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What to Do When You're Locked out of Your Ford Vehicle

What to Do When You're Locked out of Your Ford Vehicle

Locking yourself out of your vehicle is never fun, and often happens at the most inconvenient of times. Whether you’re getting ready to head to work or take care of some errands, locking your keys in your Ford can ruin your plans and put a damper on the day. When you find yourself locked out of your Ford it’s important to remain calm, refrain from trying any DIY methods, and call roadside assistance or a professional locksmith to help you out. Here is what to do when you lock yourself out of your Ford in Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Brandon, and nearby areas. Remain Calm & Think of Solutions While locking yourself out of your vehicle is very stressful, panicking is the absolute worst thing you can do in the situation. When you find yourself locked out of your Ford, it’s important to remain calm and refrain from panicking. Instead, think of possible solutions, such as looking for a spare key, contacting a remote unlocking service company or ...
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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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6 Travel Tips From an Automotive Locksmith for When You Are on a Road Trip

6 Travel Tips From an Automotive Locksmith for When You Are on a Road Trip

Traveling is one of the most exciting, yet stressful, things people decide to do. Feel comfortable and confident on your next road trip by taking into account some of these tips from Cheap Lock & Key. These tips will help you feel prepared to hit the road morning, day, or night! 1. Travel Essentials for Roadside Emergencies Is your care equipped with all the necessary travel essentials? Whether you are traveling alone, with a significant other, or your entire family, being prepared with the essentials will relieve you of any roadside emergency issues. Some of the most essential items everyone should travel with on a road trip include: First Aid Kit Flares/Flashlights Blankets Extra Water Motion Sickness Tablets Nutrition Bars Spare Tire Small Set of Tools Bringing local maps of where you are traveling, an extra can of gas, spare set of keys, and back up phone batteries are helpful as well. 2. Schedule a Tune-Up When was the last time you had an...
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What Is a VIN Number & Why Do Locksmiths Need It

What Is a VIN Number & Why Do Locksmiths Need It

Your vehicle's VIN# is a form of identification that allows both you and automotive mechanics to know exactly where it has been and what has been repaired. Your VIN#, or vehicle identification number, is comprised of seventeen characters that are assigned to the car when it is manufactured. These numbers never change during the lifetime of the vehicle. The VIN# is unique and tracks everything that occurs to the car during usability. The standardized VIN# system was first established in 1981 and has been in use ever since. The character combinations are representative of multiple automotive identifiers. For example, the first three characters are the WMI or the world manufacturer identifier code. Why is my VIN# Important? Critical vehicle information can be determined or relayed simply by using your VIN#. You can check the history report on a used vehicle. You can identify a stolen car. Repair parts require the VIN# to match the correct replacements. In...
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What is a Smart Key (Also Known as a Keyless Ignition System)?

What is a Smart Key (Also Known as a Keyless Ignition System)?

A Keyless Ignition System, or a SmartKey, is an electronic method of granting access to both entry and engine control of a vehicle. In 1995, Siemens started implementing the SmartKey. It was a device available to Mercedes-Benz models only. Over the years, this has evolved and smart keys are now present in vehicles of all makes, models and varying price points. How does the system work? The keyless ignition is a passive RFID system, which means that the vehicle sends a code to the ignition chip from its computer. The ignition chip receives the message and, if it recognizes the code, will give the operator full access to the vehicle. Simply put, as long as your SmartKey fob is inside your vehicle with you when you press the start button or flip the start switch, the engine should start and the car should become drivable. Not all systems are the same. While Keyless Ignition Systems generally work the same way, they may be set up differently, depending on the make or...
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