We picked this British Standard 5 lever lock to open a commercial premises for the client. The main key had been lost and the spare key was several hours away.
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.
A 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.
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.
Electronic PCBs don’t like getting wet, let alone going through a full hot wash. It might have been OK without the hole in the case. Here’s a remote we had to replace for a customer.
Here are a few keys and remotes that we’ve programmed recently
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.
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.