last friday, in a need to run several errands, the kids and i were up and ready to roll nice and early. everyone had pottied and gotten shoes on. that is when the panic hit. no keys. i ALWAYS drop them in my purse and i all but dumped the dumb thing looking for my keys. then we remembered. one of the kids, who shall remain nameless, unlocked the van on the way to soccer practice and tossed the keys next to them on the BACK SEAT! when we got home, we hopped out of the van and locked it. friday morning, paul leaves for work with the only other set of keys and clicker. thus, we could not leave…
what to do? what to do?? i always try to be resourceful and impress my husband. so i did what any 21st century wife would do,…i googled how to break into my van.
you would not believe the plethora of videos that come up! i knew i would find a solution. so here it is, in number order, the methods i used.
1. take a wedge made out of wood. pry open the door a bit, as they are quite flexible, and then use a coathanger to unlock the door. i sent pete down to the basement to grab some shims, (it was all we had to use!) while i proceeded to straighten out a metal hanger. i pried the door open with no problem. the hanger went right in. only problem was, the thing was so skinny and flimsy that as it went through the opening, it kept aiming for the stereo. helpful if i needed to shut the radio off…but NOT for unlocking the car door. on to option two…
2. another video showed taking a tennis ball and carving a small hole in it. then you put the hole over the keyhole and push fast and hard on the ball hoping to use air pressure to ‘pop’ the lock open. looked simple enough. so again, i sent my gopher to get the things while i am still working on the coathanger that is dangling from my passenger side door. we carve the hole and proceed to the van. i tried every lock twice and then felt so stupid, i went in to read the comments and see if people said this worked. turns out it works only on ‘certain’ types of cars. obviously, mine is not one of them.
3. this one involved a fork. bend two prongs back and try to ‘jiggle’ the lock. about this time, my ninety year old neighbor came up from behind and about scared the daylights out of me. she had a nice sturdy metal hanger. she told me that this had happened to her several times and good luck. i think she was enjoying the show… needless to say, since i do not own a station wagon made in 1972, the fork did nothing except cause me to be short one fork in my silverware drawer.
4. i figured by this point, i needed something real strong and sturdy to stick through the door. i hadn’t tried the hanger from my neighbor. no, i decided to take an old broken radio antenna and duct tape it to a marshmallow poker. (i am laughing as i type this cuz i realize how desperate i was getting…i was going to WIN against this lock!!!) as i am sliding this into the space, the shims both snap. i am now unable to get them out of the door. great. then, while i was trying to get the antenna/poker over to the lock, the antenna snapped. so now i have a door 1/2 shimmed open with broken shims, a tennis ball with a hole in it for no good reason, two metal things hanging from the door into the middle of the van, and a useless fork.
5. i decided to try with the neighbor’s hanger. if the end of it had something sticky on it, it would have worked. i was SO CLOSE…by now, almost two hours had passed. i was tired of trying, frustrated with my lack of ‘breaking in’ skills. my elderly neighbor came out again and asked if i thought of calling the police. maybe they would come help? let’s just say that the only other times i have called (two to be exact) i got a complete JERK on the phone and so that was not going to happen. “besides,” i told my neighbor, “they would probably just tell me to call my insurance company”.
oh yeah,….cuz i have roadside..,.DUH…
i called and within 20 minutes they were here and unlocked my door and we were on our way. think what you will….