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Greetings everyone.


I cannot enter my car using the remote, it is a 1999 carrera 4. It's been about a week since I last used it.

Manual key does not work (its broken)

Engine lid is open and so is the hood via emergency cable. The alarm went off as I used the emergency cable. I disconnected the battery and reconnected, alarm still on but I was hoping the central locking would re-enable. It didn't, so remote and manual key wont work.


I have no manual key because the key cylinder seems broken, I cant use the remote because fantastic alarm decided to unsync with my remote after a week?.


Pressing the remote makes the red led flash about 3 times.


How do i break in to my own car? Oh why did porsche do this. I dont have a local dealer in my country, this car was imported.


I have a sunroof, both windows are up. I know my way around the car, I do all the servicing myself. Is there anything I can do? :-(


I don't know how a slim jim would work there are no cables with this door lock, I've removed the panel in the past, it's pretty much theft proof with slim jims :-(


Please help me if you can buddies.

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Any AAA equivalent in your country that offers car opening service? I've seen a pro putting an inflator between the door glass and door frame to wedge it open enough to stick in a long steel rid to hook the inside door handle. It was not on a P car though so not sure how well it works.

Tools similar to this http://www.spyemporium.com/car-lockout-tool/wedge-inflatable-car-door-opening-tool/

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You might try replacing the battery in the remotes if you have not already. Porsche did think of this which is why you still get an analog key.

Ahsai all you need is a rubber wedge. You lightly tap it between the window and the gasket. The Dent Wizards carry them in all sizes. Worse case is you break the window or bend a slide, all easy enough to fix. A coat hanger bent just so gets you the rest of the way.

Johnpro, you have no Porsche tech available and you are backed into a corner. I will check with my Porsche tech on Monday to make sure there are not any tricks then you are on your own. You have taken a lot of stuff apart so you should be just fine.

You might also ask this question down in the 996 section. There are a lot more 996 owners who know those cars very well.

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Thank you very much for the responses,

There are locksmiths around but they are good at cable linkages only, unfortunately this porsche has no cables. By pulling the driver side door handle it should open the door right? Most cars even if locked can be opened via driver side door? I thought I remember this car requiring me to push the button even when inside the car just to get out but im not sure.

I did try removing battery in remote and putting a new one.

Mijostyn if you could do that at your most convenient time that woukd be awesome. I totally trust porsche techs abroad rather than what we have hear. There is a porsche dealer owned by some rich guy but they will not entertain me due to the fact that the vehicle was not purchased through them and previous owner didn't get it serviced through them either. Even if they accepted my car which they strongly wont I would need to ship it to him since his located all the way up at our capital.

Breaking a window sounds scary, I can order parts for the car but it wont be useable for a month as it will be via container ship.

What is a slide? I can try bending that.

I have thought of cutting a man hole through the floor, but it all sounds extreme to me.

I need a good thief hehe

Edited by johnpro

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Good suggestion but yes its fully powered, I even had an additional external battery to ensure full power. But no luck.

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I have no manual key because the key cylinder seems broken, I cant use the remote because fantastic alarm decided to unsync with my remote after a week?.



Yes. This is know as "sleep mode". Helps the car save battery/energy. One way to circumvent this (without a real blade manual key......once your car is back up & running) is to hit the unlock and then relock your car with the key fob every 4 days. This will keep it out of sleep mode.

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Yes I understand, thank you. So the sleep mode combined with broken manual key means locked out of porsche. I am planning to cut a small hole in the floor so I can reach in and stick the key in ignition. Your thoughts guys? Hehe

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I finaly broke in to my porsche, pulling door handle twice unlocks doors. How I got my hand in, well you need a drill, a big holesaw and your eyes closed. Cheers!

Now I'm on to a new problem, wont start but I'll work it out. Hehe

Thanks again.

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