I have not been driving the Porsche much lately. There has been some home repairs that needed
to be done and the weather was not too great so it’s been sitting in front of
my house for the last couple of months.
I’ve moved it a handful of times and every time it seemed it was getting
harder and harder to start. Finally the
car would not start, it was an exceptionally cold day and the car would just
not crank over. This was the tell tale
sign of a bad battery.
I went and purchased a battery for the car, and put it in. This resolved the issue and the car was running just as well as before. Below is the procedure for replacing the battery.
Replacing the battery in the Porsche 944 is a very simple job requiring minimal tools and talent. All you need is a 13mm open ended (or closed) wrench and a 17mm socket with an extension.
My local auto parts store only carried the Autocraft brand
of batteries so I purchased it from them so that I could get my car running
First you pop the hood; the hinge is on the driver’s side
down near the dead pedal. Pop the hood!
The battery is located on the passenger side of the car up near the window. It is very easy to see and access.
If there is any battery acid or gook on the terminals I would
recommend wearing a pair of gloves or some other kind of protection on your
skin. I’ve touched this stuff before but
Loosen the terminal bolts on the two batter posts with a 13mm wrench. You don’t need to remove them completely, just loosen them enough to be able to pull them off the posts.
Remove the two terminals off the posts.
There is a batter tie down that holds the battery in place that will need to be removed. This is located on the engine side of the battery down on the bottom of the battery.
You will need to remove the 17mm bolt that is holding this in place and secure.
Once this is removed, you will be able to slide the batter
towards the center of the car and lift it up and out of the vehicle.
Now would be a good time to clean out any debris that has
become trapped down underneath and around the battery. Use a Shopvac to vacuum up all that dirt that
is under there.
Now is also a good time to clean up those battery terminals
as well. If there was any acid on them
it would be prudent to remove it before connecting the new battery. In the past I have used a wire brush to
remove all the acid or crud and then vacuumed it up.
Now you can put the new battery back in, remember how you
took it out, you will put it in towards the center of the car a little bit and
then slide it back so that the lip is holding it down. Then replace the tie down that you removed
and tighten the bolt.