The Chevy Silverado was the first vehicle I ever bought, and I loved it. It was my first car, but I had it for a few years before selling it for a newer model. When I sold my truck, I made sure to lock it up and ensure that everything was taken care of. I found a good deal and sold it, and now I am back in need of a new vehicle.
However, I recently looked for my old truck again and was surprised by how much money they are asking for them these days. The price is higher than what they were worth when they were brand new. So today, I will discuss some of the issues you had with locking and unlocking your 2001 Chevy Silverado.
2001 Chevy Silverado
2001 Chevy Silverado is a good, solid vehicle with a wide range of colors. Even after 177,000 miles, the truck runs great and can pull a 4000 lbs. trailer. It is not expensive to operate, and the repairs are infrequent than some newer models. The parts are readily available and affordable. The only minimal maintenance that you have to do routinely is battery replacement, brakes, discs, etc. Silverado 1500 models have versions of 4.8-liter V8, a 5.3-liter V8, and a 4.3-liter V6. 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 trade-in prices range from $691 – $5,801. Your vehicle can last a very long time if you treat it with care.
How to unlock the 2001 Chevy Silverado without a mechanic’s help?
Here is a trick I have been using for some time.
I use a padded pry bar to open up the gap between the top of the door frame.
Using something similar to the steel antenna mast or the ball end is always better. The end is bent to a 90-degree angle to form a small L. Then, insert it between the door gap the sliding lock.
Then moved to the open position using the stiff rod.
However, be very careful, or else you will break something.
How to unlock the truck without tearing it up?
For me, the best solution is to call a Mobile Locksmith or Tow Driver or AAAORCAREFULLY.
If possible, try to pull out the upper right corner of the Driver Door / Window a little.
Insert a small wedge-like plastic or wood to hold it out.
Insert a LONG stiff Metal wire that you can find. It can be a coat hanger, a baling wire, etc.
Try to snag the Keys or pull up on the unlock Manual Lock on Door Panel inside the Truck.
How to unlock the truck without a key and remote?
One easy way to access a locked truck is by unlocking the doors via the central locking rocker switch on the driver’s door. When the door is successfully opened, the alarm will be activated.
If not, you can have a certified locksmith come out and cut and program a key. So you can use it.
A not recommended method is to break a window and unlock the door.
You cannot unlock a Chevy Silverado from a different year key. You have to have the keys from your year vehicle to unlock and start the truck. If not, you need to program it to start or call a locksmith or tow it to the dealer.
How do you slim jim?
If you know what you are trying to grasp inside the door with a slim jim, it is likely to open the car this way. But if you have never used a slim jim in this type of truck before, the best thing to do is have a locksmith come out and do it properly.
Keep in mind that this procedure is somewhat tuff and time-consuming.
There is a possibility that you could knock off a linkage rod and make this case even worse.
If you want to try it, I will try my best to help you with what you are looking for inside the door.
Towards the back of the door, where the door latch is located, you can try grabbing onto the inside linkage control tab on the latch. With the slim jim, you would feel a pushing sponge while pushing it down. At this point, slide the slim jim in a little and twist, and then lift. This way, the truck should probably be unlocked.
There is another way of attacking the truck door. That is to use a heavy wire that is bent and has an ‘L’ shape. At the bottom of the ‘L,’ make a small hook to grab the control linkage onto the inside the door.
You will need a heavy wire, a propane torch to twist the wire, and small wooden wedges to wedge the truck window away from the door skin.
If you have the necessary tools with you, go about midway to the front of the door and lower the tool into the door about 7 inches. Try to hook the linkage and observe the inside lock control for movement. While you fish for it, grab it and move it backward. This will unlock the door.
If you try to slim jim the car, try it from the passenger side door. If anything happens to one of the linkage rods, it will not affect the driver’s door.
I would still call a locksmith because this procedure is time-consuming.
So let a locksmith come out to the car and pop it open for you. They will be there in less than 20 minutes and will take around 2 minutes to open the car because they have all the necessary tools for such issues.
The locksmith will charge about 45 to 55 dollars back then.
Now you also can call a taxi service or a tow truck service. Their charges are slightly cheaper than the locksmith’s, but they are far from qualified to do the job.
For me, I would stick with a skilled locksmith.