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Porsche Boxster S How do I open the hood to replace the battery

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How do I open the hood to replace the battery when the battery is dead and the hood latch will not open on a Porsche Boxster 2000?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Porsche
Expert:  PorscheDoc replied 5 years ago.
Hello, I'm Jason.
I will do my best to answer your question quickly and accurately using the information you have provided.

You will need a battery charger or set of jumper cables. Open your fuse panel at the lower part of the A-pillar, near where your right foot would be if you were sitting in the car. You'll see a red tab in the fuse panel. Push it in, and it will then pop out, and connect the positive cable to this like so:


Then connect the negative to a good ground, such as the door catch on the body.

This will give you enough juice to pop the hood release.
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Thanks for the info. Sorry I did not provide more background. My alarm is having an issue for some reason. I can start the car but the alarm will not turn off the latches. I have pulled out the fuse but this did not reset the alarm. The rocker switch is on in the dash and will not turn off.
Expert:  PorscheDoc replied 5 years ago.
Unfortunately, without being able to scan the alarm control module for the inevitable stored codes, I'm severely limited with the information I'm able to provide.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Ok. Is there any way to reset the alarm system back to normal?
Expert:  PorscheDoc replied 5 years ago.
The only way possible is with the PWIS (porsche scan tool) or with the Durametric scan tool:

However, you can try one thing, although I can't guarantee this will work.

Make sure the battery is completely charged. Remove both battery cables from the battery itself, and touch the cables together for a few seconds. Don't worry, there won't be any spark or other scary event. This will discharge the capacitors in the various computers, and act as a "reset".

Reconnect the cables, positive first, and see if this has worked.