Did you lock yourself out of your own car? If this is the case, you’ll need to break into it while ensuring that you’re not damaging anything. Still, fret not. The solutions range from simple household items paired with a little patience. Here’s how:
*Use the shoestring method
The shoestring method is probably the easiest and most convenient way to unlock your car. What you need is a long shoestring with a tied loop in the middle.
Squeeze the shoestring through the small opening at the top corner of your car door. Pull the shoestring in different directions alternately until the loop is inside. Next, try to get the loop into the car door lock then pull it to unlock the door.
Take note that your loop should be small enough to tighten around the door lock.
*Using the “Slim Jim” technique
The Slim Jim technique is very popular and widely used even by the police. What you need is a thin piece of metal with a bent tip that serves as a hook.
What you need to do is to hold the weather stripping of the door with your fingers to slide the metal into it. Take note that this method may not work for modern cars. Also, it’s best to do this on passenger doors since they contain fewer wires.
Next, try to feel where the locking mechanism is located. Typically, it’s under the door lock itself. Try to hook it and pull it up to unlock the door.
*Using a coat hanger
The coat hanger technique is just like the Slim Jim. However, it suits cars with a tiny opening between the glass and the door panel.
What you need to do is to straighten a coat hanger and bend a hook on one tip. If the coat hanger is too flimsy, double it with another one.
Just like Slim Jim, try to find the locking mechanism and pull it up to unlock the door. Again, this may not work for modern cars with automatic locking mechanisms.
*Crawl into the trunk
If you’re lucky, the trunk of your vehicle may not be locked even if the rest of the doors are shut tight. Basically, you will enter into the trunk by folding the seats or squeezing on top of it.
Once you gain entry, you can now unlock the door manually and locate your keys.
*Call for police assistance
If you’re worried about being mistaken as a thief or you don’t have any materials handy, you can call the police for assistance.
Also, if a child or pet is trapped inside, you should call the police to unlock it in the soonest possible time. Locked cars can suffocate a child within hours, much so for hot cars that can be as hot as 172F in just a few minutes.
If you happen to get locked out of your own car, you can use some of these hacks to gain entry. Still, you should be careful not to damage any of the car door parts.