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    Default Scenic mechanical key not working

    Son's Scenic 2 has been off the road for a few weeks so battery is as dead as..
    Thought I would use the mechanical key to open the door and jump charge it. The mechanical key will turn either way and there is a sound as though the mechanism is activated but the door handle will not open the door. anyone able to assist?

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    Oh, that is nasty. Doesn't by any chance have a key on the tailgate? Probably not.

    My standard procedure would be to try to lever off the trim strip at bottom of window on the door with the key lock, trying not to damage paint or strip. Makes it easier to get the old coat hanger down there with a small hook bend on the end, and fish around for a direct hook onto whatever works the lock. Removing the trim just gives more room to look down in there with a torch, mirror, or whatever.

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    I learned on fuegos….Never lock a nearly dead car for the very reason you now now.
    There was meant to be a mechanical connection between the key barrel and the door lock, but it had usually snapped off by the time you actually needed it.
    Some owners would wire in a set of leads directly to the battery to make this type of issue easier to deal with.

    This is a long shot, but if you can reach up under the battery and connect a charger without having opened the bonnet, things will improve.

    Agree with fordman….. Good luck.

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    Can you perhaps hook the bonnet release from outside the car. Then connecting "ground power" would be much easier.

    Jo may be willing to investigate this option on your behalf.

    Edit : another option is connect power between ground and the starter motor main power stud. Which may be able to accessed from underneath.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mistareno View Post
    Aha! The outer suburban solution.....
    Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim Luck View Post
    Aha! The outer suburban solution.....
    It's the Western Suburbs 'Skeleton Key'...opens any car....

    Admittedly, it's usually used when ownership isn't part of the scenario...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim Luck View Post
    Aha! The outer suburban solution.....
    Hey steady on Kim. We are not talking about Jo's Scenic.

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    Rob is on the money, starter 8mm stud plus ground wire, charge it up then use the remote. Repair door linkage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by addo View Post
    Rob is on the money, starter 8mm stud plus ground wire, charge it up then use the remote. Repair door linkage.
    Don't ask how I "learnt" this technique. It wasn't a French vehicle and it was out of necessity.
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    Hi All
    Resolved in part.

    Thanks for the various 'fixes'. Mistareno's post was most apt as i couldn't help but think of it as a brick taking up driveway space.

    Another son was around last night and I demonstrated the problem - he took the key and turned it and opened the door!!!!!!!!!!!
    The only difference,aside from black magic, is that he did not turn the key all the way to the end of its travel, whereas I had assiduously turned it to the stop in either direction.
    Any how we weren't about to waste too much drinking time fiddling in the half dark so it is all on hold until tomorrow morning when I'll jump it. It will then be going up onto a mates hoist for a service and I'll do a reccie about fitting some sort of 'external' battery access.

    Thanks for all those that threw in their two bob's worth and I have already taken Jo's advice. There is an now open scenic sitting in GW if anyone thinks they can get it going without battery and leads.
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