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How To Unlock A Car Without A Key

Being locked out of your car is one of the most frustrating situations you may encounter. You may leave your car key in the ignition, or your doors may lock while you are outside the vehicle. This is especially aggravating if you don’t have a spare key on hand and need to get somewhere quickly. You can always contact a locksmith, but you’ll most likely have to sacrifice time and money if you’re lucky enough to find one. So, what should you do if you’re in this situation? Fortunately, there are a few do-it-yourself options for unlocking your vehicle’s door.

The following tricks may seem impossible, but they do work, but it depends on your vehicle’s make and type. With automatic locks and security systems, getting into newer automobiles, it will be more difficult—but not impossible. Before hiring an expensive professional to do it for you, you can at least attempt one of these lock-picking tips.

Please note that these methods are sttrictly for getting into your car or a car you are authorized to have access to. It is strongly discouraged to use these methods to get into peoples’ cars.

Use A Cloth Hanger

A modified wire cloth hanger is one of the most common ways to unlock a car door. Unfold the hanger with pliers so that one side is straight and the other is hooked, which you’ll use to draw up the control arm inside the door that’s attached to the lock rod. After that, insert the hanger between the car window and the weather stripping until the hook is approximately 2 inches below where the window and the car door meet, near the inside door handle, which is normally where the control arm is.

Using A Cloth Hanger

Fish around for the control arm, which isn’t often easy to discover. Rotate the hanger till the hook is towards the inside. Pull up and the car door will open once you’re locked in.

Use A Long Rod

You can use a wooden wedge, air wedge, or a rod to unlock your car if you can pry the top half of the door open at least a little bit. To begin, grab the wooden wedge and slide it through the top of the door. Wrap a cover around the wedge to protect the paint. It’s a good idea to have a set of wedges or an inflatable wedge, and a long reach tool put in your toolbox if you will be doing this often.

Using A Long Rod

Use A Shoelace

In a few of seconds, you can unlock your car door using only one of your shoelaces. Remove a lace from one of your shoes (any string will do), then tie a slipknot in the middle that you can tighten by pulling on the thread’s ends.

Using A Shoelace

Holding one end of the string in each hand, slide it through the corner of the car door with a back-and-forth motion until the knot can slide over the doorknob. Pull on the string to tighten it and pull up to free it once it’s in place.

Use Your Antenna Or Windshield Wiper

Depending on the model of your car, you might be able to unlock the door from the outside using nothing more than your car’s antenna or wiper. Remove the antenna or wiper first and slide it into the interior of the car if your window is slightly ajar or if you can squeeze the door open. Use it to retrieve the keys from the chair or press the unlock button on the door’s side.

Using Windshield Wiper Or Antenna

The video below further illustrates this:

Video Illustration

If you’re experiencing trouble with any of the options listed above, you can always seek expert help. You can chat with us at any time, just hit the button at the button right corner of your screen; we are available 24 hours a day and can assist you with the procedure. Alternatively, our nearest emergency response team will come to your aid. CLICK HERE to get in touch with us.

About Nonso Okafor

I've worked as a technical support representative in major auto centers in Nigeria for more than twenty years. I have dealt with a variety of problems in my capacity as a customer service representative and auto diagnostics expert. I'm committed to assisting people in properly maintaining their automobiles and in appreciating this magnificent innovation known as an automobile.

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