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Old 05-04-2006, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Danz C4
My 1990 C4 Cab does not have the backup cable, but the grommet and the cable clamp are there. I can see where it attaches to the latch, where does the other end go? In the wheel well? Doesn't that make it easy for anyone to open the hood if they simply know Porsches have this "feature"?

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Old 05-04-2006, 07:43 PM
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Can you reach the latch through the drain hole directly underneath the spare? The spare would have to be out...

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Old 05-04-2006, 08:08 PM
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I'm going to try a couple things tonight I'm taking it to my mechanic. If it's on a lift the drains will be easier to access. The other option is a coat hanger between the hood and bumper.
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Old 05-04-2006, 09:30 PM
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"Does anyone have a clue how to get the hood open? "
Do not sawzall , no slimjim , no wire coat hangers .

Do you have another 964 to look at ? It will help .
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Old 05-04-2006, 10:51 PM
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My mechanic may have 993 or two at his shop. I'll be there in about an hour. The spare tire is not in the car. I was joking about the Sawzall.
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Old 05-05-2006, 07:31 PM
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Sorry, I don't have much to offer, but here are some more pics to help with your strategy.

I'm thinking of two approaches:

Remove some grommets from within the tire well to give yourself access. Use one for light, one for visuals, and one to fish a stiff wire with a formed hook to grab the cable pull lever. This would be tough enough, but the carpet and plastic cover may make access to the lever impossible.

Alternatively, perhaps a string or thin wire could be fished to loop around the primary hood catch itself. I'm not sure if tugging on the catch would even release it, and this too is may be impossible due to the raised design of the plastic cover.

Upon reading your plight, and preparing to take these photos, I noticed that my secondary cable was loose in its mount. If I had needed to use it, it would have pulled right out. Crisis averted!

Good luck with your efforts, and report back on your success.
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Old 05-05-2006, 10:46 PM
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Hi Mbouder

Can you tell me how much of the cable broke off? If it broke close to the handle you may be able to still get to the end by peeling off the outer sheath and then grabbing it with vise grip pliers. Even if you can't get to the end try just pulling on the outer sheath.

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Old 05-05-2006, 11:00 PM
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I have to assume it broke at the latch. I looked inside the car by the lever and it's in tact there. My mechanic has the car right now for an allignment and some other stuff. He never really has alot of 964's but last night there was a midnight blue RSA there. He can use that car for reference. It's in his hands now. Thanks.
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Old 05-05-2006, 11:31 PM
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For those who don't have it, the emergency release cable is part # 964.512.521.00 "emergency control" and can be found on Pelican here

Of course, your local bicycle shop probably has a suitable version for a bit less money and no shipping.

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Old 05-06-2006, 12:22 AM
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You or your mechanic might want to check for sure where it broke off or even go as far as to pull on it, maybe it has one of those lugs with a set screw which may have come loose and if you pull it more it may catch. Can't do any harm and it's about the easiest thing to do at this point.
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Old 05-06-2006, 03:41 PM
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As it turns out the cable just slipped off the latch. he got in through the drains with a very long screw driver. I'm going to get the car in a couple hours. Thanks.
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Old 05-08-2006, 03:00 PM
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I had similar problem but the cable was not broken, just loose, and detaching the handle inside the car and pulling the cable was enough to open the latch.
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Old 09-03-2009, 10:40 AM
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I had a puncture yesterday, and my whell has the nut where you need the key to open (I think it's in the boot).
I tried to open my boot and it broke, I tried pulling the cable which broke behind the handle, but it didn't work.

Is there a way to replace the handle? Or do I have to resort to installing the cable long term?

My car is a RHD btw, so the cable would be on the right as well yes?
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Old 09-04-2009, 07:20 AM
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If you don't have the emergency cable, it's easy to install your own. Use a bicycle derailleur cable, and route it into the left front directional signal. One screw to remove to get at it. Do the same with the rear, a little tricky, since there is a double wall, but not too hard. Route to the left rear tail light.
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Old 04-29-2018, 11:56 AM
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I know this thread is old, but it was very helpful as my hood release cable snapped very close to the latch this weekend. Thanks to the photos and the mention of prior experiences, I was able to pop the latch with the use of only a boroscope and a extra long screwdriver from harbor freight. A cheap solution to a very frustrating problem. I did not have to enlarge the train hole in the front of the vehicle in order to access the latch. I plan to replace the cable and definitely add an emergency cable as well.
Hope this is helpful.
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