Unlock Your Car From The Outside With A Shoelace

If you accidentally lock your keys in the car and don't have your wedge and metal rod handy, you can often unlock the car from the outside using nothing but your shoelace.

This trick doesn't work on every car, but it does work on many, and the older your car, the more likely it is to work. All you need to do is create a slip knot with your shoelace, place the lace at the top right corner of the door, and wiggle it down into the inside of the car. After placing the slip knot over the lock button, you should be able to pull on one side of the shoelace to tighten the knot, pull it up and unlock the car.

As always, we don't recommend using this to break into a car that isn't yours — obviously, that's illegal (and kind of mean). But, if you lock yourself out of your own car, it's a nice last-ditch effort before you need to call for help. Check out the video above to see it in action, or hit the link below to see the step-by-step process. WikiHow's infographic is also really well done, too.

How to Unlock Your Car with a Shoelace [The Secret Yumiverse]


    Most modern cars these days don't have a pull up knob. !!

    Posting this seems a little irresponsible...

      You must be new here.

      LH has articles ranging from how to do proper torrent-ing, to how properly steal a laptop (by explaining what sort of security could be installed in a laptop).


      Nevermind the fact that anyone breaking into cars using this manner is useless and should just go and hand themselves to the police. most people breaking into cars are after your stuff not your car adn the best way to get your stuff in a hurry is with a hammer.

      And if they want your car, the best way is still with a hammer and the rear quarter window, then unlock the back door and then the front door and the damage is minimal.

      **Disclaimer - I am not a car thief, or any other kind of thoef, however I have had cars stolena dn broken into. I also work across the road from a dingy carpark adn some crack flats.**

        ...and apparently have trouble spelling

          hey, man, don't talk to a theof like that! He might theo something from you.

    Time to go to Woolworths and steal some wallets, fuck yeah.

    lifehacker helped me get into my car, now i'm a heroin dealer.

    Plastic builders strapping still works better (easier to get in and move around), and good luck finding a car that has these older style locks that is worth stealing or breaking into...

    PS. I don't know anything about nothing, ok!

    Breaking the rear quarter window can be a bad idea if it's your own car - it can be the most expensive to replace. Obviously different models will vary.

    Joyriders break this one as it's the least mess for their scumbag mates sitting in the back seat.

    lol newbs getting sad because lifehacker posted it, like i couldnt just google it anyway. lulz.

    You can also build a nuclear device. If by "you" you mean someone did this and they were the same species as "you".
    None of you are getting into your car with a pair of shoelaces.

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