How to unlock a car door (without a key)

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Nov 03, 2018


How to unlock a car door (without a key)
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  • locking your keys inside the car sucks in this video I'm going to unlock three
  • different vehicles using different methods and tools to help you figure out
  • what method works best for your car. First make sure you have proof it is
  • your car or whoever you're helping can prove it is their car. Check every door,
  • window, trunk or tailgate, and glass! You just might get lucky. Our first vehicle
  • has a vertical knob on top of the door panel and the most accessible tool
  • you're most likely to have on you is a shoelace or a string. Make sure it is
  • long enough to cover the window diagonally. Step number one - slide the
  • string in through the top corner of the door. Tip: now when you go to fit the
  • string in you might run into weather stripping and rubber molding that
  • doesn't let you get past it, so use a thin object to guide the string in over
  • the rubber molding. Step number two: once the string is inside move it to one side
  • of the window and make a slip knot
  • here's a better view of how to make one: basically it's like tying your shoe - you
  • pull on one side it tightens your knot you pull on the other side it tightens
  • your loop. Now pull the slip knot into the window area and try to fit it over
  • the knob
  • Here is a tip: if your loop is pointing away from the knob you can twist the string
  • and slide the twisted part into the window area and then pull back to make
  • the loop point in the right direction, like this! Once you put the loop over the
  • knob pull the string ends apart to tie the
  • knot and pull up and there we go the first car is unlocked
  • next tool we can use is a wire hanger or any long wire you can find very helpful
  • tool you can use it in many different applications unwind the hanger and
  • straighten it out leaving a hook on one end. Now let's take a closer look at our
  • knob - all it really is, is just a rod going down to the latching mechanism
  • so what I'm gonna do is let the hook down between the window and the
  • weatherstripping which I do recommend removing to get a
  • better visual of what's inside the door catch the rod or the part of the
  • latching mechanism it is attached to and pull up and the door is unlocked
  • another useful tool is a slim jim basic concept: Pull on one side and push on the
  • other to navigate the loop that you would slide over a vertical knob.
  • Same basic steps you may have to pry the door a little bit
  • slide the slim jim down, fit it over the knob and pull up. I personally don't
  • really care for this tool, I think it has very limited application.
  • However the door is unlocked and let's move on to the second vehicle this vehicle does not
  • have a vertical knob, the locking knob moves horizontally and is significantly
  • harder to get to but take note - pulling the door handle unlocks the door!
  • And we also have a manual window which could be used to our advantage
  • And now again let's take a closer look at our locking knob: all it is - is just
  • another rod that goes to the latching mechanism moving horizontally instead of
  • vertically here I took the latching mechanism out of the
  • door so you can see that there is a black piece moving up and down as I move
  • the rod back and forth. So all we need to do is pull up on it and the door will be
  • unlocked. While I'm trying to catch the mechanism I wanted to mention that your
  • wiper blades (except curved ones) have metal rods in them that you can use for
  • this method just pull the blade end down to get them exposed. You may have to use
  • pliers to pull one out, bend it to make a hook and you're ready to go!
  • Now back to our board: I finally caught the mechanism and all I
  • need to do is pull up and the second car is unlocked
  • Now since the inside handle unlocks the door, we can try to utilize that too
  • let's grab the other end of our wire hanger and make a loop about a finger in
  • size make sure to twist it a few times so
  • that it doesn't unwind when you pull on it
  • next pry the top corner of the door and fit a wedge in it. I am using a small ice
  • scraper to get it started and a wooden wedge you can use a doorstop or some
  • wooden kitchenware like spatulas and such try not to use screwdrivers as they
  • will damage your paint. Basically you're just trying to create an opening just
  • big enough to fit in the wire
  • once the wire is in throw the loop over the handle and here I want to share
  • another tip with you: once you're on the handle - bring the wire down so that
  • you're pulling straight back, instead of half up - half back
  • And there we go! That sweet sound of the door finally opening. And let me play this one more time!
  • And finally our third and most difficult car: It has no
  • vertical knob, it does have a "lock/unlock" button but pretty hard to get to
  • the locking tab is cone-shaped and the door handle does not unlock the door
  • - pretty tricky. On top of it, it has cables instead of rods, so nothing to really
  • grab on to. So the easiest thing to do here is to use an actual lockout toolkit
  • used by professionals which consists of: a long reach tool, inflatable bag, and a
  • wedge tool. Since this door doesn't have a metal frame around the glass I'm going
  • to use the inflatable bag - wedge it in, inflate it, give yourself some room to
  • fit the metal rod through. Don't pry it more than you have to - you don't want to
  • shatter the glass, obviously.
  • then just fit in the rod and here you have two options: you can either push the
  • unlock button or turn the locking knob. Now while I'm trying to get it unlocked
  • I wanted to mention even though most of you probably don't have a tool kit like
  • this handy you can try to imitate it with something like an antenna or a hood
  • prop rod from another car of course I've seen people use golf clubs the bottom
  • line is there are options so don't get discouraged and use your imagination.
  • And there we go, our third car is unlocked!
  • now I am going to try to turn the locking knob
  • Thanks to the rubber tip, it takes no time to execute. And again that sweet sound of the door opening
  • You can also use this tool to open manual windows, push locking tabs, and pull on
  • door handles. Now this should be enough for one video, if it was helpful please
  • give it a thumbs up in the next video I'm going to talk more about unlocking
  • this Subaru and other cars using a less conventional approach and about
  • preventing yourself from being locked out thank you for watching good luck and
  • take care

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Unlocking 3 different cars using various tools and methods.

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