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I TRIED TO UNLOCK MY '96 TOYOTA TACOMA WITH A SLIM JIM AND I WAS UNSUCESSFUL. I FINALLY GOT THE KEY AND NOW THE DRIVER SIDE DOOR WONT OPEN THE DOOR. WHAT DO U THINK CAME OFF INSIDE THE DOOR?

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SOURCE: CAN YOU TELL ME HOW TO USE A SLIM JIM TO UNLOCK JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LAREDO. LOCKED KEYS IN CAR.

just take a towel and wrap around an ice scraper pry the top of the door with it and put a clothes hanger in the crack to push the unloc button

Posted on Dec 21, 2008

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SOURCE: locked my keys inside, can't find a door diagram online

A slim Jim is a fishing expedition. What you need to do is not worry about diagrams. Realize that the locking mechanism has just a very few parts that interconnect. The key hole where you insert your key, and the lock button that go up and down (or in some cases forward and back) are mechanically connected. It's that connection your fishing for and trying to move. You need to 'fish' between the lock and the button and try and 'hook' that linkage and move it in the dirction that moves your lock button to the unlocked position. If you really need a diagram many of the car part web sites will display a diagram for car parts. I've unlocked alot of doors with the method described and have never seen a diagram for what I'm doing. Good luck!

Posted on May 10, 2009

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SOURCE: locked out of 96 chevy cavalier

You can use a wire hanger with a hook bent onto the end fairly easily if you slide it down the window and try to feel around to hook onto the lock mechanism. It may take a bit of patience, but I got into my 2000 with not too much trouble. Then do what I did immediately afterwards - get another key cut to keep in your wallet...

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SOURCE: 1997 BMW 528i The passenger side front and rear doors won't

I had the same problem on the rear door of my 1998 528i and it was the door actuator that had gone bad. I had to take the rear seat out to get the door panel off. Once I had the door panel off it was not that difficult to replace the door actuator.

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SOURCE: I used a slim jim and now my door won't open from the outside.

Open up the door panel and put the control rod back on. that often happens when getting in that way...still cheaper than a locksmith or a window!! (clip is probably in the bottom of the door)

Posted on Oct 07, 2009

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