Unlike the locks on your home, the locks on most automobiles are
high security locks. They normally can't be picked without physically
modifying the lock. For this reason, people look for other methods of
entry. Alternate methods normally include either inserting a device into
the door via the weather strip, or prying the top of the door open slightly
so that a rod can be inserted to manipulate the lock handle.
Prying the door open takes some skill to avoid damaging the vehicle. So
it's rarely used unless absolutely necessary. That leaves us with manipulation
inside the door.
Contrary to popular belief, the devices known and Slim Jims don't
work on any modern vehicles. Although some people can get them to work, they
aren't using the device in its intended way, and it normally takes some skill
to get the lock open.
What you'll find out, is that almost every vehicle
requires a different device to open it. These devices are normally just
bent rods, but the bends are often somewhat complex. And not only does each
vehicle require a different tool, but each tool has to be applied in a
On some vehicles, such as those with side-impact air bags, there is the
risk of doing hundreds of dollars worth of damage if extreme caution is not
taken. In any vehicle with power windows, locks, or mirrors, there's the
chance of pulling a wire out. So don't go practicing just for the sake of
practicing unless you're prepared to pay for any damage.
Due to the vast number of tools and techniques involved, it's impractical
to post them all here. Rather, I'm going to point you to a book by Steve
Young at Tech-Train Productions which
explains how to make the tools and how to unlock almost all vehicles. To
purchase the book, click here.
Then click on "Steve Young's Quick Entry Car Opening Manual". You don't
have to prove you're a locksmith to purchase the book. It currently sells
for $79.95. (Note: I am not affiliated with Tech-Train Productions in any
I plan to post some of the techniques and tools used over time.