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    Open trunk without keys?

    I can't find my only set of keys for my Cayman.

    I have a sneaking suspicion I locked them in the trunk.

    The windows are open, but the doors are locked. Is there any way to open the trunk in this scenario?
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    Re: Open trunk without keys?

    Can't you reach in the driver's side window and pop the trunk? I do that all the time, the trunk and 'frunk' releases are accessible with the door closed.

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    Re: Open trunk without keys?

    Quote Originally Posted by mitch48 View Post
    Can't you reach in the driver's side window and pop the trunk? I do that all the time, the trunk and 'frunk' releases are accessible with the door closed.
    I tried and nothing happened. Is it disabled when the car is locked? Maybe I need to hold it longer.
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    Re: Open trunk without keys?

    Quote Originally Posted by mkiv808 View Post
    I tried and nothing happened. Is it disabled when the car is locked? Maybe I need to hold it longer.
    Might be one of those items that powers down when the car goes into sleep mode, if you wake up the car by lifting the door handle, etc. then maybe the switch inside will work. In an emergency you can always pull the front trunk release cable in the front wheel well to mechanically release/open the front trunk.

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    Re: Open trunk without keys?

    So, the door is locked? Since the window is open, can't you reach in and unlock it using the handle? Since your key is supposed to be in the trunk, you could not of locked the door with the remote - or key. So how could this happen?

    I think the only time the car auto-locks is when you open either trunk via remote, and never open a passenger door. After about 5 minutes (est) it will re-lock itself and presumably re-arm the alarm.

    So, by opening the door manually, you may set-off the alarm. Just be quick about finding your key. Also, wouldn't hurt to have a 10mm wrench handy in case you need to disconnect the battery to stop the alarm (in case the key isn't there after-all).

    One more thing. Are you sure your battery isn't dead?
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    Re: Open trunk without keys?

    Battery is definitely good.

    I'm thinking I locked the car with the remote, went back to the car, used the remote to open the trunk, and then left the keys in there. Is that possible?

    I tried holding the trunk release longer. Nothing. Security feature?

    I'll try opening the door from the inside. The alarm will certainly go off, but we'll see if I can open the trunk from there.
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    Re: Open trunk without keys?

    Quote Originally Posted by mkiv808 View Post
    I can't find my only set of keys for my Cayman.

    I have a sneaking suspicion I locked them in the trunk.

    The windows are open, but the doors are locked. Is there any way to open the trunk in this scenario?
    Sorry not meaning to be a jerk but this just blew my mind.

    Your windows are open?
    Step one - find small child
    Step two - throw child through window
    Step three - tell child to get keys from trunk
    Step four - pay child with ice cream or dollar bills
    Step five - drive it like you stole it!

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    Re: Open trunk without keys?

    Quote Originally Posted by Justinfranke78 View Post
    Sorry not meaning to be a jerk but this just blew my mind.

    Your windows are open?
    Step one - find small child
    Step two - throw child through window
    Step three - tell child to get keys from trunk
    Step four - pay child with ice cream or dollar bills
    Step five - drive it like you stole it!


    ... maybe he is referring to the frunk? In which case, maybe the spare battery trick is in order, although I can't imagine why it won't open with the switch.

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    Re: Open trunk without keys?

    Neither will open with the switch. Opened car from inside and alarm just sounds.

    I'm going to have to climb back there with a flashlight.

    I guess the burning question is: am I wasting my time on this hunch? When you open the trunk with the remote when the car is locked, does the car stay locked?
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    Re: Open trunk without keys?

    i believe if you use the remote to open the trunk and then close the trunk, the doors will re-lock after 30 seconds or so.... Good luck, hope you find them

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    Re: Open trunk without keys?

    Quote Originally Posted by mkiv808 View Post
    When you open the trunk with the remote when the car is locked, does the car stay locked?
    On a Gen 2 (at least), if the car was already locked and you use the remote to open either trunk, the doors unlock too. However, if you don't open a door after a period of time, the doors re-lock. That is probably what happened to you. Still doesn't say where you left your key. Did you open the front or rear trunk?
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    Re: Open trunk without keys?

    why or why do people not have their SECOND key handy? In the house somewhere, etc.?

    Yes if car is locked and you open trunk the doors unlock as well but will relock if the doors were not physically opened.

    As mentioned earlier you can always pull the physical release cable inside the front wheel well to open the trunk.

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    Re: Open trunk without keys?

    Car bought used and only came with one key. My bad for never ordering a 2nd. Maybe if they were cheaper I would have.
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    Re: Open trunk without keys?

    Quote Originally Posted by RSchwerer View Post
    On a Gen 2 (at least), if the car was already locked and you use the remote to open either trunk, the doors unlock too. However, if you don't open a door after a period of time, the doors re-lock. That is probably what happened to you. Still doesn't say where you left your key. Did you open the front or rear trunk?
    It's Gen 1, I wonder if it's the same.

    My car does not autolock if you simply leave it unlocked after a drive.
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    Re: Open trunk without keys?

    Quote Originally Posted by mkiv808 View Post
    It's Gen 1, I wonder if it's the same.

    My car does not autolock if you simply leave it unlocked after a drive.
    That's not what he's saying about auto-relock. That only happens if you have locked the car, then with the keyfob pressed the trunk unlock button, opened the trunk, say tossed some keys in there, then closed the trunk and walk away. The car doors which unlocked when you pressed the keyfob to unlock the trunk will auto-relock because your doors were never opened.

    doors don't lock themselves otherwise... unless set to lock upon driving 5mph but that's not the case here...


    Sorry to hear you only got one key when you got the car, I'd make the SELLER pay for the 2nd key, you should have it.

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    Re: Open trunk without keys?

    I'll let others finish debating the autolock If your key is in the front trunk, you'll need to remove the driver side wheel liner and look for the wire cable to unlatch the front trunk. Check the picture half page down on this URL: Worst Case Scenario

    BTW, while you're at it, you should take a picture and post it.. so others can learn from this and know what to look for.
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    Re: Open trunk without keys?

    Quote Originally Posted by lithium1330 View Post
    I'll let others finish debating the autolock If your key is in the front trunk, you'll need to remove the driver side wheel liner and look for the wire cable to unlatch the front trunk. Check the picture half page down on this URL: Worst Case Scenario

    BTW, while you're at it, you should take a picture and post it.. so others can learn from this and know what to look for.
    It still sounds like this is the rear-hatch lid that's locked, not the front trunk (frunk). Did you have that cloth privacy shield in place? (is it blocking you from getting back there?) With everything closed, for some reason I thought there wasn't much (if any) clearance between the glass of the hatch and the rear-portion of the engine-cover .. not even sure you'll be able to crawl back there.

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    Re: Open trunk without keys?

    Quote Originally Posted by K-Man S View Post
    As mentioned earlier you can always pull the physical release cable inside the front wheel well to open the trunk.
    I tried that cable this weekend for test (never used before), and it quickly and easily stretched and broke (without opening the frunk)....

    It's plastic. I trust this is not an easy replacement?

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    Re: Open trunk without keys?

    You actually have a 3rd key, wallet/valet key. The dealers don't really talk about them when you buy the car and it's in the glove box with all the other documentation that come with a new car. I've heard that new car get broken into with the thought it might still be there and the thief can use it to drive away in the car. So, might be worth a shot to look to see if it's there, thin black flat thing that of course probably won't unlock the storage areas.

    Secondly why would you buy a car that might have a keys somewhere out there. It would be like buying a house and not changing the locks before you move in?

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    Re: Open trunk without keys?

    I don't know if the Cayman is set up differently than a general car, but just ask any tow truck driver standing around and he'll open your door in about 30 seconds with a wedge tool and some other stuff. Give him a few bucks for the trouble. Or maybe I didn't read the details of the situation that closely...
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