60% Retired and
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: United Kingdom
Re: Desperate Dan - What a plonker!
Indeed, I had the same problem except turning the key, no matter how hard, did not work!!
The smart solution here was to connect jump leads from another car battery as follows:
1. connect the donor battery negative to the engine block
2. connect the donor battery positive to the main incoming cable from the battery in the engine bay - it's on the heater bulkhead, under a plastic cover, just behind the expansion tank
You can then use the electric release.
I then fixed the manual key operation by bending the rod between the barrel and the lock mechanism.