It’s one of the worst feelings in the world: locking your keys in your car. It instantly makes you feel stupid, as well as powerless. You can see them right there through the window, but you can’t get to them! It’s like an unsolvable puzzle, in which the only answer is to pay someone else to come solve it for you.
But you don’t have to call an expensive locksmith and wait hours to retrieve your keys next time you lock them inside your car. Check out this amazing hack that’s gone viral on YouTube. You won’t believe what household item will open your car door in a jiffy. Read more to find out.
The next time you lock your keys in your car, all you need to open the door is tennis ball. To unlock your car, take a standard tennis ball and create a small hole on the ball. The best way to do this is with a hot screwdriver. Simply heat up the end of the screwdriver over the flame on your kitchen stove, and then use it to burn a hole in the ball.
One the hole is made, you’re ready to unlock your car! Hold the ball up to the car door lock so that the hole in the ball is facing the keyhole. Next, using both hands and all of your might, press the ball against the car door as hard as you can.
The air pressure caused by pressing the ball against the keyhole will force the locking mechanism of the car door to open, unlocking your vehicle. Obviously, this method works best when your car is at your home. But if you’re prone to locking your keys in your car while on the go, a tennis ball is small enough to fit into a purse or gym bag. Just make the hole in the ball first, and you’re ready to go.
Are you skeptical? So were we. So we headed to the Mythbusters site to see if they had tackled this one. And they have! Here is what they had to say about it.
“Like many fan requests sent to the MythBusters, the question of whether you can unlock a car with a tennis ball came straight from a viral video on the Web. If seeing is believing, you could cut a small hole in a tennis ball and pick a car lock by pressing the ball over the lock and giving the ball a hearty squeeze. The theory is that the air pressure released from inside the tennis ball can supposedly force the mechanism to release.
“MythBusters Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara took a shot at the tennis-ball trick with different sized holes in tennis balls but failed to pick any locks. In case the air pressure inside the tennis balls simply wasn’t sufficient, they even tried vacuum-sealing the car lock and applying 100 psi of air pressure (about nine times the normal atmospheric pressure) to it.
But even the pumped-up pressure couldn’t score a point for this myth. And with the tennis ball lock-pick trick busted, the match went to the MythBusters.”