How can I unlock a Honda Odyssey with a slim jim?

I just bought a Honda Odyssey and the service manager at the dealership told me to be very careful never to lock myself out of the car. Well I’ve locked myself out of my other cars plenty of times and a slim jim always worked to get me back in, but the manager sounded really serious about it, so I’m wondering if maybe a slim jim doesn’t work on an Odyssey. If it does, is there a different way to do it?

Chloe Jenkins · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
The service manager was absolutely right to warn you about this - a Honda Odyssey has lock enclosures that are designed to prevent any kind of opening without a key, so a slim jim would not work. However, one Honda Odyssey owner have came up with a useful way to ensure that they are never locked out:
Make a duplicate key at your local hardware store. This key will not start your car but if you are locked out it can be used to manually unlock your vehicle. This driver actually drilled a larger hole on the end and hid their key behind their license plate for ease of access wherever they traveled.
Of course you can always purchase duplicate keys and keep them in the house or entrust a friend or family member to hold on to it. If you find yourself locked out with no other options, you can call a locksmith or use
roadside assistance
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