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Old 02-11-2008, 05:29 PM   #1
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help me break into my truck!

i went out to start my truck today, and cant get my doors open, i have shaved handles, and about a week ago, the cable that pulls the latch open on the drivers side loosened up, so i have been using the passenger side till it warms up or till i can get in in the garage, well today, neither door will open. i am usually pretty good at getting doors open with a hanger, but its almost -10 degrees outside with windchill, i dont really wanna stay out there too long messing with it, any tips? besides breaking a window? thanks
Old 02-11-2008, 05:37 PM   #2
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Re: help me break into my truck!

get some pocket warmers and go to town... sorry if that doesnt help
Old 02-11-2008, 05:41 PM   #3
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Call AAA, have them open the door, then fix the latch.
Old 02-11-2008, 05:55 PM   #4
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keep hitting the button to pop the door, if u can hold it down and keep voltage going to it, you'll warm it up shouldnt take too long... see if that works
Old 02-11-2008, 05:56 PM   #5
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the actuator is popping, doors just not opening, may be ice, or the cable may have loosened that pulls the latch open
Old 02-11-2008, 06:04 PM   #6
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Re: help me break into my truck!

take a .25" aluminum rod bend it into a hook. Not to stiff but no to flimsy either. Pry your door open slightly with a wedge of some sort....Be sure not to scratch up the inside...you'll need about .50" of wiggle room. Use the hook to grab your door handle from the inside (you may have to use the hook to hit the lock first if its locked) pull at the handle till open....it may seem a lil tedious but it will open.


I so feel your pain in this situation,I deal with it a few times a night and it dont get any easy as it get colder out.

-10 windchill here too...

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Makesure the rod is long enough...They sell them at hardware stores for about 2 bucks. They are about 3-4 ft long and will come in handy in the future if you choice not to fix the popper

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Old 02-11-2008, 08:07 PM   #7
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same as above, except I went in from teh top corner, there is a little extra gap there that lets you work, and I just used my other hand to pull it open. I got down to being able to open it in around 10 seconds
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if you have a sliding rear window pry it open with a screwdriver...
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yea..prying the door open is prob easiest way...was easier for me when i made something long enough to catch the passenger side door from the driver side..
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yeah, i got in through the top corner also, even got my hanger wrapped around the handle twice, but couldnt open it, couldnt get to the hardware store cause i cant get in my truck, i have a friend who is gonna out in a new windsheild soon, so if its warm enough tomorrow, i may just have him come over and let me in via the windshield, lol
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i always liked solid rear windows, till this happens, sliders are easy to get into
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pull back the very top of the door from the roof of the cab with a flathead screwdriver... shove a 9 iron golf club into the gap you create by doing so... unlock the door with the head of the club
Old 02-12-2008, 04:48 PM   #13
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got into it today, with some better light compared to last night i could see that i had well over 1/4 inch of ice covering my entire latch, im ready for spring time
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So how'd you get in??
Old 02-12-2008, 07:17 PM   #15
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i ended up sticking a t-handle allen wrench in the door seam by the latch, and had to chip all the ice away till the door poppers could open it
Old 02-12-2008, 07:22 PM   #16
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from now on make sure you keep this specialty tool in your bed. you'll never get locked out again.

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Or go buy a slim jim. But than again the ice situation wouldn't have helped. Maybe try some water down the cracks next time.
Old 02-12-2008, 09:00 PM   #18
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cold isnt cool for shaved doors. i almost fried my brand new solenoid last month. my relay froze and sent constant power to the solenoid. luckily it still works.
Old 02-13-2008, 12:59 AM   #19
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Re: help me break into my truck!

Quote: Originally Posted by csimp3
i ended up sticking a t-handle allen wrench in the door seam by the latch, and had to chip all the ice away till the door poppers could open it
Ahh the latch was frozen..and the selinoid was to cold to give enough power to kick it,solenoids suck in cold wheather

Quote: Originally Posted by LXtasy
Maybe try some water down the cracks next time.
Blow drier.....

Quote: Originally Posted by cpolaris502
cold isnt cool for shaved doors.
Nor bags or hydro's for that matter....Gets under 10 degree's and my valves are frozen my hydro fluid is thick and slow moving (dead any colder than 0) and my air pressure switch is freakin out and cant decide wheather its full or not....


Fawk I hate cold!
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Re: help me break into my truck!

still gotta love shaved doors
Old 02-13-2008, 01:09 AM   #21
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Quote: Originally Posted by Garage Customs
still gotta love shaved doors
true dat! even with the problems, its still freakin sweet not havin door handles
Old 02-13-2008, 08:13 AM   #22
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Quote: Originally Posted by goddspring
from now on make sure you keep this specialty tool in your bed. you'll never get locked out again.

You beat me to it.
Old 02-13-2008, 10:59 AM   #23
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Re: help me break into my truck!

not to steal the thread but where did you mount your back up cable in the fenderwell? and how did you run it?
Old 02-13-2008, 11:13 AM   #25
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Re: help me break into my truck!

when in doubt, always be prepared to use the eskimo deicer. . .works like a charm
Old 02-13-2008, 11:29 AM   #26
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Re: help me break into my truck!

If this should happen to you again (assuming that you have a 2nd gen)....

I took off the outer felt strip and used a long strip of sheetmetal with a slight curve in it to hit the plunger on my solenoid. Works like a charm unless, of course, your door seals are frozen as you mentioned.

I'm in a similar boat as you on the solenoid situation except that mine has just gone bad.

I have the Autoloc shaved door handle system. Since the brain is constantly powered to recieve the signal from the remote I end up with a very low or dead battery if I forget to start my truck up at least once a week (more frequently if it is really cold out). I seem to forget quite often.

You might want to consider getting a truck cover or even a tarp if you have to leave it outside in the winter. At least it will keep the doors from freezing up.

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Old 02-13-2008, 02:30 PM   #27
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cant cover it, its my daily

and mattie, i have the autoloc crap ones for now, that just have the backup button, not the avs with the cables
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