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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-08-2017, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Door lock problems - Canít open

Helping a friend with a Ď11 Elise SC

Fob releases lock with little silver plunger going up and down but door wonít open.
Looked through the threads and didnít find anything

Elise had a dead battery for a few months with the doors locked
Couldnít turn the key when in the locks (either side)

I connected a battery booster/charger box for power
Alarm light came on (flashing) with alarm sounding (trunk open)
Using the fob raised and lowered the silver plunger and made the lock thunking noise

However, with the Elise appearing to be unlocked, the door wouldnít open.
There was no resistance when depressing the door button.
And the door wouldnít open

Left the charger connected for about 20min and tried again
Same issue.
Locks seemed to open and close but couldnít open the door.

Not sure why the electrical deadlock would work but not the mechanical door mechanism.

Any ideas?

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-08-2017, 05:28 PM
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I'd bet that the doors were locked with the key and you need to lube and wiggle (the key).

Is car outside, i.e. could locks have frozen due to cold? (Kingston is a lot of places...)

NOTE: Electric locks and mechanical locks are two SEPARATE systems, i.e. unconnected.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-08-2017, 05:35 PM
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quick answer, GLB - yes, be sure the mechanical deadbolt is unlocked so the electric can disarm the door. (thanks Chicago valet for the situational knowledge...)
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-09-2017, 06:07 PM
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The mechanical mechanism to open the door is engaged (i.e. works) when the key slot is horizontal. If the key slot in vertical, the door button is disengaged.
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