How to unlock a car door (without a key)
How to unlock a car door (without a key)

locking your keys inside the car sucks
in this video I’m going to unlock three different vehicles using different
methods and tools to help you figure out what method works best for your car.
First make sure you have proof it is your car or whoever you’re helping can
prove it is their car. Check every door, window, trunk or tailgate, and glass! You
just might get lucky. Our first vehicle has a vertical knob on top of the door
panel and the most accessible tool you’re most likely to have on you is a
shoelace or a string. Make sure it is long enough to cover the window
diagonally. Step number one – slide the string in through the top corner of the
door. Tip: now when you go to fit the string in you might run into weather
stripping and rubber molding that doesn’t let you get past it, so use a
thin object to guide the string in over the rubber molding. Step number two: once the string is inside move it to one side of the window and make a slip knot here’s a better view of how to make one:
basically it’s like tying your shoe – you pull on one side it tightens your knot
you pull on the other side it tightens your loop. Now pull the slip knot into
the window area and try to fit it over the knob Here is a tip: if your loop is pointing away
from the knob you can twist the string and slide the twisted part into the
window area and then pull back to make the loop point in the right direction,
like this! Once you put the loop over the knob
pull the string ends apart to tie the knot and pull up and there we go the
first car is unlocked next tool we can use is a wire hanger or
any long wire you can find very helpful tool you can use it in many different
applications unwind the hanger and straighten it out leaving a hook on one
end. Now let’s take a closer look at our knob – all it really is, is just a rod
going down to the latching mechanism so what I’m gonna do is let the hook
down between the window and the weatherstripping
which I do recommend removing to get a better visual of what’s inside the door
catch the rod or the part of the latching mechanism it is attached to and
pull up and the door is unlocked another useful tool is a slim jim basic
concept: Pull on one side and push on the other to navigate the loop that you
would slide over a vertical knob. Same basic steps you may have to pry the door
a little bit slide the slim jim down, fit it over the
knob and pull up. I personally don’t really care for this tool, I think it has
very limited application. However the door is unlocked and let’s move on to
the second vehicle this vehicle does not have a vertical knob, the locking knob
moves horizontally and is significantly harder to get to but take note – pulling
the door handle unlocks the door! And we also have a manual window which could be used to our advantage And now again let’s take a closer look
at our locking knob: all it is – is just another rod that goes to the latching
mechanism moving horizontally instead of vertically here
I took the latching mechanism out of the door so you can see that there is a
black piece moving up and down as I move the rod back and forth. So all we need to
do is pull up on it and the door will be unlocked. While I’m trying to catch the
mechanism I wanted to mention that your wiper blades (except curved ones) have
metal rods in them that you can use for this method just pull the blade end down
to get them exposed. You may have to use pliers to pull one out, bend it to make a
hook and you’re ready to go! Now back to our board:
I finally caught the mechanism and all I need to do is pull up and the second car
is unlocked Now since the inside handle unlocks the
door, we can try to utilize that too let’s grab the other end of our wire
hanger and make a loop about a finger in size
make sure to twist it a few times so that it doesn’t unwind when you pull on
it next pry the top corner of the door and
fit a wedge in it. I am using a small ice scraper to get it started and a wooden
wedge you can use a doorstop or some wooden kitchenware like spatulas and
such try not to use screwdrivers as they will damage your paint. Basically you’re
just trying to create an opening just big enough to fit in the wire once the wire is in throw the loop over
the handle and here I want to share another tip with you: once you’re on the
handle – bring the wire down so that you’re pulling straight back, instead of half up – half back And there we go! That sweet sound of the
door finally opening. And let me play this one more time! And finally our third
and most difficult car: It has no vertical knob, it does have a “lock/unlock” button but pretty hard to get to the locking tab is cone-shaped and the
door handle does not unlock the door – pretty tricky. On top of it, it has cables
instead of rods, so nothing to really grab on to. So the easiest thing to do
here is to use an actual lockout toolkit used by professionals which consists of:
a long reach tool, inflatable bag, and a wedge tool. Since this door doesn’t have a
metal frame around the glass I’m going to use the inflatable bag – wedge it in,
inflate it, give yourself some room to fit the metal rod through. Don’t pry it
more than you have to – you don’t want to shatter the glass, obviously. then just fit in the rod and here you
have two options: you can either push the unlock button or turn the locking knob.
Now while I’m trying to get it unlocked I wanted to mention even though most of
you probably don’t have a tool kit like this handy you can try to imitate it
with something like an antenna or a hood prop rod from another car of course I’ve
seen people use golf clubs the bottom line is there are options so don’t get
discouraged and use your imagination. And there we go, our third car is unlocked! now I am going to try to turn the
locking knob Thanks to the rubber tip, it takes no time to execute. And again that sweet sound of the door opening You can also use this tool to open manual
windows, push locking tabs, and pull on door handles. Now this should be enough
for one video, if it was helpful please give it a thumbs up in the next video
I’m going to talk more about unlocking this Subaru and other cars using a less
conventional approach and about preventing yourself from being locked
out thank you for watching good luck and take care

100 thoughts on “How to unlock a car door (without a key)”

  1. Make It Easy Mechanic says:

    Dear friends, thank you for all the positive feedback! Some of you however expressed concern that this video may be used maliciously by thieves.

    I personally have had my car broken into twice. Never had the thieves bothered to carefully unlock my car. They simply busted out my driver window and took whatever was inside.

    This video is intended to help people unlock their cars without breaking anything (including the law or the bank ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Chris S says:

    Just stole a 2019 Range Rover…. what a pissa that car was till I crashed it into a tree. Thanks for the tip. Tomorrow, a Bentley

  3. Chris S says:

    And in all honesty, I did lock my keys in the car a few years back. Car was running in my driveway on a cold winter day. Called a local guy who was very reasonably priced, a traveling lock out guy, seriously, that is what he was. He showed up with the inflatable bag and a wire just like in the video. Had me in the car and he was gone all in under 5 minutes with probably 3 minutes of talking to him. Amazing.

  4. Jeff's Little Engine Service says:

    there ya go!

  5. Muzzie 420 says:

    If ppl gonna st

  6. Mehran Freeman says:

    Awesome ๐Ÿ‘

  7. Lynn Ryan says:

    Saved me some frustration, thanks. Locked my keys in my car, and simply used a butter knife (car already looks shit, whats a little more paint loss lol) and a coat hanger to get to my door handle- unlocks the car when you pull it. I hadn't thought of it when i looked at other tutorials cuz they didnt mention that and i was so stressed that it didnt register that's what my car does. After an hour, it took five minutes to wiggle the curved part in, hook around the handle, and open it. Sad part is i can go to work now lol

  8. samahra freire says:

    Thank you so much ! Just unlocked my moms car yay !!!

  9. Shania Doyle says:

    Cant even watch the video these comments got me dieing ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

  10. Steph Honey says:

    The shoe tie one was a LIFE SAVER

  11. CryWolf Adam says:

    Good video…. BAD audio

  12. the person outside your window says:

    Now how do I take out the radio?

  13. Cass D Lo says:

    Thank you for these helpful video i left keys wallet and ph in my car @ walmart and no one was willing to help thinking i wad guna steal my car and i had my 4 children w me. This is very very useful as a mother whos always with my kids where ever i go. Police wouldnt help not unless i had my 10mth baby locked in or my car was left running. Once again thank u very much for the educational Video!! NewSub

  14. b says:

    Call AAA there very fast at getting into most cars and you get 5 free towings for 55 dollars a year its worth it.

  15. EddTheDon says:

    Which one of these is the easiest and fastest way fir a 2002 Honda Accord

  16. AUDIO MAN says:

    Great video! Now all the carnappers know how to steal cars. HAHAHA

  17. Thomas Garcelon says:

    The video was a life saver man!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

  18. Dai Vernon says:

    very helpful

  19. shane powell says:

    get a rock duuuuh

  20. Christopher Camargo says:

    Now lets watch how the rate stolen cars go up you might aswel jus make a vid on how to prevent ur car from being stolen

  21. Amaya says:

    Check it out! Easily get ur keys out

  22. Koriander Yander says:

    I'm just doomed ๐Ÿ™ I dont have tools. I'll just have to break my car window.

  23. Rhey Daketan says:

    You just teach those criminals how to unlock a vehicle

  24. The GOOD The BAD The GYPSY says:

    Three ways to get in your car with no keys A BRICK ๐Ÿงฑ A BIGGER BRICK ๐Ÿงฑ And a BIGGER BIGGER BRICK ๐Ÿงฑ

  25. RealLifewithPorsha says:

    Just tried this and it worked perfectly. Tried for about 45 minutes by myself and kept messing up but if you have someone else's help and something to have the door open a good space it will work perfectly.

  26. wayne nahuy says:

    I knew most of that but the lock rod up I never was successful an stayed away from but…

  27. wayne nahuy says:

    If you could lift on the rodded lock mech. It won't matter if it actuated by a cable as long as lock design is constant! Just a note.

  28. Kashmiri Eagle says:

    Car Door:Am I a joke to you?

  29. Not Divided USA says:


  30. -David T Sr. says:

    Thank you Great help….Do you know about key pads if you loose one ???

  31. Q'Chad Reid says:

    thank u much you have helped and shaped how to keep up with my keys ur the ๐Ÿ

  32. Yousur Bajali says:

    Used the string it was easy

  33. Jack Allison says:

    2005 Chrysler Pacifica had no sound on radio I checked out some videos online might be the amp or blown fuse ,and everything checked out ok! The video's was helpful on get radio out ! People I have to do was just disassemble an disconnect an reconnect the problem was fix thanks for sharing the details of taking apart

  34. Poddy dodger says:

    Thank much

  35. Akbar Ralston says:

    I'll bet he use to be a car thief …

  36. tomeighty says:

    Great video! I just subscribed.

  37. Tony Vargas says:

    Saved me 40$ bout a go buy some cold ones right now . Used the slipknot method

  38. Rob Bravo says:

    i can open that easily its so easy

  39. PoHLuTioN says:

    Car thieves are gonna love this โค๏ธ

  40. Dewey Self says:

    that's really hepful

  41. Tank Boss says:

    1st break the windows second lol drive it like you stole it break windows maybe you Did steal it lol

  42. Starve the Supply says:

    Dude with no key unlocking parked cars wearing latex gloves. Not suspicious at all.

  43. Letta Mego says:

    Great. Over the decades, I've locked myself out of my car at least a dozen time… It been costly and a pain in the neck.

  44. Alicia Franklin says:

    My daughter just locked her keys in her car she has a 2001 Ford Taurus how can she get her keys she can't go to me at [email protected]

  45. john lane says:

    Thank you man. If it wasnt for this video I would never have gotten back into my truck. Saved a work life today bro

  46. Jaje Maqueda says:

    Omoooooooo….. this is so amazing…. thanks

  47. fred s says:

    i keep a spare door key in my wallet,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,the spare door key is flat and needs no fob to open door,,,,,,,,,,,,,$15 to make one at a hardware store,,,,,,,,,as i said , no computerized fob needed.

  48. MrPLC999 says:

    If you've ever been locked out of your car, did you do anything afterwards to make it easier the next time it happens? I'm very busy and very forgetful. I generally lock the keys in the car about once a week. But it's a non-event and it takes me about 5 seconds longer to get into the car than if I had the remote in my hand. I'm not going to say how I do it, but you too can figure a way.

  49. KingParisBuckingham says:

    An exper car thief teaching people how to steal cars???hahahahaha

  50. Hey There says:

    Now I see how my car was stolen and there was no broken glass.

  51. Baller #1 says:

    This should be called โ€œhow to rob a car 101โ€

  52. 1066gaz says:

    If you press you lock button twice quickly on your remote key it double deadlocks your car flashing your lights twice or more stopping the trick of pulling up on the vertical catch or the door lock lever on the inside of the car.
    I have this feature on my 20 year old opel/vauxhall astra so you should have this feature as standard on your car.
    Also these features are standard on my fathers 2007 honda civic too including the ultrasonic sensors.
    My car has ultrasonic sensors as standard as well as tilt sensors for the wheels that sets off the alarm if you jack the car up.
    If you press the button just the once on your remote car key you can use this trick on this video so make sure you press the button twice to double deadlock your car.
    The alarm should go off also if you an ultrasonic alarm in your car if someone does this as the ultrasonic waves in your car will be broken.
    I used to have a moss ultrasonic alarm back in the 1990's that i bought and i manually adjusted the range of the ultrasonic waves with a turnable screw on the alarm unit inside of the car and set it so as the waves were just protruding just outside of the car so if a thief looks through the glass or shoves something down on the inside of the door itself the alarm went off.
    The only downside was heavy rain set it off.

  53. STube YT says:

    Why would you do this vid when someone can rob the car lmao

  54. Chena Bee says:

    If my car is stolen, I know who to blame.

  55. B K says:

    Call someone at home use your smart phone on speaker mode , tell the person at home to press the unlock button, it should work I have done this on a few times

  56. Paddy Wack says:

    I think I will buy a horse and cart after watching this video

  57. M. Narrator says:

    Alternative title

    "How to steal someone's car, without the key"

  58. LANSKY says:

    Criminals watching:uh huh okay ty im gonna geet myself a car

  59. asdf asdf says:

    you dont know how happy we were when we unlock our car with the slipknot!!!! thaaaank you!

  60. Ricky Patel says:


  61. Ghazaan says:

    Video: 10 Years Old

    Uploaded: November 4 2018


    Shoe string

  63. Nur Erny Istiqamah Abdullah says:

    If Car burglary watch this video

  64. Wayne Brewster says:

    This should be updated for cars from 2010 to 19 instead of those old crappy cars.

  65. gary johnson says:

    Yep your showing crook's how to open cars. You should be very proud of yourself showing someone how to still my stuff thanks

  66. Marquis Carr says:

    Step 1 helped me out… I used a long screw driver to pry the door open to get the shoelace in then a hammer to pry it open even more cause shoelace ran into same problem that was demonstrated in video…

  67. Dougie Quick says:

    BEST way? Take cell phone open contact list to "AAA" where you also entered your membership number ….tell them you are locked out ….get a drink, read kindle, smoke something ….15 minutes later truck pulls up ….dude hops out opens your car….you hand him AAA card sign some lame form say "thanks buddy" and go on with you day…..DUHHH

  68. Christopher Frost says:

    This helped…๐Ÿ‘

  69. nigel mahabir says:

    Good tips for car thieves!!

  70. nigel mahabir says:

    How to unlock someones front door on house. Next episode

  71. I Have No Videos On My Channel ! says:

    This is a tutorial on how to steal a car…

    looks like im getting a new car!

  72. Ken W. says:

    What's nice about a Nissan is it won't let you lock your keys in the vehicle.

  73. Randy Stegemann says:

    I made a slim jim out of a piece of metal banding for strapping pallets. About a yard long with a notch cut in the end so it can pull or push on linkage in the door. It could fit between the window and weatherstripping, just push it down and around under the door handle until it hits something and pull up or push down. Won't work on some cars, of course, but it worked great on a co-worker's Sundance. She kept locking her keys in the car, so I made it and hung it up in our work area. I called it the "spare key."

  74. Butch1982 says:

    Spoiler alert: Thieves stole items from cars waaaay before you tube…so, just enjoy this video and learn some tricks in case you lock yourself out…

  75. Tandemwings says:

    Always got a spare key hidden under the car. How? Tie a few inches of very light tie wire on the key, then twist that around an a/c pipe or hydraulic pipe in behind the radiator so that it can't be easily seen, but you can reach it from underneath. Then if you need it, just reach under (the hardest part), give the key a few twists, and it will come off into your fingers. I know it works because my wife had about ten bits of wire on the key for her previous car (looked funny).

  76. Mehdi Boubekeur says:

    I managed to open my car (Clio 1 – 1993) with the first method! effective ๐Ÿ˜‰ You saved me, thank you very much dude. Greetings from Algeria

  77. Donald Landry says:

    My stupid piece of shit children threw away my car keys. I'm gonna beat their asses

  78. Adam Brake says:

    I give ya credit cause you are good.. lol… vary slick…

  79. Dave Watts says:

    I just scored the coolest car….thx dude

  80. NeonJohn says:

    Great Video. I live in a fishing resort and do about 50 unlocks a season. I learned the shoelace trick from you. handy. I've been using a different technique that works even if the lock button has only the rounded tip sticking up. I took a piece of about 1/8" stainless steel rod. I heated it and forged the end into a triangle shape to a fairly thin thickness. Reheat and hammer over the anvil or vice to a 90 deg angle. File the edges smooth and rounded to avoid damage to the car.

    Next, take a file and cut a deep V-groove so that the wide part of the V is almost at the tip while the narrow end extends back toward the 90 deg angle. Now use a fine file to file the V at an angle so the edges are very sharp.

    In use, use the air bag or whatever to spread the door, fish the tool down toward the lock button, bending the rod as necessary to get the V over the button. Move the V away from the button, drop down a bit and put the V in contact with the button or button top. Rotate the rod back and forth until the V cuts into the button. Gently pull up and you're in! This does scar the button a bit so tell the owner ahead of time. He can get a new button if it bothers him too much.

    Something I'm running into more and more is the ignition switch removing power from the power lock buttons. What used to a really easy way in no longer works.

    The only car which has ever defeated me was a Subaru wagon. Disabled lock electric lock buttons. flush manual buttons. Cables. Part of my kit is a fiberoptic camera. I finally popped the weatherstripping and fished the camera in. Subaru had provided a metal box around both the locking mechanism AND the inside door handle and lock. All I saw was two boxes with cables coming out. The car owner saw what I did on the video. I told him that I MIGHT could open if I yanked hard on the cable that went to the lock but that would likely require a cable replacement. He opted for my offer for a ride back to the store to use the pay phone (no cell service up here). He still gave me $200 for working so hard. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Would love to see that second vid you promised.


  81. Kevin Rexthoven says:

    How do I find someone who wants to buy a stolen vehicle?๐Ÿค” can you do that video next

  82. Butch Jones says:

    I use my iPhone to start and unlock my car

  83. Chantel J says:

    I was thinking the same thing ๐Ÿ‘€. The thevies are learning a skilled craft๐Ÿ˜ณ

  84. ronron thc says:


  85. Jack Boyer says:

    None of these methods will work on my 2006 Impala SS!! AAA TRIED TO GET IN&the OnStar detected an illegal entry & shut down all systems. They gave me a ride home so i could get the spare key. I had another key made for these emergecies the spare that i had was just to large to fit me wallet the new one is much thinner but still gave me injuries from sitting on it had to switch pockets

  86. Maxx Omega says:

    I knew an east indian who locked his keys in his car. Took him 3 hours to get his family out…

  87. Bush Trash says:

    I have a motorcycle.

  88. Lynley Pene says:

    Just need to learn how to hot wire

  89. Mel Ahrens says:

    Stupid. You could probably be telling robbers this!!!! Absolutely stunning.

  90. Julito C M says:

    Thank you for the techniques of opening door cab I have learned some techniques. I happened to opened perhaps three instances the door cab of my service vehicles before because I forgot the key inside the cab and I used wire and of course small piece of wood but it's really difficult. Now through your video I got some techniques. Thank you so much for the info Sir. It' helpful for a driver like me if key is forgotten inside the cab,

  91. NOVA 3998 says:

    Great video I own 5 cars now

  92. Karla Manriquez says:

    My sisters car locked , Thank you so much ! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  93. LITTLE HORN says:

    Remember if you are going to steel a car dress in a white shirt and tie also some trousers so you look like you own the car and just say out load on your phone honey I can believe I locked my keys in the car when people are about its works trust my mate does it

  94. Tonny Dermawan says:

    good job

  95. Julia J says:

    how can you lock your keys in your car ? you either are inside the car and lock and still have the keys and can just unlock or youre outside the car and lock it with your keys..?

  96. Vegans Choice says:

    unlock "YOUR car" lol

  97. Shaista Khan says:

    Cars dont come with these locks anymore ๐Ÿ˜

  98. Waynenergy says:

    I am wondering those people who watch this video are self training to be a car thief ? haha… Those likes are press by car thief to be and those who press unlike maybe their car has been picked before by one of the method demonstrated in this video

  99. Ricardo Peรฑa Chacรฒn says:

    Thank you for your video! Saved me money!๐Ÿค‘

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