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How to Open a Car Door Without Damaging It When the Keys Have Been Left Inside?

On numerous occasions we have come across the situation, either by ourselves or because it has happened to a friend or relative, that we have locked the car without realising it and the keys have been left inside, leaving the car locked from the outside and without the possibility of opening unless it is with another copy of the vehicle key. This is a big bummer moment and frankly leaves us scratching our heads, thinking how on earth we just did that… 

Many of these situations appear due to nerves or haste at the time of getting out of the car or simply due to an oversight at a certain moment.

Today there are many formulas that can be very useful for opening any door and can save having to call a locksmith 24 hours – although we always highly recommend calling us to avoid possible damage to your vehicle as these methods come with significant risks, regardless of whether it is a traditional command or key and what methods are employed to open it.

Some of these methods are more rudimentary but very effective, such as the use of rigid wire in the form of an antenna and others much more modern that do not damage the vehicle at all, such as the air pump, a method that can be used for any type of vehicle. Read on to find out more.

Rigid wire to unlock doors

The use of rigid wire, although it is very effective, cannot be used to open many cars, especially those that come with remote control and do not have “traditional latches” inside the vehicle.

For the rigid wire, to work, it is necessary to introduce it through the part of the window, between the edge of the window, either from above if we have managed to lower the glass in question a little in a careful manner so as to not to force or scratch inadvertently the glass. To support the wire we will use rubber clamps to avoid any effort towards the window and avoid scratches. When we have carefully introduced the wires, we must guide them towards the internal opening latch, having the shape of an antenna at the tip or small hook, we must guide it to be able to lever and raise the latch upwards. This is the most traditional way, although one of the most effective, of course, and as we have emphasised, only for vehicles with internal opening, that is, with a latch.

Air pump to unlock doors

The air pump is the most modern and effective method of course that opens any type of door without damaging it at all and in a fast way.

It is necessary and advisable to have two air pump kits, one for the upper door frame and the other for the side frame of the door. With this we cause the door frame to slide carefully out, at that moment we must introduce the thin, rigid rod that allows us to reach the lock opening button or in any case the lock in question.

This method is the most used by locksmiths, which are the most suitable for opening this type of lock. A professional locksmith – like us: AC Locksmiths Brisbane – knows how and where to properly locate air pumps as well as their perfect pressure. Alan’s professionalism and experience will get you the results you need in a flash because, without the right knowledge, skill and experience, you can cause unwanted and costly damage. 


It is always important that, in these types of situations, you turn to an experienced, professional and local locksmith in Brisbane (and surrounds), us, (​) to help us with the opening and as the last tip, to avoid any type of theft or even scam it is important not to have anything of value inside your vehicle.


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