Cars lock picking & decoding
The world of cars is a fascinating one indeed: There are many types of locks and usually the locksmith’s job is not only entering the car (unless it’s a case of keys left in the boot or inside the car) but they will have to make a working key and programma the immobilizer.
Most vehicles will open with a slim Jim or an air wedge together with a long reach tool. However, there are some cars that have a “dead lock” system, which means that even if you smash the window the handles won’t function due to a sunken system that only a key or a remote control operates.
The cars that have a deadlock systems are Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, BMW, Volvo, Seat, Range Rovers and Porsche.Mercedes-Benz are not deadlocked. The system was introduced in 1998 and may vary from country to country (I don’t think America has them). Also in Europe there are different types of them.
With those cars you will need a special pick to pick the lock and decode them.
The VAG decoder was invented by Jackie Friedman, an Israeli top professional locksmith who was also a member of ALA (Auto Locksmith Association)
Here is the tool in action
There is also a software to help you convert the decoding on some models where the manufacture used a different system to unable you to decode the locks.
There are also some nice rakes picks and others from Chine that will do the job, but the new Lishi 2 in 1 pick seems to be best .
Here are the Lishi tools in action
In this video I use the VAG decoder
There are also some nice rake/jigglers keys for VAG
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