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#1 Key

Post by baganz.sven@web.de » Sat May 28, 2022 10:18 am

Dear forum collegues,

fixing electrical problems with my oil pressure gauge I have found a key behind the dasboard, screwed with the fuse holder for the rear window heating.

First I thought it could be a 2nd ignition key but it doesn‘t fit to any lock of my car.
So my question is if a 2nd key has been delivered to customers screwed to the car.
If not my pre owner might have hidden some key there.

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Sven


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#2 Re: Key

Post by MarekH » Sat May 28, 2022 2:25 pm

Early v12s had a Britax lock and ignition key. Later cars had Waso locks and ignition keys. Perhaps there has been a change of either lock or centre panel on your car. The other (door) locks are Wilmot & Breedon. I thought the secret location was screwed to the bulkhead, behind the brake bottles

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#3 Re: Key

Post by vee12eman » Sat May 28, 2022 7:51 pm

My early Series 3 had a key on the rear of the centre dash. It’s a long time ago since I found and removed it; it didn’t fit but whether or when the locks were changed I don’t know. I may have a photo.
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#4 Re: Key

Post by baganz.sven@web.de » Sat May 28, 2022 7:52 pm

Hallo Marek,

Strange indeed. My car is an early S3 and the Waso key doesn't fit.
Here is a foto of the key that belongs to my car.

Too bad I can't ask the pre owner.
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#5 Re: Key

Post by Bob. » Sun Jun 19, 2022 5:14 pm

Hi Sven.

When I first had my S3 I found an ignition key screwed to the back of the centre panel in the same position as yours, held by a small Terry clip which was at that time unoccupied. Not knowing the function of the clip I also wondered if a previous owner had hidden it there as it seemed a crude way to hold a key. (The clip now holds the previously hidden heated rear window fuse, thanks to a recent S2 thread revealing its purpose).

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As mentioned in a post above the reported place for a spare key to be found on an S3, or at least a hole where it had originally been fitted, is under the bonnet.

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and sometimes the other
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But according to Service Bulletin A.39 it seems that Jaguar started providing 2 spare ignition keys for the S2 around spring 1970, one behind the instrument panel and the other under the bonnet although no Car Numbers are identified as the start point.

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This thread prompted me to remove my hidden key to check it worked in the Britax lock. Yes it fits and is a Britax key but no it doesn't turn in the lock. :lol:
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