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Locked out! Flat battery and door lock completely seized! HELP!

Simon Holmes May 16, 2020

  1. Simon Holmes

    Simon Holmes Registered User

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    So, as the title says, I currently can not get in the ****** car! Its been parked up in the garage now for around 4 months. The battery has died, so the fob does not work. I've tried both keys, and also the plastic key (they are all cut exactly the same) in the door lock and it wont budge, I've used all sorts of different lubes, graphite etc and still nothing.

    Either its never been used (I have never used it in the 6 years I have owned it) or at some point before my time, the barrel was changed for some reason and I don't have a key for it. I put my brothers Audi key it there also, and moves just the same amount so i my suspicions lay around the latter but i have no idea as to why it would have been.

    There is nothing online to help, if i break a window, the locks are deadlocked so still wont be able to open the door. If i cant open the drivers door, I can not pull the bonnet release to get to the charging points.

    What are my options? Ive read somewhere that you can get charge to the battery, by connecting to the starter motor, hopefully getting just enough juice use the fob to open. But I can not find anywhere online to find out how to access the motor from the underside, and if i do locate it, how I go about actually connecting power/charge to it!

    Any ideas / diagrams or anything that can help will be appreciated !
     
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  3. MELenium

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    With the Buture br200 car jump starter that sells on Amazon it includes a cigarette lead that plugs into the cigarette socket that it will charge your battery in about 15 minutes enough to start your car.
     
    Last edited: May 16, 2020
  4. joinerman

    joinerman Registered User

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    Yes that’s all well and good but he has to get in the car first
     
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  5. Simon Holmes

    Simon Holmes Registered User

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    Exactly that. I have air bagged the windows, and pulled both the door handles from inside and I did indeed only click the fob once so deadlocks are activated and working as they should.

    I feel my best bet is to hookup a spare battery to the 12v cable that comes directly from the battery to the starter motor.

    I’ve downloaded several manuals to figure out the location of it. However they all obviously state to go in from inside the bonnet, remove air box etc to access it.

    Does anyone know if it’s possible to get at it from the passenger side wheel well or by removing the undertray and going in that way?

    Thanks.

    Note. I can smash a window and charge yes, but then having to clean it all up and the cost of £90 for the charger and whatever the cost to replace, makes this destructive way less desirable until other options have been explored
     
  6. A4snake

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    I would jack the car up high enough to comfortably get underneath and get it on axle stands, remove the undertray and see how easy it is to get to the starter motor main live as that comes down from the battery anyway, as for the earth you can put it on any clean metal on the engine. Start there and see how it looks :thumbs up:
     
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  7. k.lockU2

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    Have you tried the keys in the rear tail gate ... you might be able to get through some way . If the barrel was changed maybe they left the the rear barrel stock . I have an a4 so cant be more helpful sorry & good luck .
     
  8. Simon Holmes

    Simon Holmes Registered User

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    The TT doesnt have a boot lid key way. It can only be opened via the fob or via the button inside :(
     
  9. Colin Sutton

    Colin Sutton Registered User

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    Do this .:>)
     
  10. Simon Holmes

    Simon Holmes Registered User

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    SOLVED!

    I got underneath and powered from the starter motor. All is good. Thanks guys
     
  11. Simon Holmes

    Simon Holmes Registered User

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    Yeah that’s what I suggested at the start, just wanted some guidance of if it was actually possible. It was and I’m in.
     
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  13. Colin Sutton

    Colin Sutton Registered User

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    Well done .
     
  14. k.lockU2

    k.lockU2 Registered User

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    Great news .... and great advice ...
     
  15. RAF_S7

    RAF_S7 Well-Known Member Gold Supporter

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    Next time you leave it, put it on a charger (battery conditioner) I use a CTEK, as recommended by Audi. I’m out the country for months arcs time.
    My S7 will last about 6 days before the battery is flat :scared2:
     
  16. Rs3ego

    Rs3ego Registered User

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    Well done!
     
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