Door lock issues
Hi all - new to the site so please be gentle with me! My partner has an 06 cooper s cabriolet which has recently been losing coolant. I tracked this down to a leaky thermostat housing and set about replacement at the weekend. The job went ok untill sat tea time when id had enough for the day (thermostat housing removed) and my beloved decided to wash the car.
It was after this that I discovered
1 - the key would not turn in the door lock (battery disconnected)
2 - I could not open the boot for the same reason!
I referrred to the manual which advised the rear seats could be folded down by use of the door key - again I could not turn the key
I resolved the problem by hooking up my battery booster to the terminals under the bonnet and opening the boot.
My worry is that if the battery goes flat with the car locked im in deep doo doo!
Do you think the ignition barrel and keys have been changed at some time? If so, is it possible to get an uncoded key just for the doors?