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My S Type is reversed into the garage, boot full of stuff, lid fitted tightly under a massive shelf made of pallets. The battery is flat, transmission locked in park. I need to get at the battery positive terminal to get a jump lead on it. Impossible. Can-t push the car forward cos the gearbox is locked. Alternative is connecting to a positive post under the bonnet, like BMWs have. Has the Jag got one? Damned if I can see it, and there is noting mentioned in the handbook. Anyone got any ideas as to how I can move or start the car?

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if you open the bonnet and  then open the fuse box, there some exposed brass parts, that is usually enough to get the boot to pop

but you talking of putting the ignition on to get it out of park, dont if that will work

there one connection in the drivers front wheel arch, pic below




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Hi Joe,

Studying the picture. Am I laying on the ground looking from the front of the car towards the back with the wheel turned to the offside? Is the orange cap in the picture the positive terminal? Or am I looking at the wrong bit? 

Once again thanks for all your help


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Hi Joe,

Studying the pic, I get it. I can see the side panel of the car and the gubbins behind the liner. Because the car is in the garage with the trans locked, I will have to jack up and take off the wheel. Is the liner screwed on? 

Last question. Once I get the cable on the positive + point,  and a neg clip on a good chassis earth, will it be ok to jump start on this connection, or is it only safe for a charger?.

Thanks for all your help mate


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Hi Guys,

My lucky day. The flat key opened the boot lid so got access to the battery. Playing with the electric key got the doors to come off deadlock and a window to open. Figured if there was enough power to operate the locks and windows, there might be enough to get it out of park with the key in the ignition. Yippee!. Into neutral, and push out of the garage so boot could be opened and jump leads put on battery. Rupert is now parked nose in so boot is available if I get any more troubles.

Thanks everybody. You have all been stars.


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