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Dead battery, can't unlock front trunk

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2000 Boxster S, have a dead batter and can't unlock the front trunk. Any ideas on how to manually unlock/release the front trunk?

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Do a search, this has been discussed about a zillion times. Connect a maintainer to the lighter socket, connect a battery to the fuse panel, use the emergency cable under the front..................

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connecting to the fuse panel only works in 2001 or newer. Maintainer to the lighter doesn't work either.

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I've read conflicting articles that the emergency release cable is in the drivers side and also that it is in the passenger side the wheel well. Does anyone know for certain which side and how to access it?

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I've tried everything listed here and I still can't get into my front trunk. I can't use the emergency cable because I can't get the front tire off because the tire lock is in...you guessed it, the front trunk. Any ideas?

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On my 996 it is possible to get to the cable through the right radiator vent. However, first the upper part of the rubber shroud has to be prised off to enable you get your hand into the void under the headlight tray. I have extended my cable with nylon rope to an easier location. H

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After trying multiple times I went back to a search and found I was missing a couple of important steps. Thank you Mike Focke. I have a model with the C3 fuse that you pull out to open the trunks. You need to move the door latch to the closed position (one click) then using the key, lock and unlock the door. The alarm will stop sounding then beep once or twice when you turn the key in the door. I pushed on the fronk release switch and BINGO! I am in. I think Porche made it so you have to have the key turn in the door so the "bad" guys can't get to your frunk without having the key. I've cut and pasted the instructions below, and also the website where I got the information. If you have any questions send me a message and I will help if I can.

2001 986 Boxster

...and from the Porsche TSB.

"Should the front and rear hood releases become inoperative due to a disconnected or discharged battery, the following procedure will allow the hoods to be operated electrically under these conditions.· Open the left door.· Using an external battery, (I used a car jumper) connect the negative lead to the door stop.· Connect the positive lead to both sides of fuse "C3".· With the door open, move the door latch with a screwdriver into the closed position.· Using the key, lock and unlock the door.· The front and rear hood releases can now be operated.

Here is the website of the instructions; https://sites.google.com/site/mikefocke2/whenyourbatteryisdead

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