How to Pick a Car Lock


If you've shut the door of your car before taking the keys out of the ignition, you know that sinking feeling of helplessness. But instead of waiting for a locksmith or taking a rock to your windshield, you can try your hand at picking the car lock. Be as careful as possible when picking a car lock so you don't damage your vehicle.

Things You'll Need

  • Slim jim or another long, flat piece of metal
  • Insert the slim jim into the area where the window meets the weatherstripping, but do it gently. It's easy to damage the weatherstripping.

  • Search for a lever by moving the slim jim around under the weatherstripping. Different makes and models of cars have the lever in different places.

  • Pull or push on the lever using the slim jim. This should unlock the car door.

  • Unhook the slim jim gently and slowly slide it out of the window.

Tips & Warnings

  • Anti-theft designs in newer cars might make this procedure ineffective. If you have a satellite system installed in your car, you can have the company unlock your car for you.

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