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    Quick Help - Locked keys in Ford E-350...

    Yes, this is embarassing. But, I locked my keys in my Ford E-350 15 passenger van. How can I get into it to unlock it?

    I really need to get home as soon as possible, and it's a good 30 miles...

    Any help is appreciated. If you don't want to post how to do that, please PM me.

    Thanks,

    David

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    carpe noctum Warthog's Avatar
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    Call a locksmith or the local fire dept.

    We once had a guy lock his keys in his car while it was running...your situation could be worse. A locksmith was able to get there rather quickly, thankfully.

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    Good news: Most local police departments have at least one unit on call that is capable of unlocking vehicles with a "slim jim" type device. Bad news: Expect a 1-2 hour wait before anyone arrives, as you will be shuffled to the low priority calls.

    Your only other option is a locksmith. Convenient (15-20 minutes), but sometimes costly.

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    Thanks so much for the replies. I just got into the van. I guess I've watched enough movies to know what to look for while opening a locked door.

    Whew. What a relief...

    That'll remind me to put a spare key in my billfold... heh!

    Thanks again for the advice.

    David

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    Same thing happen to me yesterday. What safe me was that my windows were open a little and was able to open the doors with a hanger.

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    When you help people get into a car, they seem grateful. But if you seem to be able to do it too easily, they wonder about you!
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    Man I did this once as well, takes 1 time to learn a good lesson---as Wart mentioned, I also locked my keys in the car with it running at a recreation spot near the Queen Mary---worst part was I had to walk a half mile to a phone and leave it "unattended", I was positive my prized convertable would be gone when I returned---I now use silicone seal to hide a key, its easy to remove and wont budge till you pry it loose---the heavy magnet hide-a-key boxes seem to migrate on me and I cant find them without crawling underneath etc so I started using the silicone...

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    Quote Originally Posted by thekingofpain
    I was positive my prized convertable would be gone when I returned
    Was the top down?

    A friend showed me a weird trick that works on ford pickups but may not work on newer ones. He said bang your fist around the keylock and if you hit it in the right spot the latch will pop up.

    \o/ Billy

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    Carry and extra door key. AAA will cut one for you on a card.
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    OMFG! I can't believe I missed out on that!

    Burn Dave, Burn! I'll never let you live this one down

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    The silicon idea is a good one...never would have thought of that. My problem is that if I had locked myself out, I'd have forgotten about the stupid extra key a long time ago, and then after the locksmith cashed the check, I'd remember about it

    Which is why I like my van...as long as there is no threat for rain, I can leave the sunroof unlocked if I'm going somewhere that I could potentially lock or lose my keys. Being that it's a high top van with no ladder, I'd be an act of desperation to go up there anyway!
    this post contains small bits of intelligence culminating to the appearance of wisdom.

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