How to Unlock a Car Door with a Screwdriver

Did you accidentally lock your keys in the car? Well, this guide explains how to unlock a car door with a screwdriver if you would rather not call a locksmith.

How to unlock a car door with a screwdriver

How to unlock a car door with a screwdriver

The primary use of a screwdriver is to loosen or tighten screws. How, it helps with other purposes, including unlocking doors. To unlock a car door with a screwdriver, do the following:

1. Ensure your safety

Firstly, your safety should be a top priority. Secondly, you want to be careful not to accidentally scratch your car paint or damage any other component with the screwdriver. Painting a car, for example, can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to $10,000 or more, depending on factors like finishes, needed repairs, vehicle size, and paint color/quality.

Consider wearing gloves to protect your hands and fingers.

2. Locate the unlock button

Look for the unlock button on the inside of your car door. You can choose to open the door from the driver’s side or the passenger’s side. If the driver side is the main lock control, open from there. Otherwise, consider opening from the passenger side.

3. Insert the screwdriver

Insert the screwdriver gently between the door of the car and the frame—use the flathead side of the screwdriver.

Don’t apply excessive pressure to avoid breaking the lock or bending the door.

4. Insert a wire coat hanger

Can you unlock a car door with a flathead screwdriver

Wire hanger and Slim Jim tools

When the tip of the screwdriver you insert in the car becomes visible from the outside, there’s now space in-between the door and the frame. Now, insert a wire coat hanger or any tool shaped in a like manner and use that to press the unlock button.

5. Remove the screwdriver

When you have the door unlocked, remove the screwdriver to avoid damaging the lock mechanism or door. If your trunk is open, you can gain entry from the trunk with the screwdriver.

Finally, consider the services of a locksmith if you can’t reach the lock mechanism or are just worried that you may damage your door. A locksmith can also make a duplicate key for you if you need a new key.

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