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I was loading up the cargo area and dropped my key inside before I closed the hatch. I have only had it a month and only have one key. I have seen some things about getting in through the license plate lights. I have the lights out and have fished around with a coat hanger but no luck. Does anyone have any ideas ?
 

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I am giving up for the day. I borrowed a wedge and long steel rod from a shop. No luck. I couldn't push the central unlock button. I could hook the door handle but couldn't get enough leverage to open it. I cannot see anything or hook anything through the tailgate license plate lights. My current plan is to get my inspection camera tomorrow and use it to look inside the tailgate and see what might work there. Any ideas or suggestions are more than welcome.

PS: I have tried calling two local locksmiths who unlock cars. One said they had no interest in trying. The other said he has tried range rovers before and hasn't been able to ever get into one. He is familiar with the license plate light method, but said he has never seen it done successfully.
 

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The only thing I know to do is take your registration or title to a land rover dealership and have them order you a new key its about 300-400 bucks:shock:, then unlock it with the key. Takes about a week or two to get a key though. You will have to resync the new key to the truck etc. But you will have a spare
 

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Btw Import Specialists can get you a key. I had asked Frank a few weeks ago just out of curiousity. They can order key from Land Rover in KC and do the programming at their shop. Your situation makes it more pressing for me to get this done. I hope you get this resolved.
 

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Got in last night with no damage after seeing a post that gave me a hint. Like I read other places it is very simple and quick once you know what to do. I would be happy to help others in a similar predicament, but don't want to post it for the world to see, it's a little scary how easy it is to get in the hatch of these things once you know what to do.


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Would the same procedure for unlocking via the license plates lights also apply to a 2009 range rover sport? Or only the full size.


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I managed to get they key locked in whilst the engine was running with the key (obviously) in the ignition barrel!!! I am still bemused as to how that happened, but in any event, the use of a small inflatable airbag from the local bodyshop to pull the driver door slightly ajar and a long stick to press the interior unlock button in the centre of the dash got me out of trouble. Not sure if that would always work, maybe the button only operated because the car thought that people were in it seeing as the ignition was on!!
 

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I managed to get they key locked in whilst the engine was running with the key (obviously) in the ignition barrel!!! I am still bemused as to how that happened, but in any event, the use of a small inflatable airbag from the local bodyshop to pull the driver door slightly ajar and a long stick to press the interior unlock button in the centre of the dash got me out of trouble. Not sure if that would always work, maybe the button only operated because the car thought that people were in it seeing as the ignition was on!!
+1 on this. I owned two full service car wash facilities, and my employees had 2-3 cars locked almost every day. Every carwash should have the inflatable bag, and a LONG, bendable rod (plastic coated, with rubber tip, so no marring!) as a daily "kit". There are other tools also, but I found this simple thing to be the best. Been using it for many years. No carwash will lend you the tool, but if you look up carwash suppliers in your area (or even some auto stores) you will find it. Auto stores sell the cheap stuff (for your one time use, more than adequate, but not for a commercial operation).

Procedure: LIGHTLY spread the door from the "B" pillar with a plastic wedge, at the top of the door (you only have to relieve the pressure from the rubber seals, not trying to create an opening at this point). Insert one corner of the bag (corners are STIFF, in order to be pushed between the door seals) between the door, and the "B" pillar, about 3-4 inches from the top. Pump the bag, and the door has enough fex that it will come out enough to stick the rod through (the "rod" is actually a stiff, but bendable wire, about 1/4 inch thick, and about 6 feet long). Before inserting the rod, observe the position of the hole you created, and the unlock button on the dash. Make the appropriate bends in the rod, before inserting it. If you can't reach it on the first try, just pull the rod out, and bend some more. If the unlock button has the power to it (and I've seen some that don't!), the doors WILL unlock. There will be no damage to the door, or any components.

This method is so quick and sure, that my employees would unlock the car in 10-15 seconds. I owned the carwashes from 2000-2010, and once the "modern" cars appeared on the market, this trouble begun. The car needs to move on the conveyor (without the driver), engine off, with the key in the ignition. If the owner forgets to put the car in the "valet" mode,......it locks itself the minute it senses the motion (especially some aftermarket alarms!). When the car reaches the end of the tunnel,...it's locked, and the driver can not take it out to the finishing line. Next car keeps coming down the conveyor, and the collision is looming. The operator either has to stop the whole operation, until the locked car is removed, or the driver at the tunnel's end needs to open the locked car FAST.

Sorry to bother you guys with the carwash operation,....I just felt the need to explain WHY carwashes need to unlock cars almost daily. Of course, there is also a "human factor", like when the driver loading the car on the conveyor, touches something entering, or exiting the car, and locks the doors by mistake.
 

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Hi,
I ama new owner of an experienced L332 , mark III 2003
Trying to set the CD for the Nav Sat unit i dropped my key inside before I closed the hatch. It is the only one key the dealer gave to me . I would really appreciate the help to understand how to open the tailgate. Unfortunately english is not my first language so any help as picture or video will be well appreciated I saw your comments about getting in through the license plate lights.
Thanks
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Got in last night with no damage after seeing a post that gave me a hint. Like I read other places it is very simple and quick once you know what to do. I would be happy to help others in a similar predicament, but don't want to post it for the world to see, it's a little scary how easy it is to get in the hatch of these things once you know what to do.


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Got in last night with no damage after seeing a post that gave me a hint. Like I read other places it is very simple and quick once you know what to do. I would be happy to help others in a similar predicament, but don't want to post it for the world to see, it's a little scary how easy it is to get in the hatch of these things once you know what to do.


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Don't want to use the hammer method.
 
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