Can't open door (manually or with FOB) - dead battery?
Hey guys. I have a 2003 Disco II. I recently was having problems with the truck starting - doors would open with fob, but wouldn't turn over once turning the key in the ignition. It would start if I jumpstarted with another vehicle (leading me to believe the battery was dying/dead - or a bad alternator). Again - the doors would open remotely with the fob and the red light on the dash was flashing quite quickly, but wouldn't start.
I left it alone for the weekend and now the doors won't open with the fob - OR MANUALLY. As weird as this sounds, I promise you the key won't manually open the drivers door. The red light on the dash is not flashing anymore either.
I believe I have a totally dead battery at this point, but can't get into the truck to open the hood and replace it. I have searched and unsuccessfully tried a few things already.
1) hooked up a donor battery through the license plate lighting. one of my bulbs happened to be missing, so i hooked the red to the positive and the black to the negative. to my dismay, only that side tail light illuminated and I couldn't open the doors
2) tried to find the 3 screw access panel in the back of the passenger wheel well with no luck to splice into the positive cable
3) tried to power the truck through the trailer wiring. hooked the positive from the donor battery to the green and then the yellow trailer wires while the negative was hooked to the white trailer wire - nothing happened
Can anyone help? The handful of dealers that I have called and are actually aware of my situation, want me to tow it to them to break the lock mechanism and replace it entirely with new keys. Can I power the truck by hooking into the tail light wiring somehow? Can I splice into the positive battery wire under the truck? Can I hook the donor battery directly to the starter without actually starting the truck?