4 ways to unlock your car without key in an emergency

Dec 06, 2017 | Same topic: Let's drive smart!
These 4 methods are to be used by owners who have accidentally locked themselves out of their cars.

Have you ever locked yourself out of your own car by accident? Did you have to call for technical assistance? Philkotse.com will guide you through 4 methods to unlock your car in such emergency. Please note that carjacking is a serious crime and is not endorsed by the writer in any way.

1. How to break manual locks

thin long rod to break car's manual lock

Find a long and thin rod, but it still should be hard enough

The first thing you need to do is find a small long rod, the thinner the better, but it still should be hard enough. It is necessary to estimate that the rod is small enough to pass through the door and long enough to reach the lock. If you can’t seem to find anything that fits, a coat hanger or a car antenna might be good suggestions. After that, try to bend the end point of the rod to create a hook.

using a wedge to create a gap in the car door

Using a wedge to create a gap in the door

Next, you need a wedge to create a gap in the door. You can use a piece of wood with sharp ends or something similar. Slide this object into the slot until you can slide your fingers in to widen the gap.

Put the long rod through the car door gap

Put the rod or long stick through the gap in the direction of the door lock

To limit the damage to your car’s paint, you can put a cloth or soft paper on this wedge-like object.

using a long rod to unlock car door

It might take a few tries to get the door unlocked

After you have created enough space, you can put the rod or long stick in the direction of the door lock. It might take a few tries, depending on your ingenuity.

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2. How to break automatic locks from the inside

This depends on whether the automatic door latch is located on the control panel or the inner side of your car door. If the latch is located right under the car window, the method is similar to breaking manual locks.

Using a long rod to break automatic lock on car

Locate the latch by looking from outside of the glass window, then estimate the distance

Put the long rod through car door gap to break automatic lock on car

As in the case of breaking manual locks, an antenna or coat hanger will become your best friends for this purpose

3. How to break electric locks from the outside

In some cases, unlocking the doors from outside will be quicker and easier. However, this method is not recommended for auto-lock doors or electric windows as it may greatly damage the electrical wirings that are often fixed under the car door from the inside.

For this method, you’ll need to create a tool, preferably a hanger or a straight, long piece of metal with one end bent into a hook.

a straight, long piece of metal with one end bent into a hook

You will need a straight, long piece of metal with one end bent into a hook

Slide this tool along the bottom of the window glass through the car door, preferably the passenger side door to minimize possible impact on the electrical wires. You might need to peel back the black rubber weather stripping from the edge of the window to make things easier.

Slide the metal tool toward the car door lock

Slide the tool toward the lock and slowly pull up when you feel that the key has been hooked

Unlock the door with the hook. The locking mechanism is usually located just below the hatch, so you should slide the tool toward the lock and slowly pull up when you feel that the key has been hooked. It may take several attempts, as some locks must be pulled back to the rear of the car instead of upwards.

4. How to break in through the trunk

If you have somehow managed to open the trunk but the door is still locked because the key is in the cabin, you should proceed with this method.

First open the trunk, then search around for the emergency trunk cord that opens into the cabin. Like its name suggests, this is an open trunk cord that will open from the inside in an emergency.

emergency trunk cord

After having located the end of the cord, pull on it to unlock the back seats and make them fall forward

emergency trunk cord

This is actually a pretty common feature in many sedan models

a man crawling inside the car through trunk

Crawl inside the car and unlock the back passenger door

Once the back seats have been unlocked, push them forward to create space. At this point, you can crawl inside the car and unlock the back passenger door.

Here is another way to unlock your car:

How to unlock your car in 30 seconds

Another common situation car owners usually have to face up with is getting the steering wheel accidentally locked after the engine has already shut down. If you have ever been in this situation and had no idea what to do, read our quick and easy guide on how to unlock your steering wheel.

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