Keys Locked Inside

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  1. James Davis

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    Never done this before with my car, but I accidently locked my keys inside. I have a '91 Ford Escort, and was wondering if anyone could give me any tips about using a coat hanger? I'm in college so I don't have a lot of spare cash so I'd like to give myself a shot before calling a locksmith.

    My car doesn't power windows or as much to worry about damaging.

    The ironic thing is, 4 days ago I was chatting with my girlfriend and said I should go get my car keys copied since the only one with the spare is my brother 2 hrs away.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Steve Berger

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    Are you still on campus? If so ,the Campus Security might be willing to help out. Personally I've never had much luck with coat hangers so I can't help you there. In a small town , even the police might help , but most larger departments don't want to do it anymore.
     
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    find a buddy with AAA and have him/her call and get them to come out and unlock it.
     
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    Please learn from my mistakes:

    Don't lose your temper and rip the rubber seal out of the door to make it easier to get at the insides. :b
     
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    Does it have a wing vent window? If so, they can be opened fairly easily. If not, see if you can find some lock picks, that year and model can be picked into to. If you can a slim jim, even better, just make sure you put a slight bend in it toward the inside of the car rather than just keeping it straight. Whatever you do, don't get mad and start destroying stuff or breaking windows, it will always be cheaper in the long run to call a locksmith.
    Good Luck,
    Phil
     
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    I saw a news article about how easy it is to get keys made from the manufacturer (the Ford dealer in your case) just by reading the VIN number off the inspection sticker or the dashboard. Perhaps you can try the same thing. The news reporter was able to get a new car made without any ID or anything, just with the VIN number.

    Although a locksmith is still probably cheaper!

    Jay
     
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    At least you didn't get stuck in a huge mudhole, lock the keys in the car while leaving it running in reverse!! Thank the lord for AAA!!

    I have coat hangered a lock or two. It's not that hard, but as careful as you are, you will still likely tear/scratch something. If the keys are in the seat, I would try and hook those. We had to do that in my cousin's mid 90's Z28. We couldn't bend the hanger so as to pull the lock, so we wnet for the keys instead.
     
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    > The news reporter was able to get a new car made without any ID or anything

    Wow, they built him a whole new car? [​IMG]
     
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    Lost the key for my Grand Cherokee - $8 replacement from the dealer, but they needed the Title to prove it was my vehicle. OK, great!

    But they didn't work.

    $100 and a locksmith later....

    This was yesterday.
     
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    Bang, there it is:

     
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    I've been wondering for awhile now that since we've all got these keys now that have programming information in them, as well as remote entry fobs, why don't they have a sensor in the car that prevents the car from locking if the keys are in it and it's in park. Perhaps a weight sensor on the drivers seat should be implemented as well, incase a person inside the car with the keys legitimately needs the car locked while in park.
     
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    my friend says the new mercedes keys have some sort of proximity thing-a-ma-jig.

    if the door is locked and you're holding the key you can simply pull the handle and the door will open.

    if you don't have the key and try to pull the handle it stays locked.

    pretty cool.
     
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  15. James Davis

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    I got the keys out today, took a coat hanger and tried on the passenger side. I figured I could live if I messed up the passenger door over the driver's side.

    I have an AAA card actually, it was locked in the glove compartment. Another ironic twist of fate, a week ago I cleaned out my wallet where that card sat for 2yrs and put it in the glove compartment.
     

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