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greg0078

Trunk Release w/ Dead Battery

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I have a dead battery and cannot open the trunk.  

I have tried charging through the cigarette lighter, but not getting any power through there.

I have tried connecting to the battery post in the fuse panel and the door post but i get no indicator on the battery charge is being put through.

 

I read an article once that u can remove the right wheel liner and there is a manual handle to release the trunk.  Anyone have instructions on this?

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First,  try to jump the post at the driver's side kick fuse panel... Do you have an owner's manual, the various ways to access the trunk are well documented.

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This should help to solve the problem ...
http://www.pedrosgarage.com/Site_5/Worst_Case_Scenario.html

 

Please ignore the above. These are instructions that I 'store away' in case I need them. However, having only now read it, I see that they say it requires headlight removal ... and, unless I'm mistaken, access through the 'frunk' is required to remove the headlight  !!!!

 

I seem to recall reading that carefully levering the headlight up with a thin hard-rubber wedge between the bottom of the headlight and body reveals the emergency release wire.

 

... but, that's obviously not the proper procedure.

Edited by wizard
Correction

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First try using the jumper at the fuse block with a good 12V battery, not a charger or battery maintainer.  That will not provide enough amps to trip the hood release.

Second, do not pry on the headlight, that is not the proper procedure.  Get a rubber type of wedge and make a space between the rear bumper and left rear tail light.  Fish around under the tail light and find the emergency release cable for the engine lid.  Pull it and the engine lid will open.  Then use the jumper points in the engine bay with a 12V battery to power up the car.  The hood release should then work.

Finally, once you get the trunk open, do yourself a big favor and pull the passenger headlight, locate the trunk emergency release cable and re-route it to just behind the front bumper tow hook plug.  Next time the battery goes dead, simple enough to pop the tow hook plug and pull the release cable.

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Thank u for the response.  My battery charger was not providing enough amperage.  I called out AAA, and they put their batter booster on the side post and 2 seconds, i was able to pop the trunk.  I am going to have the shop fish the battery cable for, great advice.  

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3 hours ago, greg0078 said:

Thank u for the response.  My battery charger was not providing enough amperage.  I called out AAA, and they put their batter booster on the side post and 2 seconds, i was able to pop the trunk.  I am going to have the shop fish the battery cable for, great advice.  

Awesome!  Good work.

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