Go Back   986 Forum - for Porsche Boxster & Cayman Owners > Porsche Boxster & Cayman Forums > Performance and Technical chat

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-28-2015, 12:00 AM   #1
Registered User
nfaulder11's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 2
Dome light wont turn on

The dome light in my 2001 wont turn on when you open the door, the switch is in the correct position as well. However as soon as I stick the key in the ignition it comes on. Any ideas on how to fix this problem? It is very inconvenient not having light when entering the car at night.

nfaulder11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2015, 06:10 PM   #2
Registered User
nfaulder11's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 2
nfaulder11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2015, 10:55 PM   #3
Registered User
Nine8Six's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Montreal, QC. (currently expat to Shanghai)
Posts: 3,215
Install more outdoor lighting in your driveway lol

Start with the basic mate, you can pry the dome light assembly with a small and flat pry bar. Very easy removal, no screws! Remove the bulb and use abrasive paper to clean both metal ends. You may also want to do the same on the dome connection pins. Push back the pins gently with your finger so the squeeze the lamp properly.

Starting with above should rule out dirt and corrosion.

Could also be that the done light is not in its correct position (e.g. at off pos). I believe it needs pushing forward to be triggered by the doors. Center is OFF and pushed backward is ON. Something like that... forgot (read your user manual!)
'97 Boxster base model 2.5L, Guards Red/Tan leather, with a new but old Alpine am/fm radio.
Nine8Six is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 12:38 PM   #4
Certified Boxster Addict
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 7,573
Do the door windows drop properly when you lift the door handle?

I ask because the door switches often fail and then the car doesn't know that the door handle has been lifted or the door opened. In this case, it sounds like the car doesn't know that you opened the door and so it doesn't turn on the dome light.

1999 996 C2 - sold - bought back - sold for more
1997 Spec Boxster BSR #254
1979 911 SC
POC Licensed DE/TT Instructor
thstone is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 01:36 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page