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Vel Satis owner in panic – locked out of car due to very low battery

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20:28
March 13, 2011


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One of the members of Vel-Satis.org who hasn't posted on the forum yet is in a pickle and needs help…

He has had battery problems for a while now, whereby the voltage drops gradually, each day his Vel Satis is parked up between uses, meaning it's common for his Vel Satis not to start when he gets into it, forcing him to jump more power into the battery.

But this time voltage must have dropped very low indeed, as the keycard won't open the doors. Unfortunately, it's parked with the passenger door against a wall, so although he's been able to open the passenger door with the emergency key, he can't get into the car.

The next plan is to make a device out of very thin tubing and wire, and try and catch hold of the bonnet release catch, so he can charge the battery.

Any other ideas, if locked out of a Vel Satis due to a flat battery?

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11:47
March 14, 2011


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What a horrible situation. 

How far can the passenger door be opened?  It may be easier to try and fashion something that can tug on a door handle inside the car, rather than trying to get the bonnet open.

I also watched a program called "Breakdown Buddies" on one of those Sky programs one time.  A woman had had both sets of keys stolen for her Vauxhall Corsa, and the breakdown team were obviously unable to take it to the dealers to get new keys without the old ones.  But they had these amazing looking skates that they put round each wheel, jacked them up, and the car could be moved around on these like a shopping trolley!  I don't know how easy they would be to get hold of.  The garage was called "Boarhunt Garage" just in case they are local to this person???

Keep us updated, and good luck.

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March 14, 2011


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Ah, good idea regarding trying to fashion something to tug on a door handle, but he's already tried that!

Apparently when he tugs the driver's door handle from the inside, or the rear offside door, nothing happens! Odd, as even if the power/battery has totally died, you'd still think the door would open from the inside using the handle?! Maybe it's deadlocked and can only open electronically?! So only the passenger door can be open, by the looks of it.

He can open the passenger door about 3-4cm, so not very much. He's going to try and make a DIY tool to grab hold of or hook round the bonnet release catch, so get the bonnet open and charge the battery up.

Otherwise, apparently if you jack the car up you can undo the undertray, which takes a while, and then connect something to the large cable leading to the starter motor, to get power into the Vel Satis' system that way.

Finally, it'll be a brick through the window, which isn't ideal with a beautiful Vel Satis Initiale.

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March 14, 2011


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I'm pleased to report that this Vel Satis owner did manage to resolve his flat-battery-total-lock-out situation, by eventually opening the bonnet with the release catch.

How did he do it? By making a make-shift device made of central heating tubing, with some washing line parts attached to the end, used to grab the bonnet release catch to open his Vel Satis' bonnet!

The battery voltage had dropped in 3 days from 12.something to 1.8v!

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