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How to unlock a car door (without a key)

How to unlock a car door (without a key)

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

100 thoughts on “How to unlock a car door (without a key)”

  1. Dear friends, thank you for all the positive feedback! Some of you however expressed concern that this video may be used maliciously by thieves.

    I personally have had my car broken into twice. Never had the thieves bothered to carefully unlock my car. They simply busted out my driver window and took whatever was inside.

    This video is intended to help people unlock their cars without breaking anything (including the law or the bank 😉

  2. All these methods work. Another is to remove the back glass on some vehicles, The easiest and most common is to call road service provided by some insurance companies and also AAA.

  3. What I do is to is to take the spare key out of my wallet . That way I don't scratch the snot out of the door paint. You also don't chew up the rubber. This is a lot cheaper than buying a lot of tools.

  4. Use an Electric Guitar string, (metal) a thinner gauge like a G,B,or the high E,
    select a type with the brass eyelet on the end.
    Similar to the methods in the video, just slide the non-eyelet end thru the eyelet for your loop.
    The strings are SO thin no wedging or prying is needed, you should be able to wiggle it right thru the glass edge into the vehicle, as the smooth thin strings will not be abrasive to finishes or gaskets.
    Fish that string in by navigating it with one hand for all turns and movement,
    (tip, bending a kink in the wire string is ok for strategic control) BUT at the entry point to the location its slid into, PINCH the string between your fingers, while holding that pinch-point stationary for accuracy.
    Once you do this for the first time, its a lot easier in general than the bulky wires and straps and floppy shoelaces.
    Where to get a string? A pack is about $4-$5 at any music shop,…or ask a friend who plays a guitar for a used one,…they change them frequently. If its not free, get a new friend.
    After you learn this method and get good at it, you can get into most tight tolerance doors quicker than some drivers can pull a key out , unlock and open a door….
    A guitar string can be coiled into a wallet, a purse, kept at your job, stashed in your vehicle to help others,…etc. Maybe even hide one somewhere on the trim of the vehicle.
    Most cars today are made to not lockout.
    You need to use the key to lock it.
    Therefore you are not locked out,….you just lost your key. Dont do that,…
    …….then you`d have more time to learn the guitar. Happy Motoring,…..Great Video

  5. Magnet and spare key hidden under the car Engine lay down get key save money about £70 pounds in the UK to unlock a car and about 1hour for the lock Smith to git to you just find a ledg under the car put Magnet on put key on strong Magnet by Dennis in the UK and also if you are parking in a bad place put a dead switch in your car or take front and back HT Leeds of .

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  7. Well on a side note… If you don't want to chip the crap out of your paint on the top side of the door, call a Locksmith. Most charge 65 bucks or less. There is much more than that in damage from trying most of these processes. Using banding metal is not a slim jim, and if you're busting out a wire hanger, for God sake, call a professional.

  8. My own insurance agent once told me that if I ever lock myself out of my car, break a window and get in. If you have the right insurance, glass replacement cost zero to the insured with no deductible or surcharge against your policy. Just tell your agent that somebody broke your window looking to steal something. No problem.


  10. Your presentation is excellent, well thought out and planned. It was such a pleasure to watch your informative work.

  11. Have a extra remote at home. if you get locked out, call home and have someone press the unlock button on the remote into their cellphone a few times and put your phone on speaker. Stand near the windshield/back of the hood.
    We can't hear the signal but the car will. If worst comes to worst. Put the phone front side down on the windshield.
    As grandpa always said "work with technology not against it"

  12. Be careful what state you are in, In Illinois, a slim jim is considered a burglar tool and you can be in trouble just having them. licensed tow truck operators and police officers may have them. Firemen just brake the windows.

  13. that is not a slim jim. and if it was one . he is using it wrong. ask anyone from AAA ..this video should be names how the locking mechanism works



  15. Thank you for the Video, I now have 2 brand new Cars for free. Please upload Video on how to break into Houses. Many thanks….

  16. My car got broken into and the fucking thief literally stuck a huge screw driver in the keyhole destroying the entire lock. $500 in damage just to steal $25 in school books.

  17. I got to use the shoe string method to rescue this fine honey stranded in a parking lot and she was grateful, xo '0

  18. Commenting on the obvious – why not carry a spare key ? I would leave the expensive ' chip ' key in the car, and carry one or more non-chip keys to lock / unlock the doors.

  19. Hi , I was wondering does this work even if your car has the automatic locking?? Im always losing my car keys and this is fasinating, Thank you . Make it Easy Mechanic.!!

  20. This was a GREAT video! But as a retired LEO, you really need to add a segment to make sure you are helping THE LEGAL OWNER OF THE CAR!!! Ask them if the registration matches their driver's licence info – AND CHECK THEM! The cops are not going to be real happy with you if you help some scumbag steal a car, even if your intentions were noble. And if there is a true emergency (baby locked in the car on a hot day etc) call the cops (and EMS) anyway. It's a shame we have to think about this part, but be careful of who you help.

  21. Great video for scum bags who want to break into your car. This should be banned off YouTube & others that help these type of thieving scum in society

  22. The easiest way is to use a tie strap and hide a spare key under the car , preferably at the brake pipes

  23. Thank you so much 🙏 I left the keys in my moms car and I took my shoe lace off got a sharpie that was in the floor and tried it out I was giving up cuz i could get it on but after a little over 30 min i got it

  24. Or bust the fukn window (like I did) open the door then take the car to a window shop get it fix and keep in your mind the money it cost you for being stupid 🙂

  25. My Seat Ibiza 6J can't do any of that, when you lock, it locks the door from inside and outside so if you lock it, it's secured 😛

  26. I like the way your screwdriver hacks up the paint on the door.NOT A GOOD WAY pick up your phone and pull $40 out of your pocket and pay a professional to do it.It will save you the headache of a paint job

  27. Thank you for sharing this Video for YouTube. It will help me to Help Others, so that they do not have to Pay someone 180.00 dollars or so. Jesus Christ is Lord of All Creation.

  28. I was able to make the shoe lace method work after 15 minutes trial and failure the trick is to keep trying and learning from experience

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