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!