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Battery Dead - Locked Trunk - 01 996

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I wanted to contribute this little nugget after I spent a day messing around getting my trunk opened.

My battery drained whilst I was away on vacation, and I was therefore unable to release the trunk. I read a bunch of articles on here but I am mechanically disabled. I called my local repair shop as I figured there had to be another easy trick to get the trunk open.

If u remove the fuse cover, there is a connector to connect the positive from your batter charger and then connect the negative to a piece of metal on the door hinge and that will provide enough power to release the trunk, at least so they told me. The issue is many battery chargers have microprocessors in them that detect a battery connection and will only provide power if connected to an auto battery. So that method did not work. :(

I went to autozone and purchased a cigarette lighter charger for $20, (this was after 3 shops, call first,) plugged it into the AC an the other end into the lighter, after ~10 mins it finally had enough power to open the trunk, voila. I then used my regular charger to charge the battery.

One thing to note, is that when u use the charger, u have to give it some time to recharge the battery, I got the lights back on my dashboard str8 away, and the interior lights, but I would hit the trunk release and I would hear a bunch of whirring but it would not release. Like I said don't panic, give it some time to charge ~10 mins and it will release. In fact the engine release worked first after 5 mins.

I also think I have an electrical drain, but that is for another post.

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