Forgetting your car keys inside the car is a messy, annoying situation! For most of us, we do not have any idea how to unlock a car, so we tend to break the car window instead just to get the keys back.
Don’t resort to this desperate move any more! Here you will be surprised that it is not actually that complicated to break into a car, whether it has manual or automatic locks.
Unlock a Car with Automatic Locks
Wedge and Poke. Cars with automatic locks can be unlocked by wedging a space in the door and poking to hit the lock button. With this primary method, you won’t damage anything in your car. It sounds simple, but to do this, you will have to use a good wedge and a poker.
It’s all in the tools. The thinner the wedge is, the better! A putty knife would be ideal. The goal is to create enough space for your poker to fit in. For the poker tool, anything that is long and narrow enough to reach and press the lock button will suffice. You could use the antenna from your car (if there is) or if you could find a hanger that you can straighten and fold double for better power poking to the lock button. Professional locksmiths; on the other hand, use an inflating balloon to pump air and finally create the necessary space to insert the poker tool.
Once you have all the necessary tools, you can begin to unlock your car’s automatic lock. First, you have to wedge the door open. Squeeze or pack your wedge tool tightly into the space between the upper part of the door and the car. Tap firmly using the heel of your hand, the wedge tool into the door space.
To avoid damaging the car’s paint, it would be ideal if you cover your wedge tool with a cloth before proceeding.
Now that you have created a space between the door and car’s body, the next thing you should do is to insert your poker tool down to reach the lock button. Press the button using your poker tool. It would be a hit and miss in the beginning, but once you get it, you will successfully unlock your car. Finally, open the door and get your keys!
Unlock a Car with Manual Locks
Before proceeding, make sure to choose the passenger side door when unlocking the car. This is because the passenger’s side door has less wiring making it easier to unlock.
In unlocking a manual car’s lock, you will follow the same procedure of wedging and poking through the gap you created, but the only difference is that you have to pull up the locking pin to unlock the car. You will do this using a coathanger to leash the car lock. You have to straighten the coathanger using a needle nose plier, but make sure to leave on its original shape the hook end of it. Fold or double the straighten part of the coathanger, so it is strong enough.
Next is you have to insert your coathanger, hook end first into the gap between the window and the black rubber weather stripping. Make sure you have at least an idea where the locking pin is before inserting the coathanger to avoid creating damage to the wiring.
Now that you have lowered the coathanger in, move it around carefully until you feel a small pin. The pin is usually located 2 inches below the bottom of the window, and close to the car’s interior door handle.
Finally, you found the pin! Slide the loop over the lock nub similar to a noose and pull it up to unlock the car. Again, it will be a hit and miss because lassoing the locking pin is harder, but soon, you’ll get it!
Unlocking a Car Through the Trunk
You are lucky if your trunk is open because even if your car is locked with your keys inside it, you can still break into your car by finding the emergency cord in your trunk. Open your trunk and search inside for the emergency cord that opens into the car. Usually, you can find it in the roof of the trunk or in the trunk door.
Pull the cord once you find it, and it will unlock the back passenger seats by falling forward, which is a common feature in some models of the car like a sedan.
Now the back passenger seats are unlocked, push them and crawl in. Glide into the car through this trunk entry and unlock your vehicle manually.