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1988 CADI Eldorado Barrites, 4.5 liter v8: locked keys in car, call locksmith, put air bags in door for space in order to slide his metal stick in to unlock, pull the handle, push the electric door lock button/switch, did get manual slide lock up to unlock but doors would not open. He than pulled the keys out of ignition and out the crack. Guess what, both doors would not unlock even thought the manual lock slide went up & down. Doors sound they are unlocking but thumb button on door handle just goes in, door will not open. Is there some kind of theft protection, which kinks in when you mess the doors and locks inside? Help, I have my keys but car doors will not open.

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  • biscuit4769 Mar 16, 2011

    OK, this the guy who owns 1988 CADI Eldorado, talked to Cadillac dealership mechanics, there is no computer system in that year CADI, so no system prevented me from unlocking doors, even with my key. Here the answer to my dilemma, a Slim Jim was used first, that procedure knocked the easy to knock off linkage going to the door handle. Bad move had to have a window broken out and door panels taken off to fix linkage, costly mistake, locking keys in car, stupid of me having the spare key in the car.

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You most likely have a central locking system that will stay locked until you can unhook the battery. This is sounds like a similar problem I had with my 95 BMW.

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  • biscuit4769 Mar 15, 2011

    Opening hoods latch is inside cannot get in but I will attempt unlocking the hood from outside, pulling on cable if findable. Thanks, I will disconnect battery in hopes a reboot of system will work, I will let you know if works.

  • Terry Tate
    Terry Tate Mar 15, 2011

    Good luck. I wasn't so lucky as my battery was in the trunk. Luckily I had a spare window and I had to break my window out.

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