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How BOLT Lock Works

If you drive a truck, haul gear or pull a trailer, then the BOLT Series of locks is for you. The BOLT Series of locks lets you set all your truck, trailer and equipment locks to work with one key – your ignition key!

Simply insert the truck’s ignition key into the lock, turn it once and the lock mechanically and permanently learns the key code.

But convenience isn’t their only benefit. BOLT locks are made by STRATTEC, the world’s largest manufacturer of automotive locks and keys, and the main OE lock supplier for Ford, GM and Chrysler. Since they use automotive technology and materials, they have the highest corrosion resistance rating on the market, and are nearly impossible to pick.

Whether you are a truck pro or a weekend warrior, you can’t beat the convenience of these locks. Why carry all those extra keys?

All BOLT locks feature:

  • 6 Plate Tumbler Sidebar prevents picking, bumping
  • Automotive grade, weather-resistant shutter
  • Larger cylinder makes it more secure

What are BOLT Locks

What are BOLT Locks?
BOLT®, Breakthrough One-key Lock Technology, Locks are an innovative technology that allows you to set a wide variety of locks to work with YOUR vehicle’s ignition key, providing you with convenient security.

Are you tired of the little keys for all of your locks?  Maybe you are always wasting time looking for the right key for your lock.

No matter if you have 1 or 20 locks you will still only need 1 key with BOLT Locks.

And you can set as many BOLT Locks to work with your vehicle key as you want or need!

It works with my key? How does it do that?
The first time you insert your ignition key into the lock the spring-loaded plate tumblers move up and down until they are matched exactly to your key.  As you rotate your key for the first time the position of these plate tumblers is permanently set to your key.

What types of locks are available?
The BOLT Lock series currently includes a 5/8” and 1/2” Receiver Lock, 2” Padlock, 6’ Cable Lock, Coupler Pin Lock, Toolbox Latch, Jeep Spare Tire Lock and a GM Replacement Tailgate Handle for 2007-2013 Silverado’s/Sierra’s.

However our engineers are always coming up with new and innovative ideas so keep checking back to see what we they have come up with!

Who uses BOLT Locks?
There are a lot of truck and SUV owners out there who need to lock up their gear.  What if you could eliminate the frustration of getting to your next job, vacation, or realizing that you left the keys to your receiver hitch lock back at home?  BOLT Locks are an ideal solution for anyone.

BOLT Locks are currently being used by off-road racers, bass fishermen, construction companies large and small, utility providers, and just everyday people.

But I don’t have a truck…
We still have locks for you!  Maybe you have a storage unit that you visit regularly, wouldn’t it be convenient not to have to remember that little key every time and instead use your car key?

Just about anything can be locked up with a BOLT Lock!  Storage sheds, gates, people have even locked up their boats with a BOLT padlock.  Whatever you would normally use a padlock or cable lock for a BOLT Lock could be perfect for you!

Can you reset a BOLT Lock if you get a different car/truck?
Unfortunately no.  For security reasons all BOLT Locks permanently learn the first key used on them and cannot be reset.  We did this for added security of the lock, if the lock could easily be reset what is to stop someone from walking up and resetting the lock on you, causing a potential lockout or even worse allowing them to steal your belongings.

But isn’t this the same technology as in the house locks that can be reset?
Sadly it is not.  The technology used in car locks to keep them secure is considerably different from what is used in your household locks, just like your house key is different from your car key.  While this difference makes the locks more secure and capable of handling almost anything you can throw at it, it makes it much more difficult to engineer the lock to be re-programmable.

What is this customer loyalty program that you talk about?
In early 2014 we started our customer loyalty program to help our customers who have decided to trade in their vehicles but want to keep the convenience of their BOLT Locks.  As part of the program these customers can send in for a coupon for a discount on their next purchase of BOLT Locks at  A request for a coupon can be submitted here.

New customers are encouraged to register their locks when they purchase them to expedite their request for a coupon.  If you have not previously registered your lock you can still request a coupon and a BOLT Lock representative will contact you to confirm your previous purchase.

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