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Dan (96C2 St. louis)


<1 hour






Small phillips head screwdriver (#0 or #1), very small slotted screwdriver.

Applicable Models:

Porsche 993 Carrera (1995-98)
Porsche 993 Carrera 4 (1995-98)
Porsche 993 Carrera 4S (1996-98)
Porsche 993 Carrera S (1998)
Porsche 993 Targa (1996-98)
Porsche 993 Turbo (1996-97)

Parts Required:

Hand remote housing, lighted key cap.

Performance Gain:

Replaces the flimsy switchblade holder for a more secure manual key design.

Complementary Modification:

Replace remote battery.

This DIY is contributed by Dan(96C2 St. louis)

Porsche Parts needed: 

993-618-959-12 (Hand Remote Housing) Click for Price

944-538-041-00 (Lighted Key Cap) Click for Price

Optional: replacement remote battery

Tools needed:

Small Phillips screwdriver (#0 or #1)

Very small slotted screwdriver (eyeglass screw size)

Time: 15 minutes or less

1.....Dissasemble old remote housing by removing small Phillips screw from bottom of unit. Open case and carefully remove circuit board with the battery. If the battery is old, this is a good time to replace it.

2.....Insert circuit board into new remote housing. It is a tight fit, but should not require much force. The battery goes in the fat end. The board has a top (component side) and a bottom (flat) - make sure the top of the board mates with the upper half of the new housing (the half with the rubber push button). Close the housing by snapping it together and inserting/tightening the Phillips screw supplied with the new housing.

3.....Push the switchblade button to expose the key. Remove the key from the switchblade housing by using the small screwdriver to remove the cap (see attached excerpt from the factory shop manual) by prying gently from the end farthest from the key. The cap comes out almost perpendicular to the unit. After removing the cap, remove the small spring which should now be exposed. Push the key straight into the end of the housing and tap it gently on the end while holding the unit with the key up. With a few taps and jiggling the locking slide should be released and the key may be easily pulled out of the housing.

4.....Insert the key into the Lighted Key Cap. Note: the key has two prongs and the key cap has two slots. On the key one prong is straight and the other is notched. The notched key prong goes into the key cap slot that has a visible "catch" in it. Push the key in until it catches.

5.....Attach your new remote housing to the key cap with the provided ring and you are done. Pat yourself on the back and rejoice in your accomplishment. Soon you will be ready to move on to reprogramming the ECU.


Comments and Suggestions:
chinthaka Comments: My car remote not answer even i near to the car.if i keep the remote near to remote control unit under driver seat, remote working.i was replaced remote battery.but fault car 96 model 993 car.kind advice pls
October 6, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The signal from remote or the antenna for the module may be faulty. Only way to know is try a spare remote. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
scott Comments: trying to change my 1995 993 key head. got a new one w a LED light. much brighter. how do remove/install the metal key?
January 30, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm pretty sure you split the old key open using a flathead screwdriver. Then remove the key from the plastic body and transfer it over to the new body.

I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Jim Comments: I have a question regarding this last step, "soon you will be ready to moving on to reprogramming the ECU". If I'm using my original circuit board, why do I need to reprogram the ECU. Won't the programming remain the same? Very simply, can't I swap out the circuit board on the key fobs and be ready to go?
January 29, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you reuse the original circuits, I don't think programming is needed. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Mike Comments: The nd of this article says "soon you will be ready to moving on to reprogramming the ECU".
Where is that instruction?
May 19, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Unfortunately, you can only do that step with a very expensive Porsche programming tool, which is typically only available from the dealer. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
GB Comments: The convertable top on my 1997 911/993 opens only 25% back then stops, and won't open completely. I presume it's motor malfunction possibly the right side, but not sure. Can you provide information on how to repair this convertable top malfunction problem.
March 18, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It is a complicated top. I would grab a repair manual to review the procedure before diving into it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Amerio Danilo Comments: Goog morning Pelicanparts,
which is the total cost :
993-618-959-12 Hand Remote Housing
944-538-041-00 Lighted Key Cap
shipment to Italy?
You can pay with Paypal?
Tank's in advance end best regards
Amerio Danilo from Italy
May 23, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Hi there. You can use our shopping cart to add these parts and then use our shipping estimator at checkout to estimate your shipping charges. The only changes between estimates and real charges would be if the part is a bumper or another large part that needs to be shipped oversized. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Jimbo Comments: I have lost my original remotes and just purchased a new one from the dealer$250.00 with the key!! now they tell me I have to have the car 993 flatbedded to them for tuning the new remote. Since i have the VIN # and title to the car can't they just program the new remote? this is the tail wagging the dog. Porsche must have a record of the code somewhere.
September 7, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, they will have to program it using a scan tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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