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    Yesterday my alarm/central locking on my 80 had a wobble and locked itself with the keys in the ignition.
    unfortunately my spares are in the boot. I managed to fish the keys out of the ignition but dropped them into the cap between the seat and sill. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get in without putting a window in.

  • #2
    Yes!
    Get some very stiff plastic packing tape. Form a loop and flatten the end of the loop. Push the loop into the gap between the door opening around the position of the lock button but slightly above. Work the loop back and forth until you are just above the button. Now push one end of the tape to open the loop. Now wiggle down over the button. When right over the button, pull back tight to grip, then up to unlock.
    Takes practice but you will soon get the hang of it.
    S2 Avant in restoration
    S3 Sportback daily
    Terrecan parts collector

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    • #3
      By button do you mean door pin? Is so they are smooth and unable to hook into it..

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      • #4
        I think I'm with you.. pull it back to create friction against the pin?

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        • #5
          The door pin is recessed into the door card when locked too isn't?

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          • #6
            Not on the saloons like on the coupe.. it sticks up like a very cold nipple

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            • #7
              I didn't know that.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Monkeymagic View Post
                By button do you mean door pin? Is so they are smooth and unable to hook into it..
                Yes, the door pin. It has a rough surface to allow you to grip it. It works. Trust me.
                The only car that it wont work with is a car with dead locks.
                S2 Avant in restoration
                S3 Sportback daily
                Terrecan parts collector

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                • #9
                  Thank you I don't think a 92 Audi will have deadlocks . I'll let you know..

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Monkeymagic View Post
                    Thank you I don't think a 92 Audi will have deadlocks . I'll let you know..
                    Mine hasn't and its a 94. I think the deadlocks came on the A4.

                    There is another method using a tennis ball cut in half placed over the key hole to create a vacuum but I never managed to get that to work. The tape method is reliable once you get the hang of it.
                    S2 Avant in restoration
                    S3 Sportback daily
                    Terrecan parts collector

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                    • #11
                      Good call. I used my metal coat hanger that I had been using to fish the keys from the barrel. Just took me less than a minute and the door opened

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                      • #12
                        Well done.
                        Get some packing tape just in case it happens again. Less likely to scratch anything!
                        S2 Avant in restoration
                        S3 Sportback daily
                        Terrecan parts collector

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                        • #13
                          I have just purchased a 15 piece kit from eBay.. it's not my first time and I doubt it will be the last..

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                          • #14
                            Handy for getting a gap opened up for fishing keys...…… https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Winbag-Ai...62add0c4554a53

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                            • #15
                              Bought a kit with an airbag in.. will no doubt be useful in future .

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