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What Services Does an Auto Locksmith Provide?

Nothing is more frustrating than locking your keys inside your car, especially when you are entirely reliant on your vehicle to go around. If you have lost access to your vehicle, read on and see how an auto locksmith Los Angeles can save your day before you start smashing that car window.

Unlock locked cars

An automobile locksmith generally specializes in unlocking a vehicle. They use a variety of methods to break into cars, all of which differ depending on the type of vehicle and the type of lock system used. The most popular method with old car models is to “jimmy” the lock. A car locksmith slides a slim jim or a narrow piece of metal between the glass and the weather stripping on the car’s door to gain access to the lock. 

For cars with switched lock and unlock buttons near the inner panel of the doors, the locksmith will pass a J tool through the top of the window to lift the unlock button. Specific car models and designs will need the use of an L tool instead. Jimmying is not an option for newer vehicles with state-of-the-art alarm systems. If your car has a keyless entry system, the auto locksmith will reprogram the code (typically using a VATS passcode detector or the like) to get access to your vehicle.

Extract broken keys

Occasionally, a key will break within the car’s lock. Locksmiths utilize a broken key extractor to remove the broken key or key pieces from the vehicle’s lock. A door handle clip removal tool is also used to take out the retainer clip that secures a vehicle’s door handle to the door. After successfully extracting the broken key, an emergency auto locksmith can perform a car key duplication to replace it.

Duplicate mechanical and transponder keys 

Even a mobile locksmith can easily cut new mechanical car keys on the spot with a key cutting machine. However, duplicating keys with advanced features is a little more complicated. An automotive locksmith worth his salt can duplicate non-traditional car keys such as laser cut keys, remote keys, transponder keys, and smart keys. They can make remotes of keys with an immobilizer, as well. 

Program chip-integrated keys

Today’s vehicles come with chip-integrated keys that must be programmed to your vehicle in order for the car to start. If your car key is self-programmable, then you may be able to program it yourself. Otherwise, an auto locksmith can use software to program your remote key or fob so that your car recognizes it and removes the old one so that it will no longer start the vehicle. This is particularly necessary when your key has been lost.

Fix ignition cylinder

Car ignitions can be repaired and replaced by auto locksmiths. Problems with the ignition usually have something to do with the cylinder into which the key was inserted. When dealing with more complicated issues, the locksmith may be able to replace the complete ignition, including the wiring.

Change door and trunk lock

Auto locksmiths can also replace standard car door or trunk locks. Sometimes locks simply wear out, and having a way to replace a car lock with a new one can be pretty beneficial if security issues or problems emerge.

Call Kardo Locksmith for quick and reliable locksmith service if you are locked out of your car or need a replacement key. We service all brands and makes of cars, vans, and trucks, and we are fully trained and experienced to help you whenever you need us. Our emergency locksmith service is available 24/7 to get you back into your vehicle in no time.

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