Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about BOLT Lock

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!

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.

Still want to know more? Check out our How It Works video!

There are a lot of Ute, 4WD 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.

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.

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 reprogrammable.

The BOLT Lock Line

BOLT Locks work with a majority of the vehicles on the road today. Currently we have lines for Ford, Chevy, GMC, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep, Toyota and Nissan vehicles going back to about the mid-90's.

Want to make sure that we have a lock for you? Check out our vehicle match.

At this time BOLT Locks only work with a double sided vehicle ignition key.

The simple answer, maybe?

Our engineers are always looking at new manufacturers that we can make locks for! Send us an e-mail at and let us know which vehicle you have so we can make sure that they know that people want them!

Still not sure if your key will work? Send us a picture of your key, along with what vehicle you have, to and we will be happy to look at it and let you know!

BOLT Locks will work with the emergency key that comes inside of your key fob as well as the glove box key that comes with your vehicle. However the emergency key does not offer enough leverage to properly code your BOLT Lock.

When coding your BOLT Lock make sure to use your glove box key to ensure proper coding and get the best performance of your BOLT Lock. After coding has been completed you can use your emergency key to unlock your BOLT Locks.

First, stop! Don't try forcing your key into the lock as you can damage both your key and the lock.

Nissan vehicles come with both a standard key and a valet key which is slightly thicker. As an extra security measure BOLT Locks do not work with Nissan valet keys and only work with your original factory key. If you are not sure which key you have we recommend you try your key in your glove box. The lock on your glove box only works with your original factory key so if it does not fit please try and locate your original key before coding your BOLT Locks.

The BOLT Receiver Locks are rated to tow the maximum weight for their class. For our 1/2″ Receiver Locks this means a gross trailer weight of 1 585kg (3 500lbs) and a tongue weight of 135kg (300lbs). For our 5/8″ Receiver Locks this is a gross trailer weight of 7 575kg (16 000lbs) and a tongue weight of 725kg (1 600lbs).

If you are looking for a pin that has a useable length longer than 89mm (3.5"), unfortunately that is the longest pin we have at this time.

The Jeep Spare Tire Lock fits most OEM and aftermarket alloy wheels for Jeep TJ's and JK's 1997 to date. Each spare tire lock comes with a 1/2" -20 threaded lug nut with 2/4" stud, and is designed to fit in a lug nut well between 1" to 1 1/8".

Maybe. Does your box have a paddle latch? We have checked most DeeZee and UWS boxes, however there are a variety of boxes out there that use a paddle latch that we haven't been able to check yet. The BOLT toolbox latch uses an industry standard paddle latch and will work with most toolboxes that have a paddle latch; if you want to verify that it will work the dimensions of the paddle latch can be found here.

Excellent! E-mail us at and let us know! Our engineers are always looking for new and innovative ideas. Who knows your idea might just be our next big product!

BOLT Lock Problems

We believe in BOLT Locks so much that we feel that they should last the lifetime of your vehicle. So if for some reasons the lock mechanically fails we will be happy to look at it and see if a replacement is warranted.

If something does happen to your lock we ask that you please take it back to the retailer which you purchased it from as we do warranty all of our retail locations. If they are unable to help you, or you purchased a lock from, please contact us at and we can arrange to get you a replacement lock.

A full description of the Limited Lifetime Warranty can be found HERE.

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.

Still want to know more? Check out our How It Works video!

The easiest way is to take the lock back to the store you purchased it from, they will be able to replace the lock for you. If you purchased the lock from you can e-mail us at

If you have any problems returning the lock to your retailer please contact us at and we will be happy to assist you.

We recommend you sell the locks with your vehicle, if you have the locks for the life of the vehicle it might be time for a new set anyways!

Alternatively you can keep your old locks and a copy of your vehicle key. While the locks would not match your new vehicle key, you would still have one key for all of your locks.