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Old 01-16-2013, 11:29 PM
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Originally Posted by wyoMom307 View Post
Key Fob broken... been using lock on driver door to get in. Weather has been very cold. Went out to open car this morning, key will turn but has no resistance and does not unlock the doors. Thinking the cylinder is broken. Called roadside assistance and they sent a tow truck driver out to try to break in. No luck. He gave up after an hour. Have heard about a lever on the back hatch, but can't find any info on how to find or engage it. PLEASE HELP! I have no way to get to work tomorrow.
When the keyless entry system on these cars goes bad it's very important to get it fixed as soon as possible because the lock cylinder on the drivers door is not meant to be used daily. It is basically there in case the battery is drained and the car can not be unlocked electronically. The same goes for the lock cylinder, when it breaks it should be replaced as soon as possible. When both of these systems are broken at the same time it can be quiet a hassle as you have come to find out. Probably the easiest way to get in the car at this point is to put a brick through the window. Next easiest would be to drill out the broken lock cylinder with a 3/8" drill bit. It's not too bad since it's made out of crummy pot metal. Then insert a long flat blade screw driver and turn the white socket on the door lock actuator to unlock the car (see step 4 on this web page
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