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Drink your bottle of Topo Chico and get hooked up by having our first automotive locksmith edition trivia.
POST OF THE WEEK
This week's post comes from Julio D., And you can see one of the new stickers, the lab 3-in-1 universal kit, a big bro, some tweezers, and a pinning block. All sorts of good stuff there. Congrats, Julio. Thanks for sending that picture in.
Next is from Mr. Don, Jenkins Locks. I love seeing that go-no-go sitting down there, LockVoy capping and ejecting block, as well as a sticker. That's good stuff!
COMMENTS OF THE WEEK
Comment of the week is from Chirael, "It seems that this would be an argument against ever using that little adjustment tab inside the strike plate, as it would add pressure to the latch and make it more likely to break. Do you agree? I've never used that little tab, but I always think about it briefly when installing a strike. Either way, great video, appreciate it." It's a pretty good question. In my experience, I've never seen a situation where the hole was even big enough to make too much adjustment with that little tab there. I'm guessing I could probably find a situation with which I could adjust it. But for the most part, from how the door is set and the alignment points from when the door is set to where the holes are on the jam on the door. You probably would not get enough. Even if you did do something with that, you probably wouldn't get enough with the room to make it work. Because in theory, you go and put that latch on there. You put that strike plate on there, and it's going to be perfect if the door was correctly set. But as time goes on, those things kind of move. I hope that answers your question.
LOCKSMITH TRIVIA: AUTOMOTIVE EDITION
Five questions compose of easy and depth automotive questions.
The answer is not D because the H27 is a single-sided key and the other three are all double. And the answer to this question is B. H75.
The image shows a Honda key, HO1 or O3, and that key is a 4-Track. 4-Track because you can see that both sides of the key have cuts. A 2-Tracks will only have one set of cuts on each side.
So, what type of technology does a VATS key use? VATS keys don't use a chip like a transponder key; they use an OHM resistor, and a lot of times, it's referred to as the pellet. On the image, the pellet has a tiny ohm resistor in it. It was considered very high-tech and groundbreaking, but it is an old school in reality.
A transponder key uses an antenna to communicate, whereas VATS uses two little metal pieces inside the ignition. So, VATS keys have to go in and make contact day in and day out. And if one side doesn't get contact or complete the circuit, nothing will be working.
The image shown is the circle plus key, known as the B111. Why is there only a small hole instead of a big hole for where the keyring goes for extra credit?
So, the metal/test key for the B111-PT is the B106 key. That's the test key for that. And as far as that little hole goes, where the keyring goes, the reason it is small and used to be big is due to that GM recall that was probably at least five years ago. They're blaming the ignitions on a bunch of problems. Essentially, what they found is that the weight of the key chain on the keyring needed to be positioned right in the center of the key instead of going off on the sides. It was putting weird pressure on the key or the weight on the key. So, there's a small hole in all the new ones.
The answer is flip key. This is a flip key because you'll see the silver button on the top left and when pushed, a blade comes flipping out. These types of keys were made famous by Volkswagen in the early 2000s.
That is this week's automotive edition of trivia. I would love to know how good you are. I'm excited to read the comments on the trivia questions.
I look forward to seeing that, and I hope you had a great time.