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Old 07-04-2018, 09:12 AM   #1
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Boxster S Battery dead, cannot open the trunk

My battery is dead in my 2001 Boxster S and I don't know what to do because the hood release is electronic and the cable under the wheel well isn't there and it's about to rain.

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Old 07-04-2018, 09:21 AM   #2
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Do you have the red pull out tab in the fuse box?

Let this be a lesson: find and move the emergency release cable to an accessible location.
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Old 07-04-2018, 09:49 AM   #3
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I have the red tab. I connected duracell jump box and it didn't work, it just sounded the alarm and drained my jump box https://www.duracellpower.com/products/lithium-ion-jump-starter
I need the exact location of the pull cable.
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I'm not seeing any red tab.

I own one of these, can I connect a speaker wire from the hot to one of the fuses?

https://www.duracellpower.com/products/lithium-ion-jump-starter
That should work. Watch this video to see how to do it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss6-8TJYIqE

Screen shot of the hook up from the video (it's from the owners manual):
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Basically, hook your red battery clip to the red terminal in the fuse panel and clip the black battery clip to the drivers door hinge. Attach the red first, then the black. Then use the hood release switch (or the button on your keyfob) to open the hood. Disconnect the black clip first, then the red.
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this will work. Ground it and find a place to insert power.....


Third row down from the top and three fuses in from the right side of the fuse box is a 30 amp fuse marked 30.


study the wiring diagram and fuse box OR GO HERE FOR a video from a brit on how to do it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0EpWBV3be4
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I own a 2001 S myself and the red tab does not work on my car... check in the passenger side rad (corner bumper) and see if you see a silver cable loop sticking through. Pull this cable hard and the front trunk will open (manual hood release).
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OK, i have the red pull thing in my fuse box. Am I supposed to connect power to it or pull it really hard?
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Connect power to it and the ground to the body (door striker).
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Old 07-04-2018, 05:22 PM   #9
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I own a 2001 S myself and the red tab does not work on my car... check in the passenger side rad (corner bumper) and see if you see a silver cable loop sticking through. Pull this cable hard and the front trunk will open (manual hood release).
No need to take off the wheel, just put my arm through?
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Several options I've collected over the years https://sites.google.com/site/mikefocke2/whenyourbatteryisdead
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DrCactus I need more clarification. I know where the release is on a Boxster Base, but I can't find it on my S. Is it in the wheel well?
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That should work. Watch this video to see how to do it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss6-8TJYIqE

Screen shot of the hook up from the video (it's from the owners manual):
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Basically, hook your red battery clip to the red terminal in the fuse panel and clip the black battery clip to the drivers door hinge. Attach the red first, then the black. Then use the hood release switch (or the button on your keyfob) to open the hood. Disconnect the black clip first, then the red.

I did all that stuff. The horn beeps and everything, but the hood won't pop. I need to know the exact location of the pull loop.
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Several options I've collected over the years https://sites.google.com/site/mikefocke2/whenyourbatteryisdead
I don't know which is more dead, my battery or Radio Shack?
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Some people redirect the wire some other place.

I can pull my headlight out without tools. That's where it is.

If yours has never been relocated it, you will need to take the passenger side wheel off to access it.
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Another method

My fuse box connection would not work for me when my battery died for some reason. I used a phillips screwdriver with tape around the shaft except the point, connected the ground at the door jamb and the positive on the phillips and touched it to the inside connection point on the lighter.....instantly the lights came in the dash and I hit trunk open and it popped open. I then disconnected everything and got a new battery.
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When my battery died, I put power from another vehicle to the cigarette lighter. You can get enough power through the cigarette lighter to deactivate the hood locking mechanism.

I used the cords that came with my trickle charger to get power to the cigarette lighter. My trickle charger came with three cords: cigarette lighter, alligator clips, and ring terminals.

I simply connected the alligator clip harmess to the cigarette lighter harmess enabling me to connct regular jumper cables.

NOTE: the polarity will be reversed so make sure to connect your battery correctly.

It may sound crazy, but you can hook up jumper cables to a cigarette lighter and not damage your car.

I now carry this little harnes with me at all times. Just in case...
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I used the posted method from the manual (with my digital battery charge) to pop the frunk on my mother's '06 987 when the battery was flat. However, I had to have it powered on for a minute or so, it wasn't immediate.
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I just used the fuse box connection and it worked fine. Now for the idiot that left the interior light on.
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Some people redirect the wire some other place.

I can pull my headlight out without tools. That's where it is.

If yours has never been relocated it, you will need to take the passenger side wheel off to access it.
How is it possible to remove the headlight without tools?
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Old 07-07-2018, 03:56 PM   #20
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I just used the fuse box connection and it worked fine. Now for the idiot that left the interior light on.
Yeah, I suspect my fuse is blown. Anyone know what number it is?

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