Many a driver has accidentally locked their car keys inside the car. For car owners with a Jeep Renegade, you may not know what is the next course of action. You need not worry, there are several viable options that can help you unlock your car in no time.
You can call a locksmith to make you another key on the spot, but these do not come by easily. Alternatively, you can use a slim jim tool to try and pry the door open, and then reach for the car handle and unlock it. Other tools such as hammers, flathead screwdrivers, clothes hangars, and tennis balls can also come in handy.
This article highlights several options that you can use if you are in this unfortunate situation. Read on.
How to Unlock Jeep Renegade With Keys Inside
Locking your keys inside your Jeep Renegade is the last thing that you need, especially if you are in a hurry. While some of the ways to unlock your car after this occurrence are not as ideal, they may be your only option in your situation.
Call a Locksmith
Understandably, this may not be the first course of action that may cross your mind. It happens to be the easiest way, though at a cost. The average locksmith’s charges range from $50 to $100.
The ultimate price point depends on the distance the locksmith travels, how hard it will be to open the door, and the make and model of your car. If this happens in a remote area, then contacting a locksmith may not be your best option.
Newer Jeep models come with a Uconnect app. If yours does, then you are lucky enough to be able to unlock the car via your phone. Locate the app on your phone and press the unlock button. This will only work if you have subscribed to Uconnect and it may charge some phone data.
You may be wondering about the role that a tennis ball plays when it comes to unlocking a car, but you may be surprised that it can really come in handy. Some science knowledge will come in handy here.
You need to apply some science here. With the ball in hand, you are to cut a small hole. This hole is to be pressed to the keyhole and then you push the ball. Doing so exerts some pressure that creates some suction enough to depress the unlock button. If you are lucky, this option will work. It may not work for all Jeep models, but definitely worth a try.
Flathead Screwdriver and Clothes Hanger
If you are unable to reach a locksmith in time and you are not subscribed to the Uconnect app, then the other viable option is to use a clothes hanger and a flathead screwdriver. For this, you need to insert the screwdriver into the door jam and pry the door open. Once the door is open enough, use some sort of wedge to keep it open so you can use a hangar to unlock it.
Slim Jim Car Tool
The Slim Jim tool is very efficient and does its work with minimal or no damage. It works the same way as the screwdriver and hangar method, only less abrasive. The tool comes with an inflatable bladder that works to wedge into the door jam. Pumping the bladder opens the door. Once open, you can use a rod and reach for the door knock or car handle.
Use a Spare Key
If you remember you have a spare key somewhere, you can contact a friend or your family to retrieve the key.
Why Did My Jeep Lock With the Keys Inside?
Usually, locking with the keys inside is a rare occurrence. This is bound to happen if the key fob battery is about to die and you happen to press the lock button. The doors will lock even if the key fob is inside.
What if I Break My Key Into the Car Door?
If it happens that in your attempt to open your car door the key breaks inside, the best option is to call a locksmith. The locksmith will be able to extract the key and make you a new one on the spot. If that option is not possible, then you can use needle-nose pliers to pull out the broken piece.
Fortunately, it is harder for drivers, or anyone else for that matter, to lock their keys inside the car. This is thanks to the utilization of push-to-start technology. But if it happens, one of the tips and tricks outlined above may come in handy.