Replacement VW van key.

This job was to replace lost keys for an old imported Brazilian VW. Despite being long discontinued in Europe, this model continued to be made in South America. The first stage (before EEPROM programming a new transponder into the immobiliser) is to make the metal key blade.

We couldn’t manage to decode the locks on the vehicle using a special tool or by impressioning. The importers were unable to provide key information so the only option was to remove the steering wheel,  remove the steering lock then strip the entire ignition lock.

Measuring for the correct point before drilling through the case.
Drilling through the lock case to expose the release button.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lock is then picked to accessory position exposing the retaining pin on the tail piece, which is then hammered out to free the barrel
Individual wafers removed to be identified (coil springs still in the barrel).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New key cut to the correct code.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Importance of the backup key in a VW Passat dash remote.

VW passat keyA customer was suddenly unable to open his VW Passat using the remote.  The remote battery had gone flat, and by the time the battery had been replaced it had lost synchronisation with the car.  (To start this car the whole remote slots into the dashboard. There is no ignition barrel).

Ordinarily that’s not a problem because the emergency backup key could be used to open the door. Not in this case,  the backup key had been lost. 

Fortunately we were able to open the car for the customer, synchronise the remote again, and cut a replacement backup key for the customer.

If you’ve lost your backup key,  think about what you’d do if the remote is flat, or goes through the washing machine.

Ford Fiesta key

Typically an old, worn Tibbe key will have a similarly worn lock too. This is a Fiesta lock being stripped down. Normally the dustcover has badly worn and will grab a newly cut key and make it difficult, or impossible to remove from the lock.

You can gently file the key faces worn so that that the key can pull out, or just remove the dust cover and keep the key sharp. 

Replacement car keys.

Here are a few keys and remotes that  we’ve programmed recently

Vauxhall Zafira remote

 

Pink remote chosen for a Ford Fiesta
Old and new Range Rover Vogue remote

Misted ‘blown’ double glazing replacement

When double glazing becomes misty or full of condensation it is an indication that the seal between the glass has failed. A blown double glazed panel also won’t be as thermally efficient.

Below is an example of the improvement achieved by replacing a misty double glazed unit.

misty double glazing
Misty ‘blown’ double glazing
Replacement double glazing
Replaced double glazed unit

Replacement car keys for Honda Jazz

Customer only ever had  1 key for their Honda Jazz, and when they lost that key their car was immobilised in a pay and display car park. We made a new key in situ, and also made their first remote key since having the car.  

That time of year again.

As Winter turns to Spring, or Autumn turns to winter there is always a peak in the number of UPVC door mechanisms failing. If your door is difficult to lock or unlock, get your door adjusted before the mechanism breaks and jams the door locked or unlocked.

Corrective adjustment of a UPVC door before it breaks is much cheaper than a repair.

UPVC door mechanisms waiting for the scrap man.

 

Faulty UPVC window mechanism.

A customer’s UPVC window wouldnt open. It’s obvious why when you look at the photo. There were 4 or 5 other bits of broken cog but I dropped them in long grass.

This is a Coldseal Tallon mechanism. It was discontinued many years ago. To replace it a completely different mechanism has to be adapted in order to repair the UPVC window.

Coldseal Tallon
Broken upvc window mechanism