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Thanks to the advice of everyone here I managed to get the hood open. Thanks guys. RennTech Forums rock... For those people with a RHD car I can confirm that the release cable runs around from the front to the drivers side (RH). I found that easiest way to access the cable is this - Look under the car at the front. There are two small holes in the bumper on the underside. They are positioned symetrically on the Left and the Right. There is a further large hole further of to the drivers side (on the LHS as you face the car from the outside). This hole is just about large enough to push your hand and forearm up, reach right up as if you are trying to reach the bonnet latch from inside the bumper. Keep reaching and you will feel a smallish guage wire, one light tug on this and the bonnet magically releases! I've connected up the battery, and locked unlocked the doors a few times using the key fob. Is there any best practice I should use in restarting the car after it hasn't been used for some months? I've turned the ignition on quickly a couple of times and and it is not quite starting the engine (but nearly there). Does it help to pump the accelerator a little while turning the ignition or are there any other tricks I need to know?
Thanks for the reply, RFM. I've already tried to connect the battery and electronically operate it as per the manual but absolutely nothing happens when I activate the switch. It's a strange one...
Thanks Guys - Can you clarify if the cable is on the Left Hand Side of RHD cars i.e. the cable is on the opposite side to the Driver? No biggie but will save me removing two wheel liners...
Thanks for taking the time to reply, Guys. As mentioned in the post I can get into the car itself but when I tried connecting the battery to the terminal and the car body the electrical release still didn't operate. I was wondering if this was alarm related since I haven't fired the car up for a year. So if I have to go the manual front hood release (we call it the bonnet in the UK) - do I need to remove the Left or the Right wheel liner? The car is RHD.
I have a 2001 RHD UK Boxster. It's been off the road for about the year and I had removed the battery from the front of the car. The problem is that I absent-mindedly closed the hood and now can't get in to put the battery back. Since I can get in to the passenger cab I tried charging the battery and then connecting it to the terminals outlined in the manual i.e. one lead on the connection at the fusebox and the other on body of the car (I used the door look hoop on the body). Then I flicked the Hood open button. Nothing. I wondered if this was related to something relating to the alarm system since I hadn't used the car for a year? Anyway any other options to open the Hood? I've heard that there is a manual cable you can pull but I'd rather exhaust the battery options first. If nothing else works with the battery I'm up for trying the cable if someone can give me some pointers?
Well the water pump flywheel has been replaced but the mechanic says that the car is still going into overheat very quickly. If I have damaged something in the engine would fault lights be lit? I ran the car to the garage after the pulley wheel broke. That means I probably drove for about 10 minutes after the breakage. That doesn't seem like too long a time or enough to cause supplementary damage - is it?
Hi Glyn - well I have my answer - this morning there was a huge clunk. The battery light came on. The power steering stopped and the temperature gauge shot up to 120+! I took it back to the garage and we looked in the engine bay. The cause of the noise and all the above was that water pump pulley wheel had sheared off! Guess it must have just been a coincidence that this all happened at round about the same time as the clutch. Oh well can't complain as these are really the only two things that have gone wrong in 5 years.
I took my car to a garage to have the clutch replaced. The guys there are friendly, knowledgable and competent but are not Porsche specialists. Now I can hear some strange noises when the engine is running. Sounds kind of like a squeaking / rattling noise and I get the odd deeper rumble every now and again that I am not sure is related or not. I am guessing something didn't quite go back in correctly in the engine. Can any of you experienced people out there suggest some likely places to look at? Car is 2001MY Boxster 2.7.
Thanks Toolpants (and others who posted to help). I saw this post just now - a little too late... I ran the cables this morning and everything was exactly as you described. That circular hole is, of course, entirely not a filter of any kind but is, in fact, the CD Changer bracket like the pros on here have suggested. The space for the CD changer accommodates my Mac Mini, Hard Drive and power supply perfectly. I tried a dry run today and it looks like everything works brilliantly - now I have all my CDs on tap, plus internet etc. via the computer. I'd highly recommend this route to anyone wanting to keep a lot of music in their cars. I've ripped over 1000 CDs to mine and they are all instantly playable in the car. I hope to post some pictures of the install shortly when I finish up on the install.
Sorry Guys - you're right they are seriously bad quality photos - taken with my mobile phone! i think maybe it's not a filter after all. It would be great if it is not since the space is ideal. If it is the space for the CD changer can you route wires through the middle of that circle? Here is a much clearer picture -
I am looking for a safe place to permanently install my computer in the car (RHD). There is a very nice space to the right of the amplifier and behind the spare wheel. However I vaguely recall that that area is an air filter. The computer will sit just in front of the filter (there is about 5 or 6 cm between the equipment and the filter area). Do you think it will be problematic to partially obstruct the filter in this way? Here are some photos to clarify things -
Thanks for the help guys - but now I'm torn - do I go for maximum geek points and tap into the radio antenna booster power or the easy life and just buy a new battery before the install? Problems, problems...
I've read all the great tips on here on the Garage Door Opener Hack and I installed it myself in the centre console some time ago. However I've decided to move the door opener from the Centre Console to the A Pillar at the side of the window to get a stronger signal. Because it is a bit of trouble to remove the pillar cover I was wondering if it would be possible to tap off of some existing power source and power the garage door opener with that so In won't ever need to change it's battery? I was thinking of using the Cigarette lighter supply. What do you think? Also related I am planning on using switch no. 986.613.143.00 A02 to control the Garage Opener any idea what wires go where on this switch? I know 1 is the connection for when the raised part of the switch is pressed and 2 is for the lower (I think) but what are 3,4 and 5 for?