Question about 1997 Ford F150 Regular Cab
He Just took it all apart and found a broken part! Off to the Ford Dealer to get the little piece that broke.
Posted on Jan 12, 2009
lol, well, luckily for you, its a older truck, easy fix, sorta... rather then calling a locksmith, get your self a wire coat hanger (the thicker ones are better so they dont deform when you try to unlock the doors.) unravel it, and bend it straight, but instead of straightening the hooked end, bend it in so its just a little smaller hook.
With the hook facing the back of your truck, slide it into your door against your window, about 2-3 inches infront of where your lock is on your door. you will want to go about 1.5-2ft down into the door, and then slide it towards the back of the truck until you feel it catch something, once you feel it hit something (not the side of the door, you will be able to feel the defference between what you are looking for and the door pannel) Once you hit the locking bar, gently and slowly pull the hanger straight up out of the door. it should catch on the lock arm you will be able to tell if it is the lock arm if you feel it being able to move, but resistance and doesnt feel like a rubber band pulling you back. once you have a good grip on it, pull it up until the door unlocks, you can just yank the hanger out at this point and let it straighten the hook (gently yank it out so that you dont scratch or break your window.
This is a fairly tricky thing to do, but in most states the police can not unlock your door for you anymore (But they can smash your window for you if you want), and a locksmith can take several hours before arriving to unlock the door and charge over $200 to do it.
Of course, if you can not get it, try to figure out how to open the hood, and just pull a battery cable off the battery to shut down your truck.
Good luck with this, pulling a lock with a coat hanger is really tricky but can be done, and a heck of a lot cheaper then a locksmith or a new window.
Posted on Mar 09, 2010
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