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Window and Door Switch Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Window and Door Switch Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$100

Talent:

*

Tools:

Flat head screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Porsche 955 Cayenne (2004-10)
Porsche 955 Cayenne GTS (2008-10)
Porsche 955 Cayenne S (2003-10)
Porsche 955 Cayenne Turbo (2003-10)
Porsche 955 Cayenne Turbo S (2006-10)

Parts Required:

New switch assemblies

Hot Tip:

Use a thin blade screwdriver to pry out the switches

Performance Gain:

Working switches

Complementary Modification:

Replace window regulators

Switches wear out; it's a fact of life with a car. If you go to lower a window and nothing happens, it's a good bet that the switch mechanism has worn out and needs to be replaced. Due to the complexity of the electrical system on the Cayenne, I recommend using the Porsche factory tester or a good aftermarket software package like Durametric to check the function and operation of the switches in your car. Replacement of the window switches is literally a snap and should take less than an hour.

Shown here is the driver's side window switch assembly.
Figure 1

Shown here is the driver's side window switch assembly. In this article, we will go over the steps to replace the switch

Use a thin blade flat head screwdriver to carefully pry the switch assembly up from the back as shown here.
Figure 2

Use a thin blade flat head screwdriver to carefully pry the switch assembly up from the back as shown here. Then take your time, carefully prying up around the switch until it can be pulled up out of the armrest.

Once removed, press the tab on the electrical connector to remove it from the switch assembly (green arrow).
Figure 3

Once removed, press the tab on the electrical connector to remove it from the switch assembly (green arrow). Now place the electrical connector into the new switch assembly. Push the new electrical connector into the armrest until it is fully seated.

To replace the rear hatch and fuel door switches, pry from the rear (green arrow) and pull the unit up from the back.
Figure 4

To replace the rear hatch and fuel door switches, pry from the rear (green arrow) and pull the unit up from the back.

Figure 5

Press the tabs on the electrical connectors to remove them from the switch assembly (green arrows)

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Comments and Suggestions:
Junior Comments: question, can you remove the thing that the rear hatch is sitting on? if you know what I am talking about? I tried but was not sucessful...
September 21, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Can you share a photo of the part? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Kent Comments: I have a 2006 Cayenne turbo s and the rear latch has just stopped working. I close the rear latch and instead of that little locking thing that happens. Nothing happens My warning light goes on rear hatch open. The latch wont lock, but ten minutes later it is locked. I looked at the fuses and they are ok. The rest of the doors and windows are ok. Any thoughts
December 12, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The latch is likely faulty. I would test the switch or try cleaning and lubricating it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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