How to Unlock a Car with a Coat Hanger

by Giselle Diamond
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If you have locked your car keys in the car or misplaced them and find yourself locked out, you can use a coat hanger to unlock your car. It requires a little patience and a relaxed mental attitude, but it's not difficult to do.

Step 1

Straighten out the coat hanger but leave the "hook" end intact.

Step 2

Insert the hanger under the rubber molding on the left side of the passenger side window, and attempt to locate a pin inside the car door's frame. The pin is located toward the center of the door in most vehicles.

Step 3

Tug lightly and pull up on the hanger when you find the pin.

Step 4

Reinsert the metal coat hanger from the top of the window if you can't find the pin. Maneuver it through the rubber molding around the window's edge.

Step 5

Guide the metal coat hanger onto the lock and carefully push it to unlock the car.

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