Easy Ways to Unlock Your Car without Key during an Emergency

Locking yourself out of the car with the keys inside is not a rare incident. If it’s not an emergency, you might have taken time to find your spare keys or waited for the help of a tow truck service or roadside assistance. But, what if it is an emergency? You may have to attend an important meeting or your kid is locked in the vehicle on a warm day. To avoid any accident, you have to know how to unlock your car without key.

4 Easy Ways to Unlock Your Car without Key

You can use these following methods to unlock your car without key. However, almost all of them will set the car alarm off, so don’t use them for breaking into a car illegally. Besides, if it’s an emergency and you have the opportunity to call the police or fire department, do that.

Pick the Manual Lock with a Locksmith Wedge

There are several types of simple wedges such as plastic, vinyl, and metal. You have to use it to pull the door and create enough space to insert a long, thin metal rod to pull the locked door pin. You can also make use of a clothes hanger to use its hook to grab the locking pin and pull it. Be careful not to damage the door’s weather stripping while inserting the tool.

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Open the door with a pump wedge. Source: Carmudi

Unlocking an Automatic Lock

This is an effective way to unlock your car without key when you have an automatic lock. Use a wedge tool to create a space between the car’s body and door. If the auto lock is located on the armrest of the driver’s side, you can activate it by just pressing with a thin metal rod. If the button is on the central console, attach a hook at the end of the tool or use a clothes hanger to reach the lock.

Unbolting with a Slim Jim

A Slim Jim is a thin metal strip used for unlocking car doors. It needs some practice to open a locked door with this tool. Also, it is more likely to tear the door’s weather stripping and the wires inside.

Insert the tool into the passenger-side door because the driver’s door has more wires. Push the Slim Jim through the weather stripping and use its hook-like end to clasp the inside of the locking mechanism (which is underneath the locking pin). Once the hook firmly grips the lock, pull it up to disengage the lock.

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A Slim Jim also comes handy. Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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Enter Through the Trunk

If the car has a manual lock, there’s a chance that the trunk is open despite the doors are locked. In that case, you can get inside through this way. Open up the trunk and push the rear seats forward until there is an opening spacious enough for you to crawl inside. Then, you can manually open the car’s door.

Remember that you are using a tool to unlock your car without key, you may need to try for a couple of time. Be careful not to damage the weather stripping or scrape the window glass along the way.

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