My Uncle Micheal owns an old Ford pickup truck that locks whenever he closes the door. Quite often he'll leave his keys inside by accident. From his mistakes, I have learned the best ways to handle this situation is to either pull up the lock, pick the lock, or go borrow some keys. I have also learned how to start a car if the keys are lost.
To pull up the lock, I would need either a SlimJim (a specially cut metal bar) for a flip lock (the kind in the handle that is pushed and pulled) or a metal clothes hanger for a push lock (the kind in the door that pops up and down). For the flip lock, I would need to slide the SlimJim down between the weather striping and the window. I have to go slowly or I might either break the lock or rip out some of the inner wiring. Then I would move the tool back and forth gently until the lock flips.
For a push lock, I would bend a clothes hanger into a long J-shape with a small hook. The bottom hook would need to be squared off to about an inch and a half to two inches wide. Then I would need to feel for the end of the button rod (the end of the push lock down inside the door) and pull up to unlock.
If neither a clothes hanger nor a SlimJim is available, I could pick the lock using two tools; one to manipulate the pins, and one to turn the cylinder. A small Allen wrench would work to turn the cylinder, and a long bobby pin to move the pins. With the bobby pin inside the lock, I would need to exert constant and light pressure with the wrench. This is the only way to tell when the pins are lined up correctly. I would then have to move the bobby pin to manipulate the pins until I feel the lock turn smoothly.
If none of the previous methods are effective, I could then go borrow someone else's keys (if I don't have a spare set of my own). There are surprisingly few lock variations, and a key from another car of the same manufacturer may just work. In the end, Uncle Micheal always gets back inside his truck,... [continues]
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