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    Re: How to Enter a CTS With a Dead Battery ? :(

    I have this problem but additionally my physical key opening mechanism in my door is malfunctioning.....is that the ONLY physical key location on the entire car?

    Thanks in advance for any assistance.

    Dan

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    Re: How to Enter a CTS With a Dead Battery ? :(

    You are able to open the hood using a screw driver with a long shank ('~9 inch if I remember) or a quarter inch stiff steel rod of sorts. search this site and there are actual pictures of how to do it. However, if you look through the upper center of the grill, locate the "bolt" that holds the safety catch. About 2 inches to the left and half inch down (as you look at it) there is a hole about quarter inch in diameter. Stick the blade of the screw driver in the hole and pry to the right (toward center of car). The latch will trip and the hood will open. Then you can get to the terminals to jumper and/or charge the battery.

    Changed some details after I went to the car and tried it.

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    Re: How to Enter a CTS With a Dead Battery ? :(

    After all this time are you still locked out of your car. If your remote has a good battery and is the type with the hidden key, simply remove the key and if it will not work in the door lock then try the trunk key hole. If you have a physical key then the battery dead or not should have no effect at all for getting into your car. If nothing else works call AAA.

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    Re: How to Enter a CTS With a Dead Battery ? :(

    Seems odd that the OP has never gotten back with any add'l information. They could at least let us know what worked or didn't. Makes me wonder....

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    Re: How to Enter a CTS With a Dead Battery ? :(

    Quote Originally Posted by C "T" ess View Post
    ...If your remote has a good battery and is the type with the hidden key, simply remove the key and if it will not work in the door lock then try the trunk key hole....
    There is no trunk key hole if you have keyless entry, or at least there is none that I can see on my 2011 CTS.

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    Re: How to Enter a CTS With a Dead Battery ? :(

    On the coupe, the key hole is on the "underside" of the chrome bar (handle) that is just above the license plate.

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    Re: How to Enter a CTS With a Dead Battery ? :(

    I have a 2011 4-door CTS sedan with keyless entry, and there is no key hole for the trunk, either on the surface of the trunk or under the chrome handle. Here's a photo of the underside of the handle:

    2011 CTS Trunk Handle.jpg

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    Re: How to Enter a CTS With a Dead Battery ? :(

    Only the coupe gets the trunk lid key access ... i thought that the sedan and wagon had a key access through an access door in the rear bumper but i guess not
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    Re: How to Enter a CTS With a Dead Battery ? :(

    Sedan has mechanical release inside the trunk. You can reach it either through ski sleeve passthrough before the armrest (fixed rear seat) or by folding down the rear seat.

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    Re: How to Enter a CTS With a Dead Battery ? :(

    Quote Originally Posted by zen View Post
    You are able to open the hood using a screw driver with a long shank ('~9 inch if I remember) or a quarter inch stiff steel rod of sorts. search this site and there are actual pictures of how to do it. However, if you look through the upper center of the grill, locate the "bolt" that holds the safety catch. About 2 inches to the left and half inch down (as you look at it) there is a hole about quarter inch in diameter. Stick the blade of the screw driver in the hole and pry to the right (toward center of car). The latch will trip and the hood will open. Then you can get to the terminals to jumper and/or charge the battery.

    Changed some details after I went to the car and tried it.
    ^ Zen, thanks. Here are my photos once again:








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    Re: How to Enter a CTS With a Dead Battery ? :(

    Quote Originally Posted by rkp View Post
    Sedan has mechanical release inside the trunk. You can reach it either through ski sleeve passthrough before the armrest (fixed rear seat) or by folding down the rear seat.
    The only mechanical release inside the 2011 sedan's trunk that I'm aware of releases just the trunk lid -- it's a safety device in case someone gets locked in the trunk, accidentally or otherwise. It even glows in the dark so you can see it. However, it doesn't open the car doors.

    I'm also unaware of any "ski sleeve passthrough before the armrest" in my car, which has the fixed rear seat, not the fold-down seats (which I did have in my 2008 CTS sedan).

    I've looked, but I don't see anything that resembles what you're talking about -- could you please be more specific as to what I should look for (perhaps post photos).

    Thanks.

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    Re: How to Enter a CTS With a Dead Battery ? :(

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Judge View Post
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    I'm also unaware of any "ski sleeve passthrough before the armrest" in my car, which has the fixed rear seat, not the fold-down seats (which I did have in my 2008 CTS sedan).
    I've looked, but I don't see anything that resembles what you're talking about -- could you please be more specific as to what I should look for (perhaps post photos).
    Thanks.
    Judge, as you're aware there are 2 models of rear seatback on the 2008-13 CTS Sedan - a fixed back with armrest pass-through (which is the base/standard arrangement) and the optional 60/40 split-folding seatback. The fixed back rear seatback in your '11 CTS features a pass-through to the trunk behind the armrest. It sounds like you've never explored the pass-through feature in your CTS.
    Here's a copy/paste from the 2011 owner's manual:

    Rear-Seat Pass Through
    If the vehicle has the rear-seat pass through door, the trunk can be
    accessed through the rear seat. This is useful when transporting
    long items.
    To open the door, pull down the rear seat armrest. Then pull the lever all
    the way down to release the door.
    To close the door, push it up and back into place. Then try to open
    the door without pulling up on the lever to make sure it is locked into
    place.

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    Re: How to Enter a CTS With a Dead Battery ? :(

    Thanks, RAB, I had previously read that section -- but I've looked and there just ain't no lever in the armrest hole! (Or at least I don't see anything that resembles a lever.)

    I don't think I have the 60/40 split fold-down seats, either, as there's no release for the seat back that I can see -- the release buttons were very visible on my 2008 CTS.

    Photos or drawings in the Owner's Manual would certainly be helpful.

    Maybe it's a birth defect.... (The car, not me.)

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    Re: How to Enter a CTS With a Dead Battery ? :(

    Judge, given that your '11 CTS Sedan is a Premium model I would have thought your car would be equipped with the 60/40 split-folding seatback. I don't believe the FE3 / 19" Summer Tire performance package that your car has would deduct/delete the split-folding seatback feature.
    Note there isn't a release button per se for the split-folding seatback, but rather a fabric release tab. Copy/paste from the '11 manual:

    ------------------------------------------------------------
    The vehicle may have a split folding rear seat.

    Sedan or Coupe

    To lower one or both of the rear seatbacks:

    1. Pull forward on the tab, on the outboard side of the seatback, to unlock the seatback.
    2. Fold the seatback down. This allows access to the trunk.

    See Trunk (Sedan, Coupe) on page 2‑19 for more information.
    --------------------------------------------------------------

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    Re: How to Enter a CTS With a Dead Battery ? :(

    Thank you for helping a senile (and apparently blind) old coot across the street (or in this case into his trunk)!

    p.s. Getting into the trunk won't do you any good if the battery in your keyless remote FOB is dead -- still can't start the car without a working electrified FOB. Or can you?

    p.p.s. In 5 years of owning CTSs, and several years of owing MBs with a similar feature, I've never had any reason to actually USE the fold-down rear seats. I'm sure some folks make use of them on occasion, but for most they're a waste of money.

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