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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing a Porsche Key Head

Applicable Models:

 
Porsche 911 (1965-89)
Porsche 912 (1965-69)
Porsche 914 (1970-76)
Porsche 930 Turbo (1976-89)
Here is the old key:



First off remove it from you key chain and stand on end. It's much easier to open this way I found out. See Pic:



Next remove the cover, battery/button and metal plate so they don't fall out as you work. The battery spring just sits there so you could remove it too but mine stayed in place. See Pic:



Then stand it on end again and pry the lock spring holder up and out. When that slides out the lock spring comes out and the slide lock that holds the actual key in will slide out too.



When all the parts come out, the next step is to remove the key from the head. It may fall right out or it may fight you. If it gives you problems push the key out from the head. All your parts will look like this:



Now it's time to put a new head on your key. Insert the key in the head, insert the key lock, then the lock spring, then the lock spring holder. In this pic I'm pushing the lock spring in while inserting the lock spring holder:



Next install your, metal plate, battery spring, battery/button as you can see here:



Snap your cover back on:



Then you have a new looking key!



I hope this helps someone in the future. Good Luck!

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Bill
(Pelican BBS username: wcc)

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Comments and Suggestions:
sharplad Comments: Hi Nick. Yes, I have tried to push the key out. Any ideas on best method if it won't move?
July 14, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I haven't had that issue. Other than tapping it lightly, I can;t say much else. You may need to replace the entire key. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Sharplad Comments: Mine is an '88. I can't figure out how to get key out. Do I need to melt it out of old Fob as another mentioned? ALSO I can't tell from picture or which where small copper strip goes. It fell out of place and I don't know how to reinstall.
July 5, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I think the metal strip is a reinforcement for the key ring slot in the key or the spring retainer.

The key should push out once disassembled. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Jim Comments: I am not sure where to put the little metal piece. Can you help me with this? Thanks
May 11, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I think it is a reinforcement for the key ring slot in the key. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ramspeedy Comments: Anybody know what kind of battery goes into a 3.2 carrera key?
December 24, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right battery.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
SAF208 Comments: Hello... wanted to ask... replace my old Porsche 928 key with a new cover and the vehicle does not start... that key has any code or contact chip? Thank you
December 8, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: How old is the vehicle? It's unlikely that any car older than about 2000 has an ignition key with chip. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Honnes Comments: I'm with Joe. Which photo shows what to do with the loose copper strip?
November 22, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The copper strip goes on the backside of the battery, as shown in the photos. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Gar Comments: Where can I obtain a new plastic case for a two button 2001 key? Some ham-handed person broke the "latch" while replacing the battery.
November 13, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you track one down.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Camran Comments: Thx buddy for me was great...
July 23, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Rick Comments: Looking for a 2 botton remote key for a 2004 Carerra 4/S
March 22, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
TedT Comments: Our key works fine but the buttons are worn through. Is there anywhere a replacement button pad, the half of the keyhead with the buttons,can be purchased? We have a 2001 Boxter.
February 20, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not sure. However, if the parts are available, our part people can find them.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
hbfleen Comments: Made it so much simpler to follow his examples
February 2, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Rob Comments: Fantastic tutorial...saved me a huge amount of frustration...two perfect keys made from the bits of three dodgy ones...thanks!
January 30, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
CKELLYB Comments: I have a 96 Audi A4, with the lighted key like the one in this picture. the battery and the bulb look the same, are they and wher can I get a new Battery and bulb?
January 29, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not a bulb, but you can replace the battery. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Thom Comments: where would I source a replacement key and lock tumbler for the factory alarm
October 2, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We might be able to get those for you. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
INK Comments: Great, nice to have helpful people like you around, I appreciate your time, photos and computer time.
May 16, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
joe Comments: I didn't pay attention when I first opened the holder and now I can't figure out where to place the copper strip.
April 15, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The copper strip goes on the backside of the battery, as shown in the photos. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
DGW Comments: Thanks Wayne and Bill. I came to the tech articles specifically looking for this and was happy to find it. I could sort of see how to get the key out of the head but could not quite puzzle it out. Now I just need to get a new key blank and install and get it cut.
March 31, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
leight Comments: Aloha Wayne-
Does Pelican Parts sell replacement lock cylinders and key fobs '01 Boxster or can you recommend a source?
Much Mahalo
March 26, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, we should be able to source though for you - I know that we sell the keys and fobs quite often. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Sam Comments: Success! Installing the spring lock while pushing in the spring is tricky. But it's real 'key' to finishing the job. I had my old key head and these instructions as my reference. Thanks for you help.
July 17, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Sam Comments: I think I'll be able to accomplished changing the key based on these instructions. However, the key head I received this week has a very weak battery. Any change you can send to a newer battery so U only have to do this intall once?
July 14, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If there is a problem with the part received, please drop a line to Customer Service, and we'll get a replacement out to you. Thx - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Robert Chase Comments: Great article and even better service. I know where most of my 944 parts are going to be coming from in the future. Thanks guys!
March 19, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
928S4 Comments: Thanks for taking the time to put this together. It might be worth mentioning, my new key head came complete and once I got the key out of the old head with your instructions, the key just snapped in to the new head.Easy!
January 28, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
ToolZero Comments: Great instructions. They were very helpful. Thanks!
October 16, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Pink Comments: Bill,

Thank you for helping me figure out how to open the key. You were a great help. However, I cannot figure out how to get the actual key out. And once it's out, how would I go about getting it in again into the new key head?
October 2, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There's a lock and a little lock spring, as detailed in the article. If you take that out, the key part should come out. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Rav Comments: Bill,

I followed your instructions this evening. The pictures were really helpful.
Thanks for taking time to make this.

September 24, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
mike Comments: Only problem with this is that most of these keys are heat molded together, so this does not work for all. Mine required me to literally melt the plastic off and use a wooden dowel to scrape the excess. Then clean up the key. I had to destroy my key fob to get the key out for a new fob.
July 30, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the input on this one. We appreciate the help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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