Everyone accidentally locks their keys in the car eventually. If you locked the keys in your Jeep Cherokee, then you may be wondering what to do. Not to worry, we will give you some tips on how to get into your car without the keys. Let's take a look at your options below.
In order to get inside your locked Jeep Cherokee without the keys, try the following:
- Call a locksmith
- Use Uconnect
- Tennis ball
- Flathead screwdriver and clothes hanger
- Trunk access
- Slim Jim car tool
- Access soft top
- Use spare key
- Break the window
Some of these ways to get into your Jeep Cherokee may not be ideal, but they may be your only option depending on the situation. In this article, we will take a look at each of these "break-in" options in more detail. In addition, we will answer other frequently asked questions about the Jeep Cherokee, so keep reading!
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Unlocking Jeep Cherokee With Keys Inside
Fortunately, locking your keys in your car is getting harder to do thanks to push-to-start technology. However, if you own an older Jeep Cherokee, then locking your keys in your car is a common mistake. Let's take a look at the viable options to get back into your car.
Call A Locksmith
Calling a locksmith is the easiest way to get back into your Jeep Cherokee. However, it does come at a cost. The average locksmith charge ranges from $50 to $100 but can vary depending on the year, make, model, the distance the locksmith must travel, and the difficulty of opening the car.
If you are in a remote area, then a locksmith may be hard to contact. Let's take a look at your other options.
If you have a newer Jeep Cherokee and you have the Uconnect app, then you can unlock your car using your phone.
To do this, open the Uconnect app and click the unlock button. However, you will need to have a subscription to Uconnect to use this feature. You may also need phone data to use this option.
This may seem crazy, but using a tennis ball will sometimes unlock your car door. You will need to take a tennis ball and cut a small circular hole in it. Then, press the hole to the door keyhole and push the tennis ball.
The pressure from the tennis ball will create enough suction to depress the unlock button. This option will not work for all Jeep Cherokees but it is worth a try. Take a look at the video below for a visual demonstration.
Flathead Screwdriver And Clothes Hanger
If you don't have a Uconnect or access to a locksmith, then you may be able to use a flathead screwdriver and clothes hanger.
To do this, insert the flathead screwdriver into the door jam and try to pry the door open. Once the door is open enough, wedge something in so you can keep the door ajar enough to use the hangar. Once the door is open, use the hanger to unlock the car.
If you don't have a screwdriver or a hanger then you can use a hammer to break the master lock. This is will cause damage to the master lock, but it may be your only option. Tap the door lock until it comes off. Then, you can unscrew the door panel to access the inside of the door.
Another way to access the vehicle is from the trunk. In order to do this, you will need a clothes hanger or a slim rod. Underneath the trunk, there will be a license plate cover that will need to be removed.
From there, you can try to access the trunk latch using the rod or clothes hanger. This method will take a lot of patience as it isn't the easiest method.
Slim Jim Car Tool
Using a Slim Jim tool is one of the easier ways to break into your vehicle without causing damage.
It works similar to the screwdriver and hangar method but is less abrasive. The tool usually comes with an inflatable bladder that wedges into the door jam. You then pump the bladder to open the door.
From there, use the rod to reach the door lock or car handle. It is a good idea to own a Slim Jim car tool or something similar if you do a lot of back road trips.
Access Soft Top
If you have a soft top on your Jeep Cherokee, then you may be able to access the inside of your car from there.
To do this, feel around the seams of the soft top until you find an opening. Once you have an opening, reach inside and unlock the door from the inside.
Use Spare Key
This may seem obvious, but if you know you have a spare key somewhere, then make a call to your family or friend to retrieve it for you. If you don't have a spare key, then you can order one from the dealer or make one yourself.
Break The Window
If all of these options fail, then your only option may be to break into your Jeep Cherokee through a window. This should be your last resort, as it will cause damage to your car.
Start by using a rock or a tool to break the glass. Once the glass is broken, you can reach inside and unlock the door from the inside.
Can You Lock Key Fobs Inside The Car?
Key fobs are handy because they make it almost impossible to lock yourself out. However, it is possible if your key fob battery is dying.
If you press the lock button and the key fob battery is close to being dead, then the doors could lock even with the key fob inside.
If the key fob battery has enough power, then the doors won't lock until the key fob is out of the interior of the vehicle.
The best way to avoid this is to change your key fob battery every few years or as needed. Another way to avoid this is to keep a spare key with you at all times.
Can You Call 911 For Keys Locked In The Car?
Yes, you can call 911 for a locksmith to come and help you. The dispatcher will be able to connect you with a locksmith in your area who can help you get into your car.
However, since 911 is for emergencies, it isn't the best idea if you aren't in danger. If you do feel like you are in danger for one reason or another and you can't get into your vehicle, then, by all means, call 911.
What If I Break My Key Into The Car Door?
If you break your key into the car door, then you will need to call a locksmith to come and help you. A locksmith will be able to extract the broken key from the door and make you a new one.
You can also do this yourself with needle-nose pliers. If you can get ahold of a piece of the key, then you can use the pliers to grip it and pull it out.
You can then take both pieces of the key to have a new key made.
Where Should I Put A Spare Key For My Car?
A lot of people put their spare keys in their wallets. This is a good place to put it because you always have your wallet with you.
Another place to put your spare key is on a key chain that you keep in your house. This method isn't as handy in the situation of being locked out of your car because you have to go home to retrieve the key.
You can also purchase a magnetic key holder that can be placed on the exterior of the car. This can be placed underneath the car or in the wheel well.
The keyholder will have a magnet that will hold the key in place. This is a good method because it is easily accessible and you don't have to worry about losing the key.
Another good place to store a spare key is in your hitch receiver. If you have a hitch receiver that has a plug, then you can put the key inside and close the hitch.
Lastly, if you have a push to open the gas tank, then you can put the spare key on the gas cap.
As you can see, there are some easy ways, expensive ways, and tough ways to get into your car if you have locked yourself out. It is important to familiarize yourself with all of these options so that you are prepared in case this happens.
Always have a spare key on hand just in case, and remember that 911 is for emergencies. Stay calm and try one of these methods until you can get into your car.
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