Got a frantic call from a customer one day - she had locked the keys
in herTE52 Corolla SR5 at Wtarloo park. I quickly went over with the
"tools of the trade" and "reached through the open sunroof and
retrieved her keys"
On Fri, 29 Jan 2010 04:51:00 -0800 (PST), Bob Villa
I knew someone who had a problem because she had gotten too used to
the electric car door locks. She had left a door open all night, so
the battery was low. She got in the next morning and closed the door.
When she turned the key, the doors locked but the car wouldn't start.
She stayed in that car for several hours because the battery was now
too weak to unlock the doors.
People get into a tizzy during stressful times, and don't think clearly.
When my daughter was about four, I left her in the truck while I went in and
paid for the gas. Small rural place. Thirty years ago. Different times
and place. Left the keys in the truck. When I came back, she had playfully
locked the doors. I was in a panic, and all sorts of ideas from building a
slim Jim to busting out the window to being angry with her for locking the
doors. Then I thought, "Smile and have her UNLOCK the doors."
I said, "You know how to lock them. Can you unlock them?" She did, and
after that, I took my keys with me.
I have a keyring on my belt and I always have two sets of keys to the
vehicle I'm driving at all times. Because of the prevalence of sticky
fingers in the area, I automatically lock any vehicle when I get out.
If I'm distracted, I may forget that the keys are in the ignition.
On Sun, 31 Jan 2010 17:12:35 -0500, "Stormin Mormon"
I carried two sets of keys for more than 20 years. Not sure why I
wanted to stop, but other than getting locked out, I like it this way.
I have a spare house and car key buried somewhere near my house. I've
used that several times in 25 years to get into the house. And until
a year ago I had a neighor who was usually home with keys. Maybe I
need to carry another key now.
I just put a magnetic key holder up under a spot in the car with a
"hardware store" cut key in it. That will open the doors but it won't
start the car (no chip)
I seldom lock my car anyway.
My father in law has a new Cadillac that doesn't even have a keyhole
in the doors. There is a hidden lock in the back that gets you into
the trunk and there is a door release there. To make matters worse
Cadillac has a known problem that will drain the battery in a couple
days. Ironically it is a defect in the door lock module.
I don't think my car has one on the passenger side. Frankly, I don't
remember the last time I put a key in a car door or trunk.
I do carry a spare though, and I have to get one for my new car. I
have a house key hidden too. I've needed it a couple of times over
You are aware, I trust, that burglars are quite familiar with the "fake rocks"
(which are actually pretty damned easy to spot), and the old "under the
When we lived out in the country, we had a "hiding place" for the spare house
key that was about as secure as any hiding place could be: on the dog's
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