Man Hacks: How to Unlock Your Car or Truck With Just a Shoelace

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Oh geez, you did it again – you locked your keys in your car. We’ve all been there at one time or another. So what do you do? Here are some options:

  • Call your wife, mom or someone in possession of a copy of the key.
  • Call a locksmith.
  • Smash a front window and unlock it manually.
  • Find a wedge and a metal rod and pry the door open.
  • Remove one of your shoelaces, create a slip knot with it, place the shoelace at the top corner of the door, wiggle it into the car until the slip knot is over the door lock, tighten it, then pull up.

Wait, what? A shoelace?

Man Hacks: How to Unlock Your Car or Truck With Just a Shoelace

Yes, it’s a tactic that would make MacGyver proud – and as you can see from viewing the video below, it can be accomplished rather easily. The demonstration show the maneuver taking less than 35 seconds, although I’m guessing that the folks that are showing it off in the video have a bit more practice time under their belts than the average Joe who may be attempting this for the first time when caught in a pickle. Who knows thought – the guys in this video may have just been motivated to succeed thanks to the Red Hot Chili Peppers playing over the car stereo. We know we get pumped every time we hear them.

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A couple of considerations to keep in mind when viewing this: First, while this shoelace tactic appears effective for cars with vertical facing locks, we’re guessing you’re going to be out of luck if you drive a vehicle model where the locks are horizontal and embedded into the door handle. Also, there are newer car models that actually contain micro computer chips in the key. Failure to open your car with anything but that could throw off the internal computer system and potentially actually cost you more than if you were to call a locksmith. But with those considerations in mind, unraveling your shoelace and giving this method a try certainly wouldn’t hurt, especially if you’re caught in a real jam. And just think – if your efforts fail, you can still:

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