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Old 02-27-2013, 01:38 PM   #1
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Key hard to turn in ignition

The first time I go to start the car in the morning, it's really difficult to turn the key. It almost feels like I'm going to break it off. After it moves the first time, from then on, it turns very easily.

I've tried jiggling the wheel and I replaced the electrical portion of the switch about a year ago. I've also noticed that the steering wheel lock does not work at all.

Any ideas?
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:53 PM   #2
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Sounds like your ignition lock cylinder itself is failing internally. Porsche dealerships normally have complete unit with updated switch in stock. Usually costs around $180 and not very difficult to install yourself. Part # 996 347 017 07
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Do I have to re-key after I change the cylinder? My understanding that is big bucks at the dealer.
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See if this older post is any help. Worth a try before spending the big bucks for a new switch assembly.

http://986forum.com/forums/general-discussions/36472-ignition-switch-acting-up.html
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:51 PM   #5
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I believe you might find that simply changing the ignition switch for <$15 might be a great first step to see if this fixes the issue. If you search ignition switch you will find many discussions of this part that commonly fails. You likely won't have to replace the whole mechanism if you start with the switch only. Worth the effort first IMO.
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:53 PM   #6
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Yes, I read that post, but my problem is the steering wheel lock does not work at all, so I'm thinking it's the Ignition lock cylinder, the mechanical portion, that's failing.
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OK, maybe someone else can comment. I admit, I didn't recall the wheel lock not working in my case....
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:37 PM   #8
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Do I have to re-key after I change the cylinder? My understanding that is big bucks at the dealer.
For my understanding, the mechanism comes without the key portion, and you need to use the old part, that matches your existing key.
I'm posting this from my iPad, so I can't show a picture, but if you will look at the part, you will understand what I mean.
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Old 03-01-2013, 01:56 PM   #9
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got some pics for you.
the assembly with the key on it.



the new assembly without the key portion.





looks like you need to lift the two tabs, and move the key portion from old to new assembly.
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My key was difficult to turn and it was the common failed ign switch jamming the works. The $15 part fixed it.
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