This happened to me too on my Porsche Boxter S 2004 - the actuator is working, the battery is charged - but the rear trunk won't open from the key fob or the inside release.
I removed the driver's side rear tire, I removed one nut from the wheel well cover closest to the back of the car, I looked inside and saw a cable. The wheel well cover could be pulled back enough to fit my hand in, so I reached in and pulled - the tunk popped open.
The problem is that my primary rear trunk release cable is broken - still need to fix that problem - but the trunk is open.
OK - might not be the same but I have just collected my son from the station, he loded in his luggage and pushed the boot (rear trunk to you in the States) closed. When we got home it would not open on the key or the sill release buttons - just the familiar whirring sound. After some thought I raised the rear spoiler to get a grip on the rear edge of the offending lid and (after ensuring it was unlocked) it just lifted up. The problem was his sleeping bag strap - it had fallen over the catch recess as he closed the lid and was taken down with the catch. This provided just enough friction to prevent the lid from popping up normally.
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Why are your battery cables off? Does the trunk have a key lock? With some makes and models, the rear seat back will fold down, allowing access to the trunk. If not, you may be able to remove rear seat back then see if you can access the trunk.
If the trunk release is electric, have to check wiring circuit and applicable fuse.
What is model year, I'll try to look up trunk release wiring circuit.
There is a relay in the rear fuse block for the trunk release. marked trunk relay #36. It is marked on the under side of the lid. If you knew how they worked you could open it by jumping pin 30 to pin 87 in fuse box. on the side of the relay is a diagram of what pins are what . This system uses an electronic control module called ( the BCM ) body control module .When you push the inside release button , that sends a signal to the BCM ,then the BCM activates the relay opening the trunk . Well that won't help ,you won't believe where the fuse box is !
Fuse Block - Rear
In the rear compartment, behind the left wheel well. You could jump the wire at the BCM that goes to the relay. Can't you pull down one of the rear seats to gain access ?
if your refering to trunk latch and releas are not opening trunk when you turn key for trunk is it not turning or it does the feels connected loose does your rear seats fold down to access trunk if not remove rear seat and crawl in with flash light find the cable that runs to latch check to see if it and the rod are attached rod from key tumbler to latch
if you comment reply with make model year of car and i will look for a diagram for latch
I think you should see screws inside the trunk and on the back of your tail light then unscrew them and you'll be able to get the whole tail light out and then you can take the bulb out by turning the bulb cover. Good luck
If you have rear seats that fold down you can access the latch mechanism from the left side rear seat....if you are flexible. pull the corner of the seat forward to allow your arm to slide in behind. about 14-16" in, feeling up inside the trunk you can feel 3 quarter size holes in the sheet metal. The second hole has the cable release arm. stick your finger up there are pull towards you. this will release the seat allowing it to fold down. Crawl into the trunk. there is a glow in the dark release handle on the inside of the trunk lid to open the trunk. Note, these are instructions for an '04 corolla but I think it should work
Use a #20 Torx screwdriver to remove two screws located on the inner side tail light assembly w/ trunk open.
Pull taillight assembly straight back from the vehicle to get it off.
You may need to utilize a wedge to gently work the top and bottom of
assembly away from vehicle on outer side. Be careful though as you don't want to scratch the paint
Once removed, twist applicable light cover counter clockwise and pull to access light bulb.
You have a combination of nuts and screws to remove the taillight assembly.
Type in " e-bay " to your computer and type in the taillight you want, and you will see pictures of them for sale.
I did, and found:
1) 2 screws under/ or alongside the rubber seal that is at the trunk lid opening, and 2) 2 or may be 3 nuts on studs that extend inside the trunk.
Once all these are removed, you will access the bulbs.
God bless your efforts.