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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-01-2013, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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Keys locked in 97 subaru

As the title says my keys are locked in my 97 subaru.

I had a dead battery, when I connected jumper cables to the car the doors locked. I can't pry the top of the door out and try to unlock it that way because the trim won't allow that to happen.

Will a slim jim work on this vehicle?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-01-2013, 07:31 PM
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You can get a key made for it at the dealership using the VIN number. You can also (more pricey) have a lock smith come and make you a key on the spot (Scary how they can do that).


I dont know if a slim Jim would work, been ages since I used one as newer cars are hard to do. Car theives usually just punch the lock.
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The nearest subaru dealer is a couple hours away so that isn't going to happen, I may have to go with the locksmith but don't really want to spend the money. I would like to be able to find a parts diagram of the inside of the door so I keep trying with the slim jim I at least know where to be trying at.

I also think I will wait until tomorrow when it warms up a bit, right now it is below zero making all the trim very stiff and probably more likely to break something.
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Take wood shims, or taped metal to spread the glass. Use 2 about 1 in apart.
You need a stiff thin item about 4-5 ft long.
I use and keep a kid's bicycle flag pole just for this.
You can make a hook with stiff wire taped to the end. Insert and use hook to grab release.
At times I have gone from one side to the other so I could push the unlock button.
Should take less than 5 mins.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-02-2013, 02:44 AM
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I haven't had occasion to slim-jim a Subaru, but I'd bet that member 'lock-medic' has; it's his business! You might try PMing him, 'cause he's erecting a new house & not trawling here as much as usual.
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It just so happened that as Subaru mechanic stopped by and told me to use shims and a stiff rod like Osie suggested. After that it took about five minutes and I was in.
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As the owner of a '97 I find that both good to know and bad to hear.
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Thats why I just leave my keys in my '99 Outback.
Aint no one gonna steal it! If they do, I can catch them on foot!
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