If you’re locked out of your car, a friend might suggest using a slim-jim to pop the lock. A slim-jim (when it doesn’t refer to a type of beef jerky) is a long metal tool with a notch at the end. It’s slipped between the window and the weather stripping to pry up the lock rods in the door below. Sounds simple enough. What you might not know is that most modern cars (mid 90s and later) have built-in protections against slim-jims. If you use one, it might not work, or worse, you could easily damage your car. Pop-A-Lock of San Antonio can tell you from our experience repairing car door locks that it’s usually more expensive to get your lock repaired than to get a locksmith to unlock it without damage.
Here’s how a slim-jim could damage your car:
- Damage the weatherstripping along your window
- Break window / door seals
- Scratch your window
- Detach the lock rods
- Damage electrical wiring within your car door
- Get stuck inside your car
As a car owner, you know any necessary repairs are going to cost a bundle. Car door unlocking is one of those things, like plumbing and electrical work, best left to professionals. Pop-A-Lock San Antonio is proud to offer fast, affordable car door unlock services. Give us a call at 210-637-0303 for a free, 100% inclusive estimate today! We are a fully licensed and insured San Antonio locksmith company, and we’re available 24/7 if you get locked out.
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