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Porsche 911 Carrera Headlamp Switch Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Porsche 911 Carrera Headlamp Switch Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$150

Talent:

**

Tools:

Torx socket set, 24mm deep socket

Applicable Models:

 
Porsche 996 Carrera models (1999-05)
Porsche 996 Turbo, GT2, GT3 (2001-05)
Porsche 997 Carrera models (2005-08)
Porsche 997 Turbo, GT2, GT3 (2007-08)

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

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 997 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 later), and it costs about $150 from the online catalog of PelicanParts.com.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Do not work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Vehicle models change and evolve as they grow older, so the vehicle shown in our illustrations may vary slightly from yours. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

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).

Now remove the indicator lights (green arrow) from the trim piece by pushing it up and out of the trim.
Figure 4

Now remove the indicator lights (green arrow) from the trim piece by pushing it up and out of the trim. Use these areas (blue arrows) to push the lights out.

Once the lights are out of the way you can see the cutouts (blue arrows) which you will need to twist the switch in the direction of the green arrows to release it from the trim piece.
Figure 5

Once the lights are out of the way you can see the cutouts (blue arrows) which you will need to twist the switch in the direction of the green arrows to release it from the trim piece.

On the 997, press in the rotary knob on the light switch (but not to the limit), and turn the switch to the right (green arrow).
Figure 6

On the 997, press in the rotary knob on the light switch (but not to the limit), and turn the switch to the right (green arrow). Then pull the entire switch assembly out. Install is reverse of removal.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Chris Comments: I have a 2003 996 turbo 30 K on it both low beams stopped working High beam does not stay on unless held on
around the same time I have had the trunk or hood is open
I found a mouse nest behind the battery but no damaged wires
October 7, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What is missing from the low and high beams, ground or power? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Jetman Comments: I have a 2001 996 and all lights are dim in LH headlight assembly except low beams. Ground by headlight appears ok. Also when using LH turn signal with high beams or fog lights on, the LH turn signal ceases to blink. Right side, all lights and blinkers perfect always. And finally if I flash the high beams by pulling back on stalk with hazards on, the LH high beam flashes with the hazard lights. On the litronic headlight assembly, all bulbs share the same ground except low beams. Could the light switch or stalk be creating this problem on the left side only?
September 3, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the socket, measure voltage to it, then load the circuit, does the voltage hold at battery volts? Then check the ground, load it, does it hold at ground or raise less than 0.5 volts? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Vici Comments: I lost my key
June 12, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can get you a new one. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Gaz Comments: There is also a hidden screw in a recessed hole behind the knob holding the housing to the dash. This has a head that takes a hexagonal screwdriver bit or Allen key.
March 4, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks again! - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Gaz Comments: The switch needs twisting to line up lugs before it will come free. After removal of 'nut' it helps to remove or pull forward the part holding the LED's. This allows the switch to twist over a hidden lug.
March 4, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Eric Comments: BLKMGK is correct. I am having the same problem removing the front bezel. I bought the replacement switch from Pelican but I cant install it. How do you remove the front bezel?

If MAF cleaner works, then no need to purchase the replacement part.
January 20, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The bezel has to be gently lever out using a plastic prying tool. It attaches around the switch and locks in with plastic tabs. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
BLKMGK Comments: Karthik is incorrect, the lighted bezel traps the fingers of the switch and must also be removed - it simply lifts out but it's tight - mind the pigtail.

Contact and tuner cleaner would be a proper fluid for cleaning the switch. Didn't even think of that! MAF cleaner probably just as good as it's leaves no residue but I think the contact cleaner may have some lubricants. A very good idea!
May 31, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- 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
 
paul Comments: In your last step, you state "to remove the switch, simply unscrew the large nut on the face." However, that does not remove the switch. The switch seems to be additionally held to the back of the bezel by two teeth that I can see on the new switch itself. I will attempt to twist to get the switch to free up from the housing...but there is an additional step here.
December 24, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What did you find? Was there an additional step? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
seaswho Comments: FYI: My headlights went out and after checking bulbs I realized it must be the switch. I saw that a few people had the same issue and solved it by spraying CRC Mass Airflow Sensor cleaner into the switch. I removed the switch, sprayed into the shaft several times, worked the switch, then drained it best I could and reinstalled. Problem solved. All the lights work now.
April 21, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
karthik Comments: How are you able to remove the switch from the vent trim without removing the bezel that has the light markings on the 996? Secondly, how do you remove this bezel? Mine appears stuck :
February 9, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Remove all of the bezel screws. The switch knob is removed first, using a pick to release the spring. Once the knob is off, remove the nut for the knob, then lever out the bezel using a plastic prying tool.

Instructions are here:
http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Porsche-996-997-Carrera/87-ELEC-Headlamp_Switch_Replacement/87-ELEC-Headlamp_Switch_Replacement.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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