I was wondering if anyone here can help me, My absent minded girl friend has
locked my keys in my car. I drive a 2001 Ford Focus. I'm not even sure
if the old coat hanger method will even work. Any help will be
greatly appreciated. I know that my best bet would be to call a tow truck,
but I would
like to do this myself is possible as I dont' feel like spending money
thanks in advance
I think you're stuck hiring someone which would be cheaper than damaging the
car. But there is a trick to avoid this happening again. Take the key to the
hardware store and have them copy it. They'll probably say they can't
because it has a chip in it but tell them to copy it anyway. Then put the
copy in your wallet. It won't start the car but it will open the door, which
allows you to get at the real key if it's locked in the car.
This trick saves my butt about twice a year, most recently last week when I
started the car then got out to scrape ice off the windows, and
absent-mindedly hit the lock button.
The car actually did come with a spare key, but the second key is sitting
somewhere at the bottom of a river thanks to me taking it swimming with me
this summer. As much as I don't want to spend the money.. it looks like I'm
going to have to. Thank you for the responce
The Hardware store idea will not work. You likely have Securilock which is
an anti theft deterrent. Your key is uniquely coded and cannot be copied by
conventional means. Go to your Ford dealer armed with your VIN number,
appropriate ID and order a new key. They will code it to your car.
I had actually forgot that I had Ford Road Side assistance still.. (for
another 2000km) so they sent ama out to open my car for me. And I'm off to
the hardware store to get a door only key cut right now :) Thank you
everyone for the replies... They were most helpful
But it will work if all you need is an operational key to open the
door. It won't work for the ignition. But since the fellow's keys
are already in the car that's all he needs access to.
$2.00 for an emergency key vs $30 for a Ford key -- sounds like a
nobrainer to me....
WHAT??? you wasted taxpayers money on a locked car! You fool...
All you had to do was wave down some skateboarding punk and hand him a
piece of wire -- odds are he'd have your car open in a few seconds...
I locked myself out once (left car running when dropping off a video
and accidentally hit the power lock button on the door) and called
Ford's Roadside assistance number -- they had a service tech. out with
a couple of metal shims. Opened in under 30 seconds...
After all you've already paid for the service within the price of the
vehicle, use it when you need it.
This doesn't say much for Ford car security - the trained thief would
obviously not care too much about damaging a car and have the door open
in 10 seconds.
In Liverpool or Manchester the 10 year olds would only take 5 seconds.
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