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The lever is going to act as a guide for your lock pick as well as allow you to turn the lock once the pins are all pushed into place. The open end will act as a handle, allowing you to turn the lever and apply pressure to the pins inside the lock. Thank you.
 

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Yep, you sure can. Shouldn't happen but it does. Happened to me today. Absolutely should not happen and there is some flaw that allows it to happen. AAA, two different trucks, finally on my way an hour and a half later.
 

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The other day I was at the gas station with my son filling up his "new to him" BMW. When I returned to my car it was locked, key fob INSIDE the car in my purse on passenger seat. At first I thought if I touched the locking activator on the door handle it would unlock. No luck. I tried the driver's door. No luck.

Frantic I called the Audi dealership hoping that someone could provide me with my car key code (I have it stored in Evernote but my phone was also locked inside the car). Fortunately I could use my son's phone or I would have been completed stranded because the gas station attendant told me their phone was not for public use.

The Audi dealer receptionist, although extremely apologetic, was of no help whatsoever aside from telling me to call Audi Roadside Assistance (ARA). I asked if they would get into the car "the old fashioned way" (i.e., Slim Jim, coat hanger) and she said she didn't know.

I then called both AAA and Audi roadside assistance. The former would take 15 minutes to arrive, the latter 45 minutes! While waiting for emergency roadside assistance the salesman called me and was rather adamant that I had to have pushed the "lock" button from inside the car before closing it. I was certain I hadn't; not that I've never done that before but not since my early 20s (I'm now in my early 50s) and certainly never without going "Doh!".

AAA came and opened it up using a coat hanger (i.e., creating enough of an opening in the passenger door with some compression device to get a coat hanger in and pull the door handle). The alarm went off which I also thought was odd because the key was near the vehicle.

Obviously I cancelled ARA, subconsciously grateful for my AAA membership if ARA would typically take 3 times longer!

The very next day I get into my car and, thinking I had forgotten my phone inside my office, sat in my car while searching through my purse and briefcase. As I was sitting there the car just locked, I didn't touch the door lock button nor the lock on the key fob. Naturally when I opened the door the alarm went off again.

Has anyone experienced something similar?

Thanks,
NKOTB, Cyndi
 

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I have a 2016 Q3. Luckily I was at home with my car parked in the garage instead of out at 2 a.m. or at the airport when my Q3 locked me out. I placed a fob in the cup holder early in the morning to take my dog for a hike in a nearby park. I wanted to go without my purse so I grabbed Fob #2. My dog seemed under the weather and I changed plans. Later that day, I grabbed my purse to run an errand and put it on the passenger seat, closed the door and ran in to grab my phone from the charger. Locked out! I, too, discovered my Audi mechanic could do nothing at the dealership except recommend I call Audi Roadside Assistance. I called them and discovered I had not signed on for that and was charged $85. I was told by a locksmith later, that this is a great price and many are taken advantage of and charged a lot. He had my door open in 3 minutes and was super polite and nice. I learned later that my auto insurance (USAA) would have covered it. Initially they told me "not covered" until we looked up coverage on their roadside assistance. I will send them the bill and request refund. BTW, I had both batteries replaced in fobs in January.


I immediately went to the locksmith after the lockout to have a "manual door key" made to be hidden that will at least give me access to my car. It is laser cut and costs $45. A good old magnetic key case will be hidden on my vehicle. Since my car cannot be started with a key, it just gets you in the car. Yay! Good insurance for me. I imagined all kinds of dire situations that could have made this incredibly dangerous, including my dog inside , my phone inside, medical emergency, airport situation or late nite in a dark parking lot situation. The mechanic who came out said this happens to EVERY make and model of keyless entry vehicle. He had 15 that day (it was around 3pm). Eye-opener. 😳
 
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