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Locked my keys in the boot!!

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Rick106, Aug 11, 2007.

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    [Aug 11, 2007]
    So yesterday at 3:30pm I locked my keys in the boot, when I happened to be in Macclesfield about an hour and 20 mins from home (and the 2nd set of keys).

    Its that bloody stupid autolocking boot. You know when you go solely in the boot then shut it it autolocks. I went in there for some stuff i'd left in, accidently left the keys inside and shut it!

    I was in a nice hotel car park when it happened and bout 5 random people turned round to me screaming f**k and s**t for about 5 minutes.

    Anyway I had to call out Audi Assist (RAC). I waited 2 hours and it wasn't an easy job either. He had to go under the wheel arch and try to open the bonnet. After struggling for about 20 mins he managed to do it. Then he had to wedge the door open and put a stick inside and press the down button on the window whilst I reconnected the battery. This takes the window down about 1 inch at a time.
    Once it was fully down I went in through the window into the boot and got the keys.

    Anyway job done, bar some light scratches above the window where he was putting in the metal stick. I wasn't happy about this, but they do make you sign a disclaimer. Should polish out I hope anyway.

    Then on the way home, the car felt slightly different. I had my remap done by Pendle Performance and I felt as though I had lost the additional power. After driving for the rest of the hour journey back home it seemed to regain it.

    Does disengaging the battery and reconnecting it a few times affect the remap at all or engage any safety features?

    Anyway, moral, don't be a prat and lock your keys in the boot?
    Hope this was useful.

    Rich
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    [Aug 11, 2007]
    Gutted, not the best feature in the world it turns out then that auto-locking boot.
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    [Aug 11, 2007]
    No, not at all. Going to try and get audi to disable it when I can be bothered.
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    [Aug 11, 2007]
    Yup, I'm always very careful if I use that feature, I'll always leave my keys in my pocket when I press the button, just to be sure I don't accidentally leave them in the boot. At least you got it sorted though. When I picked up the car, the saleswoman made sure to warn me about it, and the fact that it was the only way I could lock my keys inside, so since then I've made a point never to leave my keys inside the car if I open the boot with the boot-unlock button.
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    [Aug 11, 2007]
    I'll remember not to forget my keys in the boot! Hope the scratches do polish out!
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    [Aug 11, 2007]
    I suppose the simplest answer is NEVER to use the boot only unlock button. My original A3 and several of the others only had a two button remote and I got used to using just the two buttons and although my more recent A3s have had the three buuton version I never use the middle button.
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    [Aug 12, 2007]
    i've had the safety locking feature turned off on mine, ie, i press the button once to unlock and whole car unlocks, boot included. The default is for the first press to open drivers door only, then the second press opens the rest. If you have the car set like this you wouldn't have the possibility of locking the keys in the boot because the boot remains unlocked while the doors are.

    This is how my car is setup
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    [Aug 12, 2007]
    That's a different thing altogether - the middle button will still open the boot alone and relock when it's closed. If you use the main unlock, either to open the driver's door or the whole car, then it won't auto-relock if a door is opened which is fairly safe.

    I'm with Dave on this one, there's nothing wrong with the boot open function/button - if you can't trust yourself not to leave the keys in there then just don't use it - open the whole car then lock it again.
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    [Aug 14, 2007]
    fair enough. to be honest i dont think ive used the boot release button once - i dont really see a use for it.
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    [Jan 19, 2013]
    need help... have gone and lock my key inside my car, i open the bonnet to put in some antifreez and when i came out i shout the door and open the bonnet,finish topping up the coolant and wanna get back inside but was locked and keys is inside looking at me, seriously i dont know what to do and i dont want to break the window... the bonnet is still open, as i keep it open should incase there is something i could do from the engine or fuse box...
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    [Jan 19, 2013]
    Holy thread revival! :O

    Shouting at it isn't going to help.. Surely you must have a spare key.. If your covered by AA or RAC breakdown they maybe able to get into your car.
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    [Jan 19, 2013]
    Got glass cover? get a new windscreen ?

    Not sure of prices of window glass
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    [Jan 19, 2013]
    After I got a spare key ( and proved it worked ) I experimented and couldn't find a way to lock the keys in !!

    How did you do it ?
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    [Jan 19, 2013]
    If you open door and dont turn on ignition the car seems to think it has been accidentally opened and locks itself again after a very short time .
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    [Jan 19, 2013]
    Do you mean open the door, put keys in ignition, do not switch on and then close door again ? Seems like a basic design flaw if it's that simple !!

    Will try it tomorrow
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    [Jan 19, 2013]
    No, if you open a door it stays unlocked. If you unlock it and don't open a door inside 30 seconds it re-locks itself as an anti-theft feature. You don't need to touch the ignition.
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    [Jan 19, 2013]
    That's exactly what I thought so how do you lock the keys inside the car ?
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    [Jan 20, 2013]
    Lock car, open boot with centre button on the key, drop keys in boot, shut boot, all locked up!
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    [Jan 20, 2013]
    Could you smash the rear light and fish the key out like somebody else did recently?
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    [Jan 21, 2013]
    Well only possible way is to demoilish the light & break of the threaded part of the plastic nut, to push a coat hanger wire in to press the unlock button, but if you cant see the inside because of the shelf, you're kinda buggered.
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    [Jan 21, 2013]
    I saw a setting in VCDS to activate passive locking, which locks doors after a minute or two even if you've opened\closed a door! this being enabled is probably the reason for the second lock out
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