If you ever locked yourself out of the car you know exactly how frustrating and stressful it is. What you may don’t know is that there are some smart tips and tricks you can do yourself and knowing these tricks will definitely remove some of the stress.
Most of us are too familiar with the situation of losing our car keys or even worse, they are locked inside the car. Trying to get the door to open on your own is usually not a good idea since most of us have no idea what to do. No wonder it leaves you feeling hopeless.
But we are here with some good news! We will teach you a few things you can do (yourself) to get back inside your car.
In this article we will share some of the tips car locksmiths across the nation do ot want you to know! Yes, we expect to hear from a few angry Locksmiths after publishing this article but let’s make it clear to everyone, there are many situations that require professional help! The tips in this article will not replace the services a locksmith is trained to do!
This article is here to help you with the many “small” lockout incidents, situations you can handle alone.
Just make sure you keep some “handy” tools in your car, and of course the number to your locksmith in case of an emergency, and you will feel less helpless next time you lock yourself out of your car! Let’s start;
1. Make Use of a Shoelace
The one thing that you will need to check before you try this method is if your car has a pulling-up locking mechanism or not. If it has, then you’re in luck. Another thing to note is that it will take some time, so you have to have a lot of patience.
This option is great due to the fact that you are bound to have shoelaces anytime, anywhere.
Using your shoelaces to open your door from outside involves you tying a small loop, and then gently pushing the shoelace into the door. When you have managed to get the shoelace into the door, the next thing that you will need to do is to make sure that you get the loop around the lock, then you can pull the lock app.
2. Use a Tennis Ball
This one is quite strange, but it works. If you can get a hold of a tennis ball, you will need to make sure that you make a hole in it. After that, you must ensure that you place the tennis ball over the keyhole with the hole facing the keyhole.
Now, you will need to push the tennis ball. This creates a lot of air, which should unlock the car.
3. Make Use of a Spatula
If you happen to get a hold of a spatula, you have to make sure that you insert the lever. After that, you can wedge the door open. What this does is that it allows you to actually push the spatula in, as well as lift the lock at the same time.
4. Use a Coat Hanger
Before attempting to open your car door with a coat hanger, just check to see if you have horizontal locks. This is because the method will only work on horizontal locks.
What you will need to do is to make sure that you untwist the coat hanger. After that, make sure that you make a hook and gently try to work the coat hanger into the door.
When you have managed to do that, you can then get the hook of the coat hanger around the lock, and then pull.
5. Make Use of an Inflatable Wedge
The good news is that using this method allows you to open your car doors in a matter of minutes. Also, there is no way that you will damage the paint of your car.
However, the bad news is that an inflatable wedge is quite pricey.
This tool will open the door by using air. All you have to do is to make sure that you put the inflatable wedge in between the door and the weather stripping. While doing so, you must make sure that you put it in the position where pressure will be applied.
You can then manually inflate the bag by hand pumping it. This will then create an opening that is big enough for you to put any other tool through the door.
At this point, you can then insert a car unlocking tool rod, which you have to use to reach the manual lock mechanism of the car.
Listed above are the steps that you can take to get back in your car in the event that you are locked out. Before undertaking any of these steps, you must know that you will first need to have a lot of patience. This is because it takes some concentration for this method to work, which definitely requires you to be patient.
With these smart tips you will get back into your car quicker than calling the Locksmith…but now it’s time for a disclaimer. There are times when you shouldn’t think twice about calling a professional. You may actually end up damaging your car so if you have any doubts then it’s better to call and stay safe…