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Pelican Technical Article:

Ignition Switch Replacement

Time:

4 hr

Tab:

$175

Talent:

***

Tools:

Torx driver set, mini screwdriver

Applicable Models:

 
Porsche 986 Boxster (1997-04)
Porsche 986 Boxster S (2000-04)
Porsche 987 Boxster (2005-12)
Porsche 987 Boxster S (2005-12)
Porsche 987 Cayman (2007-12)
Porsche 987 Cayman S (2006-12)

Parts Required:

Updated steering lock assembly

Hot Tip:

Porsche redesigned this part " use the latest version

Performance Gain:

Reliable starting

Complementary Modification:

Replace headlamp switch, replace gauge bulbs
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One of the most common electrical items to fail on some of the older Porsches is the ignition switch. This failure can show up in any number of ways. The car can refuse to start some of the time, the key may not turn too easily in the ignition, or strange electrical problems may appear. Either way, the correct solution is to replace all or part of the ignition switch.

The switch itself is comprised of two separate sections, one that holds the key and the lock mechanism, and another that contains a somewhat complicated electrical switch that controls the starter and the other electrical systems of the car. The good news is that the electrical portion of the ignition switch can easily be replaced. Typical cost of this part ranges from $15 - $40 depending upon which brand part you choose. If your key doesn't turn too well in the ignition, then chances are you have a worn out tumbler. You can attempt to rekey and refurbish the tumbler yourself, but the process can be quite difficult. It requires that you drill out a pin that has been pressed into the housing. If you make a mistake, you can damage the entire assembly. In other words, the ignition switch assembly wasn't really designed to be taken apart.

Early Boxsters had some problems with the ignition switch / steering lock assembly, and Porsche subsequently redesigned the part. If you're having problems with your ignition switch (as many Boxsters do), I recommend that you replace the whole mechanism. The electrical portion of the switch is different for this upgraded assembly, so be sure that you purchase the correct electrical switch to match what you have in your car. You may need to take some photos and compare what you have to the photos online in order to determine if your switch assembly has been upgraded or not. If you purchase an entirely new assembly, it should come complete with the electrical portion attached.

If you are replacing only the electrical portion of one of the early steering locks (part numbers 996-347-017-03 thru 996-347-017-06), then use part number 4B0-905-849B. For the later steering lock, which was first used on 2004 cars (996-347-017-07), use part number 4A0-905-849 for the electrical portion replacement. If you're unsure of which one you have in your car, remove it first: the part number should be printed on it.

For 2005 and later models, the entire ignition switch / steering lock assembly was removed from the car, and replaced with an electro-mechanical solenoid that locks the steering rack instead. You can only remove the locking mechanism after dismantling the entire steering system. In addition, removal of the locking device is only possible in the unlocked state. As of spring of 2010, I haven't heard of any reported problems with these solenoids needing replacement, but these cars are only five years old right now. In addition, the electrical switch is an entirely different and simpler design and is easy to remove. Simply pull off the rubber surround, as shown in Photo 2, and then unscrew the large nut underneath. Unplug the switch from underneath the dash and then remove it.

If you are only replacing the electrical portion of the switch (1997-04), the project is quite easy. Simply remove the heater ductwork described in Photo 1 (it should pull out from underneath the dash with a few tugs). Disconnect the electrical plug by pulling it out of the back of the switch. Then, simply unscrew the set screws that hold the electrical portion to the back of the switch, and replace it with a new one. The switch has a locating pin cast into the housing, so there is only one way that it can be put back together.

Replacing the electrical portion could most certainly solve some ignition and starting problems. Electrical systems flickering on and off as you turn the key are a good clue that your switch is worn. Also, a bad switch sometimes causes unexplainable starting problems where the starter coil doesn't even click. I even had an experience with one car (not a Boxster) that wouldn't shut off the starter after the engine kicked over. Both the engine and the starter kept running together: even after I had removed the key!

If you are planning on replacing / upgrading your ignition lock assembly, then follow the steps laid out in Photo 2 and 3. You will need to remove the headlamp switch (Pelican Technical Article: Headlamp Switch Replacement) and also the gauge cluster (Pelican Technical Article: 996 Gauge Cluster Upgrade) in order to gain access to the steering lock assembly.

The electrical portion of the ignition switch can be accessed from underneath the dashboard.
Figure 1

The electrical portion of the ignition switch can be accessed from underneath the dashboard. First, you need to remove the heater air duct (inset photo), which blocks your access to the switch. Pull out the connector and then loosen up the set screws that are located behind the red marking paint (blue arrow is pointing to one of the screws). Use a miniature flat-head screwdriver: access is tight, but the screws can be removed.

To remove the ignition key cylinder, first begin by pulling out the rubber ignition switch surround (upper left).
Figure 2

To remove the ignition key cylinder, first begin by pulling out the rubber ignition switch surround (upper left). Then, turn the ignition switch to position 1 (ignition ON), and insert a large paper clip into the release hole in the key cylinder (shown by the orange arrow). Push the paper clip in as far as possible, pull on the key, and that should release the mechanism and allow you to pull out the assembly. Finally, disconnect the small connector that attaches to the immobilizer induction coil (red arrow).

This photo details the steps required to remove the ignition cylinder / steering lock assembly.
Figure 3

This photo details the steps required to remove the ignition cylinder / steering lock assembly. A- With the headlamp switch and side dashboard piece removed, pull out the heater duct (blue arrow). B- Remove the nut that fastens the lock assembly to the steering column (yellow arrow). C- From the left side of the dash, remove the torx screw that holds the small bracket to the dash. D- Using a small screwdriver, push down on the push lock pin to release the lock assembly from the steering column (purple arrow). E- Unplug the immobilizer harness (green arrow). F- Pull out the entire lock assembly from behind the steering column.

Shown here is the updated ignition cylinder / steering lock assembly.
Figure 4

Shown here is the updated ignition cylinder / steering lock assembly. The assembly typically includes an electrical ignition switch (shown attached at the rear of the assembly and separately in the lower right).

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Comments and Suggestions:
Blindmanracing Comments: When I got out of my 2002 Boxster last night the wheel didn't lock. When I went to leave the key wouldn't turn and would get stuck in the ignition, if I turned it to the left hard I could take it out. After 50 or more tries turning the wheel that locked now, pushing the brake while turning the key, the key finally turned and it started. Then the head lights didn't work. Followed a friend for an hour on the freeway in the dark to get it home. Got it in the garage but the key turned lightly hard to turn it off. I guess its stuck there for now but better than outside.
On another note earlier this year the passenger window doesn't drop down to open the door and the gas cover has given me problems too. Only 20,000 miles on it and very frustrated.
August 28, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the electrical portion of the switch is faulty. If you have a spare key, try it in the lock cylinder. If it turns Ok, the key may be worn out (lock cylinder) as well. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
CPAGE Comments: Porsche Boxster 1999, In many occasion now, My Porsche does not start, no click, nothing. Sometimes if I hold the key it will start. Even that situation occur when the car is hot. What I do, I remove the key , wait a few seconds and then try, it usually start. It even worst when its cold outside.
What I should verify in first. I ordered the ignition switch model 4A0-9050849B, but I not sure to have the right one.
August 22, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the ignition switch is faulty. You can test the signals out of the switch when attempting to start it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Dain Comments: Hello Team
I Have a 1998 that has been sitting for a few weeks. I cannot insert the key into the ignition. The key will not even go in a millimeter. What would you recommend?
August 21, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You need a new ignition switch. Very common.Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Johnny UK Comments: Hi, late to this party but I recently changed my ignition switch... it has cured the squealing starter motor and the need to manually return the ignition key so the blowers etc would run. The lock screws are on the back side of the barrel so use a mirror. I also made a very stubby flat head driver from a small hex bit,a spare bolt and a jubilee clip. Tighten the clip around the bolt and hex bit to give grip and purchase as the retaining screws are locked in... DON'T take them all the way out! also the retaining wings on the switch are different thickness to ensure it goes back the same way!
August 15, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for sharing your installation process and experience. These type of comments add so much to the Pelican tech community.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Boyztoyz Comments: Does anyone know the size or part number of the torx screw in Figure 3, Frame C? I dropped mine and lost it and for the life of me I can't find a diagram anywhere showing the screw or the part number. Any help would be appreciated.
August 11, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't have the size. Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Tom S Comments: I have a 1999 Boxster that will not start. Every thing electrical seems to work fine except the starter turning. This problem has happened twice before and corrected by disconnecting the battery and waiting twenty min. before reconnecting. This does not work now. What do you think needs to be replaced?
August 6, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Probably the starter. Check the signals to the starter to be sure. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Gearbox Comments: Nick, I am unable to turn the internal mechanism from either side. Appears to be locked into position. Decided to remove the entire aluminum housing for a closer look. How do I remove the panel under the gauge cluster to get at the screw in the "B" picture above? Thanks Allan
July 1, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: See this tech article for cluster removing:

http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Boxster_Tech/102-ELEC-Instrument_Cluster_Bulb_Replacement/102-ELEC-Instrument_Cluster_Bulb_Replacement.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Gearbox Comments: I did not understand the need to remove the ignition key cylinder, but I did. The two set screws are a pain to remove and replace. But when I tried to replace the key cylinder in the only spot it would lock back in, it prevents the key from being removed and it cannot turn. I disassembled and assembled the unit a number of times, but can't figure out how to replace the cylinder so it works like it did before. What am I doing wrong?

Also on another note, I plugged the new OEM switch I got from Pelican and used a screw driver to start the car, and while all the lights come on, it still will not turn over, so I guess it wasn't the switch. Can you help me with the key cylinder so I can put it back together and tow it to a dealer? Thanks
June 22, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The lock cylinder is probably not aligning with the slot in the new switch. Check the end of the lock cylinder, keep it in the same positon it was removed it. Then rotate the switch to match the position. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
B j Comments: I lost the keep to my 2000 986 can i just put the switch in without programming the keep
May 6, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I believe the new key will need to be programmed. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Dantheman Comments: 2001 porsche boxster s

No air working after ignition
Key has hard time coming out of ignition
Steering wheel has hard time unlocking

Is it just the ignition switch or the whole assembly? Please let me know the part number.

Thank you
April 27, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the assembly.

I’m not the best with part numbers.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Jim Comments: I have a 2002 Boxster sometimes when the steering wheel lock is engaged the key will not turn without a great number of attempts. Key switch has been replaces. I note if I don't touch steering wheel before locking no problem with turning the key. What is the best way to handle ?
April 26, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The lock is part of the ignition mechanical switch, it is likely faulty.


Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Big Al Comments: Thanks,without your comprehensive article, managed to replace whole assembly, as audi ignition switch not compatible on older models, porsche don,t supply switch only! Would suggest removing drivers side heater grill to get at those small screws which secure ignition switch,much easier than trying to access them upside down in footwell working blind.

April 24, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would only work from below. It won't be any easier try to work through the vent opening. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Pedro Comments: Hello nick I just had my immobilizer replaced on my 1998 boxster and for some reason my ignition turns to the starting position but does not crank
March 10, 2016
March 10, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The vehicle may be in theft mode, blocking start. Start by checking it for fault codes to confirm this.The vehicle may be in theft mode, blocking start. Start by checking it for fault codes to confirm this. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Pedro Comments: Hello nick I just had my immobilizer replaced and for some reason my ignition turns to the starting position but dies not crank
March 10, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the vehicle for fault codes. Engine start may be blocked from immobilizer. May require programming or more parts.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jack Comments: Hello I have a 2007 Boxster Base model with starting issues. The key turns in the ignition switch but car does nothing. Appears I have terminal 30 power but not terminal 15. So I have power to things straight from the battery but not ignition power. How do I check if my ignition switch is good? Is it possible the ignition switch has gone bad?
February 18, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: At the back of the switch, check if the signal for 15 is present when the key is turned ON. I see you are missing 15, assuming you didn't check the switch connector, - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Tony Comments: Just today, I would put my key in the ignition, turn to the right, everything works correctly until you turn all the way to the right when attempting to start the engine. Had to continuously turn to the left then attempt to turn and repeat until it turned on. Also strange, shifting lever was stuck in park until it eventually freed up and worked normally. All issues happen when attempting to start the car.

2000 Boxster Auto Trans
January 28, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You could have an issue with the mechanical portion of the ignition. Remove it and see if it rotates smooth. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Gabriel Comments: Thanks, Nick
Regards,
Gabriel M. Gabriel
January 28, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No problem. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Gabriel Comments: To change the steering lock assembly is necessary to turn of the batery?
If yes, how many time before?
January 26, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Disconnect the battery. Wait 20 min before working on vehicle. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mullerrodolfo Comments: I have just ordered a new Ignition Switch to my 2008 Boxster with 115K miles. My key stay stuck inside after turning of the car and shifting to Park.
Here is a video of the issue: https://youtu.be/S_-CKOYyUjk
January 18, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Move the selector to d then back to park quickly. The problem could be in the selector unit / cable (if equippee), not returning to P position, keeping the ignition locked out. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
jeff Comments: I have a 1999 Boxter 72k. Went to start and the key is fine there is current but,the starter does not engage.Have any idea.?
January 2, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Starter could be bad. I would test the start signal to the starter. Also voltage drop test the battery cables from the battery to the engine / starter. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mullerrodolfo Comments: Hello, I have a 1997 Boxter, have replaced DME and Fuel Pump relay, my car starts perfectly when it's cold, but after drivinb it for a while and turn the engine off it wont start again if the temperature reached above 180F.
I have took out the ignition switch and my part number show: 4B0-905-849, does NOT have the B at end. That could be a problem? Here is two videos showing what happened after driving and attempted turning on:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuf7GrwqpCk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMtDZ3-xGZY
December 8, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I can't help without knowing what is missing from the system when you are trying to start it. When your engine doesn’t start you’ll want to check the basics. Check spark, fuel injector pulse and fuel pressure, volume, quality and engine compression. Are there any fault codes? Once you figure out what is missing, it will be easier to diagnose.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
RatrodBoxster Comments: I have a 1997 Boxster, and I can't turn the ignition key. The key goes in fine but it just wont turn. It did the same thing a few years ago but after 30 minutes of playing with it, it eventually worked. This time I tried for like an hour and the key just won't turn.
October 12, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Try moving the shifter and steering wheel. Does that unlock it? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
brad Comments: I have a 2001 Boxster S. I Replace the Ignition switch back in 2009 56K miles. The symptoms was the key was hard to turn. Today 72K miles I was not able to shut off the engine. The key turns just fine. Is this a symptom of a bad ignition switch or something else?
October 2, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the electrical portion of the switch is bad or there is a short, back-feeding voltage into the system. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
jesus0909 Comments: Hello i have a 2012 boxter spyder and i have a problem i remove engine to send car to body shop well i install engine and get everything ready but as i turn ignition switch nothing happens 6 cables have power and after turning switch y get 9 cables with power but nothing happens on cluster or starter any suggestions?
September 24, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the main ground for the engine. Voltage drop test all of the battery cables. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jun Comments: Replaced IMS bearing on a 2004 Boxster S. Reinstalled engine/transmission and all wirings. Engine will not crank/start. Everything else works lights, accessories,newly charged battery.hooked up durametric tool and reset everything. Immobilizer still active. Is there a way to reset immobilizer. Removed starter & have it check by Autozone....turns & check good...???
September 8, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you have an immobilizer fault, you will need a factory level scan tool to deal with it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Peter Comments: I damaged the connectors on the immobilizer induction coil on the Key cylinder. Besides replace the Cylinder. How do I match up the key to the door lock?
August 30, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: using your VIN, call Porsche. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Kornerman Comments: I have a 2003 Boxster S. On three occasions, the engine has cut out when I am slowing to a stop. When I turn the key, nothing, no click click, just nothing. After waiting a couple of minutes, the car starts and rides fine.
August 26, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like a bad connection at the battery or a cable is faulty. I would voltage drop test the battery connections and cables. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Duct! Comments: Rather than trying to be a contortionist to try to replace the switch from under the dash, it is much much much much much easier to just remove the headlight switch assembly and the single screw holding the heating duct.

From a kneeling position, one can replace the ignition switch through the heating duct hole.
August 13, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
minu Comments: hi again. regarding the 02 boxterS not starting, i took it to a mechanic and he did pulled fuses to examine if draw from battery. he said there was a short in the starter and replaced it . i started an drove it 2 days later fine but following day it didnt start and acted same as previous starter. I DONT KNOW any other advice pls
August 9, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Return to the shop and have them check the new starter. may be defective. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
minu Comments: iave an 02 boxster s was parked a couple of months . it started and i drove it home and didnt start next day. I replaced battery and drove for the day but didnt start again next day with new battery . any thoughts would love any thoughts and advice?
August 1, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be a faulty battery or you may have a parasitic draw. You'll want to monitor the draw on the battery when the vehicle is asleep.

Once you confirm there is a draw. You will have to isolate the circuit with the draw. Then determine which components on that circuit is causing the draw You can isolate by removing fuses. be sure to have all the latches on the doors and hood closed (pin switches) so the vehicle will sleep during testing. If it wakes up, you will have to wait until it goes to sleep again. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
sski21 Comments: I have a 97 Boxster and replaced the ignition switch about a month and a half ago. Im having an issue with a whirling/ whining noise immediately after the car starts. The loudness and duration varies from 1 second to a few seconds.
It usually only happens in the morning when the engine is cold so im not sure its a bad starter motor.
any suggestions?
July 9, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The starter gear may not be retracting fast enough. The starter motor may be faulty. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Sean Comments: I have a 2001 low miles boxster base. The headlights are very dim and I wind up using the fog lights, which seem to work fine, and I just noticed the interior lights stay on when leaving the car unless I manually lock the door with the key. I was going to replace the headlight switch to reslve the headlight issue, but someone suggested it may be a faulty ignition switch that is affecting both. I appreciate any input you may have. Thanks
July 6, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Have you checked voltage at the headlights? I would confirm it is low voltage before replacing a switch. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Rich B Comments: Nick - Okay, I tried a different key as suggested. The bottom line is that there is no 'spring back' when you turn the key. I have to manually move it back to the right spot. Depending on how well I get it right, the A/C blower will work, or not. Luckily I usually get it right!

So is this the tumbler, the steering lock, or ? Basically all I really need to know is for a 2001 Boxster 2.7L, what part do I want to order? Thanks!
June 23, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You need to replace the steering lock ignition switch assembly. 996-347-017-07-M100 Find the DIY here: http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Porsche-996-997-Carrera/86-ELEC-Replacing_Your_Ignition_Switch_Steering_Lock/86-ELEC-Replacing_Your_Ignition_Switch_Steering_Lock.htm - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Rich B Comments: Changed the electrical portion of the ignition switch in our 2001 Boxster about 4 years ago, and its worked without issue. Today we got in the car, turned the key and the car started, but it seemed as though the key didn't return all the way... but after jiggling it, it SEEMED right.

However, the air conditioner usually kicks on automatically, and this time it didn't. The temperature displayed but there was no HVAC fan, regardless of the setting. Is the ignition switch somehow connected to the HVAC fan? Is this an electrical switch problem rearing its head again, or should we replace the entire ignition assembly? Thanks!
June 19, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Do you have a second key to try? See if the switch works normally with it. Could be an issue with the tumbler. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Paul m Comments: Here's one for you guys to ponder over. I have a 99 base. When it is cold like it was last winter, and I mean 20 and colder, the key woukd not turn either in the door or the ignition. I had to wiggle and I mean wiggle it really hard to get it to turn. Once it was warm, it was fune. Got the click noise and everything. But if i let it sit overnight, same thing happened. Had to wiggle and jiggle the key until it would turn. Is it possible it was just too cold? One night I had to leave the car. Once the sun came up and warmed the interior, it turned, bit it still took some time to turn it. Thoughts or guesses? Thanks in advance!
June 2, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Some lubrication may help. I would assume more moisture than lubricant, causing the stiff operation. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Skot Comments: I dropped one of the set screws during the installation and have spent hours trying to find a replacement! Can you help?
May 30, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We can get it for you.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Terri Comments: Hi I have a 98 Boxter. Runs beautifully except...previously had to giggle key just a little to get AC on and lights. Had issues where car would lock up, fuel door etc. Took to 2 different dealerships...results were snobby attitude and more repairs than car is probably worth, plus conv hard top still leaks x 4 repairs. Now the shifter button is frozen in P, I can quickly turn on ignition, push button down and shift to rev or Drive. Dealership see Ignition switch to the tune of $900. Yes, I am female but far from a bimbo.
May 30, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Some of the problems you described sound like a faulty ignition switch. If you don't trust the dealer's diagnosis, see a shop for a second opinion. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
SSki21 Comments: 97 boxster. When i remove the key the radio and stuff stays on and the steering wheel wont lock and When the door is open the warning bells chime. also when the key is put in it pops into the second position by itself
May 25, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the lock cylinder thinks the ignition switch is still installed. You can try lubricating it to see if the issue goes away. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
sgallagher Comments: Thanks, Casey. Will I also need to replace the tumbler and/or the electrical switch?
May 22, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The tumbler will be OK, and the new steering lock assembly will come with the electrical portion. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
sgallagher Comments: I have a 97 Boxster. Here's my ignition story that I need some help with. First, when I turned the key off, it would periodically not "click" when I pulled the key out of the cylinder and the bell would ding as though the key were still in the ignition. With a little jiggling or tapping on the outside of the key slot, you could hear the mechanism fall into place inside the key cylinder and the bell would stop ringing. Sounded like a tumbler issue to me, but one I could live with. Then last week, my headlights would not come on when I turned the switch to the on position and when I pulled the key out of the ignition, I could not get the mechanism to lock, so the bell would keep ringing and I assume the ignition is still in the "on" position. I disconnected the battery assuming that was the case.

Does this sound like a problem with the electrical switch which the headlight issue would indicate or a tumbler problem because the tumbler doesn't always fall into place or a little of both?

I was successful in getting the tumbler out of the dashboard, but not sure what to do now. I didn't want remove the electrical switch inside if that was not the problem. Also, where can I get a new small connector that attaches to the immobilizer induction coil indicated by the red arrow in figure 2? I had some difficulty removing the connector from the tumbler and one of the wires came out of the connector.

Many, many thanks!
May 21, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Definitely the steering lock assembly. The connector I believe you are looking for is part number 8D0-972-623-AA, we do not show this as being available but you may have some luck at the VW dealer, or with a Google search. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
nolu Comments: 1997 Boxster i just bought it about a week ago. The owner said he had another key made for it so its not the original, it is a FOB he told me FOB's where not an option. It has always been hard to put in, but today when i attempted to turn off the car the engine shut off but non of the dash lights or the radio would turn off. There was usually a click when i would remove the key but it doesn't do it any more. The key is fairly easier to put in now as well. I removed the key ignition cylinder and messed with it a little , i was able to here the click when i turn the steering assembly were the IG Cylinder would go with a screwdriver. But when i put the IG cylinder back on it still did the same thing. Any thoughts?
April 14, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The steering lock is likely faulty. These were updated and if your car got one early on at the dealer (under warranty) it may not have gotten the updated part. What happens is the steering lock pin which you are turning with the screwdriver damages the electrical portion of the ignition switch. Replacing the electrical portion could fix the problem temporarily but eventually the steering lock assembly will need replacement. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
BillMack Comments: I have come into possession of 2000 Boxster S and it will not start up but all the lights are on the top works etc.
I installed a new battery in the car
I installed a new battery in the FOB
Still nothing.
Also what color should the light on the FOB be when depressed, before I changed the battery I thought it was green but now it is red
April 5, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I recall it being a red LED. I can't help without knowing what is missing from the system when you are trying to start it. When your engine doesn’t start you’ll want to check the basics. Check spark, fuel injector pulse and fuel pressure, volume, quality and engine compression. Are there any fault codes? Once you figure out what is missing, it will be easier to diagnose.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Ed Comments: 1999 Boxster.
Was having a hard time starting the car. I had to turn extra hard to get the key to engage. First I replaced the electrical portion. Didn't help much. Ordered the entire steering wheel locking assembly/with another electrical portion. Key seems stiff/hard to turn and still needs to be turned excessively hard to start the car.
Does the old key way/tumbler work with the updated locking mechanisms?
Any help would be appreciated.
March 13, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Try a different key, does it turn smooth? Could be a worn out key or tumbler. Once you determine what you need, give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jennifer Comments: I have a 1999 boxster. I'm the second owner. Is there any way to know if I have the original lock assembly # 996 347 017 05 or # 996 347 017 06 so I know to buy part #4A0-905-849-B-M56?
March 7, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No way I can think of. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Dave Comments: Nick, per your reply to my post on Feb 5th... is the starter lock relay in the trunk and in what position? I can't seen to find it if I google.
February 21, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: See attached. - Nick at Pelican Parts
BossAngeles Comments: Replaced my ignition switch, tried to clock to groove to match the old one so they would align. All was well and lights came on etc, but no click or start. Battery was not quite charged enough I guess. Tried again a half hour later and nothing. Key would not turn, wheel locked..Tried jumping the car and wanted to see if lights came on etc, nothing. thought it might be switch alignment issue, but it worked the first time..Thoughts 1999 996.
February 19, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Possible the electrical portion of the switch is either not connected correctly or was damaged during the repair. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Rupesy Comments: I have a 2000 base model. There seems to be an option for original and late model ignition switch. How would I know which one I have? I bought it used and have no vehicle history. Is there an easy way to tell? I don't want to guess because it looks like the parts are non-returnable.
February 7, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am sure we can look it up by VIN or production date.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can help figure out which part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Dave Comments: Ok, I have 2000 Boxster S. When I turn the key the car gets power but only about 25% of the time does it turn right over. The rest of the time I have to turn the key multiple times and hold it. After holding it for 5 to 10 seconds the car will start. I ordered the switch and installed it but it did not fix the problem. Any thoughts on what to try next? The switch I took out of the car was 4B0-905-849, so someone else may have been having the same problem. Thanks.
February 5, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Have yo checked the voltage coming out of the ignition switch? Check the yellow wire when trying to start. If voltage is always Ok and the problem is present, check the starter lock relay. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
jamezcw Comments: 2001 Boxster S. I have the flickering interior lights and ticking noise from the engine as I try to start the car, so I am guessing electrical switch? Does the key have to be removed from the ignition and the battery disconnected in order to replace it? Not sure if the electrical switch has any moving parts or not? Could this be a fault with the immobilizer instead?
November 18, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: before replacing any switches, check the battery. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
E4RTH WORM JIM Comments: Hi,

I have just replaced my ignition switch due to the dashboard lights not working, but this has not resolved the issue?!

Can someone send me a wiring/connections diagram so I can test the voltage and/or continuity of the switch.

I was hoping this would of solved the issue but is hasn't.....

Key turns in the ignition barrel fine also.

Thanks and what a great site.
November 17, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't have any wiring to share. I would grab a repair manual.
Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
PJM Comments: 2001 Boxster S - original owner. Sticky key, hard to turn, car acted like the key was in when it was out and then once car was started, but lights were on dim, no air, no radio, no wipers ... like it thought the key was out. Felt all the world like a mechanical issue when turning the key, but replacing just the switch component fixed everything. I read on another site that 98% of these issues can be traced back to the electrical switch rather than the tumbler ... I'm glad I bought just the old style switch.

A couple of points:
1 I want to second the suggestion of a 1.5" or 2" eye glass screwdriver to get the small set screws out. After killing myself for an hour with all manner of other attempts, this is what finally worked for me.

2 I'm 6'1" and 53 years old .... I wish I had put the top down before disconnecting the battery so I could stick my feet straight up!

Thanks for good write-up and quick delivery of the new part.
October 2, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the follow up and sharing your experience
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Jeff Comments: I also have the ignition switch issue...but my main issue is why all of a sudden both trunks and my gas comp are locked and will not for the life of me open.I got the fuel door open with the emerg o ring pull cord,but any ideas how to open the trunks.Key sometimes opens the back..but nothing will open the front.I need to put it away for the winter,but cannot get to my battery to disconnect it.HELP....97 Boxster.
September 23, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There is a lock solenoid below the release handles. If you can get you hands on a wiring diagram, you can try to manually activate the solenoid via the wiring harness, using a fused jumper wire set. FInd a connection you can disconnect and activate the solenoid at. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Steve Comments: Hi i recently replaced my ignition switch as well as the key tumbler had to rekey the car bc someone broken into my driver door. Anyway my car will not start now, it doesn't even try to turn over. I believe the issue is with the new tumbler or maybe my alarm system locked me out bc i didn't unhook the battery before changing the tumbler. This issue started before i even touched the ignition switch so i believe it has something to do with the tumbler. Any advice or thoughts? Could it be an anti-theft mechanism with the computer or something?
September 15, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You didn't mention what vehicle you have. However, if the lock cylinder was damaged, the electrical portion may also be damaged. I would check if the voltage at the switch is changing when you rotate the key. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Charlie Comments: Nick,

Thank you for your reply. The problem was entirely related to the elec component of the switch. Once I replaced it, everything is back to normal.

It appears that the elec component was not disengaging certain spring-loaded contacts as the rotating cam inside the switch was worn. This caused the selectrical system to be left instandby mode as if the key was still in ignition and/or turned on to position 1. In this case, the Battery drains at a rate of 0.8 Amps per hour. All system off the battery now drains less that 0.10 Amp per hour.

I did the resistance on the ohm meter across certain contacts on the bad switch. Two in particular never went to zero, i.e. contact would not break off. I then carefully dismantled the elec component and verified visually.

Alas, Thank you for your help and all is well that ends well.
September 14, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Great news. Thanks for the follow up and sharing your experience
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Charlie Comments: Thanks for follow up. Yes the steering locks normally, and key rotates smoothly in ignition. No binding.
August 29, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The issue may be the connection between the mechanical and electrical switch. Remove the electrical switch and confirm it is properly aligned. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mollyds Comments: tried second key. hard a very hard time getting it out, computer message said ignition key still IN, when it wasn't. No AC, no fan.

so, not a worn key. right?
August 29, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, likely the tumbler. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mollyds Comments: sorry- still confused. i am a 60 year old woman! 2003 911 carrera convertible. trouble getting key in and out. radio off one day, on the next, ac fan not working, lights flickering on dash trying to get key out. WHAT do I replace? switch AND ignition? just switch?
August 29, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the key will not go in and out, it could be a worn key, try a different key. Once you determine if they key is faulty or not, you will be able to diagnose tumbler verse electronic switch. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Charlie Comments: Thank you Nick. . 99 Boxster. Had ignition key assembly replaced 3 years ago. Add'l info: Today, I pulled of the elec connector. , the fan and wiper stopped. Then adding insult to injury, once I replaced the plug back in and pulled key out, , the instr.. panel stayed lit as if the key is still in ignition switch. And, If I open door, the key-in-ignition alarm beeps on. I wonder if there is a mech. actuator on the lock assembly not releasing. or just the elec components malfunctioning.
August 28, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Can you get the steering whee to lock when the key is removed? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Charlie Comments: I've had a persistent battery drain problem .85 Amp, that I finally isolated to fuses C6 & C7. These are A/C fan motor stays on /low whirling noiseand windshield wiper that keeps on wiping after ignition off and key removed. However, the inst. panel and radio go off normally. Can the elec portion of the switch be the issue that is logical fit to all the above symptoms e.g. radio goes off but the wiper does not ? Thank you
August 25, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What is the vehicle info? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Ghelp Comments: 2005 Boxster - having trouble with ignition, exhibits no lights on dashboard or starter crank when key is turned. Sometimes starts with one key turn other times can take up to 10+. I have replaced battery in keyfob, used other key & replaced clutch switch. Since this is a 2005 and now has the electro-mechanical solenoid, what else could be the problem: could it be the solenoid? or immobiliser? Thanks
July 31, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Hard to say. If there are not lights, it may be the recognition control unit. Can you check for terminal 15 tot he start lock relay. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Nipper Comments: Hi, have a 2001 Boxster S 986. 3 days ago had the "sticky" key in ignition problem for the first time - felt wrong, didn't turn or come out properly etc, radio popped on etc even when key out. But managed to start the car fine that day.
Yesterday, got back in and tried - same sticky key issue but turned the key all the way and nothing at all happened no matter how much I tried, only the dash lights were randomly on, and then the alarm kept sounding and I couldn't switch this off, and the windows now slightly down. After a while alarm stopped but car's door lock were going haywire for about ten minutes. I've ordered the electrical switch to replace. Do you think this must be the issue? Many thanks
July 22, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds more like the mechanical switch. Before replacing parts, do you have a second key to try in the lock cylinder? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
superskid Comments: When I take the key out of my 2001 Boxster S, the radio stays on and everything else still has power to it.

I though I remembered the key switching popping out a bit when removing the key in order to turn it off, but now it doesn't and it feels a bit stiff.

After a few minutes of wiggling or shaking the key violently when its 95% pulled out, I can get everything to turn off properly, but it is definitely a pain.

Should I try lubricating with graphite or something else? Otherwise what part do I order and instructions on the install please?

Thanks,
July 14, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The mechanical portion of the switch may be binding. I would start there. You will need a new lock cylinder.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
peter b Comments: Hi, I have a 1997 boxster.
The problem is when I turn the key sometimes, none of the warning lights at the bottom of cluster come on, when this happens it will not start.
If I wait approx. 1 hour turn key again the lights come on and it starts fine?
When the warning lights fail to come on and not start, every thing else works, windows, horn lights?
Any idea please
July 10, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be a problem with the ignition switch. I would check the output of the ignition switch when the problem is present. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
arowflinger Comments: Hi! I have a 2000 Boxster S. After I saw forum about the electric key switch not starting, light flickering, etc, so I sure to replace that switch. After I replace the old switch, I discover that the new number4A0905849is already inplace. I bought the car in 2003 I'm the second owner, so it was installed earlier like 01 or 02. Still confused!

So, should I replace for a new 4A0905849 switch again!. Or, do you might have another idea.

I'm just a rookie, so please help!!
June 22, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Since you have it apart, I would monitor the voltage out of the switch when the problem is present. If the voltage in holds steady and out fluctuates, the switch is faulty. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
guy Comments: 2002 boxster key turns fine but doesn't turn all indicater lights on all the time then engine wont turn over then sometimes lights will come on then engine turns and starts
June 8, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Is the battery OK? If so, could be a bad electrical portion of the ignition switch. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
matsporsche Comments: Do you have any experience with using the VAG Bosche EDC15/ME7 Drive Box to deactivate the immobilizer on VW Passat? I just received a new instrument for my 2001 car, and the above box to deactivate the immobilizer, but can' get the immobilizer to deactivate. Suggestions? This box is being sold on many we sites.
June 5, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not sure it is legal to deactivate immobiliser. I don't have any experience with it. I would advise against it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
tom_s Comments: Switch part numbers are swapped in the 4th paragraph..

Early cars get the 4A0-905-849, later use the 4B0-

This was pointed out in April 2012 but article still incorrect. What's the return policy for electrical parts?
May 31, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sorry about that, I've personally asked my web guy to make the change/update. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Peter Comments: I have had similar problems as others with the key not returning and the starter trying to engage after the car was running. I replaced the ignition electrical switch as described and the key/ tumbler functioned like new again. However, when driving or idling, the starter still wants to intermittently engage, creating a grinding/ squealing sound. Does this mean that I will have to replace the entire ignition assembly or could it be the starter solenoid needs to be replaced?
May 30, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the switch is not returning, it is the ignition switch assembly. Not the starter. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
matsporsche Comments: Further to my question. What I really want to know-if I jump the fuel pump relay and the start lock relay, should the car start?
May 29, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No. Fuel injection will be blocked by the immboliser.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
matsporsche Comments: It's a 2000.
May 29, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: OK, got it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
matsporsche Comments: Could you tell me what the immobilizer on a boxter disables besides the starter? Is it just the fuel pump, or is something else disabled?
May 27, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What year Boxster? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Carmen Comments: HELP! I changed the electrical part on my 2003 Boxster, due to the same reason many other people did. The ignition switch would not spring back. After I got the new part on, I started the car several times and it worked great. I put the duct work baCK on, now it is doing the same thing again! It will not spring back. Please help!
May 15, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would remove the switch, then manually turn the slot in the column, check if it returns. The problem may be in the column. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Justin Clarke Comments: Not sure if this is easier on left-hand drive cars? I have a right-hand drive car and the 2 small screws are on the far side of the switch, which makes it pretty impossible to replace this part by going under the dash. I can get a tiny screwdriver onto the screws but due to the angle of my arm / wrist I can't put any pressure on the screwdriver at all to be able to turn the screws.

I found an easier way to do this for right-hand drive cars at least!. It involves removing the side air vent panel + vent, headlight switch knob and internal vent duct. Then through the hole in the dash I can easily see and get to the 2 screws as well as get enough pressure which isn't much! to turn them.

Instructions:
1. Pull out the headlight switch knob as if you are turning on the fog lights, then put a small screwdriver in the release tab underneath and then pull off the knob I got this from your article here: http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Boxster_Tech/87-ELEC-Headlamp_Switch/87-ELEC-Headlamp_Switch.htm.

2. Remove the hidden Torx screw from behind the knob you just removed.

3. Remove the 2 Torx screws from the side of the vent panel and give it a gentle pull up and away. No need to disconnect any wiring from this piece, just rest it and you will have plenty of access.

4. Next look into the hole and you will see an air duct, remove the centre screw and let the air duct drop down in the hole. No need to remove it.

5. Now you should be able to see and access the 2 screws holding in the ignition switch. Replace as per the original article above!

Tip: You need to some small jeweller type screwdrivers to remove the 2 screws. To get much purchase when turning them wrap a load of duct tape around the screwdriver to make it thicker and more grippy!

Once I did it this way it took me 20 minutes to fit!
April 22, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Nick Comments: Replaced the entire ignition switch. Had to remove drivers seat to gain access. After seat was replaced and engine started I noticed that the air bag warning light had come on and stayed on. How to resolve ??
April 17, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will need a Porsche scan tool to clear the airbag fault code. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Peter Comments: I only needed to replace the electrical ignition switch black component shown in Figure 4. However, by following this DIY, I was instructed to remove the ignition key assembly Figure 2 when I didn't really need to. Now I can't for the life of me put back the ignition key assembly. I basically can't UNDO the step described in Figure 2. Do I re-use a paperclip to put the key assembly back into place?
February 18, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, use the paperclip to compress the locking pin then slide the lock cylinder back in. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mxwong Comments: I have 1997 porsche boxster car key stuck in the driver door, will not come out, someone in my offie spray some key lubricant in the key area still will not come out, I got my spare key to lock and unlock the door and after, the window automatice when down and the airbag light in the dash stay on, so I drive the car all the way home and park it in my garage, now I have to replace both keys units and the ignition unit, it will take about 4 to 6 weeks to order the units, is the best thing to do?
February 17, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I believe you can replace just the damaged lock and get a new key to fit your locks. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right part.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Phil Comments: Should the NEW ignition cylinder/steering lock assembly be lubricated? Internally?
January 12, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: NO, when assembled, it is lubricated. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
JohnnyC Comments: Oops.
After replacing electric part of ignition switch, Key works smoothly but starter doesn't disengage for 2 or 3 seconds. Makes screeching sound. Did I do something wrong?
October 28, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: is the switch binding and not returning? It could cause your issue is it stays in the crank position too long. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
JohnnyC Comments: Thanks for a great how-to article. You made it easy and my 02 boxster starts like new again. Was worried when key started to stick and steering wheel lock failed to engage that a larger repair was due, but replacing the electrical portion of the ignition switch fixed it all. 25 dollars and a few minute's bent up like a pretzel under the dash and all is good.
October 26, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Jim Comments: I have a 2001 Boxster, Ignition switch started sticking in the starting position. I need to turn it back one position for the lights, radio and AC vent control to work. will replacing the electrical portion of the ignition switch take care of this issue or do I need to replace the ignition key cylinder. Thank you!
October 18, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This depends on what is jammed. Does the lock cylinder move freely? If not, disconnect it from the electrical portion of the switch and see if movement returns. This is the best way to isolate which part is faulty. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Walt Comments: I took my Porsche 2000 Boxster to the body shop the dealership recommended. When I got it back the ignition was sticking and now it drains the battery overnight. Not being 3 wrenches handy, what should it cost me to have a dealer do this?
September 5, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It's hard to say, prices for repairs vary depending on location. I would call a few local shops and then the dealer, get estimates frome each. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Zydor Comments: Few months ago the Ignition switch started sticking in the starting position on my 2001 boxster with 113k. Lights would not work unless click back one notch to normal driving position manually. Also key would get stuck in.

Then Key would come out and radio and power would still be on. Drained battery once. Whole other issue since charger was in the locked electric trunk. Had to start pulling key out fast.

Last night I got stranded. Car would not turn over. Finally after banging ignition and jiggling key it eventually started.

Posting this so people will be aware. I plan to order parts and replace.

August 11, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like you have both a mechanical problem with the key and possibly a bad spring loaded electrical ignition switch - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
Space Odyssey Comments: I have an '01 Boxster with 147,000 miles. The brake lights have started flickering when I depress the brake petal. They either flicker or they don't come on at all. Any suggestions what or where the problem might be? Thanks
August 7, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the brake switch and the grounds for the lights. Do the other lights flicker when you turn them on - Kerry at Pelican Parts  
Terry Ken Comments: hi I have a problem, I don't know if is the ignition switch or what, But this is how my problem with my 1998 porsche boxster, One day, I stop by a red light and somehow my Boxster engine shut off, I tried to jumb start or start again but it just crank n crank but won't start up all the way, so Got it towed home,I put the car in Park but Dash light it show in Reverse not park, and it blinking, And my key Stuck it won't let me take it out, and Steering wheel is kind hard to turn from any direction, shift gear is hard to pull down to Neutral too, any ideas?
July 22, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like you have aproblem with the shift cable / linkage. If the transmission is not returning to Park the key will not come out of the ignition. I would inspect the shifter, shift cable and shift linkage. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
John Comments: I have a 98 Boxster with a similar problem. My horn began to blow wen I turned the wheel. This happened a number of times and then it failed to start. The engine would turn over but not fire. My key seems to work fine. Any ideas? Thanks much, John
July 15, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The starting problem may be the ignition switch but the horn blowing is probably a grounded wire for the horn pad - Nick at Pelican Parts  
whatodo Comments: My 1997 Boxster won't start the key turns but nothing happen. I took it to an independent Porsche repairer and was told the ignition module is faulty and ay need a new pair of key heads. Do you have a DIY section on this? Thanks
June 25, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If they are referring to the ignition switch electrical portion, then yes. It is covered in this tech article:

http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Boxster_Tech/86-ELEC-Ignition_Switch/86-ELEC-Ignition_Switch.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Guil Comments: I would like to replace the seats of my 2001 986 Boxster with automatic seats.... has anybody done this and what is involved.
Thanks
May 31, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I have never done this. I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Rowdyboy Comments: I took my '97 Boxster in for tires. The tech who would install the tires said he couldn't start the car. I found a loose ground to battery and tightened it. The car started and the tech drove it in to change the tires. 45 minutes
later he came to me and said he couldn't start it. I got behind the wheel and found that the key turned freely with no resistance, The dash lights were on and could not be turned off. The tech swore he had done nothing wrong. I got it towed and when I removed the key cylinder found broken metal bits that pieced together fit the end of the key cylinder.see photo I'm guessing that the battery had not been charging right because of the loose ground and had been depleted while the tires were changed. The tech then tried to crank the key and broke the connection between the cylinder and the ignition switch. Behind the broken part there is a spring. I'm guessing that the ignition switch is jammed in a position that keeps the dash lights on but in the absence of a mechanical connection with the key cylinder can't be activated. My question is this- is what I found a seperate part or the end of a shaft that connects to the starter switch? Also, I should point out- not shown in your photos- there's a third screw to be removed to take the driver side panel off. The large nut holding the headlight switch in place must be removed to get at it.
May 27, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The photo looks to be just to be just the lock cylinder portion of the ignition switch. Can you share a few more photos in this forum thread?- Nick at Pelican Parts  
Guil Comments: I want to upgrade the ignition key to a push bottom ignition for my 2001 Porsche boxster. If this possible and has anybody done it
Thank you

May 22, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There certainly is away to do it. However I have not seen it done. I opened a post up in our forums, maybe someone in the Pelican community can offer some insight. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Peter G Comments: Hi,
I spoke to a Porsch Mechanic who told me thet the die caste holder has been modified 5 times ,how long does it take these German Engineers to get it CORRECTLY ?
May 17, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The modifications could be minimal. Parts are updated as time goes on to benefit the customer. Think of it as a postitive, Porsche wanting to get it right. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
a1ajfredj Comments: '99 Box - Thanks for tech help.
Wanted to give example of severity of problems with the switch. started with hard to turn, 8 mo. ago, next hard to pull out or insert key, then recently, battery was drained twice due to partial-on when key pulled, then key would not stay in off position at all.
Thought it might be lock mechanism, but after reading this project, I pulled the switch and lock worked great.
This was Friday; I ordered that morning from Pelican, and it was here Monday morning with std. delivery to FL. I had it in the car in 10 min. and ALL problems are now solved.
A 1.5" long jewelers screwdriver for eyeglasses workd great for the two retaining screws, they are easy to turn, but the back one is a little hard to feel/find.
Thanks, again, Pelican Tech. J
February 25, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thank You for the positive comments. The ignition switch problem is very common.

Denny at Pelican parts
 
trouty Comments: Fantastic tech help, have noticed that somethings are wrong way around, as mine is right hand drive. left the tumbler in until unit was on bench, turn to position one in order to press the release button near column, which is underneath in UK. Took 2 hours, Thanks again.
September 26, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
BlakBox986 Comments: Great tips Pelican! 2000 Boxster. At 6'2" 275# I found it necessary, and easy really, to remove the seat and steering wheel so as to get access. found my wallet w/$100. long thought lost too!. The US/DOT mandated 'knee bar' blocked the view I see in these pics. That an OE improperly crimped horn wire which fell out causing the horn to blow at will made wheel removal necessary anyway, 2 birds eh! Long arms, big hands no help on this repair, but new switch cured it. Thanks again Pelican! Your pics much more informative than the OE manual had indicated.
September 19, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
986MT1999 Comments: One of the two screws holding the switch to the steering lock assembly on my car was installed backwards at the factory! See the attached photos. When I couldn't get my screw driver to catch the obscured screw head after a couple of frustrating hours, I decided to remove the entire lock assembly so that I could get a better look. That's when I found the screw was installed somehow in reverse. I couldn't remove the reversed screw, but a slight modification to the new ignition switch allowed me to slide the new one in place. I hope this helps anyone else perplexed by a stubborn screw.
September 3, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff:
Thanks for the additional Info. We appreciate it. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
pk2 Comments: Trying to remove my ignition key cylinder with the paperclip trick shown. Won't work. Of significant note, the hole to insert the paperclip is exactly 180 degrees around from the position shown. That is, It near the upper rt. of the key slot unlike pic, the lower left.

Should it still work? or did someone put it in upside down making it un-removable easily?

Ideas?? Thanks much, PK2
August 27, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Should still work. Try juggling the paperclip as you put it in. It maynot be engaging the release tab. This happens wuite a bit. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Sinc Comments: I am trying to replace both the tumbler and the electrical switch. Problem is that they do not line up with internals of the steering lock assembly? They are about a quarter turn out. Can I turn the internal parts of the lock assembly?
August 11, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, you can turn the mechanical portion without the lock cylinder installed. Try using a flathead screwdriver. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mike Comments: 1999 boxster when the car is not used for length of time,the ignition key will not turn. after playing with it for some time,it can be forced to turn. do you have some info.
July 25, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Assuming the steering wheel is not locked, preventing the key to be turned. The ignition lock cylinder may be work. You can try lubricating it, if that doesn't help, replace it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Maineman Comments: Welp, all's well that ends well! The new ignition switch solved all of the problems I was having with key release! Magic! Thank you, Pelican Parts! And thanks to all the other folks who posted on this forum - it was a great help.
May 30, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Maineman Comments: I'm just beginning to have trouble removing the key from the cylinder on my 2002 Boxster. Chris says replacing the electrical ignition switch freed up his key. How can this be? Does the electrical switch control the tumblers? I've ordered the switch as "step 1", but if that fails can the tumbler cylinder for the key be replaced? Where? Maybe replacing the steering lock assembly would be a more sensible "step 2". Any wisdom?
May 8, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You might want to try removing the switch assembly and then spraying it with some lubricant. There was the mechanical recall / upgrade from Porsche on this, so it may not be the lock cylinder itself, but the whole ignition assembly. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
ranj Comments: Help! I just replaced the electrical part of the switch and the key doesn't turn. Is it possible that I need to have some type of lubricant for a connection? I just purchased the part brand new from the Audi parts provider here in Orlando and I don't get anything.
May 2, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It may not be installed correctly. Check that the key cut is correct and that the tumbler was installed correctly. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Widjet Comments: In your description above the part numbers for the electric ignition switch are backwards. The older model boxsters use 4A0-905-849B. The 2004 - newer models use 4B0-905-849.
April 22, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the Info. We appreciate it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Dom Comments: 1999 Boxster. The car thinks the key hasn't been removed even when it has, so I'm replacing the ignition switch. I read that it's necessary to disconnect the negative battery lead, but your article doesn't mention it. Will I get electrocuted if I replace the ignition switch with the battery still connected?
March 4, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It's always a good idea to disconnect the negative battery cable when working with the electricla system. It helps to prevent accidental shorts and voltage spikes. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
aahighfly Comments: I have a new twist to this ignition switch problem. My horn will not honk with the key turned from the off position. It will work again as soon as the key is turned to off AND the key is removed. The electrical portion of the ignition switch was disconnected while troubleshooting so I have ruled out the switch as the problem. There seems to be a circuit made when the key is removed since it affects the chime at the same time. There is a wiring harness leading to the steering wheel locking mechanism but I was unsuccessful at removing the whole ignition/locking mechanism because the panel on the left of the switch containing the headlight switch and air louver would not come off without forcing it and I didn't want to damage it. In the photo of the replacement locking mechanism I see no wiring so I don't know what to think about where the switch involved is installed.
November 14, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm still guessing that the electrical portion of the switch is involved here. There seems to be a lot of people with this issue lately, I'm curious what the root cause could be. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
mike Comments: I'm attempting to replace/upgrade the ignition lock assembly as instructed. However, my lock is so jacked up with the key in I can't move the key from position 0 to position 1 to remove the ignition cylinder. Tried wd40 and other tricks but no luck. So, I attempted to removed the entire steering lock assembly. I've removed the 10mm nut holding the assembly to the steering column. And now I'm attempting to push the lock pin to release the lock assembly but unable to do so. I'm thing since I don't have the key in position 1 the steering wheel is locked and it not allow the assembly to be removed. Any suggestions with getting the steering lock assembly out while the key is still in pos o with the key cylinder in place. I've tried removing the key cylinder with and without the electrical connections in place but no difference. Prior do disassembly of anythign the key would not go from pos 0 to 1 and that is why I need to replace the assembly. Can I remove the steering lock assembly while key is in position 0?
October 18, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Some of these key mechanisms can be a $^^%#$! There are a few threads in our forums on people who have had similar problems - I'm going to copy this question there. Although I haven't done it myself, I think you can remove the assembly with the key still installed. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Tony Comments: Is there any way to depress the lock pin in figure 3 step D without having a key? I know you need the key to release the locking assembly but is there any way around this?
September 30, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I think that you can remove the entire ignition switch assembly without the key (Figure 4), but not the key assembly itself. At that point, you'd have to probably replace the whole mechanism. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Chris Comments: 2002 BoxsterS. My problem was the same as Rick's - Key would not come out. Just replacing the electrical switch portion fixed the problem. The tumbler mechanism drives the electrical switch, and the switch itself was jammed. As soon as the switch came off, the tumbler and key were free. Rick - since you already have the old mechanism out, try to remove the electrical switch to free up your key.
September 20, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff:
Thanks for the additional Info. We appreciate it. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Rick Comments: I have the locking section out and am replacing it with the upgraded one. Problem is the key tumbler will not come out. I have tried it in every position numerous times with both a paper clip and a small screw driver about the size of a paper clip. It just will not come out. What does the paper clip hit to release it. Any other ideas before I take it to Porsche service and surrender my first born!
September 9, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: It can be difficult on some cars. You may want to jiggle the steering wheel back and forth. If you search the Boxster forum, you will find a few people who wrestled with this for ages, and then all of a sudden it popped out. You might want to spray some WD-40 in there, as that might help. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Rick Comments: Wayne,
I am replacing the ignition cylinder / steering lock assembly. In your tech section to do this, you must remove the the nut that fastens the lock assembly to the steering column. Seems near impossible without removing the instrument cluster! Is that right, must I remove the cluster? Once I get it out, should I send a photo to make certain I get the right switch? Thanks, Rick
September 6, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you mean the procedure in Figure 3, then yes, you need to remove the dash to access that area. If you are only updating / replacing the electrical portion, you should be able to get it out of the assembly / tumbler without having to remove the entire assembly. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Rick Comments: I have the problem that my key will turn off but will not come out of the switch. I have done everything except grip it with vice grips and it just will not come out. I can start the car and drive it, then when I stop I have to leave the key in it. I have tried the paper clip in all positions but the cylinder will not come out. Any ideas.
August 31, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The actual tumbler is spring-loaded. Your key sits in your pocket along with gunk and other pocket stuff and this gunk can build up on the inside of the mechanism. This is not terribly uncommon. A quick remedy when the key is actually out is to spray some WD-40 in there to loosen up the mechanism. This problem can also be caused by the steering lock - a part that was recalled and later replaced by an updated version from Porsche for issues like these. Try shaking the steering wheel repeatedly in both directions while trying to remove the key. Then, if/when you get it out, I would recommend upgrading to the later-designed part (the procedure is located in our tech articles section). - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
aahighfly Comments: I removed my switch per your instructions and then tested the mechanism with the switch removed. It worked perfectly but I had to remember to remove the key before the steering wheel would lock to confirm proper operation. I mention this because others may be tempted to replace the entire mechanism needlessly. I opened the faulty switch and found that it had broken internally preventing the assembly to turn properly. I would add this test of the mechanism with switch removed to the tutorial. Great site. It has saved me lots of money and aggravation. Thank you.
May 30, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Cool deal, thanks for the tip! - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
SpeedyReedy Comments: I have read all the instructions both here & many other forums about the removal of the electrical portion of the ignition and also opening front hood w/ donor battery. My key is stuck and won't quite go into position "0". Battery is run down. I tried the jumper cable to fusebox trick to open frnt hood w/no success. Must the ignition be in "0" position for this solution to work??
The alternate method of finding and pulling the emergency cable behind the drivers side headdlamp sounds the easiest. Are the plastic brads which hold the splash protectors in the wheel well "snap-in" or threaded? HELP PLEASE!
May 30, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't think the key has to be in position in order to activate the trunk solenoid. Don't forget, you apply the power, and then you hit the switch to open the trunk. As for the emergency pull cable, you can find detailed photos and instructions here: http://forums.pelicanparts.com/boxster-cayman-forum/434429-dead-battery-hood-trunk-release-my-advise-prepared.html - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Mr. Bowden Comments: 2002 Boxster - Confirmed Micks comment, that to remove the key tumbler, the key needs to be in position 1. And use a large paper clip. Also you need to have the tumbler removed to complete Figure 3,D.
July 18, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks guys, I did update this in the book, and the website too, but it looks like it didn't get pushed to the server. I'll do that now. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Mick Comments: REmove barrel. Figure 2 you forgot the most import bit. Turn the key to position 1 then put in paper clip
June 5, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the input on this one. We appreciate the help. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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