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One cannot help but notice the trend in homes and businesses installing the new keyless electronic locks. You might think that, in an age of popular and expensive “gadgets”, these locks were just another example of our cultural tendency to always have the latest contraption. But if you assumed that you’d be wrong. The new generation of keyless, electronic and remote-control door locks are a contemporary solution to a security issue that is both old and trending itself. Criminals always want to find a way into your home and business. And an example of one of their tools for that is “lock bumping”. Though lock bumping isn’t new (the lock bumping key, or rapping key, was first patented in 1928 as a locksmithing tool) since around 2006 it has become an ever more popular tool for bad guys. We won’t go into great detail since that might be boring or useful for “bad actors” but the key to understanding bump keys and other lock picking devices (like pin guns) is that they essentially “spoof” the tumblers in a traditional key and shaft lock and cause that lock to open. When this act is performed by a competent and cool-headed criminal it’s almost as easy for them to get inside a locked location as if they had an actual key. So, the key, key channel, and tumblers are the weak point. And that is why we are so happy to see the advent of the electronic keyless locks and why we are so impressed with the Nest X Yale lock product.

The new Nest X Yale door lock results from the collaboration of the Nest company, a cutting-edge producer of high-tech sensors, cameras, alarm systems and camera door bells, and Yale Locks, one of the oldest and most respected lock HARDWARE manufacturers in America. Nest has combined their innovative software with the sturdy Yale hardware to create a key free door lock. The absence of a key channel and tumblers makes this lock a significant security upgrade on any door. The Nest X Yale keypad door lock comes in three elegant finishes to match any decor- Satin Nickle, Oil Rubbed Bronze and Polished Brass. The lock is battery powered by 4 AA batteries that will last about a year and this keypad door lock will send a signal to your Android when the batteries begin to run low. Thus, there is no need for a new power source or wiring at the time the Nest X Yale is installed. Installation is within the skill set of most amateur locksmiths, but professional installers may be located via the Nest website. This keyless door lock has no key hole channel for a would-be intruder to try to “bump” or “pick” the lock and if someone does try to tamper with it by trying to enter codes into it the lock will go into Lockout Mode after 5 failed tries. AND the lock will let you know that an attempt has been made to spoof it! This effectively seals the door until the owner rescinds the lock out order.

Nest X Yale Lock Communicates

The Nest X Yale digital door lock communicates with its owner and follows its owners’ commands. If someone does attempt to open the lock with an incorrect pass code the lock will alert the owner’s android. The Nest App allows the owner to create an individual pass code for each member of their household as well as create “Guest Entry Times” for the lock to unlock to admit a visitor. The Nest X Yale can also accept voice commands to lock and unlock via Google Home or an android phone. All of this said, there is a keypad on the exterior of the lock so that the entry codes may be entered manually. In cases when it is cold or wet outside, the Nest X Yale generally works fine with gloves during inclement weather.  

Nest X Yale Product Warranty

The excellent Nest X Yale locks includes a lifetime warranty for finish and mechanical components and a two-year warranty for electronic components.

We do recommend that for the highest level of certainty of your security that a professional locksmith install this lock for you.

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Mile High Locksmith

Denver, CO

LGBT Friendly Locksmith Service

We are Mile High Locksmith®, an 18-year-old company that serves all members of all communities, neighborhoods, ethnicities, persuasions and beliefs. Having said that we wish to state another thing plainly and in print: WE ARE AN LGBT FRIENDLY BUSINESS. We serve and respect all people. The caliber of service that all communities and groups have the right to expect should always be available to the LGBT community, full stop. So, here’s what YOU can expect from us- full service by consummate locksmith professionals in every possible venue encompassing our profession. We are an A+ rated company by the BBB, have over 1000 “5 Star” ratings on Google from real customers, and we are a Subscriber Verified & Approved company with Home Advisor. We are also a 24 hour locksmith and a fully mobile locksmith. Wherever in our coverage range and whenever you need us including all holidays, we will come to you when summoned. Whatever locksmith services that you wish or need we will always send one of our technicians to your location to give you a free no obligations estimate for the work. We also warranty our work for 3 months AND we extend a 3 day no questions asked RETURNS policy. That is, if you are dissatisfied with our work and make us aware of that in the 3 days we will return and remove everything that we did, no charge, no hassle and no questions.

LGBT Housing Price, Safety and Neighborhood

As a Gay and Lesbian friendly locksmith we would be remiss if we failed to acquire knowledge of the community. One thing that applies for us particularly is a FreddieMac report that LGBT renters and owners prioritize on price, safety and an LGBT friendly environment in their housing decisions in that order. We understand that and wish to say that while we can’t greatly affect the environment SAFETY AT A FAIR PRICE is our business. Everyone is entitled to that.

About Mile High Locksmith

Allow us to encapsulate our services for you, but please be aware that this is in no way an exhaustive list of same. We specialize in residential security doors (the metal framed door with screen that allows airflow) and residential security door locks. We mention them in tandem because the right lock MUST go with the right door and it’s easy to make a mistake or be misled about that. Mile High is an emergency locksmith and we provide lockout services for homes, cars and businesses. As professionals we comprehend that any lockout can be personally felt as an emergency or, in some cases it might be truly hazardous. Therefore, we are always awake, alert and ready to be called upon. Please see CONTACT DETAILS below to see how committed we are to this. In the event of a lost or damaged car key device we have all the skill, technology and data onboard our mobile units to provide you with locksmith key programming in that, if your car has a “Transponder” key or “Keyless” ignition/door fob, you will require that programming. We sell and install the finest brands of residential door locks and recommend Baldwin door locks for their characteristics of being designer door locks and having a very high security performance level. We also provide garage doors sales and installation as well as garage door repair. This would extend to business and residential garage doors, roll up, overhead and carriage style. If you wish more information about us, please explore our other more product specific pages.

Contacting Mile High Locksmith

We may be contacted either via our Contact Page or by phone at 1-800-351-0548.

These contact points work for both regular and emergency locksmith calls. But one thing that we wish you to be confident of is that when you contact us 24/7 you will always be reaching a salaried employee of Mile High Locksmith and you will never be channeled off to a call center- NEVER. In urgent situations we will usually have the tech assigned to your case on the phone with you directly within 2 minutes of your first contact with us. Afterwards, we will usually have that tech at your side within 20 to 45 minutes of the first contact. We are always Rapid Response. To illustrate this let us mention that we have determined that the fastest way for us to get a locksmith at your side is when you use the website. So, we automatically apply a 10% discount to all services “booked” on our website.

If you need us on an emergency locksmith or a non-emergency locksmith basis we are here and ready to serve.

Mile High Locksmith®

Security Door Locks set

Security Door Locks

For a proper discussion of “Security Doors” and security door locks we need to define a security door, or the type of security door, that we are discussing. So, for the purposes of this short article we will be focusing on exterior security doors and exterior security door locks for residences. These doors are most commonly installed over the main front and back doors at homes and are ancillary doors to those main house doors. They are metal framed, and, in most cases, they have a “screen” component that allows air flow into a home where the solid wood or, in some cases, metal door does not. However, they are not simply “screen doors”. Their metal frameworks are quite strong, thus allowing air flow but nonetheless discouraging unwanted intruders. Structurally the security door is stronger and harder to break through than a typical wooden door. So, the nature and caliber of the security door locksets that are installed on the door are a critical concern. You must have strong locks that cannot be subverted by an intruder and the security door locks hardware must fit the door seamlessly. Because of the air flowing nature of the door itself the homeowner is left exposed to a certain extent and given that this is the case the security door locks and handles must be symbiotic, they must co-operate with each other to keep you safe. Since you cannot compromise on your and your family’s security, we strongly recommend that you consult a professional locksmith company when you consider a security door and residential security door locks. Despite selling the doors, hardware stores many times will not have the exact lock for the exact door. You won’t run into this if you hire a locksmithing professional.

Residential Security Door Locks

Having defined and gone into a little detail about the security doors we wish to make a recommendation to you for your residential security door locks. Our experience in the field has led us to prefer the Marks Locks brand of security door locks for homes although there are other brands that are comparable when installed on the correct door (PLEASE follow us on this, we can’t make that point too many times). The Marks Locks Cylinder, or another comparable “mortise” lock, is the best choice for any security door that it will “mate” with. But whatever brand you elect you really need to get a “mortise” style lock. The “mortise” lock is a lock that is actually set in a recess, or “mortise” within the door itself. This is what you want, it’s the safest type of lock to have on a residential security door. However, you will most likely not find them at your local hardware store. But most professional locksmiths should be able to get them as well as install and repair them for you.

Professional Locksmith

If you can find a Marks Locks product that suits you or you locate another security door locks product that you conclude is sufficient for your door, make absolutely certain that you are getting everything that you need. These locks can be purchased as a complete set but sometimes they are sold in parts, or “by the piece” as it were. You don’t want to find yourself installing the door and not having everything that you require to make it secure. That of course is not a situation that you will run into if you are using a professional locksmith, which we strongly recommend you do for the installation of exterior security door locks for your home. If you hire a professional locksmith you know that you’ll get the Marks Locks or a comparable line and specifically the Marks Locks Cylinder lock product if you like. But do remember, you definitely want a mortise type lock. You also know that with a professional you’ll get the entire set and it will be installed properly on a door which it belongs on. We just don’t think it makes any sense to take short cuts or half measures when it comes to your security, and the security of your family and your belongings.

We hope that this article has been informative. It is happily provided to you by Mile High Locksmith.

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Security Door Mortise Locks – START QUOTE


OK, if your reading this you’re probably having a problem and we want to help you. If you’re driving a rental car and you’ve just realized that you have a lost rental car key and you’ve felt that ugly “Oh No!” sensation in your chest, relax as much as you can and take a deep breath.
There are a few ways for you to get the help that you need. After taking a deep breath the second thing that you want to do is contact your car rental company and let them know that you’ve lost your car keys. They may have an extra key or key fob on hand in their office that they can get to you. If they don’t, some rental companies actually have contract relationships with a 24 hour locksmith and they may be able to send that automotive locksmith to you. Hopefully it will be a local locksmith and they’ll be able to reach you quickly.
If your rental company does not have a contract car locksmith then things have become a little more complicated, but you should still be able to solve matters. Before you move on to taking steps without your car rental company check and see if they have a “Key Code” code on file for your rental car before “ringing off” with them.
Now would be the time to get in touch with your own private car insurance provider and check and see if they have a “road side”-type program that can help you. If they do they’ll want that “Key Code” info. If you have lost your rental car keys or the rental key fob and find that you cannot expect help from your rental car company or your own insurance company you’re going to have to become more proactive.
Don’t worry, we’ll walk you through this. Essentially there are two types of automotive locksmiths. The car dealership for the make of your rental car is generally a full service car locksmith BUT they typically aren’t a 24 hour locksmith and can’t come to you. So, they usually can’t help in your situation. Now you need to find that 24 hour automotive locksmith on your own.
When you speak to prospective locksmiths make sure that they understand that, since you’ve lost the car keys or key fob that you will require a key replacement. Of course you’ll want the lowest car key replacement cost possible, but keep in mind that a cheap locksmith isn’t always the best locksmith. Check out their reviews and see if they have BBB ratings or other pertinent comparatives.

Locked Keys in Car

If you’ve got a locked car door and the rental car keys are inside your situation is better than if you have lost the rental keys entirely. In these cases, if the car keys or key fob are locked in the car trunk your mobile locksmith will be able to get the car opened for you quickly with some basic car locksmith tools. This may, and probably will, set off the rental car alarm but once your locksmith has their hands on the car keys or the key fob they’ll be able to get the alarm shut down and you’ll be on your way. The car keys or the key fob locked in the “Cab” of your rental car is the least serious and easiest to address problem of the three problems that we are presenting here.

Locked Keys in Trunk

Security technology is going to be working against you if you have the car keys or key fob locked in the trunk. In this case you will certainly require car key replacement. Few if any recent car models have a lock channel installed in the trunk, rather, the trunk can only be opened with the button in the interior of the car and then, in many cases, only when the ignition switch is in the “On” position. Your locksmith is just going to have to make you a car key duplicate. Alright, so now you’re looking for a locksmith that can get you out of this mess and this is the time to be conscious of what it is you’re going to need. You do want to find cheap car key replacement but it’s so important that you find someone who is professional and responsive to get your car keys made. So, let’s return to a few salient points; you want a proven 24/7 mobile locksmith, you want to check their credentials and it’s best IF THEY make it easy for you to do so. Be sure that you have the KEY CODE details for them. And make sure that the locksmith service you contact understands your situation and pledges to you that they are qualified to come to your location and provide you key replacement for the make and model that you have rented.

A good tip here is to ask the dispatcher that you speak with or “Live Chat” with whether or not they are a salaried employee of the locksmith company. If they aren’t, think about contacting another company. A locksmith company using a contracted answering service for dispatch indicates, to us at least, a lack of dedication and certainly implies that their response time will be slower than a locksmith using their own people for dealing with customers in these situations.

Toyota Key Replacement

The lowly car key has changed quite a lot in the last 20 years as has the nature of car key replacement and car key replacement cost. In fact, many “keys” are now “Hi-Tech” devices that drivers from 30 years ago wouldn’t even recognize. And many of today’s drivers probably aren’t even aware that there was a time when a car key was a simple, metal mechanical device very similar in use to the old, homely door keys on buildings. Even if you prefer the “Old Fashioned Way” or are perhaps a little “tech-resistant” you should recognize that the evolution of the car key is a good thing for all of us because it is based by and large on making us safer and our cars more secure. Toyota has always been a tech leader and one of their most popular models is the RAV4, so, you RAV4 owners/drivers may consider this an article just for you. Did you know that the RAV4 was introduced in Japan and Europe in 1994 as the first “Crossover SUV” and that it wasn’t called the RAV4 until it reached the American market and was renamed from the Ravufo to the RAV4 which stands for “Recreational Activity Vehicle 4 Wheel Drive”? Now you have a little piece of trivia about your car to tuck away and use at the appropriate time!

Toyota Locksmith

TR47 Toyota Key

As an enhanced security feature for the RAV Toyota went to the “key fob” (Toyota RAV4 Key Fob Part#: TOY-214) in 2006. The “fob” is the synthetic, non-metal part of the key that houses the “remote control” unit for door locks and in more recent models the remote control for starting and stopping the engine. It may be separate from the mechanical key or incorporated into the key head as a one piece device. You will find this type of key on many of the RAV models from 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 even though Toyota introduced the latest “key” iteration, the Toyota Proximity Key or “Toyota Prox Key” in 2009.

Toyota Locksmith

Toyota key fob

Replacement Toyota Key

Replacement Toyota Key – Transponder TOY44D-PT

You may think of the Toyota Prox Key as a “Keyless” apparatus because it really basically is. There is no “key blade” that inserts into your steering column or dashboard but, rather, it is a small device that fits in the palm of your hand and is held near the car ignition and the fob “talks to” the onboard computer in the car. When you press “Start”, the fob tells the car that it’s time to start and run. All very safe and very convenient unless you lose or seriously damage your Prox Key or key fob with an actual key blade in it. If that happens you’re going to need car key replacement, preferably cheap car key replacement.

Toyota Key Replacement

If you find yourself in the position where you need lost car key replacement or damaged car key replacement for your RAV you’re going to first decide where and by whom you want to have your car keys made. In the case of a lost or damaged “chipped” key for your RAV4 where you have no spare key to program a new key from you can follow one of two courses, going to or getting the car to a Toyota dealership or employing the services of a Mobile Locksmith. You’ll want to go about this in the least expensive way possible so we strongly urge you to take some time to sort out the cost to replace car key. Toyota car key replacement isn’t inexpensive so you need to shop around a little unless you’re faced with an absolute emergency need for key replacement. But here’s a general idea. A Mobile Locksmith will charge in the neighborhood of $30.00-$50.00 for the service call and from $100.00-$200.00 to make the key, so you’re looking at a total of about $130.00-$250.00. A dealership will charge from $150.00- $500.00 for the complete service. But as you are making up your mind, keep in your mind that if you don’t have keys to start and drive the car to the dealership and must have the car towed that’s another substantial expense. Remember that while you might have to get your car to the dealer, a Mobile Locksmith will come to you. And if you have chosen a truly a full service locksmith they will have everything in their mobile units to perform your lost car key replacement, program your replacement car keys if that is required and replace car key by vin number if that must be one of your considerations (your locksmith should be able to advise you on exactly what you need).

Where Can you find Toyota Rav4 key code?

If you have a RAV4 with an actual key with a key blade that inserts into the ignition in the steering column and have lost or destroyed your key there may be a way for you to avoid calling out a mobile locksmith and/or getting the RAV in to a dealership and we want in all fairness to give you a little info on that. You are probably aware that the traditional blade-type key is “Cut” into a key blank using a specific “Key Code” to a specific car. And that key code is available to you. Since 1996 Toyota has stamped their car’s key codes on the door locks. In our experience the code is usually on the passenger door lock, so try looking there first. If you don’t find it on the passenger door lock check the driver’s side. It should be there. Now, we want you to understand that this key code will not be useful for key programming and it will allow a key blade to be cut.

Toyota RAV4 Immobilizer Key Code Reset

The engine immobilizer system is an anti-theft device that became standard equipment on the Rav4 in 2009. The immobilizer system is designed to virtually “immobilize” the engine if the technological link between the key and the car computer has been compromised. When you insert the key into the ignition and the transponder chip signals the car that it’s OK to go ahead and start the engine will only start if the key’s code is the same as the code in the onboard computer. If something has happened to disrupt the “conversation” between the key and the computer the car will not start and the immobilizer system will have to be reset before it will start gain. No doubt you are curious as to whether or not you can reset the immobilizer yourself and, unfortunately, the short answer is “No”. To reset the immobilizer you will need the help of a professional, either a qualified locksmith or the actual dealership.

But remember that a qualified mobile locksmith will come to your location while a dealership most likely will not.

Drive Safely!

Chevy key fob replacement

Some Useful Information From Mile High Locksmith®

Mile High Locksmith® is a full service locksmith company that has been in existence for many years. And one of our areas of expertise is automotive locksmithing. Honesty as well as a commitment to being genuinely helpful in as many ways as possible is a hallmark of the locksmith industry and we take this opportunity to be helpful to owners of the Chevy Malibu. The first Chevy Malibu appeared in 1964 and is still in production today. As most Malibu owners already know, there have been A LOT of changes to the car in those 54 years! Of course, some of the many changes in the Malibu have been in the car’s ignition, key/key fob and security systems. We will address those systems in this article and offer you guidance on how to have Chevy Malibu key made.

Old Chevy Malibu simple metal key

1964 to 1978 Chevy Malibu simple metal key

In earlier days the key for the Malibu was a simple metal, mechanical key but with the introduction of the transponder key and the Chevy Malibu key fob the key/ignition system has become considerably more complex and it behooves the Malibu owner to be familiar with this. For this purpose we will assume that we are not talking about the “Collector” Malibu’s from the pre-1978 period. So the following will be a detail of types of Malibu keys from 1978 onward and we will walk you through the steps for Malibu key replacement, how to program Chevy key with original key and how to program Chevy key without original key. Please note the “programming” will get a little elaborate and we want to make sure that you understand the process.

Chevy Malibu Key Replacement

Chevy Malibu Key Replacement by the year

For Malibu’s built in 1978, 1979, 1980,1981, 1982,1983,1984, 1997, 1998, 1999,2000,2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 the key will be a straightforward mechanical key. These keys have no electronic component and require no programming. These will be the simplest and least expensive keys for the owners to manage and, when necessary, to replace.

For Malibu’s built in 2006, 2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012, and 2013 there will still be a mechanical key but these keys will have an electronic “Chip” built into them that will dictate that a specific key must communicate only with a specific car. This type of key is referred to as a“transponder key” and it is a nice anti-theft feature but the key must be programmed to the car or else the car will not start. Don’t worry, we’ll take you through that process (see below) and make it clear for you whether your skills will allow you to perform the work or if it will be better for you to consult a professional.

For Malibu’s built in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 you are most likely to have a key fob. You might think of the key fob system as a “keyless ignition”. The programming of these key fobs is generally a process best left to the professionals either at a GM dealership or a professional locksmith.

Chevy Malibu Key replacement, Key blank reference number

The following is a very valuable reference tool for Malibu owners: to insure that you have the correct mechanical key, transponder key or key fob you will need this information. You probably know that in the case of a mechanical key an appropriate “key blank” is required to produce, or “cut” the key that you need. Similarly, an appropriate “blank” is required for the transponder keys and even for the fob, though for the fob it’s not actually a mechanical blank but it’s still called a “fob”. Below are you “Key Blank” reference numbers (KBR#).

  • 1978-KBR#: Ignition GM J, Door GM K
  • 1979-KBR#: Ignition GM A, Door GM B
  • 1980-KBR#: Ignition GM C, Door GM D
  • 1981-KBR#: Ignition GM E, Door GM H
  • 1982-KBR#: Ignition GM J, Door GM K
  • 1983 & 1984- KBR#: Ignition GM A, Door GM B
  • 1997 to 2005- KBR#: B91-P (blank creates key for both ignition & door)
  • 2006 to 2013- KBR# B111-PT (transponder, chip key for both ignition & door)
  • 2014 to 2018- KBR: Flip Key Fob

How can I make a new key for Chevy Malibu?

There are two principal was ways to get replacement Chevy Malibu keys made and that key replacement depends on the year that your Malibu was built.

  1. You can contact your local GM dealership and ask them to make the replacement for you. But keep in mind that you’ll have to have your car towed to the dealership and you’ll have to provide the dealership with proof of ownership (likely the title) and a picture i.d.
  2. Or you can contact a reputable local mobile locksmith and have them come to your vehicle and make you a new key right on the spot where you and your vehicle are.

Chevy Malibu key replacement cost

Of course, these replacements can be costly. Let’s just make some general comparisons in that regard. To get a mechanical key made at the dealership the dealer will usually charge about $20.00 whereas the mobile locksmith will charge about $100.00 because he must charge you the mobile fee. But consider that you will have to have your Malibu towed to the dealership and the typical charge for a 5-7 mile tow is $30.00 to $100.00 and the compared expenses between a mobile locksmith and a dealership start to flatten out pretty quickly. Conversely, for the transponder key the mobile locksmith will usually charge about $150.00 where the dealer will charge about $300.00 and then there is still the cost of the tow added to that. And again, for a key fob the locksmith will charge about $180.00 to $300.00 while the dealer will charge about $400.00 to $500.00 and there’s still the added cost of the tow on top of that. So keep all of this in mind when to take your decision on which way to go.

But there is sometimes another option- saving some money by doing the work yourself!

There are two ways to save some money on your Chevy Malibu key replacement cost by going DIY.

  1. Finding your key code yourself and having your key made by a professional locksmith (the better choice) or at a key making kiosk in a hardware store or mall.
  2. Programming your Malibu transponder key yourself.

Chevy Malibu key code location

To start saving money on your Chevrolet Malibu key replacement cost, dealer replacement fees, vehicle tows and even locksmiths you must first find the key code for your Malibu that will give you the correct key cut.

  • For the 1978 to 2002 Malibu’s the key code will be stamped on the ignition switch. Once you have that code you will be able to contact a key maker or locksmith (your better choice) and have him cut you a new key by using that code. He will need the year of your Malibu to do this and you will have saved money by not summoning the mobile locksmith.
  • For the 2003 to 2005 Malibu there is about a 50/50 chance that you will find the key code on the ignition switch. If you don’t find it there you’re going to have to call in an expert.
  • For 2006 to 2018 Malibu’s your essentially out of luck because there is no key code information anywhere on the vehicle at all. For those Malibu’s the dealership or locksmith will have to use your car’s VIN number to generate the key fob and that’s going to be more costly.

Program Chevy Malibu key

Can you program a Chevy Malibu key yourself? The short answer is “Yes” if you are dealing with one of the transponder keys. The following is only applicable to transponder keys and you need to know what you’re doing so let us help you out there. It’s fairly easy to program a transponder key to the Malibu as a master key you’ve lost both your main key and your spare and it’s easier still to copy a key program if you do have a working key.

In the event that you have no keys at all to the Malibu you’ll have to program a new master key, which will erase the old keys so if you find the lost keys please understand that they won’t work after you program the new “master”. Before you initiate the process of programming the new master key make sure that your car battery is 100% charged and then follow the steps below. Remember, the following procedures apply ONLY to the transponder key systems.

For a new master key:

  1. Once you have found your key code number and have had a new transponder key cut insert that key into your ignition and place the key in the “On” position BUT DO NOT START THE CAR. You are in the process of programming the key, not running the Malibu. Using a timer or watch leave the key in the “On” position for 10 minutes. Keep an eye on the “Theft Warning Light” on the dashboard as it will be on during these 10 minutes.
  2. When the theft light goes out turn the ignition off. Now turn it back on (the theft light will come back on) and repeat the 10 minute “Key In The “On” Position” procedure. When the theft light goes out, once again, turn the ignition off.
  3. Then, one more time, repeat the steps above so that a total of 30 minutes have passed in the programming procedure. When the theft light turns off the third time your new master key should be programmed.

Copy a new key copy from an existing key:

  1. Insert a PROGRAMMED key into the ignition and turn the ignition to the “on” position without actually starting the car.
  2. Count slowly to 10 or 15.
  3. Turn the ignition to the “off” position and withdraw the programmed key.
  4. Insert a new, correctly coded key that you want programmed to the car and turn the ignition to the “on” position without starting the car. The theft light on the dashboard will light up.
  5. Wait at least 5 seconds and the theft light should go off. When it does turn the ignition to the “off” position. The new key should be programmed to your Malibu at this time.

We at Mile High Locksmith® hope that this article has been practical for you and has provided you with useful information. One thing that we would recommend to the reader after all that has been said here is that, as you are trouble shooting your own key and ignition problems, if you reach the point where you sense that you have gotten beyond your level of competence be sure and get in touch with a professional at the dealership or at a mobile locksmith. That’s the wise way to handle this trouble shooting on your own.

Watch for future articles on automotive key and ignition systems from Mile high Locksmith®. And we hope that you keep yourself and your family safe and your belongings secure.


Cheap keyless door locks

A product assessment review from Mile High Locksmith®

Brinks Locks

It’s a Digital world these days, and it will be a more Digital world tomorrow. Digital devices and technology are improving many industries and devices and making those devices easier and more convenient to use. That’s certainly true in the area of home security and it now even extends to the residential digital keyless door lock. A great many reviews on-line now report very favorably on the keyless door locks for home. Modern folks just like not having to carry a house key and the keyless option is becoming more and more popular.

Brinks door locks

Brinks hardware

An excellent and cost effective option in the realm of keyless door locks are the Brinks door locks and Brinks security locks. Brinks has been in the security business since 1859! So you can be confidant when you purchase Brinks door locks and Brinks hardware that you are getting one of the best affordable products on the market.

The “Keyless” function in the Brinks locks is an option, there is a key channel and a key provided with each lock but the digital keypad allows the owner to refrain from carrying a key. They have deadbolt level security, the convenient keypad access, they are easy to install and program and have an “Auto-Lock” feature that locks the door after a pre-programmed period of time that is loaded via the “Master Code”. The Brinks security locks are powered by 4 AA batteries and come in an attractive Satin Nickel finish. The Brinks locks can serve as either a keyless front door lock or a front door key pad lock and of course can be installed on the back or any other door that can take a deadbolt-style lock. In the case of a multi-door installation you can hire a qualified locksmith to set the Brinks locks keyed alike so that you have all of your locks working with the same key (remember, there is a mechanical key with each lock so this would be an arrangement where you only needed one mechanical key for all of your locks).

Cheap door locks

We mentioned that that the Brinks door locks are cost effective and affordable. But we want to assure the reader that they are not cheap keyless door locks in the sense that they are poorly made or undependable. They are not “Cheap” in that sense. They are a safe and dependable product brought to you by a very well established American company and we recommend them as a less expensive alternative to some of the more expensive keyless door locks that are on the market.

You should feel perfectly comfortable installing Brinks door locks at your home.

Key Replacement

Honesty and fair play are the hallmarks of the Locksmith profession. Adhering to those hallmarks is very important to us and we believe that disseminating accurate and useful information to consumers is one of the best things that we can do for both the consumers and for our profession. We are Mile High Locksmith and we have been in business since 2002 and maintain a prestigious A+ rating from the BBB and we want to make it a point in this article to give the Acura owner the very best in general and applicable key and key fob information that we can.

The first thing that we wish to alert you to is that Acura keys and key fobs are somewhat more complex to manage than most keys and fobs. We highly recommend that if you lose a key or key fob or have one wear out on you that you consult either an Acura Dealership or a fully mobile Acura locksmith service. Acura owners should be aware that there is a great deal of specialization that comes with the Acura key and the Acura key fob. Please allow us to take some time to make sure that you, as an Acura owner, have a complete understanding of the keys and fobs, the Acura key fob battery which we always have in stock, how to program Acura key fob and the typical Acura key replacement cost.

Acura Key Fob Replacement Cost

Acura Key Fob

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The Acura owners first cost consideration is whether or not to get your replacement Acura Key at Dealership. The Acura key/fob cannot be “programmed” without the car present. So if you use a Dealership it will usually entail having to have the car towed to that Dealership, which is an added cost, and in many cases having to wait for an appointment to open up in the Dealers maintenance work schedule. By the time you pay for a tow and the service at the Dealer it is not uncommon for your bill to be around $300.00. Add to that the possibility that it might take a couple of days to get the service performed and you’re looking at expenses in money and time. And as the old saying goes- “Time Is Money”.

On the other hand, when you choose a fully mobile professional locksmith they come to you. A 24/7/365 mobile locksmith, and most professional locksmiths that supply car key, ignition and fob services are 24/7/365, brings all of the tools and assets with them in their service vehicles that the Dealerships have which can allow you to avoid the tow and perhaps having to wait on line for the service to be scheduled. The right mobile locksmith can usually be with you within an hour of your call and have the situation with your key or fob rectified in under an hour. And in the end the mobile locksmith typically charges you around half of what the Dealer would.

Acura Key Fob Programming

At this point you may be asking yourself whether or not you can avoid all of the time and expense by just running down to the local hardware store (or a cheap and unprofessional key seller) and having them stamp you out a key or sell you a fob over the counter. The short answer is “No”. Acura is a car maker with a very deep dedication to anti-theft technology and only a professional can make you a key or fob because Acura requires the technician to use key programmer tool “onboard programming” to make their keys and fobs work. Now, from 1997 to 2018 the Acura key code location has been stamped on every lock on the Acura vehicle and a non-professional locksmith can cut a mechanical key for the car without having an original key to format the newer key from. BUT the non-professional still cannot program the new key. This is because since 1997 Acura has produced and supplied Transponder key, or another name for it “Chip key keys and fob devices and in the newer models “Smart Proximity” keys and key fobs for all of their models. What “Smart Proximity” means is that there is a “Chip” or “Transponder” in each key and Fob that “Talks” to the car. In other words, the car and the key/fob recognize each other and if they don’t recognize each other the car won’t start. Originally the “Chip” was in the mechanical key itself or in the plastic fob on the top of the key. This, for example, was true of the MDX model for 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 AND 2014. But the transponder program has evolved over the years from being installed in the physical key, to being installed in the vehicle security door opener fob, to being installed in a fob built onto the key and as of 2014 in some models there is no longer a mechanical key to the car or a key channel in the steering column at all! Some models do still have the mechanical key, these being the lower end units (TL, TSX), but the up end models (RDX, MDX) have the keyless fobs for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Now, that said, there are sometimes options in your choice of a key. For instance, in the 2012 MDX you can choose to have a key without the remote door opener installed in it and this will be a less expensive key. But you can also have a key with the remote opener inside the fob that is part of the key and that will be a more expensive option. And then there are models and model years, like the 2013 and 2014 ILX, where you just don’t have any choices offered by Acura and you have to install the key or device that they require. In all of these cases we counsel you to shop around both in terms of the dealerships and the available professional locksmith companies to insure that you are getting the best advice and the best possible price for the service and for overall expense. So be certain to factor all of this into your decision making process when it comes to both dealerships and mobile locksmiths.

You can see that the Acura key/fob system is fairly complex and is clearly something that needs to be done right. So, please be advised that Locksmith companies will offer you mobile locksmith units responding to Acura key/fob calls that are fully equipped with everything that is required to solve your problem. The Locksmiths programming device attaches directly to the car’s ignition system which tells the locksmith how to cut the key when one is required or exactly what steps are necessary to program the key or fob to the car. When the key is programmed to the car the key is then “registered” in the Acura database which is another security feature. For the mechanical keys which have to be cut locksmiths strive to use only Acura produced key blanks. There are however times and circumstances where they have to substitute a non-Acura made product but these are rare and only occur when the circumstances dictate that they get the key made or fob programmed immediately.

Finally, let us politely point out that there are also circumstances that are not uncommon when an Acura owner may have neither lost nor damaged his/her key or fob but it would still be best to have another key or fob produced for their vehicle. We strongly recommend that every vehicle owner have two keys or fobs for each vehicle owned. In that case if a starter device is lost or damaged you have the second one as a back up and you are not trapped without your car. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Locksmiths are happy to come to you and get the second starting device created for you in case you only have one. And remember, Most locksmiths will have a mobile service 24/7 and so come to you at your convenience while the car is sitting in your driveway or some other safe location, do the work and hand you the key.

So, for key and key fob services for your Acura, decide which is the best option for you- the dealership or the mobile locksmith- and if you do decide to employ the locksmith find the best one in your locality (we suggest that you look for that A+ BBB rating) and you’ll have a quality locksmith on your site to get you rolling in your Acura again in the least amount of time and for the least amount of money possible.

Keyless Door Lock

Keyless Door Lock

Allow us to recommend- the Kwikset Obsidian Keyless Lock

Mile High Locksmith® is a seasoned and professional mobile locksmith service and we feel comfortable stating unequivocally that when it comes to the topic of residential locks we are a premium source for service and information. With that said, we would like to recommend the kwikset obsidian keyless touchscreen electronic deadbolt. Mile High has worked with Kwikset lock products for many years and we have in depth knowledge and experience of this fine manufacturer, and in all of our extensive acquaintance with the lock and security industry we’ve never been more impressed with any keyless deadbolt!
First of all, the keyless front door lock or back door keyless lock is the future. The technically pioneering nature of the kwikset keypad lock makes it not only sophisticated enough to compliment any architectural style and decoration scheme but it also delivers a higher level of safety for your belongings, your family and yourself. In fact, its level of delivered security is unparalleled. The elimination of the key and thus the “Key Way” takes away the main weakness in all previous “keyed” locks- without a key way the Obsidian can’t be picked and a bad guy can’t make a copy of your key! You don’t have to carry a key, worry about worn out keys or hide a key outside. And with this digital keyless door lock you don’t have to worry about locking yourself out of your home. You can simply lock and unlock the door by using the touchscreen and entering your personal code.

Keyless lock VS regular deadbolt cost affect

We do acknowledge up front that at the outset the consumer will pay more for this trendsetting residential keyless door lock, just like any other electronic digital door lock, but the follow on savings and enhanced security begin almost immediately. Unlike conventional or “Old Fashioned” keyed locks you’ll never have to rekey the lock in the event of a lost or stolen key. And you’ll never have to have extra keys made for family members or trusted associates because the Obsidians, the best keyless door locks, will accept up to 16 entry codes- which is like having 16 keys to the lock. With this you’ll never have a key that wears out or fails to turn in your lock and if/when you no longer want someone to have access to your home you don’t have to go through the unpleasantness of getting a key back- you just eliminate that persons entry code. So stop looking for a high security key lock and go with the excellent Kwikset Obsidian electronic door locks.

Kwikset Obsidian Keyless

Aside from the facts that the Obsidian is handsome, graceful, elegant and that it will bring your home security system into the future (yes, the “Home Connect” version can be wholly interfaced with your home security techno-suite) we wanted to give you some words of explanation about how this phenomenal device works.
The Obsidian is designed with the Kwikset exclusive SecureScreen technology that prevents inappropriate access to your home with a128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard communications system which meets the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association Grade 2 deadbolt security standards. To that you might well respond: but what is it and how does it work? Here is your answer. First, the touch screen is powered by 4 AA batteries and it is equipped with a low power alert so that your lock never quits, even in the case of a power outage. Also, the system is capacitive, which means that in a low battery situation you may simply apply the terminals on a 9 Volt battery to the terminals on the underside of the lock to recharge it. The SecureScreen system displays 2 random digits prior to accepting your personal code which prevents fingerprint acquisition and keypad observation from betraying the actual entry code. So after the random digits are entered by the system just put in your code and the door unlocks. Conversely, there is a dedicated “Lock” key so that with a single press of one digit the lock is engaged- no fumbling with keys in uncertain situations! Also, in case of uncertainty or forgetfulness the lock offers an optional function that automatically locks the door after a 30 second interval of inaction by the person accessing the lock. The Obsidian also has a Mastercode option that puts the Mastercode holder in complete control of the system and an alarm and temporary “Lock Out” program that activates if there are 3 unsuccessful attempts to enter a code into the lock touchscreen.

One last time, this digital keypad door lock is a true thing of beauty, form and function. It is available in two finishes, Satin Nickel or Venetian Bronze. And Kwikset provides a Lifetime Warranty on mechanical function and cosmetic finish for the original owners.

The Hinge Doctor

Is your front door having problems closing? There is an easy way to fix your door without removing the door or the hinges. You will not even need to use a cordless drill or power drill. These days there are many DIY tools that can help you adjust the hinges on your door or your door frame. Mile High Locksmith is a locksmith company that has been working on front doors for many years. Many times we have faced a job where the door didn’t close and some adjustment was required. We would like to introduce you to one of our favorite DIY tools for adjusting front doors, The Hinge Doctor.
The Hinge Doctor is a small tool kit with an Allen tool included that helps you adjust your door very easily and quickly.

“The Hinge Doctor” – Fixing common problems for home entry doors

To adjust your door hinges, many professionals will suggest you remove the door and the door hinges from the door and door frame.
With The Hinge Doctor you can save all of this work. No need for any other tools besides The Hinge Doctor tool. You will not even need to remove the door or the hinges at all.
If the screws on the door hinges are loose, make sure to tighten the hinge screws on both the door and the door jamb before you start using The Hinge Doctor.
The Hinge Doctor will fix your door when your door won’t close in about 30 seconds by following four easy steps.

The Hinge Doctor, which is sold by American Door Products, is a 30 second fixing tool for your home or office doors when your door is not lining up with the door frame and is the main source for closure issues. The Hinge Doctor is a tool made to use only on the upper hinge and not on the bottom one. The Hinge Doctor is a great tool since in many cases your upper door hinge will most likely be the hinge that will need to be adjusted when your door is not closing.

You can buy The Hinge Doctor tool online. Some of the stores we recommend you try are Amazon, Ebay and American Key Supply.

How to adjust front door hinges:

  • Step 1: Determine which end of The Hinge Doctor is the correct size for your door hinges. Apply that end to the uppermost hinge knuckle attached to the door itself by sliding the tool over the hinge knuckles. Make sure the arrow faces the door lock.
  • Step 2: With the arrow facing the door lock, tighten the Allen head bolt using the Allen tool so the tool just fits snug on the hinge knuckle, (it does not have to be tight).
  • Step 3: Rotate The Hinge Doctor toward the door lock applying sufficient pressure to bend the hinge knuckle.
  • Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 on the other hinge knuckles that are attached to the door.

Using excessive force with an extension will damage The Hinge Doctor.

Sufficient pressure should be able to be applied by hand. However if more leverage is needed, a pipe or crescent wrench can be used as a lever by adding it to the opposite end of The Hinge Doctor and pushing toward the door knob.

Adjusting the bottom hinge is not recommended!

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