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Boxster MY 2003 Door Latch Locked

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I had a problem opening the hood/bonnet due to a dead battery. That has been resolved, with a fully charged battery now in the car.

However, in the course of trying to shut off the alarm, I stupidly swivelled the door latch to the locked position - with the door open!

The problem I now have is how to 'unlock' the latch so that I can close the door.

Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated.

I'm attaching a photo of the position of the latch at the moment.

Thank you.


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No luck with the key. Swivelled was perhaps the wrong word. Rotated is probably a better description.

In its normal position with the door open, the 'mouth' of the latch points to 3 o'clock so that when you close the door, the latch engages with the striker plate.

I rotated the latch itself so that the 'mouth' now points to 12 o'clock.

With a mechanically activated latch it can normally be returned to the correct position by holding up the door handle whilst rotating the latch with a screwdriver. With an electrically actuated locking mechanism, that doesn't work it would appear.

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No real idea what to do...so here's another no cost, minimal time guess.

I would try two other things before taking the door cover off. One, I'd try pulling the inner door handle like you were getting out of the car. Two, I would try locking and unlocking the doors using the center console switch.

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