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Old 12-13-2002, 04:34 AM
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I left my '93 Lexus Sc400 sitting for a couple of weeks and the battery died. I have not had a chance to put manual openers on the poppers. How am i going to get into my car.

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now is not a good time but if you get in and this is a a regular thing. drag racers use remote battery terminals to charge between rounds this would end any future problems. for now you might jack it up and see if you can get jumper cables to the starter and frame use your jack stands before you crawl under any car. I've lost 2 friends that didn't
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I had a family friend, private garage owner, to see what he could do. Lonny couldn't do anything, I don't know how hard he tried. I am in Finland the car is in MD.
How would I charge the battery using the aftermarket stereo amp in the trunk. The trunk-open latch is easier to open then the hood release.
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Power necessary to open the doors is very small, small gauge #18 wire with some probes attached will give the system enough juice for a friend to activate the remote, remember you only need to get to the positive post. Use the power to the stereo amp if that is easier.

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depending on how desperate you get andwhere the wires were run to the door latch, another option is to cut the wire (or just shave a part so you can use electrical tape to re-insulate it) and touch a 12v battery from RadioShack to it. like Chuck said, they need very little current and that is supposed to work, though i have never tried it myself.
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What are the odds you can pop the hood from underneith... I know it can be done on my car (with alot of trouble) but not sure about yours... Hehe one of the resons not to shave door handles... although I have a hatch that I can pop open with my key...
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We couldn't get to the solenoid for the hood release and the battery is very hard to get to in my car from the underneath. I haven't looked at it myself yet but i think my best bet is going to be through the amp in the trunk, has anyone ever done this. Then to get a manual release installed asap.
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Ever picked a lock??? You could try this but if you screw up like i did on my first attempts (luckly it was on the garage door lock it now it is screwed and my mom doesn't know why) Anyways... it is kinda tricky but if you need to get in you learn real fast...

this site should help a bit<a href="http://www.howstuffworks.com/lock-picking.htm" target="_blank">http://www.howstuffworks.com/lock-picking.htm</a>


OH you did leave the trunk key hole didn't you???

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Hmmmm...looks like I might have a new hobby with that link Dave. I've soldered a few keys to copy before but never looked at picking as being any fun?
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yeah... thing is it works on some locks easily others it don't...
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well, i guess you are not familier with Lexus. The keys a laser cut and not even a professional lock smith can pick the locks on a Lexus. So i guess running a small current(9v) through the power cable of the amp will provide enough juice to open a door?
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I think that a heavy slim-jim will pop the door lock if you know were it is mounted in the door, Try a good Wrecker Com.
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Oh I'm pretty sure that somebody can pick one of those locks... anyways... since I didnt' know that you might as well smash out a window
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Put a trickle charger on that amp wire. Wait an hour or so and your battery should have enough juice for your door.
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I don't know if you got it open yet or not but for the future I would wire in a solar powered charger and put the solar cell somewhere behind the grille but where it will pick up light. It might not be enough to start a car but would be enough to trip the solenoids for the doors.

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