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Locked my keys in how do i get them out - 1992 Pontiac Sunbird

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  • benwysman Feb 03, 2010

    thanks guys my g/f is on the one who locked her jkeys in she was with a locksmith who had all that got frusterated and left her there hope i can get in

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Your best bet shy of going to get any other available key is to call "Pop-a-Lock" or something like that. I say that as the damage that can be caused by springing the door trying to get in can be much more expensive. Not to mention the frustration.

Second is to find a friend with a "slim jim" (this is a thin flat piece of metal with cuts made in it so that it can be slid down into the door & hook onto the door linkage & pop the lock by pulling up once hooking it) but even that can damage the linkage or connectors within the door.

But, if you must try yourself, (I have-see needless note below) you may be able to unlock the doors. I've used a coathanger, bent it so that when I stuck it through the edge of the door near the top of the window by prying out cautiously, I was able to get the wire to pry the lock to the Unlock position & open the door. I had to get lucky & it took several attempts to get the hanger bent to where it would "grab". I used flat tip screwdrivers for my wedges.

I also cracked my windshield on that car first as I tried to use the stainless antenna mast which popped off of the lock switch & cracked the windshield-use caution. I then went & got my coathanger.

If that doesn't work, the coathanger can be used as a "slim jim type device, slid between the glass and the weather strip (rubber) with a "J" bend so that you can hopefully grab the bar (similar to the slim jim) that goes to the lock & pull enough on it to use the flex in it to open the lock.

In either instance, it will help if you use something to wedge between the area where you are to insert the hanger. I doubled the hanger when I made the "J" hook for extra strength, the J is small at the end to catch, that's all. There is a bar that runs between the lock switch to the lock on the door & that's what you're trying to hook. You can also try & hook a manual window knob & work it to open the window slowly.

Good luck

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Big Hammer!! Just kidding. If you dont have or know how to use a slim jim, then get a wedge shaped object(door stop, needle nose pliers, etc) and gently work it in between the top of the door frame and the body of the car until you have enough room to wiggle a coat hanger or bent antenna thru the crack and try and snag a door handle or push the unlock button. If you dont feel safe doing so, sometimes the local police or fire dept will help you, but be prepared to prove ownership of the vehicle once doors are open.

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  • Madd Maxx Feb 03, 2010

    Just another"needless note". The people that come out when you call roadside assistance use an inflatable device they slide in between the door and the car and when it inflates it bends the door open so that they can snag the lock with a piece of tempered wire.Which caused more damage to my car than just using a door stopper ever did. Now I have a nice whistle thru the door seal. Most of the newer cars have metal plates surrounding the locking mechanisms and rods that go to them so that you cannot get them with a coat hanger slid down between the window and window seal. It just depends on the car. Good luck.

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Hello. Call around to local hardware stores and see who sells "slim jim" car entry tool. http://www.lock-picking.org/slim-jims.html

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