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JT
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2010 12:01:00 AM

Have you ever unintentionally locked the key inside a vehicle? If more than one applies, pick the one that caused the most trouble:
Yes, left it in the ignition (engine not running)
Yes, left it in the ignition (with engine running)
Yes, left it in the trunk
Yes, left it elsewhere in the vehicle
Yes, but I forget the circumstances
I don’t think so / don’t remember
No
Post your thoughts about this poll below.
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Ziggy1962
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2010 7:39:14 AM

Yes.
Load
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2010 6:28:06 AM

knock on wood
CrackedLCD
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2010 3:51:16 AM

Not yet. ;)
scorpio2duo
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2010 12:15:41 AM

yes, once by mistake
WedgeOne
Veteran Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 10:32:52 PM

I have not been able to lock my keys in my car... yet.

If my keys are dangling from the ignition (engine off), the doors will not "lock".

I experimented with leaving the keys in the ignition, locking the doors (windows down) and then tried using the spare fob. The fob didn't work which was interesting...

But no, I have yet to "lock" my keys in the car.

BTW, I tried using the cell phone to unlock the car remotely trick. Sadly it doesn't work :P, there's this trick where you use a modified tennis ball to pop the latch. Great trick but where would you carry that?

:)
gasman60
Rookie Author Nebraska

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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 10:26:44 PM

Yes. Engine Running. Cost me $56 for locksmith to open the door.
HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 10:00:20 PM

posted the one below by mistake.
i have locked my keys in the ignition cost me $40.00 to get them
i waas 236 mile away from home.when started for home about a 100 mile i
was going to stop and kick my butt. i remembered i had a key in my gas door.
HFAJR0034
Champion Author New Mexico

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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 9:55:20 PM

new dealer ship
RxHugh
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 9:41:01 PM

No
ranger400
Rookie Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 9:09:54 PM

Yes, left it in the ignition (with engine running).
Started engine to warm it up, (temperature below 0 F), and got out to scrape ice off windshield. A weak spring on the door lock allowed the plunger to drop when the door closed. Called wife and she arrived 45 minutes later with her set of keys. I now carry a second key in my wallet. (Divorced wife! Much cheaper!)
LITEBULBLADY
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 8:59:21 PM

Was busy setting up for a meeting, getting stuff out of my car and needing to keep it locked while I went inside the building. Pulled the key out of the ignition just enough to keep it from dinging. Turned to get one more things before closing the door. Dug the EXTRA set of keys out of my purse to put in my pocket so I didn't have to take my purse with me. (I was getting stuff out from the passenger side of a two door car.) I put the keys down on the passenger seat in order to pick-up something. Had both hands and arms full, pushed the button and as I was closing the door I realized I did not have the keys in my hand. Took the stuff inside the building. This was 1976, so everyone did not have a mobile phone, we did not even have portable phones in our houses. The building did not have a phone, so I had to find a neighbor home. When I called the car dealer he asked if it would be possible for me to go home and get my extra set of keys. When I said they were in the locked car, he couldn't believe that was possible. I assured him that I could see both sets of keys through the window. Of course he had a good laugh, didn't really believe me. Looked up the information in my file, made a new key and drove the couple of miles up the hill to let me in my car. When he got there he wanted to make sure that I could see both sets of keys. So I had him come around to the passenger side of the car and look in the window. He couldn't believe what he saw -- one set of keys in the ignition and one laying on the bucket seat. Needless to say I got a lot of ribbing, for a couple of years about locking both sets of keys in the car.

I'm really glad that I use the fob to lock my car now, as this was not the last time I could look through the window and see both sets of keys inside a locked car. Luckily it was a time when the police would unlock a car, in most areas of Oklahoma. I didn't have to call a locksmith but a couple of times. But I'm sure I couldn't count on my fingers the number of times I locked both sets of keys in the car. And that would just be the mid-70's to the late 80's. In the late 80's I started putting an extra set in my demo kit that I always took in with me to see my customers.

Today we can call a number on our mobile phone and a satalite will open the door.

Things have changed.
djmOH
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 8:51:20 PM

Locked 2 sets;went to play tackle football and put first set under seat so I wouldn't loose them,then threw wallet under seat also which had spare door key in it. As soon as the door closed I realized what I had done. Never happened again.
24541
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 8:40:58 PM

Accidentally in older cars. My current cars will not power lock if the key is in ignition switch.
cputrdoc
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 7:57:28 PM

Grabbed my keys, reached over to the passenger seat to figure out what I needed to bring inside with me, put the keys down on the seat for a second, rummaged around, got my stuff together, and then locked my manual door lock on the way out. Keys still in the passenger seat.

I haven't done that since I got a car with a key fob. If I don't lock it from the outside with my key fob in-hand, it just doesn't get locked. Since then, only once have I left my keys in the car with the doors unlocked.

I love my mom's Volvo - won't let you lock the doors if it detects the keys are still somewhere inside (RFID).
BooHooMI
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 7:53:24 PM

yes being in a hurry i locked the keys in the ignition not running.
FocusGuy
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 5:41:56 PM

I can't beleive that only 16% of us are no-never
rayk
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 4:37:06 PM

left it in the ignition (engine not running)
eupgas
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 4:26:39 PM

Reached across the passenger seat to lock the door and dropped keys in passenger foot well while I was doing it. Was company car and in my own driveway. Needless to say was much more careful after that.
Pspeed
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 4:21:17 PM

Yep.
mcpspam
Rookie Author Buffalo

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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 3:18:15 PM

Yes,left the keys in the ignition, car not running. The major problem was that I was filling up at the gas station. I had to call home and have my spouse bring an extra key. Needless to say, I am much more careful now!
Onager52
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 3:04:25 PM

I've got probably one of the most hilarious (tho it certainly wasn't funny at the time) situations of locking my keys in the car with the engine running:

It happened on June 27th, 1973. Only a die-hard Texas Ranger fan would know the significance of the date; it was David Clyde's major league debut. Clyde was a Texas high schooler who was rushed way to early to the bigs. The Rangers averaged about 6,000 fans per home game that year, but they had their first sellout in team history that night.

With the unexpected traffic we were running late and the game had already started when we parked. Another friend in a separate vehicle said to just pull the coil wire off (this was a brand new Grand Prix before fuel injection) and we'd worry about getting in the car after the game.

I popped the hood and one of my friends jerked something under the hood and the car died. We scurried into the game in time to see Clyde strike out the side after walking Jerry Terrell and Rod Carew in the first inning.

The Rangers went on to win 4-3 with Clyde getting the win, and after a few beers I wasn't too worried about the car. After the game we went back to the car. We got the door open with a coat hanger and I thought we were home free until I opened the hood and realized that my idiot friend had no idea what a coil wire was. Instead, he had disconnected ALL EIGHT spark plug wires!!

It was pitch dark and it took me until after two in the morning to finally get the wires on in the proper sequence. It's a night I'll never forget!
pulpwood
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 2:40:17 PM

yes, about twenty years ago.
MommaT2010
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 1:37:24 PM

No as my car has an alarm system that sounds if I should try leaving the key in the ignition.
Manicmechanic
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 1:07:09 PM

I was on my way to pick up the wife @ the airport in her '02 Trans Am when I stopped to wash and dry it off. As I was drying it off I somehow (with the engine running) locked myself out. I was in an area where no one was around (shops closed) and was fortunate to find something to pick the lock open. Now that I recall, I had left the car running with the thought that the alarm remote would allow me to get in, but it doesn't work if the car is running.
LotharTX
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 12:17:17 PM

left it in the ignition (engine not running) - Yes
left it in the ignition (with engine running) - Yes
left it in the trunk - No
left it elsewhere in the vehicle - Yes

POdByHighGas
Veteran Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 11:29:18 AM

Done it a couple of times by leaving it in the ignition (car off). Went out amd had another key made and keep it in my wallet.
bja0030
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 11:23:05 AM

yes
Winoscientist
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 10:45:26 AM

Yes I have but it doesn't matter because I just use the electronic door opener.
Bonanza
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 10:40:50 AM

No, never
Lengas
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 10:27:13 AM

Yes, left it in the ignition (with engine running). One time in 1990, now I carry 2 keys just in case.
Egor
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 10:21:32 AM

All cases were quite a while ago with older vehicles. Back when car did not warn you that the keys were there. My new van you can't even lock if the keys are in it (even on the seat). My brother once locked his keys in the car outside a 7/11. The car was running and it was even still in gear. Good thing for concrete parking lot slabs.
Greeneyz
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 9:58:40 AM

Yes, I left the keys in the ignition with it running :( and once they were on the passenger seat.
Retha09
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 9:53:49 AM

Humh, oh boi, have I. Too many times! I keep several(@ least 1 other) sets in my purse for this very reason. Although, if you lock your purse in the trunk to play @ a park, it kind of defeats the purpose.....lol. At least THAT, was only once. Thank goodness for Onstar!
chui
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 9:47:14 AM

yes, at a filling station ( will it was my wife.
OKRifle
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 9:20:58 AM

Develope a checklist when disembarking the vehicle!
yeehaw1073
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 9:03:26 AM

Ironic that this is the poll this week. As I voted I thought, "I haven't locked my keys in the car for a while..." So what do I do yesterday? You guessed it!
N9HVP
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 7:52:18 AM

Yes, left it in the ignition (engine not running).
dongo50
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 6:27:14 AM

yes
Ziggy1962
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 5:21:21 AM

Yes.
zacksnanny
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2010 3:34:58 AM

Yes, left it in the ignition (with engine running
chui
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2010 10:57:43 PM

yes, once........
ToriB
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2010 7:59:59 PM

Left keys in my little truck w/engine off. Walked home, 2 mi, & got my spare key.
paulydel
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2010 7:41:56 PM

I've done it before and it will probably happen again.
Krisket
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2010 5:42:08 PM

Too many times.
xmp55
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2010 5:00:31 PM

Locked Dad's keys in his truck
Engine not running.
Had to get a child to climb in thru the cab window to retrieve the keys :-) A+++ POST REPLY!
vroooomlady
Sophomore Author Pennsylvania

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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2010 3:36:47 PM

yes, in the ignition twice, but not running :)
Both times I was distracted by something between the time I turned off the ignition and left the car.
JayaTX
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2010 2:41:25 PM

Yes I've locked my keys in the car with car running. Just happened to have the trunk open. Was able to push down one of the seats and get a kid to climb in.
N9HVP
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2010 1:56:57 PM

Yes, left it in the ignition (engine not running).
durangohex
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2010 1:10:31 PM

Have I?!!! Too many times to count. I now have a
pass key hidden away in my wallet. After many expensive
locksmith visits~ I have learned my lesson!!
OKRifle
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2010 12:28:18 PM

I love fobs and OnStar!
zacksnanny
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2010 12:16:27 PM

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Yes, left it in the ignition (with engine running
jeromehasbargen
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2010 12:04:16 PM

I've locked my keys in the vehicle with it running buy accident one time in the winter. To be specific, this was before the remote door locks were available and I didn't remember to grab my extra key. With my newest car that has a remote door lock, I lock my doors with the key in the ignition when warming up the car sometimes. The nice safety feature with this is that if the keys are in the ignition and you lock the doors from the inside with the door open and shut the door, the locks will unlock. So the only way to lock the doors with the keys in the ignition is to lock them from the inside with the doors already shut or use the remote to lock the doors. The is the best feature I have on my car. I've learned to either keep the keys in the ignition or put them in my pocket. I also have a key that I got with my car which I carry in my wallet just incase.
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