Door lock question...

All right so I remember thinking about this little problem today so I decided to bring it up. When we all go running out of our car to take a quick look at the storms it is easy to loose track of what doors are locked and where the keys are. Thus if we get out of a car with the keys inside and the doors locked we could be in a bit of a pickle. I was wondering what safeguards people took? Or, if there is anything you could put onto a lock to assure that you will not get stuck outside of your car and possibly be required to take a rock to a window?
 
I always carry a spare key for my car and my van in my pocket. I have only locked myself out once and it wasn't on a chase, it was in my driveway. Grabbed the spare from my pocket and unlocked the door. Problem solved.
 
I wear a spare key around my neck on a nylon type rope. Have locked myself out a couple times but always get right back in.

Doug Raflik
 
I am the authority on this issue! :lol: I used to do this on average of once a month.

On a chase trip in 2002, I did it twice in a time span of one hour in Elk City, Ok on the morning of a chase. Had to call AAA twice and have a locksmith come out. Twice. I unfortunately have about 10 witnesses and I think Bill even has all of this on tape (dreading the day that surfaces!). Insult to injury was that the same AAA operator answered the phone the second time and thought I was joking.

I have AAA, and you only have 4 roadside assistance calls per year on your membership. I usually used all four on locksmith calls every year. The rest of the times I just had to pay the locksmith $25 or have someone drive me home to get the extra key.

Anyway, my eventual solution was to just keep the extra key in my pocket at all times. This was cumbersome since the key was long and had the big black plastic knob on the end. I didn't want to hide a key on the outside of the truck, there really wasn't a good way to do that at least on my Ranger.

While I was on a chase trip I sometimes had someone else carry the key for me, but this wasn't a long-term solution and you had to remember to get it back.

Now, my new car is anti-idiot proof. If the engine is running and I lock the doors, it senses I'm about to close the driver's door and unlocks it as it closes. It also has a numeric keypad, and the code is on a card in my wallet and also on record with the dealer. These safeguards have prevented countless indicents.
 
I used to find a real good place underneath the vehicle and get a piece of wire and wire the key under the car for emergencies. I still keep an extra key but it is no longer underneath the vehicle. I found a better spot!
 
I swallow a key just to be safe.

Actually, I just try to be careful. If the car has an unstable history of always locking the doors I'll just crack one of the windows. It wont save me, but it will make getting the doors unlocked quite a bit easier.
 
I keep an extra key in my wallet. Also if I am getting out of the vehicle I usually roll down the drivers side window. If I am getting out it is obviously not raining much.
 
I drive a Ford Explorer, it has that key pad on the drivers door so if I lock my keys inside I can tap a code and the doors will unlock. I think there might be an after market key pad that you can have installed so you don't have to worry about another key.
 
Originally posted by Bill Hamilton
I always carry a spare key for my car and my van in my pocket. I have only locked myself out once and it wasn't on a chase, it was in my driveway. Grabbed the spare from my pocket and unlocked the door. Problem solved.

I do the same. You just gotta remembver to put it in the pocket all the time though.
 
I have an extra key in my wallet and one on the outside of the vehicle someplace (just in case I don't have my wallet on me - which is often seeing as 10 hours sitting in a car can make a wallet a real pain in the butt).
 
Originally posted by Jay Cazel
I drive a Ford Explorer, it has that key pad on the drivers door so if I lock my keys inside I can tap a code and the doors will unlock. I think there might be an after market key pad that you can have installed so you don't have to worry about another key.

Key Pad on Lincoln. No worries :)
 
On at least the driver's door, my Honda Element mechanically forces it to be unlocked whenever opened (you can't physically push the lock closed). So I have to lock it with the key or use the remote. Can't do either of those when the keys are in the ignition.
 
Just keep the window open and do it Duke's of Hazard style:
General.jpg


Photo from wikipedia
 
Originally posted by John Gnuechtel
On at least the driver's door, my Honda Element mechanically forces it to be unlocked whenever opened (you can't physically push the lock closed). So I have to lock it with the key or use the remote. Can't do either of those when the keys are in the ignition.

My Astro is like that. You can lock it with the remote with the key in it if you really lose it and try hard enough!! :lol:
 
Fords can be programmed to disable to auto lock function by switch key on off a number of times.

How To Disable AutoLocks

Note: Manual transmission vehicles have this feature disabled at the factory. This procedure applies to most newer Ford vehicles, not just Ford trucks.

The enable/disable mode allows the autolock feature to be turned off and on. On manual transmission vehicles, when replacing the remote anti-theft personality (RAP) module, the autolock feature must be turned off by using the enable/disable mode.

The enable/disable mode is entered when the following series of steps is performed:

1. Confirm that the perimeter alarm is disarmed.

2. Close all doors.

3. Confirm that the ignition switch is in the OFF position.

Note: Steps 4 through 8 must be performed within 30 seconds.

4. Turn the ignition switch from OFF to RUN.

5. Press the power door lock UNLOCK button three times.

6. Turn the ignition switch from RUN to OFF.

7. Press the power door lock UNLOCK button three times.

8. Turn the ignition switch from OFF to RUN.

9. Verify that the RAP module chirps the horn. This indicates that the RAP module is now in the enable/disable mode and ready to accept program changes.

10. Press the power door lock UNLOCK button one time to command the RAP module to toggle the autolock/relock feature ON or OFF.

11. Press the power door lock LOCK button once to enter the command.

12. Verify that the vehicle horn chirps one time to signal the RAP module confirmation of the command. There should only be one chirp indicating that the autolock/relock feature has been disabled. If one chirp is heard, followed by a longer honk, the autolock/relock feature has just been enabled. Return to step 10.

13. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position to exit the enable/disable mode.

14. Verify that the RAP module chirps the horn once to indicate that a feature has been changed.

The autolock and the appropriate alarm configuration are turned on at the factory on vehicles with automatic transmissions. Vehicles with manual transmissions have the autolock turned off at the factory. The RAP module returns to the prior setting any time battery power is interrupted.
 
Unless it is raining real hard, i usually just leave the window open. I love the smell of the fresh air around a T-Storm anyway, of course I dont really know why I would be out of the car when it is raining hard anyway.
 
Man I am horrible about locking my keys in the car. Lucky I have not done this while chasing yet. I am glad some you have pointed out some very simple tips.

High jacking time sorry but this is funny...

A few years ago I went to the Tag agency to get my car tag and get a Pikepass. Well after I got the sticker tag and slapped it on the license plate I walk over to the driver side door and attempted to open it. Opps… it was locked! Frantically I search my pockets for my keys. Nothing. I then leaned over the front windshield to see of the keys where in the ignition. Yep there they where; safe and sound.

Well ok no big deal I had no place to go and I had AAA. So I call the locksmith and waited about 45 minutes for him to get to the Tag agency. Upon arriving he asked if the white car in which I was standing by was my car? With a stupid look on my face and a smart-ass reply I said no I was just about to steal the keys out of this car. He just laughed...

Well the locksmith went to his van and pulled out is handy little tools then walked around to my front passenger side door. He then gave me a really funny look and turned around with his back to me and started to chuckle. I ask what was so funny? He turned back around and looked me straight in the eyes, all while trying not to laugh, and said look trough your driver side window. So unaware of what the hell was going on I bent down just in time to see him put his arm all the way inside of my passenger side window. He then began to antagonize me by swirling his arm all around where the window should be...

I straightened back up right and just nodded to him and said thank you, got into my car, and drove away.

No joke… It could happen to you too.

Mick
 
Back
Top