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Poor college student here: locked my keys in the car... and don't have a spare. I called a bunch of locksmiths and they said $80 to open up.

Honda said $200 for a new key.

I said, screw it, I'll try the old fashioned way so I bought some tools off Amazon. I used an air cushion to crack open the top of the door, then used a stiff but bendable metal pole to try and hit the unlock button. Try as I might, it kept slipping off, even though the button was depressed (just not depressed enough for the CLICK).

After 2 hours, I gave up. Sigh this thing is theft proof, at least.
 

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See if any of your friends have AAA. They will need to pretend it's their car, or that they are out with you and stranded.
 

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See if any of your friends have AAA. They will need to pretend it's their car, or that they are out with you and stranded.
The second option is much better.
 

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Thanks all! I don't know anyone with AAA but I luckily was tipped off to the option of going to Honda and getting a non-chip key. $38 and it can only open the doors. Good enough for me!

Interestingly, was also able to start the car with it when I held my original key close to the ignition so it thought the chip was there.
 

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I think you just need more experience, my wife locked the keys in the car on a road trip. AAA guy had it unlocked in under 3 minutes.
 

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They use a flat bar that they slip down the outside of the window & use to pull up the lock by hooking the mechanical parts of it. If one has an EX, unlocking like this would cause the alarm to go off. One needs to get the keys locked inside and use the unlock button on them to disarm.
 

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The AAA guy we called used the inflatable pillow thing. Our locks are push-to-unlock which actually makes it easier to poke across to the passenger side.
 

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They use a flat bar that they slip down the outside of the window & use to pull up the lock by hooking the mechanical parts of it. If one has an EX, unlocking like this would cause the alarm to go off. One needs to get the keys locked inside and use the unlock button on them to disarm.
Interesting. I had the flat bar and tried to go from the outside but gave up since I wasn't sure exactly where to hook it.

If I had been able to, I would've opened it and just jumped for the keys on the passenger seat and disarmed.

The AAA guy we called used the inflatable pillow thing. Our locks are push-to-unlock which actually makes it easier to poke across to the passenger side.
I had the inflatable pillow too.. I have the push to lock as well but no matter what angle we went in from, the button wouldn't depress enough to click. It went down quite far and we were confused why it wasn't activating. Strangely enough, when I got back inside, I tried the button with my finger to see exactly how much it needed to activate and it seemed (visually) to be the same as we did with the rod from the outside. HM!
 

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i used to work for AAA

you can use your card with ANY vehicle it does not have to be yours, however YOU (cardholder) has to be there when AAA performs services

an exgirlfriend had a 2nd gen insight, airbag and long reach opened it in seconds

sunset- it is possible you fully pressed the button and the car knows the keys are in/very close to it, i usually pulled back (or forward on hondas) on the sliding lock by the handle to unlock manually.
 

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They use a flat bar that they slip down the outside of the window & use to pull up the lock by hooking the mechanical parts of it. If one has an EX, unlocking like this would cause the alarm to go off. One needs to get the keys locked inside and use the unlock button on them to disarm.
thats called a slim jim

most people don't use those nowadays because they can damage wires and other components inside the door panels
 

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i used to work for AAA

you can use your card with ANY vehicle it does not have to be yours, however YOU (cardholder) has to be there when AAA performs services

an exgirlfriend had a 2nd gen insight, airbag and long reach opened it in seconds

sunset- it is possible you fully pressed the button and the car knows the keys are in/very close to it, i usually pulled back (or forward on hondas) on the sliding lock by the handle to unlock manually.
Interesting... what's a "long reach"? I guess I was going about it the wrong way as I was trying to press the button from the driver's side. You're saying you used a cushion on the passenger side and reached from there to the driver's side unlock button?
 

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Lightning Rod Long Reach Tool | Auto Lockout - Specialty Hand Tools | Access Tools

Refer to attachment as to where to use long reach tool

I like to go on drivers side with airbag, reach tool through gap, flip lock circled (on drivers side) and pull the handle BOOM! doors opened and alarms activated.

FYI depending on local laws it can be a felony to possess these tools if you are not a professional.

Edit, i see you are in cali, if you own these tools and are not a professional (idc im not police) please leave them at home, I heard theyre strict about it when I was working AAA Sacramento.
 

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A friend was helping me diagnose my ABS sensors and I had the car up on jack stands and running. I had him put it in gear to spin them while I checked for current, he stepped out and closed the door. When it reached speed, it locked and I was left with a running car, wheels spinning, with the keys in the ignition and a full tank of gas. Half hour with a coat hanger trying the slim jim method yielded 0 results.

Luckily I had just bought it and the windshield was cracked and already scheduled to be replaced, so I drilled a 1/8 hole above the unlock button, straightened the coat hanger and hit unlock to get in....phew!
 
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