Internet Divided Over Hack to Open a Car If You’ve Locked the Keys Inside

The internet is raving about a hack to open your car door if you’ve accidentally left the keys inside, without resorting to smashing a window or calling a locksmith.

It’s one of the most frustrating feelings when you lock yourself out, be it your house or your car, with most options being expensive or time consuming.

But a viral video circulating online claims to show a quick way to get back into a vehicle, so long as you have some tape handy.

TikToker Kardychullo shared a clip to their account of the same name, where it’s been seen more than eight million times since being posted on Saturday, and can be seen here.

“We learned this from TikTok. How did we open the car in which we forgot the key in US?” she captioned the clip.

Kardychullo, whose account states she’s based in Chicago, films a set of keys on the car seat through the window, as a man rips off strips of tape and attaches them to the window longways.

He covers most of the window, before adding a few strips across, and then grabs the strips below the row of tape and pulls down. The window then slides down, allowing them access to the keys.

The method divided people online, who claimed it only works on older cars, those with manual windows, while others claimed this now acted as a blueprint for thieves.

Statistics from Chicago Police revealed there have been a total of 3,076 motor vehicle thefts so far in 2022, compared to 2,144 in the same period last year, a 43 per cent increase.

Commenting on the video, Josh Barrow965 joked: “It works because you drive a clapped out Nissan.”

BbyBlue raved: “I am punching the air right now! Where was this before I broke my window years back!!!”

Sheils thought: “LOL I thought you were gonna punch the window and the tape was there to make sure the shards don’t go everywhere.”

Karina Alvear admitted: “Lol I threw a rock threw my window after hours of trying.”

Xogirl559 quipped: “Oh yes lemme make sure I carry tape everywhere I go.”

Lucas asked: “But what do you do when your packaging tape is locked in the car?”

While Youngboitj asked: “So you telling me I could’ve did this.”

And Erick claimed: “Is a manual window that’s why. It won’t work in electronics.”

In response to the numerous comments the video received, Kardychullo shared a follow-up clip, on Tuesday, showing them testing out the method on an electric window.

She filmed a red car, and opened the door to show viewers the electric mechanism, before succeeding in opening the window using the tape trick.

“More than difficult manual. But WE DID IT !!!!!” she captioned the video.

Kardychullo shared a further video, as she filmed her own car seemingly explaining how she came about the hack in the first place.

She filmed her car, which had a separate manual locking system for each door, and manual windows, as she talked viewers through accidentally locking herself out one day.

Weighing in on the practicality of the hack, and if it would damage a car, Stuart Masson, from The Car Expert, told news week: “By using a lot of tape across the whole window, it allows the individual to enter a lot of force to pull the window down, but spreads the pressure across the whole window to minimize the risk of breaking the glass.

“As a car gets older, the manual window winding mechanisms or electric motors tend to get weaker from thousands of up and down cycles over the years. If the tape is sticky enough, it would allow the individual to overpower the window mechanism. So it probably wouldn’t affect a brand-new car as much as it would an older car.

“And it would probably work better on a car with manual windows, like the one in the video, but I imagine that it would also work on a car with electric windows—you only need to get the window down a few centimeters to be able to reach in with a coat hanger or something to unlock the door.

“Does it do lasting damage? Quite possibly. It would almost certainly make the mechanism even weaker than it was to start with.”

news week reached out to Kardychullo for comment.

File photos of man and car key. A hack revealing how to open your car if you’ve locked yourself out is dividing opinion.
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