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Old September 19th, 2018, 20:37   #16
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I have sprayed it with wd40 to clean it out and the key turns with no resistance it just doesn’t lift the lock all the way. You can see the knob for the lock partially raise but it feels as if there is a spring pulling it back down. The key doesn’t turn any further and cannot get the door to unlock. Unfortunately I ended up out of town for several months so the battery is completely dead. I was going to put it on charge this morning when I realized I can’t even get in to pop the hood. At a loss.
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Old September 19th, 2018, 20:43   #17
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I have sprayed it with wd 40in the lock to clean it out since I figured it might just be sticking but nothing changed. It will partially pop up but as soon as you release the key it goes back down as if a magnet is attached to it.
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Old September 19th, 2018, 21:49   #18
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Can you try to pull handle up and down while you simultaneously work the lock?
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Old September 20th, 2018, 09:03   #19
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yes the handle works the lock just isnt releasing. I saw on one youtubethat it is an elecromagnetic lock in those years so not sure what to do
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Old September 20th, 2018, 09:23   #20
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I don't think the lock operation on the door is dependent on electrics. it just allows it to operate remotely. Tried the passenger side?

Also, I don't remember how much access there is underneath the car, but if you could attach a jumper cable onto the starter power lead (and ground anywhere on the engine) you could back feed your battery and use your remote.
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Old September 20th, 2018, 09:29   #21
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I will give it a try and let you know. thanks.
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Old January 25th, 2019, 14:10   #22
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Anyway, the battery died on my car a few days ago and after getting it going again I noticed that the remote/key fob would unlock the drivers door and trunk, but no matter how many times I hit the unlock button it wouldn't unlock the rest...
Hit the lock/unlock button on the passenger door.
I have no idea how it works or why. I can't even begin to understand how or why. It baffles the mind. If this was intentional programming, who the hell thought of it. I mean really, battery goes dead, so the remote will only unlock the driver door. And to fix this you hit the lock/unlock button on the passenger door. Are you kidding me? Who the hell thinks this s**t up! And how did the first guy figure it out?
Just used this technique to cure a rear door not unlocking after a battery drain event. 2003 Jetta
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I will give it a try and let you know. thanks.
I hope tallgrip is not still locked out...
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Old November 8th, 2019, 17:18   #23
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Hi all! The battery died in our Golf 2007 and since then only the driver window opens/closes and driver door locks/unlocks with remote. We’ve tried lock/unlock as previously suggested here. Anyone have any other suggestions? Thanks
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