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Have a slim jim but dont know exactly where to insert it. in front of door handle or in back?

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You start with it forward of the handle with the slot opening facing the back of the car.If you are going to use it and are successful,I would use it on the passenger door because you may end up screwing up the locking mechanism permanently or at least it will give you problems.I had the issue and have seen several other people have an issue with the door they had slim jimmed too.People who do it regularly make it look easier than it is too.
Good luck! Greg

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