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Old 06-29-2016, 04:44 PM   #1
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2000 Boxster S - F/R Trunk Release Levers Stuck

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Like the title says I have a 2000 S and I go to open the Front Trunk and the release lever (on the driver side sill) is frozen solid. I try the Rear Trunk lever and the same deal, won't budge.

The car does have a low battery (won't turn over) as I was going to open the trunk to charge.

Has this happened to anyone else here and are there any steps I can take?

I have the Bently manual and I can't find much information about the trunk release cable other than a parts diagram and a reference to an emergency release cable on the right hand side. Right hand side could mean passenger or driver side, depending on the frame of reference.

I know that 2001+ the levers are electrically controlled, but this is a 2000 so I'm stuck with stuck levers.

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Old 06-29-2016, 04:48 PM   #2
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You may be able to stick a small flat head screw driver in between the levers. There is a little wheel with teeth on it. You have to turn the wheel to release the levers. If this doesn't work you can take the whole cover off. There are two allen head bolts holding it on. Look for the two holes on the side next to the seat. Once you have the cover off you can see the wheel thing I am talking about.
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It is kind of a locking mechanism that actuates when the car is locked. So even though there I a manual release, you may have to follow the procedure with the thing in the fuse box to get enough juice to unlock the car and get that locking lever moved. Is there enough juice to lock and unlock the car with the console button?
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It is kind of a locking mechanism that actuates when the car is locked. So even though there I a manual release, you may have to follow the procedure with the thing in the fuse box to get enough juice to unlock the car and get that locking lever moved. Is there enough juice to lock and unlock the car with the console button?
Yes, the doors will lock and unlock from the console.
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I had to do the screw driver trick when I locked my keys in the trunk. After I closed the trunk the alarm rearmed and I was screwed. I managed to get the door open, but with the alarm still armed the levers were locked. The screw driver took a while, but I got it after a while. I took the cover off after to see what I actually did with the screw driver. Now I always keep an allen wrench in the side pocket just in case. So I'm saying just take the cover off and you should be able to release the levers without much trouble.

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Yes, the doors will lock and unlock from the console.
Dang, I would have thought that would release it. Sorry
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Old 06-29-2016, 05:30 PM   #7
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Yeah taking that cover off isn't too bad, I had to do it to fix a snapped hood release cable. I had to take the passenger wheel off and I relocated the emergency release to the tow hook.
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BTW i'm talking about the cover over the levers, not the bumper cover.
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