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Old 01-15-2003, 08:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Where can I get a "slim jim", car door unlocking tool?

I manage a medical office building, and it never fails that we have people lock their keys in their car all the time (yes an employee just called and her car is locked... still running ). Does anyone know where I can find and purchase one of these tools to unlock car doors? I hate having to tell people to call a locksmith and making them wait for one to show up if I could take care of it myself...
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Personally I wouldn't do it. It's easy for a window to get scratched or door mechanism to be damaged when trying to be nice to someone. This is why a lot of police won't open up cars for people anymore. Get a AAA membership and just call in whoevers car
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I know in some places they have a place that will drive and unlock your door for $20.
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Personally I wouldn't do it. It's easy for a window to get scratched or door mechanism to be damaged when trying to be nice to someone. This is why a lot of police won't open up cars for people anymore. Get a AAA membership and just call in whoevers car
Good point, but we also have 50+ employees as well as building tenants who could benefit from us having one of these tools around - and would likely do so with the understanding we are not responsible for any damage, etc.
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If you wanna spend the green, Snap-On, Mac and Matco all carry entire lockout kits. A slim-jim will get you in to precious few newer vehicles. These kits come with an assortment of slim-jims, rods, wedges and other goofy looking things. They also come with vehicle specific instructions. Prices should be $100-$150.
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If you wanna spend the green, Snap-On, Mac and Matco all carry entire lockout kits. A slim-jim will get you in to precious few newer vehicles. These kits come with an assortment of slim-jims, rods, wedges and other goofy looking things. They also come with vehicle specific instructions. Prices should be $100-$150.
I'm with this guy. The kit is the way to go if you want to cover multiple vehicle type. Really a sweet deal

I used to lock the keys in my F350 all the time. I'd just go through the top of the wing window with a thick guage coat hanger and hit the unlock button. Great trick for vehicles with wing windows and electronic locks.
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If you wanna spend the green, Snap-On, Mac and Matco all carry entire lockout kits. A slim-jim will get you in to precious few newer vehicles. These kits come with an assortment of slim-jims, rods, wedges and other goofy looking things. They also come with vehicle specific instructions. Prices should be $100-$150.
Yeah I agree. My buddy is a Lock smith and I have been on calls with him before. I don't think he even has a "Slim Jim" all his stuff is specialized. Tool he uses the most is a under and over. It's a M shaped rod that you slide down into the door and come up and over the interior door pannel and hit the power lock button. About 6 different styles for different power door lock switch locations.
One comon method that works on Jap cars particurlay well is to take a coat hanger and come up under the door lock button on the inside. I have opened plenty of cars that way. Works very good on Nissan and Toyota trucks and compacts.
My bud opened my wifes blazer with a tool that looked like a spoon handle bent in a vice. It slid in and held the button on the vent wing latch and had a second rod that pushed it over with. Took all of 30 seconds to get in. If it didn't have power locks he would have picked the door lock. the power actuator puts to much drag on the lock cylinder and tends to bend the tool.
Funny thing is he says that cars are harder to get into than houses. He can pick most dead locks in about 15 seconds. He dog and pony's for a couple minutes so that people don't think it was so easy but seldom does it take more the two tries.
He has been hauled into small claims court on several occasions over stupid crap like scratched windows and problems with linkages. Every person that hauled him to court never even bothered to call him and tell them he had a problem. He would have gladly made it right if they had bothered to contact him.
Not worth the liability for you to be unlocking cars.
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My bud opened my wifes blazer with a tool that looked like a spoon handle bent in a vice. It slid in and held the button on the vent wing latch and had a second rod that pushed it over with. Took all of 30 seconds to get in.
I worked at Les Schwab a long time ago and, for some reason, owners of early to mid 80s Ford trucks would constantly lock their keys in the truck. I had the kit an got in to them the same way. I could do it that way just as fast as I could get in with a key.
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It only takes one dickhead to screw it up for everyone else, make em sign something absolving you from any liability before attempting to unlock a door. If not you are liable for any damage.
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If you wanna spend the green, Snap-On, Mac and Matco all carry entire lockout kits. A slim-jim will get you in to precious few newer vehicles. These kits come with an assortment of slim-jims, rods, wedges and other goofy looking things. They also come with vehicle specific instructions. Prices should be $100-$150.
Right on the money. Slim-jims are pretty useless these days. I used to do some repo work in college and we had one of these multi tool kits. It even had a book with every make and model ov car you could think of. It told you exactly which tools to use and how to get in to each specific vehicle.
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A neighor has a "Mom & Pop" locksmith business.

Gets a call on a Sunday night from some guy "Hey, I locked my keys in my car.... " goes over and the Dude is "what too you so long?" (about 10 minutes!). He pops the lock, and says $20. Dude is really an ass, and starts in with "$20 for a minute of work... na, that isn't worth $20..."

Brian just smiles, locks the door and shuts it, and says "No problem, have a nice day" While getting back into his truck. Funny as hell.

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P.S. DRM a to ya.... nothing like helping out a Mom with a kid on a freezing cold day who needs to pick up an older one in 10 minutes. Noticed an older fellow who's car was cranking over pretty slow trying to start when I was walking into the store. Took less than a minute to pop the hood and give a quick twist of the battery clamp to make good contact and start the sucker up. Explained he needed to have the battery terminals cleaned up... Life is just too short not to have a moment to help someone out.
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A neighor has a "Mom & Pop" locksmith business.

Gets a call on a Sunday night from some guy "Hey, I locked my keys in my car.... " goes over and the Dude is "what too you so long?" (about 10 minutes!). He pops the lock, and says $20. Dude is really an ass, and starts in with "$20 for a minute of work... na, that isn't worth $20..."

Brian just smiles, locks the door and shuts it, and says "No problem, have a nice day" While getting back into his truck. Funny as hell.

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P.S. DRM a to ya.... nothing like helping out a Mom with a kid on a freezing cold day who needs to pick up an older one in 10 minutes. Noticed an older fellow who's car was cranking over pretty slow trying to start when I was walking into the store. Took less than a minute to pop the hood and give a quick twist of the battery clamp to make good contact and start the sucker up. Explained he needed to have the battery terminals cleaned up... Life is just too short not to have a moment to help someone out.
LOL...great story..wonder if he charged them a 2nd visit

Re the time for someone..I wholeheartedly agree and around Christmas spent 45 minutes in the Wal-Mart parking lot trying to help get some womans car started. The problem is so many people today get pissy if something goes wrong, it's a shame but it's the way it is. DRM saying 50+ employees plus others in bldg just made it worse to me....you increased your odds of someone being a dickhead
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As a locksmith I have like a responsibility to the industry to say "Dont do it". So with that out of the way I'll explain why. First off it is illegal in most states to own locksmithing tools as thay are considered tools for breaking and entering. The only reason that these .com buisnesses can get away with selling them is because there is a loophole in the law for distributing them. The law basically says that companys can only sell to locksmiths, tow truck drivers legitimate buisnesses etc. It says that they cannot be sold to other individuals through the mail....which dosnt exclude UPS, FedEx or other shipping companys

If you do go ahead and get one, be ready for the liability. If for some reason the car you unlocked gets into an accident and the side impact airbags dont deploy subsequently killing the driver, or a linkage becomes disconnected and they cant get out, anything happens and YOU are liable!!!!!! This is why all locksmiths must be bonded and insured. It is far eaiser than you know to dis connect a linkage while trying to open a car door, and if you happen to disconnect all of them THERE IS NO GOOD WAY TO GET IN!!!!! There is an incredible ammount of electronics in newer car door panels, any of which you dont want to have to re-connect if you screw it up. All of these are good reasons why you should get AAA or an account with a reliable local locksmith, leave it up to the professionals. They know what they're doing!

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I have a full Matco kit I no longer use.. I work at Les Schwab Tire Center and just dont need it any more. kits looks brand new!

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Wow

I can't believe how many people that don't have a clue what they are talking about replied to this thread.

I drove for AMA. It takes 1 tool, Not a whole bag. A few wedges, and a air bag for spreading gaps makes it easier.

The tool is simply a steel rod about 1/4 to 3/8th" in diameter, 3 to 4 feet long, with a bend loop for a handle on one end, and a 1" 45 degree bend in the other for a hook. We buy these from the lock smiths, WITH OUR PERMITS.

I have yet to find a car I can't unlock this way, damage free.

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Wow

I can't believe how many people that don't have a clue what they are talking about replied to this thread.

I drove for AMA. It takes 1 tool, Not a whole bag. A few wedges, and a air bag for spreading gaps makes it easier.

The tool is simply a steel rod about 1/4 to 3/8th" in diameter, 3 to 4 feet long, with a bend loop for a handle on one end, and a 1" 45 degree bend in the other for a hook. We buy these from the lock smiths, WITH OUR PERMITS.

I have yet to find a car I can't unlock this way, damage free.

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Wow

I can't believe how many people that don't have a clue what they are talking about replied to this thread.

I drove for AMA. It takes 1 tool, Not a whole bag. A few wedges, and a air bag for spreading gaps makes it easier.

The tool is simply a steel rod about 1/4 to 3/8th" in diameter, 3 to 4 feet long, with a bend loop for a handle on one end, and a 1" 45 degree bend in the other for a hook. We buy these from the lock smiths, WITH OUR PERMITS.

I have yet to find a car I can't unlock this way, damage free.

Nat
The big easy? Best tool on the market.I also have a piece of antenna that I bent just for rolling down the passenger window on Freightliners w/vent windows.I usually have it down by the time the driver walks to the passenger door.I'm a mechanic at a truckstop and that little tool makes me a popular guy.
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