Tools to Get Into Locked Cars

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Tools to Get Into Locked Cars
Without your keys, getting into your car can be a nightmare. (keys image by sonya etchison from Fotolia.com)

Locking your keys in your car without a spare set in your pocket or purse is a hassle no one wants to deal with. Locksmiths, police departments, fire brigades, first responders, tow companies and emergency road service companies use a variety of lock-picking devices to gain entry into vehicles. You may be familiar with some of them.

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Slim Jims

Perhaps one of the best-known tools for getting into a locked car, slim jims are available individually or in kits containing a variety of shapes and lengths, according to Lock Pick Shop. Slim jims are thin sheets of metal with a hook on the end. Slip the slim jim down the glass between the window and the weatherstripping until the notched or hooked end reaches the control arm. The Lock-Picking site states that pushing down on the control arm activates the lock and unlocks the door.

Auto Jigglers

Auto jiggler keys are lock-picking tools used by locksmiths, auto dealers and auto repossessors to open vehicles. This simple-to-use lock-picking device enables quick entry into a vehicle. The cuts on the jiggler keys are similar to the cuts used on car manufacturer's keys, according to Lock Pick Shop.

Window Pump Wedge

This tool slips between the door and the weatherstripping. Squeezing the pump inflates the wedge to allow room for a door-opening tool.

Locksmith Auto Light

This product provides the ability to see the location of the target area inside the door without damaging wires or sensitive components when you insert a lock-opening tool. Lock Pick Shop describes this product as an 18-inch coaxial wand attached to a heavy-duty aluminium body through an RGA connection.

Long Reach Tool

Place this tool inside the window on one side of the car and reach across to the opposite side to retrieve the keys from the ignition. According to Lock Pick Shop, using this tool with the long reach tool accessory opens a locked car by gripping the pull handle on the car door.

Slide Lock Tool

This tool opens two types of car door locks; a horizontal sliding lock and a vertical button lock. Its narrow shape easily bypasses weatherstripping to facilitate entry into the vehicle.

Tools for Specific Car Manufacturer's Locks

Lock picks made specifically for GM, Ford, Mercedes, BMW, Volvo and other cars are also available. For example, Lock Pick Shop states that General Motors cars have the most difficult locks to pick. The Rocker Lock Pick Set, made for GM cars, consists of picks that give access to most General Motors locks.

Tennis Ball

Make a hole in a tennis ball and place the tennis ball hole over the key hole on your car door. Squeeze and release the ball several times while holding it against the car door. Rotate the ball while continuing to hold it against the door. As odd as this seems, Made Man states that forcing air into the key hole sometimes unlocks a car door. This method, however, has its detractors.

Wire Coat Hanger

An oldie but goody, wire hangers open older cars with button locks on top of the door, but are difficult to use on the newer cars with toggle locks recessed in the door. Bend the end of the hanger to form a hook and slip the hanger under the weatherstripping on the door. Twist the hanger around until you manoeuvre it into a position where it has a grip on the lock. Pull back on the hanger until you lift the button or move it into the unlocked position.

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