Residents of Dallas always want to feel safe knowing that their cars are secured when they leave it unattended to in the parking lots. Automotive locks are built into a car system to help achieve this aim. Some older cars carry a manual lock, which is less sophisticated; however, most modern vehicles now use power locks. Power door locks (also known as electric door locks or central locking) allow the driver or front passenger to simultaneously lock or unlock all the doors of an automobile or truck, by pressing a button or flipping a switch. Some power doors have transponder keys, which sends a radio frequency signal to the car locks. Others use remote controls where you can open the car with a press of a button from the remote key fob.
The power locking system confirms successful locking and unlocking through either a light or a horn signal, and usually offers an option to switch easily between these two variants. Both provide almost the same functionality, though light signals are more discreet. In contrast, horn signals might create a nuisance in residential neighborhoods and other busy parking areas (e.g., short-term parking lots). Some manufacturers offer the ability to adjust the horn signal volume. Whatever type of locking system you use, chances are you will need the services of a professional locksmith. Auto Locksmiths can replace, rekey, or cut auto keys for clients.
Most people don’t think about rekeying the locks on their car. Even when you buy a car from someone you know well or go through a private sales site, you exchange money, title, and keys and expect that to be the end of it. Beyond buying a new car, there are several other reasons you may need to change your car’s locks. Here’s what you need to know:
To start with, changing your car’s locks after purchasing, especially from a private seller you don’t know, is a great way to reduce the chance that your vehicle will be burglarized by someone holding a key you didn’t know about. In addition to this, if your car’s locks are somehow damaged, say, for example, your key was weakened enough that it snapped in two with the key in the lock an auto locksmith can come out and fix or replace the lock, depending on the damage. Another common reason to replace your car’s locks is the same reason you might rekey your home’s locks: your keys were stolen. If you accidentally leave your keys at a restaurant after dinner, you’re probably in the clear, but if you’ve left your keys somewhere and can’t find them no matter where you’ve looked, it may be time to rekey your car’s locks (and your home’s, if they were on the same keyring).
The potential issue, and the number one reason you should call an auto locksmith to change your car’s locks, is because of vehicle transponder keys. If your car was made after the mid-1990s, the odds are very good; your vehicle has a transponder chip. This system was designed to cut down on car theft by installing a vehicle immobilizer in your car’s engine. When you insert the car key into the ignition, it disarms that immobilizing system so your car will run, and goes great lengths toward preventing hot wiring and car theft. However, if you have your car’s locks replaced, you will need to either have the ignition lock cylinder as well or carry two different keys for your car.
If you are looking for a professional locksmith service in Dallas, Texas, SOS Locksmiths got you covered. At SOS Locksmith, our customers always come first. To that effect, we offer 24/7/365 reliable services, which means you can call us even at odd hours. We have a team of professionals who can rekey or replace your automotive locks of any kind. Whenever you need our services, all you need to do is get in touch, and we will be there to help you in no time.