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The battery in my Mini Cooper S is dead, the boot is locked and will not open with the remote (no auto battery!) and of course the battery in in the storage area in the rear. How do I get the boot open manually? Thanks.
 

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You can open the driver door with the key.
Then access the rear and lift the rear seat bottom. You should find a handle you can pull to manually release the boot.

NOTE: A certain time range of MINIs were built without this - you'd better hope yours isn't one of them. If it is, you could open the hood and attach a battery charger to the connections under there; that'll give enough power to release the locks.
 

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My 2002 S didn't come with the emergency release handle as I found out on a cold, dark winters evening with a dead battery. You can access the boot and lift the floor up exposing the battery from the rear seats but it's a squeeze!
 

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Success!....followed by a mystery. Yes it is difficult to get to the battery via the back seat, but since I found no handle with which to open the boot, that is what I did. When I gained access to the battery I decided just to charge it in place. I always hook up my charger to the terminals before plugging into the AC and when I just TOUCHED the ground terminal with the charger clip, there was a very small spark, the inside lights came on and the CD deck started making clicking noises. The car started right up - battery was not even weak. Remember that I had not connected the positive terminal when I touched the ground terminal - just the one single touch to the ground. At least I get to clean out that messy area. Thanks for the help. Now, who can tell me what happened, or rather why?
 

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Connections were all good. I failed to mention that I had left the key in the ignition all night, but in the off position. I wonder if this is a fail safe system to prevent theft of a car left with keys in the ignition by some fool idiot? If so, there must be a way to over ride.....btw......still waiting for a return call from my dealer.
 

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Follow up....just talked with a tech at my Mini dealer....and no they never did call me. He has no clue what caused the failure, or why just touching the battery terminal would clear things up. Also said that there is no theft prevent system in place that would explain. Thanks to all for the responses, especially the last one about not leaving the keys in the car because it makes it easy to steal!! If I find the answer, I will post it.
 

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The battery in my Mini Cooper S is dead, the boot is locked and will not open with the remote (no auto battery!) and of course the battery in in the storage area in the rear. How do I get the boot open manually? Thanks.
I had the exact same problem after removing my dead battery and closing the boot. Here’s my solution as I had no joy with anything else...

I lifted the bottom of the rear seat to find my mini never had the catch underneath so I thought I was stuffed, after messing about with everything I could think of, I noticed there was a key hole on the top left of driver side rear seat (Pic 1)
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and top right of the passenger side door.(Pic 2)
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They must both be facing the front/back of the car to enable the eventual release of the catch.
Under the seat is a metal hook embedded in the sponge (Pic 3)
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This is supposed to be to unhook the back of the seat to release so you can drop it down. However I found the hook wasn’t required. If you remove the hoops on the parcel shelf (Pic 4)
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you will see a black bracket on the back of each seat. (Pic 5&6)
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It is a bit awkward, but you can reach between the headrests and unlatch these with your fingers ( I found it easier than using the provided metal hook)
Once the seat backs have been dropped you can now access the battery storage, or if preferred, access the boot release – in my case a yellow plastic catch in the centre of the boot door.(Pic 7)
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This reply may be a too late for people involved here but I’m sure it may help in the future.
 

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I had the exact same problem after removing my dead battery and closing the boot. Here’s my solution as I had no joy with anything else...

I lifted the bottom of the rear seat to find my mini never had the catch underneath so I thought I was stuffed, after messing about with everything I could think of, I noticed there was a key hole on the top left of driver side rear seat (Pic 1)
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and top right of the passenger side door.(Pic 2)
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They must both be facing the front/back of the car to enable the eventual release of the catch.
Under the seat is a metal hook embedded in the sponge (Pic 3)
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This is supposed to be to unhook the back of the seat to release so you can drop it down. However I found the hook wasn’t required. If you remove the hoops on the parcel shelf (Pic 4)
View attachment 281573 you will see a black bracket on the back of each seat. (Pic 5&6)
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It is a bit awkward, but you can reach between the headrests and unlatch these with your fingers ( I found it easier than using the provided metal hook)
Once the seat backs have been dropped you can now access the battery storage, or if preferred, access the boot release – in my case a yellow plastic catch in the centre of the boot door.(Pic 7)
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This reply may be a too late for people involved here but I’m sure it may help in the future.
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