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2020/03/23 13:46:31 (permalink)

Bonnet Access Boxster S 53 Plate

Hi Guys,
Opened the front boot of my 53 plate (Reg Feb 04) Boxster S last week, only to find a fury lodger had made a nest. Some carpet damage, but not too bad. Bonnet had been ajar due trickle charger cable.  
 
However, after removing the nest, I reset the trickle charger (with as advised, the negative battery connection removed) only to shut the bonnet fully! Now can’t open the bonnet as there is no power to release.
 
I’ve 'youtubed' the issue and whilst my car has a fuse connection, which I’ve tried without success, as it appears that it requires the battery to be fully connected. I’ve also tried accessing the bonnet cable from under the wing of both NSF and OSF (conflicting advice on the net as to the age and continental nature of the cars), but with no success. Don't want try again until I know which side I need to access.
 
So can anyone advise if there is a cable to find and which side of the car should I be looking. Alternatively, any other ideas?  
 
I have tried my two local to York Porsche garages and they have both gone out of business in recent times. Any ideas as to any alternatives for servicing MOT etc.? 
 
Cheers
Mark Newby

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Re: Bonnet Access Boxster S 53 Plate 2020/03/23 14:20:58 (permalink)
Mark,
 
Someone posted a similar problem very recently ... maybe it was you? I think that the manual release cable on a 987-series car (not sure about a 986-series though) is accessed via the NSF wheel arch. Most probably you'll need to remove the front section of the liner to get full access and have a good poke around to locate it, and I believe that it can be very stiff since it's never or rarely used. Be careful not to pull too hard or you could break the cable.!
 
I'm not sure why you need to disconnect the battery when you connect the conditioner. I've used a CTEK for 10-years on my 987.2 without problems, connecting directly to the terminals without the need to disconnect the battery. Surely that's the whole point of a conditioner?
 
Secondly, there's no need to keep the bonnet ajar - you can feed the cable through the gap between the top edge of the bonnet and the wiper panel without pinching it.
 
Jeff

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Re: Bonnet Access Boxster S 53 Plate 2020/03/26 20:43:36 (permalink)
This problem keeps coming up over and over again. Surely Porsche could come up with a better solution.😡😡

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Re: Bonnet Access Boxster S 53 Plate 2020/04/23 16:35:44 (permalink)
Hi Guys,
I solved the issue of opening the bonnet above by pulling he emergency cable under the o/s front wing, however the bonnet wont now lock. Any ideas?
Cheers
Mark Newby 
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Re: Bonnet Access Boxster S 53 Plate 2020/04/23 19:47:40 (permalink)
Mark,
 
Are you sure that the emergency cable has released the catch? Because it’s very little used I would think that it could quite easily get stuck, leaving the catch in the open position.
 
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Re: Bonnet Access Boxster S 53 Plate 2020/04/24 09:55:37 (permalink)
Hi Jeff
Once I’d worked out how the catch worked, I simply gave it a good WD40 soaking and he presto it now works. Thanks for responding.
Kind Regards
Mark
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