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Locked out I am locked out of my 2003 Mazda Protege. I tried to open the lock with a bent hanger going down between the window and the body of the car, but had no luck connecting with anything that might open the door. How can I get the door open w/out having to call a locksmith?

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What we do at the garage is either get a rag and cover it over a flat head screwdriver and wedge it inbetween the top of the window meets the door and pry it open wide enough to get something in there or your arm.. Also depending on how much the locksmith charges you can break the little window in the back there cheap to get replaced... Let me know how it works out. Also please rate me ooo and you can buy a slim jim at the dollar store or hardware store thats what tow truck drivers use to get into locked cars or triple a will do it if you have a member ship its included..

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