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Old 02-08-2014, 11:51 PM   #1
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Question Headlight and directional signal not functional


I just purchased my first 2001 Porsche Boxster S last month. The car is a joy to drive, however the passenger side headlight has blown twice; and the directional signal on the same side has also blown.

The headlight was replaced and it was functional for about 5 hours of drive-time. I replaced the directional signal (with two separate bulbs) and I have not observed it function since it went out a few weeks after I purchased the vehicle.

I used a small amount of bulb grease when replacing the bulbs, and validated that the bulbs matched the driver side as well. I checked the fuses and they are also good.

Does anyone have any ideas what may be causing this?

I am in Charlotte, NC and looking for assistance.

Please advise,


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Old 02-09-2014, 10:37 AM   #2
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Did you touch the glass of the bulbs with your bare hands when installing them? Dirt and/or oil from your hands can make the bulb burn-out prematurely.

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Old 02-09-2014, 04:16 PM   #3
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Unfortunately no. I was wearing rubber gloves when I replaced it. I am more stumped by the directional signal. I've worked on my own American vehicles for years and never encountered this problem.
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Old 02-09-2014, 04:24 PM   #4
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Gremlins are rare, bad luck isn't. I'd do the bulb replacement dance again with scrupulous attention to cleanliness. Three's the charm.

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