How to Open a Porsche Hood When the Battery Is Dead

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Ferdinand Porsche was a visionary who, like most of his kind, was never short of a few good ideas. But he was also a practical man who knew a good idea when he'd already had it. Loath as some Porsche owners may be to admit it, their prize rides descend architecturally, spiritually and even visually from Porsche's most well-known creation, the Volkswagen Beetle. Modern Porsches are full of electronic devices meant to make the owner's life easier; but those don't always work in the owner's favor when the needed electricity disappears. But, Porsches, like their VW ancestors, are still German -- so they've already thought of that.

Things You'll Need

  • 10 mm wrench
  • Spare 12-volt battery or jump box
  • Jumper cables

For Boxsters

  • Locate the small rectangular piece of plastic on the corner of the plastic fender line that covers the inside part of the wheel arch. This is to the rear of the suspension spring near the edge of the wheel arch.

  • Reach under the piece of plastic until you locate an approximately 1/8-inch diameter cable. Pull the cable out from the behind the piece of plastic. This cable is a manual release for the hood. Pull the cable hard once away from the headlight. The hood should pop open.

  • Disconnect the negative battery terminal with a 10 mm wrench if the alarm starts going off from the opened hood. Be aware, though, that an alarm reset may be in order. Sometimes, you can shut the alarm off as you normally would, with either the key fob, or by inserting your key into the ignition. However, procedures can vary from car to car -- if you don't know how, contact your local Porsche dealership for details on resetting the alarm after the hood's been manually opened, or following a battery disconnection. Make sure to get this information before you do either.

Alternative Method for Boxsters and 911s

  • Locate the fuse panel cover on the left side of the driver’s foot well. Remove the panel. There will be a red plastic contact with an icon of the front hood in the open position.

  • Connect the red -- positive -- clamp of a pair of jumper cables to the red contact and the other red clamp to the positive terminal on a 12-volt battery or jumper box. Connect the black -- negative -- clamp to the metal door post on one end and the other end to the negative terminal on the battery. This should provide enough power to pop the front hood open.

  • Disconnect the negative battery terminal with a 10 mm wrench if the alarm starts going off from the opened hood. Again, make sure to get the alarm reset procedure from Porsche for your particular year and model before disconnecting the battery.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you need to call the service department at Porsche for the alarm reset procedure, make sure to have your car's VIN number handy. Alarm resets are a security thing, and Porsche -- much like VW -- doesn't like giving the information out to potential car thieves.
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