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.

magimedi Tue 23-Jul-13 08:44:31

Might sound daft but try actual key again twice in quick succession.

fluckered Tue 23-Jul-13 08:45:11

would ye not be better off ringing a near by garage or someone in REAL LIFE that can help instead of an online forum? hmm hope you get sorted soon.

fengirl1 Tue 23-Jul-13 08:45:34

Have you actually tried the key IN THE DOOR?

VegPatchLurker Tue 23-Jul-13 08:45:53

ANother silly one - but are you sure you are at the right car and not someone else's Suzuki?

(did this myself once....)

If none of the keys are working it sounds like your central locking is fucked. You need a garage.

topsmart Tue 23-Jul-13 08:47:00

Has the battery in the remote key run out? Get a new battery. Or pop the real key out of it and try it in the door.

margerybruce Tue 23-Jul-13 08:50:25

Definitely right car! On my drive! Unless brought wrong one home with me! grin

Yes have tried actual key.

Thank you fluckered - just thought someone might have a bright idea that was simple instead of having the hmm face from a garage person or AA man who always seems to make me feel about 2 years old.

Car battery could be dead, I'm grasping at straws here, you are going to need some RL help

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

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

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.

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

Have you tried using the key on the passenger side?

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!

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

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.

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)

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)

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!

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

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!

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

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

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.

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

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?


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.

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?"

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>

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.

Mandy2003 Tue 23-Jul-13 13:52:52
Beastofburden Tue 23-Jul-13 13:54:34

Your car hates you. It is personal.

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"

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!

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!

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