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my1stturbo
10-27-2012, 12:51 PM
Just a quick question that am fairly positive I already know answer too, but is there any reason that on a 97 you wouldn't be able to unlock the car doors with your key when the battery dies and would only be able to unlock trunk?

A1 A2 German
10-27-2012, 12:54 PM
The keys work manually too, not just on vacuum.

Brens
10-27-2012, 12:55 PM
No, you don't have an immobilizier so no reason a key won't unlock it. It's mechanical

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my1stturbo
10-27-2012, 12:58 PM
Yea, that's what I thought. Would just unlock the one door but that would be it. Thanks. Looking at car and seller says when battery is dead only way in is through trunk which sounded off.

Brens
10-27-2012, 01:09 PM
Wrong lol. My 2000 will open regardless of charge

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grmnmusl
10-27-2012, 01:18 PM
insert key turn to front driver door opens. open each subsequent door individually.

my1stturbo
10-27-2012, 01:23 PM
Yea, every VAG car I have had that was power was ike that.

Mad Cow
10-27-2012, 02:41 PM
Yea, that's what I thought. Would just unlock the one door but that would be it. Thanks. Looking at car and seller says when battery is dead only way in is through trunk which sounded off.

Most likely the driver's door lock mechanism is jammed or broken, not a rare issue.

Nollywood
10-27-2012, 02:48 PM
Most likely the driver's door lock mechanism is jammed or broken, not a rare issue.

...Or the connecting link from the lock cylinder to latch has been removed. Quite common, done for a myriad of reasons, most common for increased security.

my1stturbo
10-27-2012, 03:07 PM
Good points. But if the links were removed of the latch busted, wouldn't it not work regardless of whether or not the battery was dead?

Nollywood
10-27-2012, 03:31 PM
Good points. But if the links were removed of the latch busted, wouldn't it not work regardless of whether or not the battery was dead?

No. The key would have no effect with a dead battery. I had the same in my old B5. The key would work if double-unlocked (deadlock deactivation) as long as the battery was connected, or wasn't dead.Any time I had a flat battery, I had to lie on the floor with a jump pack, and connect to the chassis and the +12V on the starter motor.

my1stturbo
10-27-2012, 04:24 PM
No. The key would have no effect with a dead battery. I had the same in my old B5. The key would work if double-unlocked (deadlock deactivation) as long as the battery was connected, or wasn't dead.Any time I had a flat battery, I had to lie on the floor with a jump pack, and connect to the chassis and the +12V on the starter motor.


Interesting. Thanks for the info.