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Opening a 996 when the battery is flat


Opening the engine cover

Getting into a 996 when the Battery is Flat.

The conventional route seems to be opening the front trunk lid with the emergency wire and then applying jump start leads to the battery. This certainly works, but sometimes the wire is hard to find and with the wheel in place it is difficult to get behind the front wheel arch liner.

In my view, it is a great deal easier to get in from the back, with the emergency release wire, and then to apply power to the jump start points in the engine compartment.

Proceed as follows:-

Tools: A short length of coat hanger wire with a small hook at one end and a narrow timber or plastic wedge.

Method: There is an emergency engine cover release wire under the left back light cluster. You need to fish this wire out and when it is pulled the engine cover will be released.

Insert the wedge between the underside of the light cluster and the top of the rear fender.

Make the gap wide enough to insert the wire hook.

Push the hook in about 4 to 6 inches.

Turn the wire slightly and withdraw it pulling the caught emergency wire out.

Pull the wire to release the engine cover lid.

At this point the alarm will go off if there is sufficient current in the system.

Locate the jump start points.

The earth -ve (black jump wire) is near the engine cover catch and doubles as an air box fixing.

The +ve (red jump wire) is just above the power steering pump within a plastic box.

Attach both the jump wires, placing the red +ve wire first.

The system is now energised and the central locking can be used and the alarm switched off.

If you have never seen this wire, it is a good idea to locate it so you know where it is. It's easy to remove the rear light cluster. There is a single set screw with a 10mm hex head visible when the engine cover is raised.

Options for the front emergency wire:

Although the front trunk wire is more difficult to find it's worth looking for it before you need to do so in a hurry. I have extended my front release wire with a short length of nylon cord, bringing it out to a more accessible location. There are a number of options available for this, including running it to the side flasher unit.






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