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cant get in car, batt flat

so hi guys,
my car (laguna 2 19dci) has broke down,
i heard a strange noise like a scoring sound,
i stopped and checked things out.
is was on a Friday and i was 2 mile from home,
checked the water it was very low, but my temp was OK.
anyway i had 1 litre of hot water in my flask so i topped up and drove the 2 mile home at tick over of as near as poss.

3 weeks later and a garage has come to pick up my car.
the batt has gone flat, so central locking wont work, and to top it all the key will not fit the passenger door to open it up.
as i don't want to bust a window to get in,
am stuck.
if the garage had come sooner it would have been OK.

now the other thing is, this guy at the garage says, that it sounds like it needs a recon engine,
he must be off his head surely??

i explained that once the car had cooled down fully, i filled the water up, checked the oil , all was fine.

i started it up, and some smoke or steam was coming from the exhaust,
and the scoring sound, sound was still there, sounds like water pump and head gasket to me.
he has NOT heard the engine run, only my description to go off.

any ideas???
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From the way you describe it i think your spot on with head gasket and water pump, ive had a couple go on me in past years and once the new head gasket was done it was fine ,one of the engines had to be skimmed but that was all . never had to have a recon engine in . anyway good luck and hope all goes well.
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Don't ask me how, but there must be a way to get the bonnet open. Usually you need to do it if the release cable snaps, but this could be another good reason.

With the bonnet open, put a jump-start pack across the battery and see if you can get the central locking to work. With a bit of luck, this should sort it.

If you have a towbar on there with a 12S (grey) socket as well as the usual 12N (black) then you might just get away with putting 12v across the correct pins on the socket. If you're looking at the socket, you'll need to connect pin 3 (4 o'clock) to the jump pack's negative and pin 4 (6 o'clock) to positive.

Or yet another possibility - if you can get to the starter motor from underneath the car (a pain by all accounts) then hook positive up to the big wire on the starter and find a good earth for the negative. That might just do the trick too.
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gonna have a go at opening the bonnet tomorrow, or may have to wait till Saturday when i have a full day to myself, this sucks as i had plans,

put a torch into the hole for the key, seems that there is a plate covering the hole,
probably a plate that comes in with the dead locks,
so it is secure,
i knew the batt was on its way out so, i am to blame,
should have changed it,
i did offer to charge it up, but the guy said it would be OK, when he called 2wks ago.

just gonna be a real pain opening the bonnet,
but hay, at least the alarm wont go off.

if anyone knows were to find the cable, for the easiest axes then i would be happier,
thanks guys
regards rick

got no tow bar,

not going to mess with the electrics,
the way my luck is going, i`ll set it alight,

now, it is insured fully comp.
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as already said get a live to the starter and it will put power through to the battery allowing you to open the doors, but i dont know how easy it is to get to, if not call the rac orr aa if you have them they will get in it for you no problem
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