How Do I Use A Slim Jim?


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Robin Burden answered
Slims Jims are fairly easy to use - but this doesn't mean they're a good idea.

The devices are a little bit out-dated, and probably won't work with most modern cars.

Nevertheless, here's a quick summary of how to use them to pick a car lock:

How to use a Slim Jim
Before I get started, I should just make sure that you're not looking for information on how to use the beef-jerky snack of the same name.

If you're looking for info on how to use a Slim Jim dried sausage, then you may be on the wrong site (and I don't have a URL I can re-direct you to, sorry).

If you're trying to work out how a Slim Jim lock pick works on a car door, however - the device is fairly simple.

It's a thin strip of metal that can slide between the glass and rubber seal, and its hooked end is designed to catch on to the lock mechanism, and manipulate the lock rods until the door is open.

Why you shouldn't use a Slim Jim
There are a number of reasons not to use a Slim Jim, though. Here are the top 3:

1. Unless you know what the internal locking system of your car door locks like, there's a good chance that you'll simply damage the locking system altogether.

That means you won't be able to get into the car - even if you have the keys.

2. Slim Jims are old-school. Most cars are fitted with complex lock mechanisms and security systems - which means I've got more chance of dating Selena Gomez then you do of breaking into a car with a Slim Jim.

3. Using a metal file to open your car looks shifty. You can pretty much guarantee that passers-by will assume you're trying to break into the car, and some may even notify the police.
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Anonymous answered
In the good old days a Slim Jim would work because most cars had a simple lock button that always seemed to have a bend in it that the Slim Jim could grab and pull up to unlock the door.

But today, the locks are not like that and, to make things worse, doors with power locks may not have anything you can reach with a Slim Jim.

Unless you really know what the locking mechanism is like, you are blind and have little chance of opening a door.

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