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Old 11-09-2019, 11:49 AM   #1
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Front Trunk Frunk Bonnet Release not working

2001 Boxster Bonnet release not working. No clicking sound when using release inside driver door. Rear trunk works fine. Had a friend check the switch was sending a signal and it is. Checked fuses and all seem to be in working shape. I am thinking I need to replace the hood lock actuator, but before I order it wanted to get some input/confirmation from anyone that has had this issue.

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Old 11-09-2019, 01:25 PM   #2
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I have the problem and I did replace actuator. This is also when I rerouted the emergency release to the front bumper area to behind the tow hook cover. Reroute rear emergency trunk release to bumperette due to failure in the rear also occurring but not the actuator failure but the cable end hooks failing at the latch. Front and rear common problem should be plenty of reading on the subject in here. enjoy . these are fun little repairs and easy for the novice like me
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Old 11-11-2019, 11:28 AM   #3
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I had a similar issue. Now and again though it would pop the hood. Managed to get a replacement actuator and changed it. It now works all the time.

At the same time though i removed the headlight and extended the emergency hood release cable with some sheathed cable to up behind the wheel liner. Just incase any future battery issues etc. easily reachable by hand.
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Thanks for the confirmation guys, bought and replaced the actuator and now it is all good!
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Old 11-27-2019, 05:19 PM   #5
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I have a 2001 base model boxser and can't find thee emergency cable to release the hood.

Does.any one know where it is. I tried behind the plastic of both wheels.

I saw this one post, can any confirm specific to a 2001 boxster base model.

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https://youtu.be/Yp6zu0cFxn4
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Old 11-29-2019, 01:35 PM   #6
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may have been relocated to the tow hook opening or in my case on the S bumper has 3 opening mines is relocated to the lip of the middle opening on the bumper. Is it possible to trace it from the latch back? Good luck
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I have a 2001 base model boxser and can't find thee emergency cable to release the hood.

Does.any one know where it is. I tried behind the plastic of both wheels.

I saw this one post, can any confirm specific to a 2001 boxster base model.

Thank you

https://youtu.be/Yp6zu0cFxn4
I can confirm that the release cable shown in the video you linked is for the 2000 and earlier models with the manual cable type of latch. The 2001 and later cars have an electronic latch.

Hopefully you can find the emergency cable that has been mentioned - normally behind the right side headlight in the fender well. It is a small stainless steel cable and can be hard to see.

If the problem is a dead battery, you can open the latch electronically by applying 12 volts to pin A33 of the blue connector to the module under the driver's seat. If you are not familiar with electronics, I do not recommend trying it though. Here's the video:

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Old 12-03-2019, 09:43 AM   #8
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Thanks for the confirmation guys, bought and replaced the actuator and now it is all good!
I have the new actuator now, but can't seem to find clear instructions as of how to chage it.
Is the change of the actuator done from inside the front trunk, under the car or first removing the bumper or...? Any help would be most appreciated
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I have the new actuator now, but can't seem to find clear instructions as of how to chage it.
Is the change of the actuator done from inside the front trunk, under the car or first removing the bumper or...? Any help would be most appreciated
It's inside the trunk on the driver's (left) side towards the front. You'll have to peel back the carpet. You do not need to remover the bumper cover.
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I have the new actuator now, but can't seem to find clear instructions as of how to chage it.
Is the change of the actuator done from inside the front trunk, under the car or first removing the bumper or...? Any help would be most appreciated
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o3X7DaHrxw

At 1:45 it shows exactly where the actuator motor is located.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o3X7DaHrxw

At 1:45 it shows exactly where the actuator motor is located.
Fantastic, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
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You're quite welcome!
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Fron trunk actuator is now changed - it took probably 15 minutes to do and it is fantstic to see how great it works. Intermittent operation reason was the faulty / tired actuator.

Thank you all for advice!
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Bumping an old thread, but I have a 2001 Boxster S (Canadian model.)

Went for a grocery run, put some groceries in the front trunk, closed it, went home, tried to open the front trunk using the button on the driver side and then the key - no dice.

I can hear the electronic actuator when my neighbour helped me press the button, but it's not enough to release the latch. Battery is good and I've been driving the car almost every other day for over a month, so I know it's not the battery.

Checked fuse D7 and swapped with other fuses - no go. Rear trunk opens no problems. Any leads on how to tackle this one? Thankfully it's just oranges, some bottles of water, avocado, bread, and whatnot. Thanks in advance.
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Bumping an old thread, but I have a 2001 Boxster S (Canadian model.)

Went for a grocery run, put some groceries in the front trunk, closed it, went home, tried to open the front trunk using the button on the driver side and then the key - no dice.

I can hear the electronic actuator when my neighbour helped me press the button, but it's not enough to release the latch. Battery is good and I've been driving the car almost every other day for over a month, so I know it's not the battery.

Checked fuse D7 and swapped with other fuses - no go. Rear trunk opens no problems. Any leads on how to tackle this one? Thankfully it's just oranges, some bottles of water, avocado, bread, and whatnot. Thanks in advance.
Have your buddy push down then release on the trunk lid while you are pushing the button.
If you have success , simply oil the latch.They get sticky, then tmake the actuator go out.

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Old 05-24-2020, 07:11 PM   #16
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Thanks for chiming in.

I managed to get the frunk open literally 10 minutes ago. It's a lot cooler here in Toronto, and enough time for the whole car to cool down. The trunk popped open upon first attempt, so it looks like my actuator is on its last legs.

A really good explanation by foxcart61 over on the Rennlist forums https://rennlist.com/forums/996-forum/766817-2002-996-c4-front-hood-switch-intermittently-not-working.html#post16577384

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