How do Locksmith Tools for Cars Work?
If you’ve ever had to call a locksmith after you’ve driven yourself crazy with a bent coat hanger trying to get into your car, you may well have been amazed at how quickly they could get into a vehicle. If you’re wondering how it’s done, here are the basics.
In the Door Tools
Under the door tools go inside the door and directly manipulate the linkage that controls your lock. They may latch onto the linkage at any point, depending upon the make of the car. The most familiar of these tools is probably the slim jim. It’s essentially a flat piece of spring steel with a notch cut into it. That notch is used to latch onto a piece of the mechanism and to open it up with manual force. These are versatile tools, but newer cars are well-designed enough that they don’t work as well as they used to.
Under the Window Tools
These tools go into the door, under the window and come up on the other side. They allow the locksmith to trip the switch or lever that locks or unlocks the door from the outside of the car. These tools are commonly used on cars that have a lock that closes via a rocker switch or other type of switch that is positioned on the side of the door rather than on top of the door. These tools must be used with great care, as rotating them around under the window and sometimes breaks the window itself.
These are tools that are made specifically for a particular model or make of car. These are common for every expensive cars where the linkage may be designed into the door in a way that makes it extremely difficult to open.
These are sets of keys that a locksmith uses to try to get the door lock open. Even though there’s a small chance that these keys will match the vehicle’s real key, they sometimes do and it can make getting into a locked car much quicker. Failing this, a locksmith may manually pick the door on a car, which is sometimes the best option.
A Word of Caution
Always call a locksmith to open your car. Cars with side impact airbags are dangerous. If you start fishing around inside a car door, you may trip the air bag, which could cause serious injury or even death.
Guy Mirkuf brings 10 years of experience to the locksmith profession. As an expert in the industry, Mirkuf uses his experience to support both the team at DanLock, a professional locksmith company for Arizona, California, Florida and New York, and his growing writing reputation. Mirkuf loves exploring the topics of safety, alarms and locksmith. Contact Mirkuf at: [email protected]