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Boxster boot release, and spoiler not working

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Hi Guys

Has anyone had this problem with a 2003 Boxster S 986

After disconnecting battery and reconnecting later I found the rear boot release was totally dead, no actuation or relay sound, nothing either from door sill switch or key fob.


Also the spoiler is not working and the dash light keeps coming on.


However the front bonnet release is still ok.


I have read articles about a secret cable release behind the rear wheel can anyone confirm this or is it just American models.


Thanks Fellas






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3 minutes ago, Collins986 said:

Hi Loren

Thanks for help

I will check the wheel well and the control box.

just a small point when you say left side do you mean the kerb side  ie. passenger side.





Left side as you sit in the car.

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1 hour ago, Collins986 said:

Thanks again Loren I will give both suggestions a try and get back to you


I noticed you're in the USA, CA is that California?  I'm from near Liverpool in the UK
I'm not sure the UK models have the Release cable but I will have a look.





Yes, I live outside of Sacramento the capital of California.


It will be on one side (in the rear fender well) - it's not long enough to be anywhere else.

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Hi, that is extremely helpful thank you 

I will try it out tonight, the battery is ok But I have power failure to the sill switch and key fob switch of the boot, (rear trunk)

strangely the front hood is ok and working fine. There is no sound of relays etc, it's completely dead. I can only assume it's an electrical failure somewhere 




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Mine's a 996/2003 model.  I would have thought the Boxster had a similar wire as there must be an emergency entry route somehow..  Try looking under the rear light pod with a torch, having moved it away from the rear valance with a wedge.  Put some tape on the body work to avoid damage.  Loren says it's in the rear fender well of the Boxster.  That would mean taking off a wheel and the plastic shroud.  That's not too difficult.


The front cable is best located, to start with, by removing a headlight pod.  It's easier than pushing back the rubber shroud in front of the rad.  When you have located the cable, it can be extended to a more convenient spot.  The headlight pod is easy to remove and replace:






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If you haven't been looking there, the emergency release cable should be located under the drivers side rear tail light, taped to the bodywork. You will probably have to use a torch and look closely, and you should see a steel cable. Carefully extract it, and give it a smooth but forceful pull.


This cable is a feature originally built into all Boxsters, including UK spec.


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7 hours ago, Collins986 said:

Thanks for the info

had a look tonight couldn't see one maybe I need to take the inner plastic protector off, will try at weekend






1 hour ago, wizard said:

Apologies. I earlier referred to the "driver's side rear tail light" without allowing for the fact that yours is likely a RHD.  The cable should be under the rear tail light on the passenger seat side on a RHD.


On a UK car that's under the left side back light pod when looking at the car from the back.

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Hi Wizard 

You're right,I have fixed it.

It was when you stated the spoiler and the boot release where on the same fuse because my spoiler has been displaying an error light

in addition to my boot going dead. I have been putting new radio in and had moved d8 by mistake.


So thank you so much for your help its much appreciated




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