Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
There are few things more frustrating than discovering that you have locked your keys in your car. Fortunately, trained locksmiths have the ability to come to your rescue when you find yourself without access to your vehicle.
Here are 3 ways a locksmith service can get inside your locked car when you don't have the key.
1. By Using A Slim Jim
One of the most effective tools in any locksmith's arsenal is the Slim Jim. These tools are essentially long, thin strips of metal that a locksmith can use to jimmy his or her way into your car's door panel through the window.
Once the Slim Jim gains access to the door panel, a skilled locksmith can use this tool to trigger the control arm that releases the lock mechanism. Slim Jims are popular among locksmiths because they are very effective, and they don't cause any damage to the vehicle during the unlocking process.
2. By Using A Wedge
When a Slim Jim is unable to access the control arm inside a locked vehicle's door panel, many locksmiths will turn to a wedge for help. A small wedge (similar in size and shape to a doorstop) can be inserted into the top part of your driver's side door.
The wedge creates an opening large enough to insert a metal rod, which can then be used to push the vehicles auto-unlock button. Many locksmiths prefer to use pump wedges, since these cause less damage and are easier to insert into the vehicle's door jam.
3. By Using An Auto Jiggler
A skilled locksmith can employ the use of a tool known as an auto jiggler when trying to gain entry to a locked car. Auto jigglers, or tryout keys, come in a variety of shapes and sizes. By testing out several of these keys, a locksmith can find one that closely resembles your own car key.
The auto jiggler can then be used to trigger your door lock in much the same way as your original key. Since the auto jiggler will not be an exact match, the locksmith must develop the skill necessary to finesse the key into your locking mechanism.
Having the help of a qualified locksmith can be beneficial when you have locked your keys in your car. Taking the time to learn about the tools these professionals rely on to gain entry to your locked vehicle will help you better appreciate the assistance a skilled locksmith can provide in your time of need.