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Dealing with Common Car Lock Problems

  • By Matt Hornik
  • 21 Nov, 2017

Ever had to deal with glimpsing your car keys glinting at you from the ignition, on the wrong side of your locked car? 

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There’s nothing quite like the sinking feeling of knowing you locked the keys in the car, especially when you have a lot of things to do. Don’t feel alone, it’s something that we have seen a lot as a Long Island Locksmith .  

Still, it shouldn’t be a problem, should it? You see it in movies all the time, it takes a pro just a few minutes to unlock the door and drive off with the car, even when they have to hot wire it. And, in real life, it is also that simple - if you know how to break into a car or are willing to smash a window.  

How hard can it be? You just need to get something into the car and jiggle open the lock. In theory, all you need is some wire that is pliable enough to snake through the window and catch the lock. In practice, it’s actually easier to try and open the door a little and work the lock from the side.

Either way, you risk damaging the locking mechanism or scratching the car up. That is why it is best to either get someone to bring the spare keys or call in a car key locksmith long island . Leave breaking into your car to the professionals, they can do it faster and a lot more efficiently.  

Dealing with A Dead Battery

Dead batteries, especially with all the electrical systems we have in our cars can be a real pain. Sometimes you can’t even get into the car, even with a key. If that happens, you need to call in a pro locksmith Long Island to open the door for you.  

If, on the other hand, you can at least get into the car, you can get someone to help you jumpstart the battery. If done correctly, you should be able to get your car moving again. Let’s go through the process, just so that you know how it works.  

Depending on how old your car is, you will need to either attach the jumper cables to the battery terminals or the designated terminals in your car. Do yourself a favor and check the car manual to see whether or not your car has specific terminals for this.  

Normally speaking, if it is a modern car, or the battery is difficult to get to, there will be designated terminals. In older cars, you will connect directly to the battery itself.  

Both cars should be lined up as near to one another as possible, so that the wires have the shortest distance to reach. Make sure that the cars do no touch and that both are turned off before connecting to the terminals.  

Engage the handbrakes and put both cars into Neutral or Park. Next identify which terminal on each car is negative and which is positive. The negative terminal will be marked with a “-“ sign and the positive terminal will have a “+” sign.  

Get the jumper cables out. The red cables are to be attached to the positive terminal and the black cables to the negative terminal. Start by connecting one end of the red cable to the positive terminal of the dead battery.  

Now connect the black cable to the negative terminal of the vehicle that is running. You are now ready to connect the final negative end. For safety’s sake, it is best to connect this to the chassis of the other car. There is a small risk that the battery might explode and grounding this end by connecting it to the chassis reduces this risk.  

Start up the car with the live battery and let it run for a couple of minutes. You can then try to start up the dead battery. If the car starts, remove the cables in the opposite order to when you attached them.

Take the car out for a run to let the battery charge again properly.

By Matt Hornik 21 Nov, 2017

There’s nothing quite like the sinking feeling of knowing you locked the keys in the car, especially when you have a lot of things to do. Don’t feel alone, it’s something that we have seen a lot as a Long Island Locksmith .  

Still, it shouldn’t be a problem, should it? You see it in movies all the time, it takes a pro just a few minutes to unlock the door and drive off with the car, even when they have to hot wire it. And, in real life, it is also that simple - if you know how to break into a car or are willing to smash a window.  

How hard can it be? You just need to get something into the car and jiggle open the lock. In theory, all you need is some wire that is pliable enough to snake through the window and catch the lock. In practice, it’s actually easier to try and open the door a little and work the lock from the side.

Either way, you risk damaging the locking mechanism or scratching the car up. That is why it is best to either get someone to bring the spare keys or call in a car key locksmith long island . Leave breaking into your car to the professionals, they can do it faster and a lot more efficiently.  

By Matt Hornik 21 Nov, 2017

When it comes to storing your valuables, or important documents, nothing quite beats a safe for security. Simply close and lock the safe as normal and your items are safe behind strengthened steel walls.  

All of which is great, unless you forget the combination or lose the key, or the batteries run out on a digital safe. Depending on the type of safe you have, there are few things that you might want to try.  

If these simple tricks do not work, or you have a more complex safe, you will need to call in your Long Island locksmith to help you crack the safe with minimal damage.

By Matt Hornik 21 Nov, 2017

It’s not so much the stuff that they steal – that can be replaced – but more that they have rifled through your private things. It’s a scary experience, even if you were away from home at the time. And, if you are at home when they break in, the situation can escalate pretty quickly.  

But how do you protect yourself? How do you make sure that you and your family stay safe?  

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