My 996 has a weak and dying battery. I've heard I can't simply pull it out and stick the new one in because there's an issue of losing codes; radio and possibly security/starting. Is that true or may I simply swap it out for a new one? Thanks


Asked by Aug 17, 2014 at 03:30 PM about the 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Changing a 996 (911) battery. I've heard it will lose codes radio and security codes and may not start up?  Is this true?  I think I have the radio codes, but the starting is the scary part.  Do want to wind up towing it to a dealership.

Thanks for assisting. Me.

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You can probly pick up one of these from the autoparts store along with your new battery:

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thanks. I actually purchased one of them, but it doesn't fit in the lighter outlet. Outlet is too large so the device doesn't make a connection I trust. Knowing nothing, i plug this gizmo into the lighter (with a 9v battery on it) if it does make a tight fit/good connection, it stores the codes while i've got the old one out? I simply connect new battery and codes are in place? last idiot question: there are the 2 posts + - and there's a 'vent' or breather tube in the middle. does that simply pull off and push on? Thanks,

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Heres a link that shows a step by step instruction on how to change out your battery.

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Sooner or later during ownership, you will need your codes. Yes, unhooking the battery will require, radio and or sat nav code. - a mechanic may remove battery terminal - Batteries have been known to fail completely. Leaving you in same position. Always remove Negative battery terminal first.. Replace Neg. first.

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