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Old Feb 15th, 2013, 02:44 AM
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DIY Another boot that won’t open…

I have googled other people’s issues with boots that won’t open but most of them relate to cars much younger than mine (most of which have electrically operated boot locks). I have a 1989 Austin Mini, from the days of purely manual boot locks, which has been painfully neglected for a long time and is now about to be sold. I’d rather hand it over with a boot that opens!

I’ve tried 3 in 1 oil and WD40 without success. I’ve twisted the key so hard it bent a little so now I’m scared of snapping it!
I’ve read a couple of interesting suggestions made elsewhere:

1. removing the parcel shelf - an interesting experience which left me able to peer into the boot through a couple of holes. Not sure if I can reach through to the back of the lock that way, or what I would be able to do next even if I could.

2. unscrewing the hinges & removing the door to the boot. Unfortunately the screws, although visible, are partly obscured by the bumper. I’d either have to remove the bumper or get a bendy screwdriver, and even if I did remove the door this way, how would I go about fixing the lock..?

I think I’ve exposed my level of ignorance by now. If anyone has any thoughts, or can direct me to any useful resources on this issue I’d be extremely grateful, especially as I only have a few days until I have to hand over the vehicle!

David
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Old Feb 15th, 2013, 12:45 PM
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I think the hinges are the non-destructive way to go - if you can actually unscrew them. I can't remember if they are screwed into captive or loose nuts and if the nuts inside are loose, turning the visible screws may not release the hinges. But this diagram and the contents of new hinge packs suggest the nuts are captive.



Plan A is with the hinges detached and the bumper removed, you should be able to slide the whole boot downwards just enough to disengage the boot lock, without harming the cable to the number plate light. Then you should be able to undo the boot lock/handle fixings and remove the boot handle. If the lock is really seized, replacing the lock barrel may be possible, or you may have to replace the handle and barrel.

Plan B would involve taking an angle grinder to the boot handle and trying to cut away enough of it that the square shaft through the boot lock can be pushed out (well, in) and the lock turned with a big screwdriver. Again a new handle and barrel would be required.

Good luck!
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I'm afraid it ended up being a little beyond my skill level but I'd like to give thanks for all the help that was offered. Actually made me think I could do it for a moment!
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