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HELP! Locked out of car

(34 Posts)
margerybruce Tue 23-Jul-13 08:42:33

Posted here for the traffic - please help!

Locked out of car -07 Suzuki Grand Vitara - remote keys won't work - actual key won't work.

Any genius car people with an idea?

brew and biscuit biscuit in it for any mechanics/electrical folk with solution/s.

This happened to me. DH got the bus to me, DD and the stranded car with the flat battery, put his key in and it opened. confused I tried his key and it didn't open. Turns out you had to make a quarter turn in the wrong direction before opening as normal. confused

So, the next day I thought I'd have a go with my key. No results, even with the quarter turn. Got DH to have a go with my key. He got straight in. hmm Turns out my key was stiffer than his. What with that and not knowing the stupid key-turning trick I didn't stand a chance!

Aquamildred Tue 23-Jul-13 14:07:25

"I often shout "It's bloody there! I can see it, why can't you?"

grin I do this!

margerybruce Tue 23-Jul-13 14:04:00

LOL at some of the comments on that link Mandy -

"Having read some of the above, the most worrying thing is that some of the people adding comments here are actually entitled to vote"

"I wonder if it's the same technical problem with their cars that stops most of these people using their indicators on the roundabout at Tesco"

Beastofburden Tue 23-Jul-13 13:54:34

Your car hates you. It is personal.

Mandy2003 Tue 23-Jul-13 13:52:52
Aquamildred Tue 23-Jul-13 13:44:38

This happened with my friend, only he was locked IN the car, a problem with the electrics meant that as he went to get out of the car all the central locking and windows would not open.

Luckily he had a phone with credit in the car.

margerybruce Tue 23-Jul-13 13:40:14

Well this, combined with finding tab ends from exotic white cigs outside my front door in the mornings is freaking me out now

Microwave transmitters and Russian spies?

<puts on dark glasses and wig>

SoupDragon Tue 23-Jul-13 13:05:10

My Ford does that sometimes - I get "Key not detected" when I try to start the car. With the key right there, next to me. I often shout "It's bloody there! I can see it, why can't you?"

SoupDragon Tue 23-Jul-13 13:03:57

I've lost count of the number of times I've complained about something not working only for it to work perfectly.

margerybruce Tue 23-Jul-13 13:03:24

The plot thickens - took car to local car electrical place - both keys worked - remote and key-in-door

Brought it home - keys don't work

So - twilight zone for transmitter?

DE DE DE DE DE DE DE DE

www.expressandstar.com/news/2011/11/02/mystery-over-key-fob-blackspot/

SoupDragon Tue 23-Jul-13 13:03:16

LOL. Honestly, I wasn't really accusing you of being stupid grin but if the cap fits
wink

mum11970 Tue 23-Jul-13 12:26:19

Oh well, at least you're in. Hope you're not going anywhere you need to lock the doors again.

mum11970 Tue 23-Jul-13 12:24:27

Have you tried unlocking the passenger door? Or squirting wd40 in the lock.

margerybruce Tue 23-Jul-13 12:21:55

Thanks folks - AA man came and did this hmm

Then he stuck the key in the door and it opened confused

Had a look at battery in car and battery in key and said he had no clue what was wrong

Now I am looking for the folder with car instructions in which has gone AWOL

This never used to happen with horses and carts

Soupdragon - perhaps you are on to something there with second suggestion!

MrsMelons Tue 23-Jul-13 11:58:41

At least your 9 month old DS is not locked in the car. I did this with the keys inside the car, my bag with my phone was also in the car. I did have a spare car key but this was inside the house and my door key was in my bag in the car [shock

lastnightiwenttomanderleyagain Tue 23-Jul-13 11:08:39

We had similar on a fiesta and it was a properly flat battery... hope you get it sorted!

SoupDragon Tue 23-Jul-13 10:53:34

If the actual key doesn't work, there is most likely something properly wrong (or you could be really really stupid but that seems unlikely! grin)

Pennyacrossthehall Tue 23-Jul-13 10:51:11

Hold the key/remote to your head and then press the unlock button (helps if the battery is flat . . . no, really)

sashh Tue 23-Jul-13 10:26:32

Try all the doors including the boot with the key.

Try the tennis ball trick (although I think cars don't respond to that any more).

Put the key under your chin and then press the plip.

Do you have a lock thing on the inside that you push down to lock and pull up to open?

If you have then you can use a piece of that plastic strapping stuff that you find on parcels to get in. Fold it in half and push it down or sideways through the door join inside the car and hook it onto the lock and pull it up and you should get in in seconds.

BUT if the key is knackered then you won't be able to dis arm the immobiliser and start the engine sad

Tortoisegirl Tue 23-Jul-13 09:22:25

Call the AA. At least you have a genuine fault, I managed to lock my 12mth old DD in the car with the keys. They could not have been kinder and didnt laugh at me although I deserved a good slap for giving DD the keys to play with in the first place! they got into the car in under a minute!
Does sound like the battery or CL is buggered. Call them now!

afromom Tue 23-Jul-13 09:19:16

Have you tried using the key on the passenger side?

gallifrey Tue 23-Jul-13 09:16:33

I had a Jeep that used to lock me out on a regular basis, it turned out the actual fob was so old it just stopped working.
I think in that car the receiver for the fob was on the passenger side and if you pressed it there aiming towards the windscreen it would work.

baddyfreckleface Tue 23-Jul-13 09:11:17

Our car used to only unlock with the key in the lock. And we had to unlock, lock, unlock without pausing or taking the key out.
Hope you get sorted

Unfortunately, Binky is right, if the key in the door doesn't work, chances a re the relay for the central locking has gone. If you have homestart or similar, call AA

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