Duplicate hard to find key for old & new vehicles
Replacement Automotive Locks
Rekey Automotive Locks
We can rekey a single lock to match the rest of your car or we can rekey
the entire vehicle. Hill's Bros. Lock & Safe carries an extensive line
of foreign and domestic ignition locks, door cylinders and trunk cylinders.
We can repair locks when possible or replace them on the spot.
Automotive Keys By Code
Hill's Bros. Lock & Safe has all the up to date code information
available to the locksmith industry.
Note: We require proof of ownership for any vehicle ignition key we
cut by code. A current registration along with a matching valid drivers
license or the "pink slip" of the vehicle. You will be asked to sign an
authorization for the key by code to be cut.
Hill's Bros. Lock & Safe have the skills necessary to decode
your old, worn or broken key and originate another one back to factory
High Security Automotive
The evolution of security cylinders increasingly requires key-cutting
by code.Quatrocode the most advanced high security technology available.
Computer driven key machine decodes your key, compares the resulting measurements
with files relating to the original key and originates another to factory
specifications. The Quatrocode guarantees consistent precision by reproducing
the exact parameters of the original factory key correcting discrepancies
with absolute precision. Database stores your key specification to be use
in the event of a set of lost keys saving you hundreds of dollars.
In 1996 Ford introduced its PATS (Passive Anti-Theft System)
in domestic vehicles, using radio frequency identification (FRID) system.
We offer the most advanced device used for detecting, reading, and duplicating
transponder codes contained in the head of many new automotive keys. Both
the chip type and transponder code are displayed and stored in the machines
memory. Security is built into the system in the form of a unique password
for each customer.
As industry pioneers in transponder technology, we are able to offer
you the most up to date and reliable products and a high level of technical
The PASSLock electro magnetic system (MRD) was also introduced
in 1996. PASSLock features a small magnet sidebar cylinder and Hall-effect
sensor on the sleeve assembly. In 1997 GM brought out is PASSKEY III
(RFID) system on selected vehicles, using a transponder inside the head
of the key. (Transponder, means Transmitter plus Responder)
Chrysler followed in 1998 with its own radio frequency identification
system, SKIM (Sentry Key Immobilizer Module) available on selected models.
In the radio frequency technology of the transponder, an antenna mounted
in the steering column receives the one-in-a-trillion electronic code of
the ignitions key's transponder and, if the computer recognizes the code
as valid, allows the car to start.
GM VATS - Vehicle Anto-Theft System
Developed initially for Corvettes, and the technology spread steadily
to other GM modes. The pioneering device quickly proved its worth, reducing
Corvette thefts by 45 percent.
VATS combines mechanical and electronic components. The results:
The vehicle will start only when its onboard computer recognizes the correct
resistance provided by the ignition key. By the early 1990's VATS was widely
used in GM cars. Today it is standard equipment on two dozen GM models
and can be found in more than 10 million GM vehicles on the road.
FORD: In many '96 and '97 models, you can reprogram your security
system with just ONE transponder key. Now in '98 and '99 you must have
Two keys to add keys to the vehicle's memory. (There are exceptions, The
two-key reprogramming affects some late '97 Explorers. And some '98 Expeditions
can be programmed with one key.)
One thing the vehicle owner should think about is obtaining duplicate
keys or replacing lost keys. No longer can you pick up an extra car key
at the checkout stand of your favorite hardware store. Replacement key
s must be originated on a new key blank that has an embedded transponder.
The vehicles onboard computer must be programmed to recognize the new key.
This brings us to "why is this important to me?' part.
With PATS I, as long as you have at least one working key and can read
the owners manual that came with the vehicle you've got a good shot at
programming your new key without additional assistance.
With PATS II, things become a little more difficult. Someone decided
that two working keys be required for admittance to the programming mode.
On the surface, this is a good idea,,. It pretty much insures that only
the owner of the vehicle will be making duplicate keys. The down side is
that many vehicle owners don't think about making extra keys until they
only have one, or even worse no keys!
If you own a vehicle equipped with the PATS II system and find yourself
in this situation, you have few choices. CALL US!!!!! Bottom line advice!
If you own a PATS I equipped vehicle make sure you always have at least
two working keys. If you lose one of them, have a duplicate key made and
programmed at once. If you own a PATS II equipped vehicle make sure that
you always have at least three working keys. If you loose one of them ,
have a duplicate key made and programmed at once.
PATS I VEHICLES
PATS II VEHICLES
Contour V6 Duratech 1997 - 1998
Mustang 1998 -1999
Mustang 1996 -1997
Taurus LX, SE, SHO 1998 -1999
Taurus LX SHO 1996 -1997
Explorer 1998 -1999
Expedition 1997 -1998
Crown Victoria 1998 -1999
F150, F250 1999
GENERAL MOTORS: From '97 through '99 models, GM cars using the
PASSKey III (RFID) system are still reprogrammable with just one key.
CHRYSLER: Its transponder involves not only programming the system
to recognize keys, but actually programming information into the keys themselves.
A key programmed for one vehicle cannot be programmed to work in another
due to the vehicle's PIN number being retained in the transponder's memory.
Also, if there are no working keys available, a new operating key cannot
be programmed if the car's own PIN number is not known. (Programming the
system to accept a new key involves inputting a PIN. The transponder retains
in its memory the vehicle's PIN number)
Whenever possible we use original parts.
There are many subtleties and built-in sophistication's
in today's technology.