Locksmith Tools You Need When Locked Out of a Car
Locking a car is a no-brainer, especially when it comes to modern cars with automatic locks that only require you to push a button. However, more than 12% of Australians choose not to lock their cars when parked at home in their driveway. People in Queensland are most likely to do this, along with Aussies who are over 65. Without a doubt, this automatically increases the risk of car theft. If a broken lock or a faulty key is preventing you from locking your car properly, make sure to get in touch with a professional car locksmith to restore security on your vehicle.
If you are dealing with an accidental car lockout for one reason or another, there are some things you could try before calling an expensive towing service or looking for a nearby emergency lockout service. Having the right tools at hand is first on the list.
Car wedges are some of the most common tools that you could use to try to open a locked car door. The wedging method is also one of the safest and least harmful ways of re-entering a locked vehicle. It requires the wedge to be placed between the door and its frame and pushed inside the crevasse in an attempt to generate a point of entry for a long-reach tool. Cars that turn off the battery of the vehicle once the keys are out of the ignition to render the electronic door locks useless. If this is the case for you, you will also need to try to grab hold of the keys locked in the car using a special tool. If your car does not use these mechanics, you can simply make use of the wedge to wedge the door open and rely on a long bar to manipulate the locks.
Which are the best wedges you could use?
Car wedges are used by most car automotive locksmiths for their flexibility and softer surfaces that can prevent accidental door scratching. It is also possible to use a rubber door stop or a piece of wood that you can cut in the shape of a wedge. Make sure to use a small towel along with the wood to prevent scraping.
Air wedges are also excellent options. They are inflatable bags that can be placed between the doorway when they are not inflated. When the air wedge is placed in the right position, you can inflate it and try to wedge the car door open just enough so you can use a long bar.
Manual wedges are also helpful, but they should be used with extra caution given their power.
Prior to using a manual wedge, it is also advisable to place a piece of fabric on it to avoid the paint from scraping. The manual wedge must be fastened by placing the “L” in the doorway and pulling it back in order to set the long-reach tool into position. Next, the wedge must be turned until the gap in the closed door becomes wider. Be careful! Turning the wedge one too many times can cause the door to bend or the window to break.
Used together with wedges, probe tools are excellent means of opening a locked car door. They are used through the opening created by the wedge to release the lock. Different car models and makes require different methods of using probes. The majority of vehicles can be easily opened using rods that can put pressure on the unlock button. Of course, not all vehicles come with this feature. Some models feature side sliding locks or push buttons on the side of the door. This means they could require a probe with a hook attached to it. Hooks also work well when you also need to retrieve your keys from the accidentally locked car.
Hooks are also efficient when used on upright locks. Wire coat hangers can also be used as probe tools during emergencies. Just remember to pick sturdy hangers that can be used to actually manipulate the lock the way you need to. Sticks can easily break, while wire hangers can bend. You could try to strengthen a wire hanger by twisting together two sides of the wire.
Also, keep in mind that the wedge entry must be large enough to allow the probe to get in, or else there is the risk of scraping against the vehicle and ruining the paint. The probe must be just right in size and have the right diameter to prevent causing damage to the frame or the glass. For best results, the probe should have the diameter of a pen.
Tryout or Jiggle Keys
Also known as auto jigglers or jiggle keys, these tools can be used the same way as you would use a rake. They can, however, only be moved upwards and downwards while inserted in the lock. Provided one key fails to work, it is possible to change the key and repeat your attempts to unlock the vehicle. Remember bump keys will not generate the desired results on a vehicle.
Being prepared with a minimum set of lock picking tools for an accidental car lockout will make all the difference. You will feel less overwhelmed by the scenario you are in while saving money on emergency towing or locksmith services. Take all the precautions you can, including leaving a spare key to a family member or close friend, and remember to always have a reliable emergency car lockout service on speed dial, just in case.