As the years go on locks get develop and improve. Ford vehicles started of with just wafer locks and side cut keys which neither of these keys had any immobiliser security devices. as of between 1999-2000 the locks changed from poor old style locks to a new type which was called the Tibbe key and lock system these type of locking systems had immobiliser devices fitted to the vehicle. Tibbe locks are still on Ford Transit vans still as of today. In 2006 the locking device on many
There are 3 types of Ford keys
James Locksmiths deal with all 3 types the one which is always renowned for breaking is the Tibbee cut key.
Throughout the entire time of the Ford manufacturers for Cars, Vans, and other vehicles, the most popular key has always been the Tibbe key. Between early 2000 and 2013 this has been on the Ford Transit and most ford Cars between 1999 and 2007. As Ford is a major Car company in the UK James Cardiff Locksmith constantly sees this key failing and breaking. A common problem is that after years of use keys wear, as well as locks and moving parts, have a lot of wear on each other.
After the early development of Ford Vehicles and the next generation of models came with it a new lock and key type. Often Called a laser type or laser cut key our locksmith reference as a HU101. These keys are not cut with specialist lasers but rather cutting machines that are used as engravers. The HU101 key is cut to code and always have their individual code from vehicle to vehicle so never is one code the same as another Ford Car or vehicle. They have 10 individual wafers in the lock which makes their security high and this reflects 10 cuts being cut on the key as 10 cuts with 5 different heights an example of a lock we picked and decode recently is 3453321232.
Like the HU101 this new type of key is also described as a laser-cut key. As the track of the key is cut down the centre of the key on both sides. This new type of key is also a cut to code type and very similar to the Hu101 and all our locksmiths can see the difference being the shape of the key blade being slightly different. As this new type of key blade was brought out in 2016 2017 not all Ford models currently have this new type of lock and key from that year as we suspect this is being brought in slowly.