Almost got locked out of my car at 3 AM in 15* weather...

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  1. 51%

    51% ReadyToRide

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    I had a work truck that was easy to bump the lock on exit. I made an extra key and kept in my wallet.
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  2. ozmoses

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    I was locked out of my Tundra,recently, having removed the key and hanging it from the gear selector as I have with automatic trans vehicles for the past 20 years on jobsites, the idea being if it needs to be moved quickly, the keys are in it just do it.

    Closed the door and, CLINK! locked.

    I have been told the fob is designed to prevent this from occurring. :dunno

    Anyway, had a key cut at the hardware store which will open the locks but will not start the vehicle, stuck it under the bedliner.
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  3. JCool

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    It's aluminum foil and using that serves no purpose. Tin foil hasn't been around for decades.
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  4. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    I have always placed a spare key hidden someplace on the car. But my wife's new car won't let you lock it, if a key fob is inside the car.
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  5. MiamiMotorcyclist

    MiamiMotorcyclist used to be -MiamiUly

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    I used to keep a door key for my 80’s GM car taped under the license plate. And a spare ignition key hidden on the car. Never needed it though.
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  6. tominboise

    tominboise Long timer

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    As mentioned, I always roll a window down far enough to get the door open, if the keys are in the vehicle. In the old days, I used a hide a key but all the new vehicles have immobilzers, etc that make that more difficult, as the spare fobs are sometimes $200 or more.
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  7. jfauerba

    jfauerba Been here awhile

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    The hiding magnetic case can now come with combo lock on them.
    Keep a spare in my wallet figure I always have that in my pocket if I go out someplace.
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  8. ozmoses

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    yeah, that's what they told me...
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  9. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

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    I haven't locked myself out yet. I did hit the panic button once at 1 in the morning. Didn't know WTH was going on but the neighbors sure did. :D

    Note to self: get another spare key made for the house.
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  10. jeep44

    jeep44 junk collector

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    The phone that's charging on the console ........?
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  11. VonHelm

    VonHelm corona ring

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    I did both at the same time! :lol3

    I had come home from work one afternoon and had a few hours to kill before I went back to work for a scheduled night project that had to be done after hours. There was a new bike path on the other side of town that I had been wanting to try out, but I didn't want to expend all off my energy riding there and back on top of the trail ride.

    So I tossed my mountain bike in the back of my truck, drove across town, grabbed the bike and rode for an hour or two. Knowing that I had plenty of time to get back, get cleaned up and eat dinner before I had to go back to work, I moseyed back to the truck only to discover that I had locked my keys inside of the '69 El Camino I had just spent several years restoring. There was nobody around, and no way I was going to break a window. This was back in the 80's and glass was already scarce.

    Ended up hauling ass across town on the bicycle (what I was trying to avoid doing in the first place), breaking into my own house to get the spare truck keys, humping it back across town to get the truck, hauling ass back home to grab a quick shower and clean clothes before going back to work. It made for a long night...
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  12. Yamarocket630

    Yamarocket630 Honey Badger

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    Most newer cars have pretty robust anti-lockout features. Even my previous 2005 model would not allow the drivers door to lock while it was open. It was a mechanical lockout, you couldn't even manually lock the door. The only way to lock the keys in the car was to open a passenger door, lock the doors with the remote, put the keys inside and then close the door. In other words, it had to be intentional.
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  13. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    The "Useless" button, you mean. I've never figured out the point of a panic button. Absolutely no one pays any attention to car alarms, other than to get annoyed when they're set off accidentally, maybe feel a little bad for the idiot who set it off unintentionally if they're particularly empathetic.

    I would wager that the ratio of deliberate panic button deployments to accidental is somewhere around 1:1,000,000,000. And the number of people saved by setting off a panic button is zero or close to it. Certainly far less than the people assaulted or beaten because their car wouldn't shut up, or stranded by a dead battery and attacked.

    </rant>

    In many remotes, you can pop them open and do a little artful snippery or shave the button nub to disable the panic function.
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  14. nickguzzi

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    The new to me car won't lock unless all doors are full shut. Just hold it on the latch if dashing out as per the OP's problem.
    The car will auto lock if a door isn't open within X seconds.
    I never open a window except for collecting or returning the parking tabs. That is something I would forget more often than the key. Which I have done only once, and the doors didn't lock - they just clicked after I slammed the door. Whew!
    I was told a key fob is around $250, plus the recoding.
    The dash convenience module can be reprogrammed for all sorts of stuff by the owner. VCDS allows almost everything, and that is common enough out there in enthusiast land.

    ^^^Alarms? I once drove a truck all the way across a busy city, passing the main police station and several officers in cars or on foot with the brand new alarm shouting away. A few people looked, no one did anything.
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  15. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    I use a combination of these two methods. Two simple rules.

    1-- Always close the drivers door with the keys in my hand.

    2-- Anytime I stop, with engine running, to get the mail etc roll the window halfway down.

    It's worked well for me.
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  16. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    It depends on exactly how your car's antitheft crap works, but (for example) I had a plain door key cut for one of our vehicles that will only get you in the door. There's a spare remote and transponder key hidden in the car in case the originals were lost and not just locked in. Convincing the doddering old assbag at the hardware store to cut a plain key was a lot more difficult than it should have been -- he was laser-focused on selling that $80 cloned transponder key, even though there's just a physical lock and no transponder on that vehicle's doors. YMMV, of course -- you have to do some research and read the manual.

    In some cars, opening the door with the spare key instead of a remote will set off the furshlugginger stupid alarm, so there might be a certain rigmarole you have to follow once you have the actual remote and key back in your hands. Close and open the door a certain number of times, put the key in the ignition a certain number of times, and/or press a certain sequence of buttons on the remote -- stuff like that. Make sure you have this information somewhere you can access it with the stupid alarm blatting away.
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  17. Plawa

    Plawa dןǝɥ puǝs

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    Until it will. Been there, done that. Keyfob inside the vehicle, I accidentally pushed the button on the handle and locked the door... fortunately the passenger door was still open.
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  18. spin10k

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    Tomorrow I'm going to stop by may favorite hardware store to see if they can make me a spare non-transponder key. I already have one that came with the car, but there's a lump of plastic on the end that I'd rather not have to bother to remove. My first attempt will be to stash it in my wallet. If that turns out to be annoying I'll get a magnet-box and put it somewhere on the car.
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  19. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    I off road alot and have lost a couple of magnetic key holders. I tape a non transponder key underneath the car usually on a wire bundle, and have the valet key hidden inside.

    When I was in my youth I went backpacking for a few nights with a friend. Get back to the trail head which was 20 miles or so down a lonely dirt road and not able to locate the car keys. We eventuall found it but was shitting ourselves for about half hour. From then on I made sure I had a fail safe.

    Same friend 5 years or so later. Deep in the nevada desert on a many night 4 wheelin trip. After a lunch break we couldn't find the key. Searched for an hour with no luck. Went for the back up. Glad one was there.

    I have a key pad on my truck now that opens the door, but I still have a back up. Afraid that the keypad might fail and I won' be able to access the key that I purposly locked inside.
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  20. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    i saw a vw video that showed an AI layer of voice control being used to turn the fan speed up and down on the hvac controls. instead of just moving a slider/knob to turn the fan speed up and down, now you look at the dash, touch the screen to turn down the radio (xm of course!) then talk to the dash and request the fan speed to increase, all while watching as the "THINKING" circle of spin shows you the AI is listening to your commands and about to execute your request
    to increase the fan speed.

    stupid crap layers of crap on top of crap. kind of like all this crap layer of 'security!!!' between your hand and the door opening. i really don't understand the appeal of all these extra steps to do simple things like lock/unlock doors. does it add to the mystery of a new car or something, trying to figure out the door locks, and then finally make one feel superior when they finally mouse-maze their way to the proper way of doing things ? sheesh
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