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Headlamp Switch Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Headlamp Switch Replacement

Time:

1 hrs

Tab:

$35

Talent:

**

Tools:

Torx socket set, 24mm deep socket

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

New headlamp switch

Hot Tip:

Replace mini bulbs inside switch housing as well

Performance Gain:

Ability to drive at night again

Complementary Modification:

Replace bulbs in gauges
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It's not uncommon to experience a failure of your headlamp switch. Years of repeated use and abuse have a tendency to take their toll on the switch. Some symptoms of a faulty switch include headlamps that won't turn on, or perhaps inoperable fog lamps, just to name a few. In addition, there's a few small light bulbs contained within the switch housing that can burn out.

Replacement is fairly easy, and only requires about an hour of your time. See the photos in this project for the breakdown of the replacement procedure. The only tricky part for some people may be the removal of the large nut that fastens the switch to the vent housing. If you have a 24mm deep socket, then you can simply place this socket on the nut and turn it by hand. If you don't have access to a deep socket this size, then you may have to resort to a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove the nut.

For the 2005 and later cars, the procedure is super-simple. Press in the rotary knob on the light switch (but not to the limit), and turn the switch to the right. Then pull the entire switch assembly out.

The part number for the replacement switch is 996-613-535-00 (thru 2004) or 997-613-535-01 (2005-) and it costs about $125 from the online catalog of PelicanParts.com.

Begin by removing the two screws on the leftmost side of the dash with a Torx driver.
Figure 1

Begin by removing the two screws on the leftmost side of the dash with a Torx driver. In the lower right is shown a brand new headlamp switch assembly.

Remove the headlamp knob by pressing on the release tab and then pulling off the knob (red arrow, upper left).
Figure 2

Remove the headlamp knob by pressing on the release tab and then pulling off the knob (red arrow, upper left). With the knob removed, you can access the hidden torx screw inside the inner bezel (yellow arrow).

Pull off the side vent and headlamp switch together (lower right).
Figure 3

Pull off the side vent and headlamp switch together (lower right). Disconnect the large circular plug, and then the smaller four-wire harness as well (yellow arrow). To remove the switch, simply unscrew the large nut on the face of the bezel (24mm deep socket).

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Comments and Suggestions:
Bob Comments: Well this is Bob from the post below- My tag lights and dash lights would not come on, they are on same fuse and that was fine, replaced headlamp switch and both are working fine now- I would be surprised if a new switch did not solve your issue.
August 25, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the input on this one. We appreciate the help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Wormy Comments: I have a 2001 boxster and my dash lights and tag lights stay on all the time, does anyone have any info for this problem?
August 24, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: See Bob's comment, Well this is Bob from the post below- My tag lights and dash lights would not come on, they are on same fuse and that was fine, replaced headlamp switch and both are working fine now- I would be surprised if a new switch did not solve your issue. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Bob Comments: Thanks for the great info- my 2001 Boxster S lost the gauge illumination and rear license plate lights. Fuse is good. Sound like the switch? Thank you.
August 11, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: is there power and ground to the rear plate lights? Which one is missing? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Mario Comments: Hello, Low beam on Boxster 2003 doesn't go on SOMETIMES, or it goes on after few minutes. Could be the a faulty switch? THANKS PELICAN
July 26, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Do you have daytime running lights? Could be the switch or the drl module. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
franz Comments: ALL WORKS WELL EXCEPT i CAN NOT TURN ON THE HIGH BEAMS BUT I can FLASH THEM... SWITCH?? bOXTER S 2002
July 20, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like you're on the right track! Does the switch feel sloppy? - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Bobby Comments: On the light switch do I pry the switch off, or is their a place to squeeze or a certain position it should be in?
June 29, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There is a screw that has to be removed, after pulling the knob off. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Podgy Comments: Hi Just changed the light switch on my 2002 boxster all good now thx.
Qu the Circuit board in the bezel is connected by 4 wires all good. it is located behind the knob, but what does it do? There seems to be no interaction, connection with anything? Just curious? Must do something?
June 27, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Can you share a photo of the part, with the part number? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Lambchop Comments: Question: My dipped beams wont always turn on. Rotating the switch quickly usually works. The main beam switch / flash switch always works the main beams even when the dipped beams did not turn on. Is this the 996-613-535-00 switch or could it be something else
June 4, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Definitely sounds like a switch. I usually test the switches by turning them on and then rocking back and forth if the lights go out or flicker the switch is no good. 996-613-535-00-M100 is the correct part number. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Scott V Comments: Did this replacement but one headlight still dim previously changed bulbs but still no fix. Any further thoughts on what else the problem might be the backing circuit board perhaps?
May 16, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You need to check the voltage present at the dim bulb and compare it with the voltage present at the bright bulb. If the voltage is the same it's a bulb issue, if the voltage is different you've got a wiring issue. Follow the harness back from the headlight bucket and see if you can find any corrosion. Also make sure the headlight connector is completely seated in the headlight bucket. Have seen a few issues like this from misaligned headlight assemblies. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Chiefwo Comments: My left headlight and taillight went out tonight at the same time. I checked the bulbs in each and they are fine. Question 1: does the switch effect the tail lights too? Q2: would a bad switch only effect one side of the car or do I have another issue?
May 2, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Because the switch could be failing internally and mechanically it is hard to say whether or not the taillights will be affected. You can usually aggravate the headlight switch by turning the switch slightly to the left or right and you'll see the lights go out. This is the test I use to determine when a switch is bad. Also it may not act up until you have been using the headlights for 30 minutes or so, so be patient in your diagnosis. I think you're on the right track focus on the switch. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Jim in Raymore Comments: Just replaced my headlight switch....easy job with your great photo & text guidance! Thanks.
March 19, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
kobbyk Comments: I would like to first start by thanking PelicanParts for helping me get my boxster back on the road.
I took my switch out and when I shake it, it sounds like a rattle, and some pink pieces are falling out. Looking for a replacement switch, they are not cheap. I saw that the Mercedes light switch that cost a fraction than of the porsches, they look almost identical to one another, the only diference, that I saw, is the one extra plug on the mercedes switch. I wonder if I remove this extra plug will this light switch work on the Boxster?
March 4, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The MB switch will not work with your vehicle.

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
 
charlie Comments: Can you tell me part # for the light bulbs in the switch, thanks
February 26, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am not aware of any bulbs in the switch itself. Please reply with a photo of the bulb which is inoperative and I will see if I can find you a part number for an assembly or the replacement bulb. - Casey at Pelican Parts  
Eduardo Comments: Can you help on wiring diagram for light switch 911sc targa 1982, also ignition wire installation ,thank you
January 19, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't have wiring for that vehicle or system.

I would grab a repair manual. It will have the wiring diagram.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Singer Comments: Ordered my headlight switch from Pelican read this post and now both my dash lights and low beams work. Thanks for the quick delivery and the post on how to install
January 2, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Tom Comments: Thanks Pelican as I took apart the Light Sw and cleaned with contact cleaner. I was having the ever so common issue of no Lo beams but if it wasn't for your post I never would have seen those hidden screws. Massaged sw after cleaning and now works every time. Now to get in and change out that pesky little parking bulb next to hi beam. Thanks,
December 10, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
BK Comments: Would have never been able to do this without this site! Too many hidden fasteners and locks - thanks!
September 30, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff:
Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Pete Comments: I just replaced my Boxter's headlamp switch, and I also was stumped when reaching the step, "To remove the switch, simply unscrew the large nut on the face of the bezel 24mm deep socket." For others not yet able to take the old switch out of the vent assembly: Once the 24 mm nut is off, pull the bezel out. You will see a circular circuit board with mini lights behind the bezel. When this is lifted, the switch may be turned to release the lugs from the mount in the vent/switch assembly.

BTW, I used a small spring clamp to remove the nut-worked like a charm once I thought of it, and it holds the nut while you change the switch!
May 25, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff:
Thanks for the additional information. We appreciate it. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Bud Comments: Follow up: Figure out how to get the knob back on. Use the knob to turn the light switch to one of the on positions then use a small screw driver to pull the shaft of the switch out, just like turning on the fog lights. At this point, use the knob to push the shaft of the switch back in, like your turning off the fog lights. Knob should catch. No more pull off probably.
February 24, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Happy to hear you resolved the knob installation issue. Your procedure as described will helps others in the future. Thank You.

- Denny at Pelican Parts
 
Mikesz Comments: I changed out the whole vent assembly on my 99. the vent slats were broke and some were missing. FYI the torx size is a T15 and to get the one out in the light switch housing you will need a extra long one which I bought at my local Walmart.
February 23, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: When working on Boxsters a good supply of Torx bits and sockets is needed. These fasteners are being at so many locations buying sets is hignly recommended.

- Denny at Pelican Parts
 
Bud Comments: can't get the headlamp knob to catch when I press it back on. New switch went in pretty easy, but now now fog lights. Help!
February 23, 2013
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I sounds like you need to pull the switch shaft out of the switch to put the knob back on it's proper placement on the shaft. Carefully pull it out with a needle nose pliers.

- Denny at Pelican Parts
 
Lukeman Comments: Help! This comment is about the picture at Figure 3. I pulled off the side vent and headlamp switch together but removing the switch must involve more than simply unscrewing the large nut on the face of the bezel. I removed the large nut and still can't remove the switch. The replacement switch has lugs on it. It appears that the old switch has lugs too. Can't figure out how to rotate the lugs to the slots so it will release.

Followup: This is a follow-up to my earlier request for help. I figured it out. The light switch circuit board connected to the harness has to be pushed out to rotate the switch so the lugs can be pulled out through the slots, releasing the switch. Thanks anyway.
July 17, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Cool, thanks for the clarification! - Wayne at Pelican Parts  

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