Methods to Open Car Doors
Have you ever found yourself stranded after losing your car keys? If you have ever lost your keys, you possibly know how embarrassing it is trying to get the door open. Never mind, here are tips to help you get out of the saga. First we will discuss ways that you should never use if you want to avoid damaging your vehicle.
Do Not Use These Methods to Open Locked Car Doors
Using a Coat Hanger
This is a cheap option that people often try in an emergency car lock-out. Using a coat hanger most likely will NOT save you from calling the locksmith and spending money for the repair, AND may result in damage to the car’s weatherstripping and paint. Coat hangers are not an effective solution to opening locked car doors.
Using a Slim Jim on Cars with Electronic Locks
Another method people will try, popularly portrayed on TV, is the use of a Slim Jim type of tool inserted inside the door itself. If your car has speakers in the door or electronic lock or mirrors you run the risk of ripping out the electrical wires, resulting in not only the door not opening, but also additional repairs.
Electronic locking mechanisms are widely used on various types of cars. Because of technology, new models have power locks installed with remote controls to help open ca door remotely. This scenario is different if compared to what happens in case of old car models that are opened manually. Also, there are vehicles specially made with locking knob on the inside top of the door just by the window. Note that some have a flexible handle that makes opening it easier.
Below are some of the ways to help unlock your car door safely
The use of your shoes string seems too good to be true. It might look far-fetched but this is a tool you are most likely to have at any given moment. This mechanism does well on doors that unlock by pulling. All you need to do is to tie a tiny loop right at the middle of the shoe lace that may be tightened. After this, put the shoelace into the door, and then pull the loop so tight so that it covers the hook and pull it up. It may require you to keep trying if you are not an expert. Watch the video below to see how easy it is to open a locked door with a shoe string.
Another favorite trick that works great if your vehicle has a door knob that sticks up is to use a plastic box strap (black strap used to hold boxes together). Fold the strap in half and slide it through the gap. Once inside the vehicle position it so the fold goes over the door knob, pull back so the strap is pulling against the door knob and then give the plastic strap a jerk upwards. Most often this will raise the door knob, opening your door without any damage to your vehicle.
Lastly, click here to contact a locksmith if all else fails. We are trained to open vehicles quickly and safely without damage to your vehicle.