignition Systems: From Solid-State to Computer-Controlled Very early ignition systems used a method, which included a fully mechanical system, that used distributors to deliver a spark at the right moment. After this, the system was tweaked and the distributor-based ignition system was created. This car ignition system was equipped with solid-state switches and ignition control models. This ignition evolved into the distributor-less system, which was more efficient and used an electronics. Today, the most advanced, electrical ignition used is the coil-on-plug. This is a...
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