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Car locked with keys in the ignition!

Jimmybuckrogers Dec 14, 2014

  1. Jimmybuckrogers

    Jimmybuckrogers Audi OCD VCDS Map User

    I just finished retrofitting the cruise control to my A3, reconnected the battery and heard fuel pump prime and realised I'd left the keys in ignition with it switched on. Closed the bonnet and went to open car door and found it was locked! I can't believe it locked on reconnection of battery and I'm such an idiot for leaving them in with the ignition on.

    I haven't a spare key. Please can someone offer some advice as I'm at a loss, I really don't want to have my door forced.
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  3. pluves1

    pluves1 Registered User

    Didn't think this was possible. Bummer.

    Do you have breakdown cover? They might be able to help.
  4. Brennan

    Brennan Former Audi Driver

    This happened to my mates A3, I was washing it and left the keys in the ignition and shut the door, went to get back into the car and the doors were locked. Luckily he had a spare key.

    Strange that these A3 do this with keys in ignition

    Hope you get sorted without too much hassle mate
  5. Jimmybuckrogers

    Jimmybuckrogers Audi OCD VCDS Map User

    Thanks guys. I've got it sorted now, a local guy came out and picked the lock within 2 minutes and charged £80, he must be making a killing but I'm happy to pay that for a damage free solution and hopefully will be claiming it back anyway as have key cover on my insurance.

    Anyway, lesson learnt and I will be ordering a spare key asap!
  6. The Engineer

    The Engineer Registered User

    This is a common problem on the A3. it happened to me at a petrol station!

    There is something wrong with the doors, the car thinks the door was NOT opened but detects the lock open so locks. very annoying.

    I resorted to rolling the window down every time i left the car with keys in.
  7. ashbb5

    ashbb5 Registered User

    This happened to me if the key is in the ignition and the battery us disconnected and connected it will lock everything up fact
  8. breakdj

    breakdj Registered User

    Happened to me stopped on side of elevated 105 freeway near LAX. I stopped to rescue a kitten I saw sitting on guardrail. 60 foot drop on one side, 70mph traffic zipping by on the other, no real emergency lane, terrified kitten biting me and ******* on me and freaking out, car running (because I wanted to jam quickly when I finished rescue. The muttaflukker was locked! I barely had drivers window cracked enough to wiggle my arm in far enough to hit unlock button (while controlling kitten with other hand). I got out of that spot, but it rattled me, to be honest.


    It also happened to a friend at gas station when he borrowed car in front of pump. Station owner was ****** by the time I got there with spare key.

    Dealer said they can't change behavior. I am going to prowl around with vagcom and see if they are mistaken... Dangerous design flaw.
  9. breakdj

    breakdj Registered User

    The Engineer who posted earlier in the thread is correct - when in doubt and before getting into any repair, open the window at least enough to get to unlock buttons on door. It is never a good time to lock keys in car, so be careful! Especially in the rain. Yes, water inside car sucks, but at least you'll be able to get back into car

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