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Urgent: Exige is Locked, Battery Dead

I need an advice before I call a locksmith. I locked the car (Exige) using the remote, and the battery died. so cannot open with the remote, cannot open using the keys, and no access to open the engine cover for a jumpstart.

Any ideas? Any secret access to open the engine lid, or ways to unlock the doors?
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I need an advice before I call a locksmith. I locked the car (Exige) using the remote, and the battery died. so cannot open with the remote, cannot open using the keys, and no access to open the engine cover for a jumpstart.

Any ideas? Any secret access to open the engine lid, or ways to unlock the doors?
Take off the driver's (left hand) side access panel... there are jumper posts there. You can jump the car and unlock it.
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Are the jumper posts clearly visible?
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Are the jumper posts clearly visible?
Yes. The positive terminal is covered with a red boot (pop it off to jump the car), the negative is bare.
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One minute response time! Great job APK919.
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This is great. Really appreciate it

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Why can't you open the doors with a key when the battery is dead? or open the trunk and jump the car. How is the Exige different from the Elise in this respect?

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Why can't you open the doors with a key when the battery is dead? or open the trunk and jump the car. How is the Exige different from the Elise in this respect?
The key doesn't unlock the doors. The key only allows you to "deadbolt" the doors.

Same as the elise.



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Why can't you open the doors with a key when the battery is dead? or open the trunk and jump the car. How is the Exige different from the Elise in this respect?
The key wont unlock the door if the door was locked with the remote...

You cant open the Exige hatch with a key. There is a lever in the drivers compartment that you have to pull. If the car is locked and you cant get in you cannot open the hatch.

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Just restating what's been said: the Elise has the same problem, except you can unlock the trunk/boot with the key and charge or jump the battery directly. Not possible with the Exige, so Lotus put terminals under the driver's front panel, which is alarmed. You still need a the proper sized allen wrench to access the terminals however.

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Thanks for the information. I had the same issue this morning. i sat my car for 3 weeks and the battery is dead. was worry about how to get in the car. This thread really save my ass!
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Yes. The positive terminal is covered with a red boot (pop it off to jump the car), the negative is bare.
Hello all, does Elise have the same remote terminals in front of the car?

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Hello all, does Elise have the same remote terminals in front of the car?
No, read #12.

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Hi Guys,

I have the same issue in my 07 Exige right now and I tried jumping the car (left the jumper cables connected for ~10 minutes) and alarm went off. However, car won't unlock. Currently the front terminals are connected to small battery charger since last 2 days however no luck from that either. I can see the "red led" blinking on the console but car is not responding to the key fob at all.

What else can I do? Do you think maybe my keyfob got "unsynced" due to alarm?
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Hi Guys,

I have the same issue in my 07 Exige right now and I tried jumping the car (left the jumper cables connected for ~10 minutes) and alarm went off. However, car won't unlock. Currently the front terminals are connected to small battery charger since last 2 days however no luck from that either. I can see the "red led" blinking on the console but car is not responding to the key fob at all.

What else can I do? Do you think maybe my keyfob got "unsynced" due to alarm?
Sounds like it. Happened to a buddy of mine. He re-synced it in a few minutes after searching the forums for a how-to, and it worked right away.

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It worked! Idk why I didn't think of this before lol. Quick re-sync did it.
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