Door Lock - key does not fit! - Alfa Romeo Forum
You are currently unregistered, register for more features.    
Thread Tools Search this Thread
(Post Link) post #1 of 3 Old 17-09-07 Thread Starter
Status: -
AO Member
pyrean's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Posts: 76

Member car:

147 1.6

Door Lock - key does not fit!


Just thought I's share. My battery recently died without any warning whatsoever at a shopping mall and I needed to get into the car to pop the bonnet to replace the battery. Fortunately there was enough power left to open the doors with the remote. I took out the battery, closed the car and could not lock the doors (because no battery). No problem I thought, I'd just use the key.

To my horror the key would not fit in the door. Since I bought the car second hand, I was thinking someone replaced the outside locks or ignition lock. Fortunately there was someone to look after the car while I went off to buy the battery.

Came back, installed the battery and drove back home. With some positive attitude I started squirting some Q20 / WD20 oil into the lock mechanisms for both front doors. After about 30 min of fiddling I maged to get the key in! Great, then the key was stuck inside the lock. After another 3 min of carefull fiddling I got it out and repeated the process a few times.

So, I believe the key was never used in the door locks for 4 years and they seized from lack of use (as they say use it or loose it).

Perhaps you guys would like to check your lock and keys just incase you get into a similar situation.

pyrean is offline  
Sponsored Links
Status: Now driving an oil burner and liking it.
AO Member
PMackey's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Ireland
County: Cork
Posts: 666

Member car:

Octavia vRS

Re: Door Lock - key does not fit!

Thanks for the heads up. I think I used mine once when on the overnight ferry to wales, just wanted to lock the car without setting the alarm. Think I'll check them tomorrow morning.
PMackey is offline  
Status: Tentatively treading
AO Platinum Member
Hamster's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: United Kingdom
County: Gloucestershire
Posts: 15,686
Images: 34
Re: Door Lock - key does not fit!

I've never actually thought about this! Thanks for the heads up, will go check next time I drive her!!
Hamster is offline  

Go Back   Alfa Romeo Forum > Supported Alfa Romeo Models > Technical & Vehicle Assistance > Alfa 147, 156 & GT

door , fit , key , lock

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome