I’ve been doing some car lock repairs on my Corolla, and got to wondering while inspecting the workings inside the door, in a curious way, how I could unlock the door if I lost the keys. Then last weekend, I lost the keys! Fortunately found them in the parking lot, but now my curiosity is getting the best of me. Is it even possible to jimmy modern car locks these days?
On older cars it was simple as pie. But on my Corolla anyway it looks nearly impossible. The lock/unlock rod that you’d have to jimmy into the up position is encased in a hard plastic sleeve. If you tried to jimmy-grab-hold of that, all it would do is move the sleeve, not the rod. It appears to be nearly impossible to unlock the door with no keys without doing something major, like punching the lock plumb out, or breaking the window, or finding someone to pick the lock. Or is there a way to still jimmy a car door like that open in a lost-key emergency, like if you locked the keys inside?