I have a 92 crown vic that i recently lost my keys in. being a college
student, i don't want to hafta pay the huge amount a locksmith charges.
i have a coat hanger, and i need to know:
1) is it easier to go thu the top of the door frame and try and press
the unlock switch (i have power locks) or down thru the windows seal?
2) if its easier to go thru the window seal, where is the latch located
and do i have to press it down or pull it up?
please let me know as soon as possible!
It's easier to pry the top of the door back, bend an old antenna mast (one
fixed, swiped from a nearby car) into a tight L shape on the end, insert it
the roof and door and trip the power lock button. Bend it in the middle as
Once you get it open, head directly to the local hardware store and have a
cut for <$2 (~3 beers). Duct tape the spare to the back of the license plate and
you'll never have to do this again as long as you have a dime in your pocket.
get a piece of very heavy wire. make a "U"at the end, spaced about 1 inch
apart, with the end being around 3 inches deep. go through the drivers rear
door, between the window and lower gasket. once under the window, spin the
"tool" until the hook end is pointing in. then use the end to push the lock
plunger up, unlocking the door. this is the same thing a locksmith will do.
you can also call the campus police. they may have a lockout kit and do it
On 22 Aug 2006 05:55:03 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Call the non-emergency number for the Campus Police and ask them if
they have a 'Slim Jim' lockout kit that works on a Crown Vic - After
all, what do you think THEY'RE driving?
And it's more than likely one of the Officers has locked themselves
out of a cruiser, probably more than once, and has some practice at it
- "Do you have the spare keys, Vince?" "No, I thought /you/ had the
spare keys, Bubba..."
If nothing else, call and put the Dispatcher on notice that you're
going to be trying to get back into your own car, and have them pass
the word to the on-duty Officers - so if they get reports that
"Someone's trying to steal a car in Lot B" the Officers won't dump
their box of doughnuts off the dashboard rushing over there. That
_really_ tends to start the Field Interview process off on the wrong
(powdered-sugar covered) foot... ;-P
--<< Bruce >>--
Having been locked out of my Escort (idiot at Autozone did it, then
didn't offer to help fixing the damn problem) I'd say much easier to go
for the power lock button, because you can see what you're doing every
step of the way. Wooden wedge, coathanger, you're in. But it's hard to
avoid damaging the weatherstrip.
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