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Where do you unlock the door using a slim jim? I need to see a diagram of the inside door panel to know where to unlock it.

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    yadayada May 26, 2011

    A slim Jim is something it takes skill to master, if you don't know how to use it you can do allot of damage inside the door.



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The last owner was locked out of car and used slim jim to enter now when press remote or unlock from switch inside don't open the red light comes but door don't open but open with key

Sounds like the plastic clip that connects the mechanism together may have been damaged. Or the wiring harness was damaged i. The door. Depends on the car and how it's made

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Unlock Chevy spark with slim Jim

Most lock out companies use a long metal rod that is inserted through the top of the door and is then used to push the power door lock button or the lock button. If you gently pull on the top of the door and insert a wedge to keep the door ajar slightly, you can use a coat hanger and manoevere it to touch the door lock button

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I need a diagram of the locking mechanism in my 2001 nissan sentra so that i can use a slim jim to unlock the passenger side door.

I don't have a diagram of the door but if you slip the slim Jim in over the top of the outside door handle it should catch on the latch bar. If you are doing this because the door won't open from the interior handle or the outside handle the problem most likely isn't the lock. The way that handle connects to the release it is held in place with a piece of plastic that breaks fairly easy. If that piece breaks the interior door handle won't activate the unlock function when pulled and you will have a heck of a time getting the door opened so you can get inside the panel to do the repair.

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Locked my keys inside my 2003 Dodge Stratus. How do i unlock my door from the outside of my car? Do u have a diagram to show me. I have a slimmy

You will not unlock this car with a slim jim and you will most likely damage something.Call a locksmith.If you know someone with the airbag and reachrod system that is what I use and it works well.Good luck!

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I locked my keys in my 1999 chevy cavalier, I want to know if I can use a slim jim on it to unlock the doors

if you know what it is that you are trying to grab inside the door with a slim jim then 'yes' it is possible to open the car this way. but if you have never slim jim'ed this type of car before then it is best to have a locksmith come out and do it proper. there is a chance that you could knock off a linkage rod and make this situation even worse.
but if you want to give it a try then I will try my best to tell you what it is that you are looking for inside the door. near the back of the door where the door latch is located,, you are trying to grab onto the inside linkage control tab that is on the latch itself,,, with the slim jim you should feel a spongy feeling while pushing down,, at that point slide the slim jim in alittle and twist and then lift up --- this should unlock the car.
now there is another way of attacking this door,, but you will need to use a heavy wire bent like a 'L' and at the bottom of the 'L' you make a small hook to grab onto the inside control linkage rod ( inside the door ) --- you will need the heavy wire,a propane torch ( to bend the wire ) and two small wooden wedges to wedge the window away from the door skin. if you have your tool made ,, go about mid way to the front of the door and lower tool into the door about 7 inches and try and hook the linkage -- watch the inside lock control for movement while you fish for it,, grab it and move it backwards -- this will unlock the door.
'if you do try to slim jim the car - I would recommend trying the passenger side door so if anything does happen to one of the linkage rods, then it will not affect the drivers door.
I know that this all sounds kinda tuff and time consuming -- and it is,,, that is why I would still say to call a locksmith and have them come out to the car and pop it open for you,, they will be there in about 20 minutes -- it will take them 2 minutes to open the car and the cost will be about 45 to 55 dollars for this service. now you can also call a taxi service or a tow truck service and they might do it slightly cheaper then the locksmith company -- but they are far from qualified to do the job ( but they can get it open cheap -- ) -- I would stick with the skilled locksmith ...


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The rear passenger door on 1993 lincoln contenental will not open neither from outside nor from inside but the pin goes up and down when operated by fob as well as unlock - lock button on the car

Ok this one is a tough one. If your handle on the outside does not work for some time, then the rod that attaches to the handle has most likely come loose. Your options are limited. I usually do not recommend the use of a slim jim. However in this case, a slim jim is an option. Inside your read door panel are three main rods. One rod moves the inside handle. The other rod moves the outside handle. The third rod is attached to the lock knob. Using the slim jim slide it into the door. Hook it onto one of the rods and pull up slightly. Try to see what is moving when you move the rod. If it is the inside handle or lock knob is moving, then find another rod that moves nothing. That will be the rod that should be attached to your outside handle. Lift up on that rod and it should open your door.
After you open the door, go ahead and take the time to fix your door, by removing the door panel and re-attaching the rod to the handle.

Let me know if you have any further questions.

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I have a 645ci 2004,today i unlocked my car and the right door made a strange click and didnot get unlocked; now i can not open it anymore at all; even from interior

it sound like the lock linkage inside door has come disconnected. you'll have to remove door panel to check it out. as far as getting it unlocked to open it to remove door panel you'll have to use a slim jim to unlock it

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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!

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1992 Firebird- Locked the keys inside!

the button pulls up not down to open,take two big screwdrivers and a wooden wedge and pry back top of door and drop wedge in to hold door frame back then use coat hanger with a small loop on the end to lift the button the car rental game i could open a car within 30secs honest

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a slim jim is not a good ideal to be using in todays cars and trucks with airbags everywhere and wires inside a pro and if he pulls out a slim jim send him packin...there a re far better tools to use than a slim jim

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