Category : Car Lockouts
Posted on March 28th, 2020 0 Comments
Being locked outside of your car is incredibly frustrating – not to mention dangerous. This is often a much worse situation when you’re not home, on the road, or on a big rush to get somewhere. Here’s a guide to the causes of automotive lockouts as prepared by the experts here at Chicago Locksmiths.
Posted on May 28th, 2019 0 Comments
Losing your car keys can prove to be stressful, costly, and even dangerous. Usually people misplace their car keys when they are in a big rush to get somewhere. Here’s some fantastic tips from the expert locksmiths here at Chicago Locksmiths on how to prevent losing your car keys.
Posted on February 27th, 2019 0 Comments
When people get locked outside of their vehicles, it can be extremely tempting to attempt to break in by themselves; people usually do so out of a lack of desire to contact, or pay for the services of a licensed automotive locksmith. However, there’s many strong reasons people should never attempt to break into their own vehicles, ranging from the aesthetic to the practical and dire. Here’s a guide to the reasons you should never attempt to break into your own car, as prepared by the expert automotive lockout service technicians here at Chicago Locksmiths.
Posted on October 31st, 2018 0 Comments
Lockouts occur at every imaginable time of day or night – and seemingly, they usually happen at the most inconvenient and inopportune times. Luckily for those who find themselves experiencing this sort of nightmare lockout (or another lock issue) mobile locksmiths stand as a major godsend, providing instant assistance and solution to these predicaments. Here’s a guide to the major benefits of utilizing a mobile locksmith, like those at Chicago Locksmiths.
Posted on September 28th, 2018 0 Comments
When car keys are misplaced or locked inside a car, vehicle owners often consider attempting to break into their own vehicles. This can be seen as a faster way of accessing the interior of the car that doesn’t require having to reach out to a locksmith. However, we at Chicago Locksmiths want to advise the public that this sort of action really isn’t recommended, due to a number of important factors that we will detail here in the following blog post:
Posted on August 28th, 2018 0 Comments
Leaving your keys in your car is one of the most frustrating experiences that any automobile driver can experience; it can really throw a monkey wrench in your schedule. When you’re stuck locked outside your car – potentially in the hot sun, or a strange unfamiliar area – all you will want is to regain access. Here’s a guide to some actions that you can implement in order to regain access to your keys in your lost vehicle as prepared by the expert lockout technicians at Chicago Locksmiths.
Posted on June 23rd, 2018 0 Comments
Smart keys, aka transponder keys or key fobs are special car keys that are programmed directly to work with your vehicle. If you lose your car key, it’s not as easy as making a key directly from the key cylinder profile, as a few skilled locksmiths can do. You will need to find an avenue for obtaining and programming a transponder key blank to match your vehicle’s data profile. The expert emergency locksmith team at Chicago Locksmiths can help you do this; but before you contact us, here’s some excellent information about purchasing new smart car keys so that you can be better informed about the various aspects of the process in order to maximize your budget.
Posted on February 23rd, 2018 0 Comments
Picture this scenario if you will: you’ve just finished a long day of work or grocery shopping, and find that you’ve accidentally locked yourself out of your car. This is a stressful situation made even more aggravating if you’ve had a long day or happen to be parked in the middle of nowhere – and if you find yourself in it, you might be finding yourself stressed over figuring out a way to get yourself into your car as soon as possible. This is never a good approach. The automotive lockout experts at Chicago Locksmiths have prepared a short list on the top reasons NOT to attempt to break into your own car during a lockout; instead, contact our team to get instant, safe assistance with your car lockout problem.
Posted on January 23rd, 2018 0 Comments
Chicago Locksmiths excels at providing vehicular locksmith services to the entirety of the Windy City. In order to do so, we need to be experts at all aspects of car security. Here’s a brief guide prepared by our expert locksmiths on how to ensure that your cars are protected from theft.
Posted on January 30th, 2017 0 Comments
There’s many reasons that car keys sometimes get stuck inside the ignition of the vehicle. If it occurs constantly, it’s most likely a structural issue with the ignition switch itself. There’s a large chance that there’s some sort of wire or button inside the structure that houses the ignition mechanism that’s misaligned, preventing the key from turning to the fully disengaged position where it can be removed. This counts as a full jam in the device – but if you jiggle the key around or lightly hit the steering column, the key can be released. Here’s Chicago Locksmith’s automobile expert’s guide to stuck car keys.
Locked Steering Wheels
There’s other situations where there’s no inner structural malfunctions, but the steering wheel itself is locked in a closed position. In these situations, you just need to slightly rotate it left or right to help release the key. Another tactic to implement is to check to see which direction the car’s wheels are turned to, and turning the steering wheel in the other direction. When cars get parked with their wheels facing opposite directions, it can put great pressure on the steering wheel making it jam. When you release it with this method, there’s a loud click, signaling that the ignition is freed up.
You might be trying to move your key when it breaks off inside the car ignition. Try to use pliers to manually yank out the part of the key that you have access to. If you don’t see it, try applying a small amount of superglue to the head of the key that broke off, stick it inside so it can touch the part that broke it off, wait a few minutes, and pull it out. REMEMBER: only use a small amount of superglue, as if it get’s into the mechanism it can break it.
If the key is STILL stuck, it’s probably due to a shifter mechanism malfunction. In this situation you will need the help of a professional. Call a licensed car repair service as soon as possible, as these malfunctions can cause airbags to suddenly be deployed, which can be quite dangerous.