Car Key Copies for Auto Lockouts

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Duplicating a key can help for when you're locked out of your car; learn more from our expert locksmith in this free auto emergency locksmith-training video.

Part of the Video Series: How to Retrieve Keys Locked in a Car
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I'm Jim Koch and today we are talking about auto lockouts and in this clip we are going to talk more specifically about the keys we can and can't make and how you are going to deal with it. This is an example of a key we can make. This is a Ford key here; any key that doesn't have a rubber head doesn't have Vats system. Now when they do have a rubber head they may have a vats system. We are going to show you how to make a key. The first thing we are going to do is clamp it up on the vice. We are going to verify that it is all lined up nice and straight. Once the key is clamped to the machine, you verify that it is lined up. This machine is just a simple tracing machine. It is going to take the cuts on the primary key and cut them into the secondary key. So basically once you've got it all lined up, you turn your machine on and you begin tracing it. Once you have cut the key all the way down and you back trace it to make sure that you didn't miss anything and that is the first side of your key. Once the first side of the key is cut, you flip the key over and this is only for double sided keys and some cars have single, some have double. I've noticed in recent years that more manufacturers have gone to double sided key. Once the first side is done, the second side is all chucked up, you just begin tracing it like you did the first side and then you back trace the key to make sure you didn't miss any spots and there is always a couple little that you did. Once that part is done, clean the key up on the wire brush to get rid of any burs and voila, you have an exact duplicate.

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