Unlock a Car with a Tennis Ball

Submitted by: buddy 10 years ago in Entertainment
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Does this really work?
There are 107 comments:
Male 93
i think this happened to my mom a while ago. we went to a store and when we came out, the lock was popped and we locked them all beforehand. there was a dent around the lock. seems like a logical explanition
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Male 10
d.n.w.
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Male 10
Does Not work.
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Male 1,825
sweet, but im sceptical
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Male 89
Not even gonna bother
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Female 15
wow!
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Female 10
interesting.
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Male 11
um yeh... i agree... that music was shiet
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Male 388
this crap dont work
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Male 577
Probably doesnt work that good tho
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Male 577
Except women are too weak to push on the tennis ball :-p Just kidding, why for innocent women though?
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Female 331
Would be pretty cool if it did work. I once unlocked the bird hide at primary school with a hairpin.
That was fun.
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Male 393
I wish all those pratts that keep saying "photoshopped! photoshopped!" would shut the hell up. There are actually things that do actually exist in the real world. And to all those people that dont know what the hell they`re talking about, YES, THIS DOES WORK!!!!. Only on certain older cars but i have seen it done. Car thieves have been doing this for ages. Just because something doesn`t scream obvious at you , doesn`t mean it cant work. Now will all you numb skulls that haven`t got a clue about what is and isn`t possible in the world SHUT THE HELL UP!!!!!. (and yes, i do feel better now.)
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Female 25
omg like that really works omg u ppl;./
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Male 495
I didn`t read all 93 posts, so this may have been suggested. Instead of carrying a tennis ball in your purse, why not catty a spare key?
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Male 52
people aren`t hat smart, "you don`t just put your key in, you have to turn it", when you pull the tab on the inside of the door to unlock it are their tumblers in their, no. what this is soposed(sp?) to do is using air pressure it pushes the lock on the door from the inside just like you pulling up on it from the inside i have no idea if it would really work, but now whats happening before you go spouting off random comments how you (insert finger quotes here)"know" that somthing won`t work
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Female 131
And shut up. Don`t diss my car. Even if the cassette player needs a little smashing to work and the back door lock stopped working ages ago. And the license plate is a little banged up and the paint is peeling away. And it`s a double hand-me-down.

Now where`s the trick to not leave your headlights on and drain the battery?

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Female 131
All the people who said they`d try this, RESULTS?!?!

I have a 94 toyota camry and I have locked the keys in the car. This tidbit of info would`ve been nifty then.

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Male 37
Someone try this!
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Female 1,228
is anyone actually going to try this?
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Male 236
Does it work?.........no it doesnt
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Female 430
I love to get to the bottom of urban myths, so I will be trying this out...
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Female 242
lame.
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Male 701
heh, i hope it doesnt work, thats kinda scary...why not just get a spare key? seems alot more easy and it wont look like youre trying to break into a car
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Female 670
"How to hold up a bank with nothing but a crazy straw and a cleft chin."
Oh, that can already be done. I`ve tried. :]
Anyway, all I have to say on the subject of this video is that the music is f*cking horrible.
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Male 250
even if it did work, i dont think i would be carrying around a tennis ball in my pocket
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Female 422
So I will try this after school and when I get caught people will think that I`m a little off my rocker.
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Male 305
...or you could carry a spare key.
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Male 349
not possible :P and lame
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Female 314
why innocent women....WTF was that for...... i know more men forgetting their keys than women... it should say for stupid men
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Male 500
It does work and it`s old, old news.
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Male 146
...um...uh...hmmm
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Male 58
real?...maybe
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Female 416
GO MYTHBUSTERS!!
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Female 416
cool.
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Male 4
It doesn`t work in Arizona, so no asshats try it there.
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Male 1,704
yeah this definitly does work but only on a very select few makes n models.
mainly why our new cars dnt have key locks in them no more.
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Male 3
"now take the ball and press it as hard as you can"...lol.
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Male 70
^ That`s a GREAT idea

Overall I beleive that this is bull, since they`re not airtight

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Male 888
Someone send this to Mythbusters.
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Male 143
im going to the mall :-)
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Female 82
I believe i hear something in the distance *strains her ears* Wait...is that a mythbusters episode? Put this on the bloody show so that maybe we can stop the great IAB tennis ball war before the casualties multiply ;)

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Female 82
I believe i hear something in the distance *strains her ears* Wait...is that a mythbusters episode? Put this on the bloody show so that maybe we can stop the great IAB tennis ball war before the casualties multiply ;)

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Male 4
i`ve been dumb enough to lock my keys in my car before. one of my neighbours actually recommended me to try this, so i think this might actually work. if it doesn`t, a coat hangar does the trick
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Male 28
When you turn the lock, the cylinder moves a linkage which unlocks the door. When you use the remote to unlock the door, a motor or solenoid moves the linkage. When a locksmith uses a `slimjim` to unlock your door, he is using the flat metal bar to move the linkage within the door. Moving the linkage has nothing to do with air pressure on the cylinder.
Want to read more about it? Go here: http://auto.howstuffworks.com/power-door...
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Male 448
Go thieves!
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Male 2,958
-All you need is an IQ high enough to prevent your knuckles from scraping the ground. I despair for humanity.-

Wouldn`t that be more of a spinal disfiguration, and not really have anything to do with intelligence?

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Male 1,590
"what if you locked your tennis ball with your keys in your car"

No kidding, she IS blonde, after all. It`s more likely that she would lock herself in the car. ;-)

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Male 308
I am so going to try, as well as like everyone else who saw this...
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Male 1,496
For those of you who say "No f*cking way this will work!" :

When you have a car with remote electronic locks the key serves no function when you open the car electronically. In fact you can open the door with the remote even if you lost your key . When you push the remote button an electric solenoid pushes the button up, the key never enters the lock nor comes in contact with the lock and the pins in the tumbler never move or turn. The pins in the tumbler serve no function when the remote opener is pushed. OK now that I have made it clear that the tumblers do not have to move to unlock the car the question is how can air pressure open the lock. I am not convinced it can but one theory of mine is the there is some kind of electrical contact switch inside the door near the key hole. It could be possible that air pressure from the ball can be great enough to cause the electric solenoid switch to move enough to close the circuit and open the lock electrically.

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Female 1,596
o.0 Something tells me this isn`t right.
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Male 1
Did everyone take a retard pill this morning or something? You don`t need to be a locksmith to know this cannot work. All you need is an IQ high enough to prevent your knuckles from scraping the ground. I despair for humanity.
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Male 572
cough cough sneeze cough cough
oh sorry im allergic to bs
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Male 131
LOL. I lost my key, but I always carry a spare tennis ball around!
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Female 395
i want to try it, even if it doesnt work...
just to see
and burn a hole in a tennis ball
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Male 561
what if you locked your tennis ball with your keys in your car
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Male 13
ok you ppl will beleave any thing im a locksmith and i can tell you this is 100% fake first the keyless entry is not air powerd an any way try taken the batter out and try it and even if it could move the tumblers (witch it cant a lock is not air tight) it cant turn any thing. . . now that thats out of the way i have some ocean front land for sale in Kansas and i can sale you the golden gate bridge ( if you think this will work im sure to make alot of cash off the 2 scames i just posted
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Male 242
here`s a question for all of you skeptics...why don`t you just try it? get it over with...
nobody seems to just...go do it

and the guy that side "this is shopped, i can tell by the pixels" he was JOKING, it`s an old running joke on this website from some guy that said something similar a long time ago

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Male 1,364
interesting
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Male 703
you could also get the ball and chunk it at the window... that`ll break it ... then just reach in unlock and enjoy driving
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Male 388
This works. I have seen it done and It has been around for a while. But it does only work on certain cars. notably an old porsche model (which I dont know the precise name of). New cars are new locking systems dont really take to this technique very well.

Added Note-
When I saw this done they hit the ball with a hammer quite briskly, but it didnt hit the lock, and the lock didn`t crack or was touched at all.

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Male 336
what if you lock the ball in the car along with your keys and purse? ....... lol
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Female 1,492
ummm...so even if this did work...they only tried it with cars that have an automatic lock...would it work for manual locks?
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Male 240
It works.... so long as the guy with the remote is standing behind you when you push on the ball.
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Male 988
my god they probably made that last as long as it possibly could.
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Male 12
All I know is Blondie has blond colored teeth!
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Female 1,463
i really wana try this
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Male 62
heard it only works on fords or wvs cant remember
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Male 431
I Think Not...
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Male 183
Yes, it *does* work. Or at least it *did* work. On old cars with purely mechanical single-door locks (ie not this newfangled central locking that we have now) the mechanism for locking the doors was so simple that on some cars you could do the tennis ball thing. Just like how simple it was to use a coat hanger.
Of course, it won`t work on newer cars, as the mechanism is completely different now.
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Male 814
half a tennis ball would be much easier. you wouldn`t have to hold it as perfectly over the keyhole, and you`d get the nice rubber seal too.
oh, and Mr. Sir, stealing a baby with a tennis racket doesn`t work. It has to be a squash racket.
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Male 239
A new piece of criminal equipment I can see it now,"Hey Johnny"."What!"."You got any Tennis balls I feel like jacking this b*tches car"."Sorry fresh out, I`ve got a lock picking kit though if you want it"."Na,I`ll leave it I only like working with professional pieces of equipment".
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Male 124
although i always thought it was done using half a tennis ball..........
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Male 124
lol i love all the people saying this wont work, the truth is like some one else already said it works with specific type of lock, thats why you can use this trick with a house door lock for example, this info came about years ago and even then the info was outdated - it doesnt work on locks too old or too new it does work on a handfull of car locks though
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Female 182
I does work. A car mechanic unlocked my dads car this way. Unfortunatly this only works on old cars
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Male 576
Whats next? How to steal a baby with a tennis racket, or how to rob a house with a putting-wedge. How to hold up a bank with nothing but a crazy straw and a cleft chin, or how to wipe your pucker with nothing but your hand and a dart-board.
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Male 632
Let me guess. This is from Metacafe?
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Female 237
I brought this up with my boyfriend whos a mechanic, and he told me its absolute bull. Air pressure isnt enough to unlock the chamber in the door and that all she did was press her autokey ahen she pressed on the tennis ball so it looked like it opened the door.
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Male 4,242
oaky it says to keep the ball in you hand bag at all times; how about you keys
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Female 319
holy poo i`m so trying this >=] hijacking cars... classic >=]
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Male 1,003
More metacafe videos? Great...
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Male 98
since when is a keyhole connected to the locking system?
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Male 49
Regarding the "but it doesn`t turn the mechanism" argument: When you are inside the car, you just pull up on the knob-ee, you don`t turn squat. Also, as far as the "not an airtight space" bit goes, it would depend on the vehicle. As long as the air is going in faster than it is coming out and has enough force, this MIGHT work. Think: you can inflate a pool toy that has a hole in it, so long as the hole isn`t as big as your head.

Still skeptical until I try it and it works.

(BTW--I have picked locks and have a decent understanding of how this stuff works. You can save yourself all that typing trying to explain pins, cylindars and rakes to me)

Now if I can just find a tennis ball....

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Female 95
" It could have been as simple as someone standing off camera and just pushing the unlock button" that is exactly what I was thinking.
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Male 189
So thats why all the good tennis players drive nice cars. :)
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Male 2,862
I suspect that this is just a fun way of getting the terminally stupid to make a nice dent in the side of their car.
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Male 16
As a hobby i have picked locks, and have picked cars. There is no way this is possible accept possibly the minor chance Alley_Cat has stated. Since there needs to be torque on the lock and each pin needs to be set in series from the back of the lock to the front of the lock pin by pin, finally opening. The air trick wouldn`t even be possible IMO since there is no twisting to unlock, it would be the same as raking the pins with a paper clip 1 time, as the air (if it was airtight) would only act as a rake and lift the pins 1 time, and the opposite way (from front to back), thus making torque impossible. Try it.
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Female 344
I`ve never locked my car, but I wonder if that method works on my 70`s car!?
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Male 591
It was once true, but it only works on very very very few cars, not enough to waste your time getting it set up where you can use it.

Suggest just always have a spare key in your purse.

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Male 4,246
I suspect Cwruidth is only trying to irritate people.
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Male 4
here`s a little somethin from September 2006 stating the obvious for most car guys.... From a lockpicking site blog no less. "Did you ever hear about the trick where people could open a Mercedes with a ping-pong or tennis ball? It is an urban legend from years ago. The complete Mercedes lock could not be manipulated with hooks etc because it was completely shielded. In fact so sheilded it was almost air thight. If you would smash a pingpong ball or prepared tennis ball to the lock the air that is blown into the lock can only escape by lifting the buttons up and unlocking the car. This is an old trick and does not work anymore. One of my informants thinks it might still be possible with a portable air pressure device. Currently small compressors are one the market that can deliver 8 bar of pressure. Maybe these locks where ‘blown open’? Sounds feasible to me …."
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Male 606
well....in case you didnt notice Offlineripjoint89...you dont have to put the key in for locks that have keyless entry. im assuming it only works with those type of locks.
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Male 4
Vacuum door locks.
Hope you tucked your car in nice and tight tonight. Don`t be too surprised, it wasn`t long ago you could take anybody`s car with a brick and a screwdriver. Or, if you knew what you were doing, a piece of wire. But now with over a hundred years of automobile advancements the car is trumped by the tennis ball. The problem is starting the car...
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Male 567
...come on now, heed my words don`t start a photoshop war
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Male 779
I can see someone with the electric unlocker standing behind the camera and unlocking it when the girl pushes the ball...

Butt hell... I feel a new blonde joke just got born.

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Male 193
...Not everything needs to be photo shopped to be fake. It could have been as simple as someone standing off camera and just pushing the unlock button. I think it was just made to see how many people would end up trying it.
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Male 567
... quite Cwruidth, lets not start that ay?
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Male 28
The pins in the locking mechanism would have to be airtight... which they aren`t... there`s lots of little holes in the backs of locks... then the air pressure would have to somehow turn the locking mechanism, because after all, you don`t just put the key in... you have to turn it as well. Another thing, the fuzz on the tennis ball would not give the seal to produce the air pressure... in that case a plunger would work much better. Which brings me to my last point that makes this so fake and impossible I don`t even want to begin... if there`s any one factor that will convince you that this is bullpoo it is the fact that this video was originally uploaded to MetaCafe, a website that gives you money if your video gets lots of views.

Seems like something this would get millions of hits.

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Male 32
This is shopped. You can tell by the pixels.
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Male 1,092
That`s cool, though I`d rather play tennis with the ball
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Male 15
I belive someone who knows how a lock actually works, and has a basic knowledce of physics will agree that this has very... very little chance to work.
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Male 724
I can see it working on certain cars, not all though. The logic behind it makes some degree of sense.
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Male 4,246
They took long enough getting to the point, but still very interesting. Regardless of whether it`s possible or not, one has to wonder how people come up with this stuff.
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Male 1,354
If this works it`s pretty scary how easy this is. Big debate on Snopes:
http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php...
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Male 810
If it does work I`ll be in business... but I seriously doubt it... air pressure? heh
Besides, my unfolded paper clip picklocking methods are fine enough
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Male 209
I dont think this will work and I am not blonde but I will definitly try it... I will sell it to crooks....
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Male 10,115
Link: Unlock a Car with a Tennis Ball [Rate Link] - Does this really work?
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