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Can't get into 996.1 C2, Locked out.

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Hi

I'm a little stuck.

I haven't driven car for a couple of weeks.

Yesterday I went to fire her up, it won't unlock, LEDs still flashing on dash.

Key won't unlock door manually with, it just turns in both directions.

I managed to open engine lid with emergency cable.

I put a charger over night , tested voltage, 13.0 V

Still won't open, not with remote or manually with key, tried all keys.

It's got me baffled, Central locking maybe?

In the meantime, I need to get in to start process of fault finding.

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26 minutes ago, White_996 said:

Hi

I'm a little stuck.

I haven't driven car for a couple of weeks.

Yesterday I went to fire her up, it won't unlock, LEDs still flashing on dash.

Key won't unlock door manually with, it just turns in both directions.

I managed to open engine lid with emergency cable.

I put a charger over night , tested voltage, 13.0 V

Still won't open, not with remote or manually with key, tried all keys.

It's got me baffled, Central locking maybe?

In the meantime, I need to get in to start process of fault finding.

As a left field suggestion, check if there's a keyed lock on passenger's side (haven't got access to my .1GT3 to check).  If so, see if key will open that and therefore central locking.  Have had a similar issue with an early 986 Boxster, where the driver's lock just rotates freely, but passenger's worked fine.....

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On my 996, if you don't unlock the central locking for more than 4 days, you have to put the key into drivers door lock, quarter clockwise turn, then press button on the key..... this will unlock the car ..... apparently a typically German way of saving power from the battery?!?

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There was a thread covering key deactervation from not being used enough just recently on th PFA but I can not find it , But it is here somewhere :) 

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How can the OP disconnect the battery when he cannot get into the car? All he can access is the engine compartment thro' the emergency cable.

It sounds like the lock mechanism is turning with the key - which is another problem altogether as the remote key fob will not work until the door lock is physically "unlocked". A locksmith should be able to open the car lock but I think it probably requires replacing.... 

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3 minutes ago, Stephen Tinker said:

How can the OP disconnect the battery when he cannot get into the car? All he can access is the engine compartment thro' the emergency cable.

It sounds like the lock mechanism is turning with the key - which is another problem altogether.

read it wrong, there is also an emergency release cable for the frunk

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If i remember correctly the other thread ended up being the actuator arm had come off the lock mechanism. 

I don't know how to do my hair let alone dig up a thread and post a link. 😃

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1 hour ago, firstone said:

I don't know how to do my hair let alone dig up a thread and post a link. 😃

Be grateful you have hair... 

😜

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Update

We are in. 

Found frond bonnet release cable behind side indicator.

Disconnected the battery for 5 minutes.

Reconnect and remote worked. I'm in.

Car fired up, Happy dance. I can sleep.

Key still operating the lock manually, so some investigation required there, something has come loose.

Thanks for help.

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Good to hear, reminds me to go back and locate the emergency frunk release cable and make sure it is accessible from somewhere. 

Odd about your physical lock though, my car's remotes were not working for years and it was always possible to just unlock the drivers door normally (then turn on ignition quickly to avoid alarm going off).  With the sketchy reliability of the 996 remotes it's certainly something that should be operational. :)

FTR If you have a flat battery on a 996.2, there is an electrical jump-point in the foot well fuse box to power up the frunk release circuit.  It's shown in the manual.

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