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Doors locked, battery dead...locked out?

Is there no way to manually unlock these cars? I have been out of the country and my battery died while I was away (no outlet avail or I'd have tended it) and the doors are locked.

I can't for the life of me figure out how to open the door. I feel like I'm a 90 year old trying to use a microwave for the first time.

Tis our beloved Lotus so maybe manual unlocking of the door locks isn't something they designed into the car.

Any help much appreciated...I have a new battery ready to go in and want to drive DRIVE DRIVE...it's been WAY TO LONG!!

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well upon reading the instruction manual, the correct way to unlock the doors if the battery is dead, is to get the car a new battery/power so that I can use the fob to unlock it.

Thing is...the trunk release on my exige is on the inside of my car? Sweet jesus....is this REALLY happening....this seems to be one of the dumbest "design" decisions I have ever seen, on any "device"....E V E R....

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Under the left side front hood access panel are auxiliary battery posts, connect your battery there.
There are two independent locking systems, locking with the CDL will not enable unlocking with a key.
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Is there no way to manually unlock these cars? I have been out of the country and my battery died while I was away (no outlet avail or I'd have tended it) and the doors are locked.

I can't for the life of me figure out how to open the door. I feel like I'm a 90 year old trying to use a microwave for the first time.

Tis our beloved Lotus so maybe manual unlocking of the door locks isn't something they designed into the car.

Any help much appreciated...I have a new battery ready to go in and want to drive DRIVE DRIVE...it's been WAY TO LONG!!

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I'm all over it, so how do I open the hatch from the outside?

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You open the access panel, not hatch, with an allen key.
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I'm all over it, so how do I open the hatch from the outside?
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ahh ok cool...got it. Thank god...I hope that works!!! BRB!

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can't find any diagram of those aux' battery posts under the front access panel in the manual? Does anyone have a pic of the area, or is it painfully obvious where/what it is and what the polarity is?

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You will see them on close to the left hand edge
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can't find any diagram of those aux' battery posts under the front access panel in the manual? Does anyone have a pic of the area, or is it painfully obvious where/what it is and what the polarity is?
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I had to do this earlier this year... you can't miss the connection points under the access panel.

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Here we go.
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I learned that lesson the hard way, too. Which is also how I found out the dealership stripped the heads of the bolts to the access panel. Worst. Design. Ever. If you know you won't be able to drive the car for a while, it's easiest to just lock the door with the key so you don't have to worry about the alarm/battery going dead.

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Unfortunately, even with the alarm off there is still a parasitic drain on the battery, although somewhat less.
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I learned that lesson the hard way, too. Which is also how I found out the dealership stripped the heads of the bolts to the access panel. Worst. Design. Ever. If you know you won't be able to drive the car for a while, it's easiest to just lock the door with the key so you don't have to worry about the alarm/battery going dead.

Good luck getting back in!
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Unfortunately, even with the alarm off there is still a parasitic drain on the battery, although somewhat less.
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It's considerably less, but the most important feature is that when the battery goes dead, you can unlock the doors and access the trunk and battery without the hassle of having to dismantle the front of the car.

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Actually, not considerably less, alarm armed 13ma, unarmed 9ma.
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It's considerably less, but the most important feature is that when the battery goes dead, you can unlock the doors and access the trunk and battery without the hassle of having to dismantle the front of the car.
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Actually, not considerably less, alarm armed 13ma, unarmed 9ma.
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Hmmm... then despite multiple requests for my dealer to search for/diagnose my drain, they didn't. Unarmed, my car pulls 17-20ma. I find my battery lasts at least twice as long when parked.

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The whole car drain as you found of 20ma also includes the ECU and radio.
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QUOTE=sb67;1493522]Hmmm... then despite multiple requests for my dealer to search for/diagnose my drain, they didn't. Unarmed, my car pulls 17-20ma. I find my battery lasts at least twice as long when parked.[/QUOTE]
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Best money spent..... works on all types of batteries.

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The whole car drain as you found of 20ma also includes the ECU and radio.
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Whew! Glad to know. Thanks!

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