How do i unlock my Peugeot 306 boot?
February 21, 2009 1:43 AM   Subscribe

How do I fix my Peugeot 306 D boot central locking problem. The cars central locking unlocks and locks fine with the key. This used too also unlock the boot however the boot now no longer unlocks and the 1 key i have has never been able to turn in the bootlock effectively meaning my boot no longer opens.
posted by toocan to Home & Garden (5 answers total)
Did you get the car new or used? If you got it used there's a chance that the key you have is the valet key, which work in the ignition but not in the boot.
I had a Volvo with this problem, so I took it in to a dealer and they made me a new key in 10 minutes for pocket change.
posted by dunkadunc at 1:48 AM on February 21, 2009

Can you open the boot from inside the car somehow? If there is an electrical problem, often it's just a broken wire where it goes through the door jamb. If you can manually open the boot, remove the door trim and try to apply power directly to the door actuator. If it operates, chances are that the wiring is faulty, probably where it flexes in the door jamb.
posted by Harald74 at 2:04 AM on February 21, 2009

Response by poster: the car i bought about 14 months ago privately so i nly have 1 key.

im not sure it i can open the door from the inside i had a climb in the boot. by applying power can i use one of those mini 12v batterys?
posted by toocan at 2:15 AM on February 21, 2009

the car i bought about 14 months ago privately so i nly have 1 key.

That's exactly what I was getting at. The previous owner probably lost the master key, and the key you have works on the doors and ignition but not on the trunk. If you go to a dealer, the dealer can make you a new master key that will let you into the trunk.

Getting into the trunk is your first order of business. The electronics are of secondary concern.
posted by dunkadunc at 7:45 AM on February 21, 2009

Seconding valet key. If the locking system is pneumatic, like it is in my old Mercedes, electronics are not the problem; you may have a leak or a plugged line. A vacuum gauge may help you find the source.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 8:24 AM on February 21, 2009

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