There is nothing more frustrating than locking your key in the car, especially when you are in a hurry. Don’t worry! Instead of calling roadside assistance or car service center, there are still some DIY methods that help you quickly unlock your car door.
You may find these lockout tricks unbelievable, but they most definitely work. Different cars have different structures and the newer the car is, the harder it is to get into with automatic locks and security systems. However, nothing is impossible so let’s get started with the first one.
Tip Number 1: Prepare A Spare Key
Tip Number 2: Use Your Shoelace
Tip Number 3: Use A Wooden Wedge, Air Wedge And The Rod
Tip Number 4: Use A Strip Of Plastic
If the locking mechanism of your car is up top, instead of shoelace, you should use a strip of plastic. Of course, you still need to open the door as much as you can with or without an air wedge.
This video might help you.
Tip Number 5: Use A Coat Hanger
Another common way to unlock the car door is by the modified wire coat hanger (or a slim jim). This one is suitable for manual locking doors, usually on the older cars.
Step 1: Unravel the coat hanger with the help of some pliers until you have one straight side and one hooked. You will use it to pull up the control arm inside the door.
Step 2: Slide the hanger down between the weather stripping and the car window so that the hook will be inside nearly 3 centimeters at the meet of the window and the car door. The exact location is where the control arm usually is (you should check the location before sliding the hanger).
Step 3: Make the hook face the inside and fish around for the control arm by rotating the hanger. This is the hardest part because it isn’t easy to find and fish around. When you are locked in, pull up and the car door will open.
You could also study how to use the coat hanger to unlock the car door here.
Tip Number 6: Use The Windshield Wiper
It is much easier to remove the windshield wiper; just different models have different methods. However, no matter which type of your car is, this way will work.
Make sure your window is slightly open because you need to move the wiper in front of the car then maneuver it through the small crack in your window. It will help you both grab the key on the chair and hit the unlock button on the side of the door.
Tip Number 7: Use The Hail Mary (Also Known As Tennis Ball)
This is one of the coolest ways to unlock a car door, what you need is a simple tennis ball. Now, to start, you will make a hole in the ball by the heated electric drill or screwdriver. After preparing the ball, place it with the hole over top of the keyhole and start pushing. The magic is that the pressure created in the ball will force your car to unlock.
Despite this cool method, there are always plenty of arguments about does this way actually work. Many guys had tried it and some are successful while some get disappointed.
In conclusion, these 7 tricks are really helpful when you need to use the car at the drop of a hat or you want to unlock by yourself. If you can’t try any of them, don’t worry, the car service man will be by your side immediately to help you.
I hope you find these things interesting and don’t hesitate to share more ways to unlock the car without using the key if you have.
Alvin Reyes has expertise in automotive evaluation. He collaborated with famous newspapers and is still making efforts in tire review for DrivingPress.com