How To: Unlock Your Car with a Shoelace

Unlock Your Car with a Shoelace

How to Unlock Your Car with a Shoelace

Locked out of your car and need to break in ASAP? Unlace a shoelace from one of your shoes and you've got yourself the only tool you need to open your car door from the outside.

Simply make a slipknot in the middle of the shoelace and pull the slipknot into the inside of the car through the corner crack between the car door and the car frame. Pulling the shoelace from side to side, bring the slipknot down until it loops around the lock's pull knob. Pull tightly, pull upwards, and voilà—an unlocked car in less than a minute.

Note: This method does not work for all vehicle makes and models.

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13 Comments

Perfect. I like this trick...........Thank you all

Anyone try this on a honda civic circa 2000 ish era?

Hmm… I thought most older Civics around that era either had the "pull-out" knobs by the arm rest or the "push-up" knobs on the top that lay flush, only able to pushed up, not pulled, making it impossible for this shoelace trick. You need the "pull-up"… the one sticking up out of the panel when locked. If you do have the pull-up one, than you should be golden. But there's only one real way to see if this method would work...

Couldn't have explained it better myself. Thanks Justin!

Most likely wont be able to on a civic. The lock is by the window switch all the way by the arm rest on the door panel.

I don't see how you could do this without the slipknot tightening before it was over the latch. Maybe I am an ogre, though!

I like how it using something on your person like a shoestring. Very handy idea! And, another good reason to leave flip flops for the pool & beach.

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