To many people, it may seem improbable someone would actually lock their keys under their car hood. As others can attest to, it happens more than they might think. The driver opens the hood to check water level, or to find out what is wrong with the car, and places the keys in a convenient spot. A few minutes later, he slams the hood closed, only to realize the car keys he was holding in his hand are safely locked under the now closed car hood.
Locked keys under hood is not only something that occurs often, figuring out how to open a locked car door so the hood release can be activated and the keys retrieved are an even bigger problem.
Luckily, there are a few tricks that can be tried to unlock a car door without the use of the keys. Thus, allowing the locked keys under hood to be retrieved easily.
Can the hood be popped open without a hood release switch? — One thing some drivers are not aware of, not every car needs a hood release switch in order to get the hood open. Some older model cars simply require the hood to be firmly pushed down. This then activates a catch release, and the hood pops open.
Use a coat hanger or wire on the car window — An easy way to open a car door requires nothing more than a coat hanger or a sturdy piece of wire.
If using a coat hanger, unwind and manipulate it into the shape of a long piece of wire with a small hook on the end. If using a piece of wire, create the same tool.
Wiggle the wire tool into the interior of the car by pushing it in above the rubber seal at the top of the side door window, and then pushing the wire down into the car. It is then often possible to pull up the door lock button with the wire hook, thus unlocking the door and allowing access.
Activate hood release from under the car — On some car models, it is possible to see and access the cable running from the hood release switch inside the car to the release mechanism under the hood.
Lie on the ground on the driver’s side of the car, and look underneath the car to locate the cable. Using a coat hanger pull the hood release cable, and the mechanism will be activated.
Locked keys under hood doesn’t have to be a catastrophe. Not with one of these quick and easy solutions.