Automotive Locks

Unlike the locks on your home, the locks on most automobiles are high security locks. They normally can't be picked without physically modifying the lock. For this reason, people look for other methods of entry. Alternate methods normally include either inserting a device into the door via the weather strip, or prying the top of the door open slightly so that a rod can be inserted to manipulate the lock handle.

Prying the door open takes some skill to avoid damaging the vehicle. So it's rarely used unless absolutely necessary. That leaves us with manipulation inside the door.

Contrary to popular belief, the devices known and Slim Jims don't work on any modern vehicles. Although some people can get them to work, they aren't using the device in its intended way, and it normally takes some skill to get the lock open.

What you'll find out, is that almost every vehicle requires a different device to open it. These devices are normally just bent rods, but the bends are often somewhat complex. And not only does each vehicle require a different tool, but each tool has to be applied in a different manner.

On some vehicles, such as those with side-impact air bags, there is the risk of doing hundreds of dollars worth of damage if extreme caution is not taken. In any vehicle with power windows, locks, or mirrors, there's the chance of pulling a wire out. So don't go practicing just for the sake of practicing unless you're prepared to pay for any damage.

Due to the vast number of tools and techniques involved, it's impractical to post them all here. Rather, I'm going to point you to a book by Steve Young at Tech-Train Productions which explains how to make the tools and how to unlock almost all vehicles. To purchase the book, click here. Then click on "Steve Young's Quick Entry Car Opening Manual". You don't have to prove you're a locksmith to purchase the book. It currently sells for $79.95. (Note: I am not affiliated with Tech-Train Productions in any way).

I plan to post some of the techniques and tools used over time.