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Old 09-19-2014, 08:40 AM
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Lockout kits?

Both I and my customers occasionally find myself in need of a lockout kit to open our locked cars. Coat hangers rarely work well and a call to a locksmith at night on the weekend is crazy expensive. I have AAA, but my customers are usually too poor to afford AAA, much less a locksmith.

Here's an example.


(this one's $90 if you don't care to click the link.)
Is this overkill or inadequate? What recommendations do you have?

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i like this kit
YA501F, Set, Lockout Tool
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"in need of a lockout kit to open our locked cars"

Or anybody´s locked car...................
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Steck Big Easy Car Unlock Toolkit with Air Wedge

I have used these and they work pretty well.
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practice ?

My nephew drives a tow truck and the drivers he works with will go to a pick your own part wrecking yard and practice .
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I have had a big kit with all the slim-jims and various and such like the first one pictured. (You can pick one up a LOT cheaper). Since I bought Steck's Big Easy like Latech linked to I basically haven't touched the old kit in over three years now.
The Big Easy is the business. I've worn out one air pad and added a second wedge to my kit. The Big Easy now comes in a two-piece that separates for easy stowing in a vehicle. I haven't used one of those but have to say the one-piece style is pretty obnoxiously long and a little difficult to keep in a car. Drops down behind a pickup truck seat nicely though.
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The biggest problem with all the kits is the lack of experience of the average owner. If you keep a kit around for the occasional locked keys in the car scenario, you will most likely not be able to get the doors open. It takes a lot of practice to know which tool works on which car, and which way to use the right tool.
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i worked machine maint for years, everyone came to us when they locked there keys in
i have made the flat bar slim jim from metal pallet strapping, you need the wide 3/4'' or 1'' stuff
also a couple of wood shims help to see in the door
they work to open most classic vehicles
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Knew a guy who had a lock out kit. Had it in his car. When he locked himself out. lol
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When I drove tow truck, there was a lit in the tow truck, but it did not get used very often. We also had a tool called the Big Easy. It was not much more than a piece of round rod with a 90 degree bend on each end. To use it, you would use a plastic, or wooden wedge to pry out the top of the door frame and then reach in to push the power lock button, or pull the manual unlock knob.

I also made my own using a piece of 1/4" round rod. Also have seen them made with brake line.

My opinion, this tool will get you into most vehicles, so the lockout kits are not really needed.

The other tool is for vehicles with the knob that you pull up to unlock the door. I made it by feeding a piece of small cable through a piece of brake line. To use it, you guide the cable so as to lasso the knob, pull the loop tight, and then pull on the whole thing to pull up the knob.

Both of these tools can be made in your own garage for very little money, and they work as well as or better than the expensive kits.
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