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Old 04-22-2010, 03:06 PM   #1
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Dashboard lights (speedometer, clock and mileage) donít turn off

Iíve had my 1999 Boxster for almost a month and this just started happening 3 days ago. When I turn off my Boxster and remove the key, the dash lights including the speedometer, clock and mileage reading no longer turn off. I donít know if I accidentally changed a setting that I can change back, or if this is a problem? Iíve waited for 5 minutes and the lights stay on. The only way I can get the lights to turn off is to lock the car. Any suggestions or ideas?
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Old 04-22-2010, 03:28 PM   #2
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That's normal.

Dash will go off in about 5 min or if you lock the car.

I had same scare after I changed my ignition switch.. I noticed that dash lights will stay on unless I lock the car. If you leave your car for 5-10 min.. they will go off.

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Old 04-22-2010, 06:51 PM   #3
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Agreed, hadn't noticed this until I changed my ignition switch also but they do go off.
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Old 04-22-2010, 08:02 PM   #4
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That is a sign of the ignition switch going bad - a $20 part and pretty easy to swap. Documented here lots of times.

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Hi so is it normal for dash board lights to stay on for 5 min or go off right after you pull the key out.

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Old 06-20-2010, 01:59 PM   #6
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It is normal for the dash lights to stay on for 5 minutes after you pull out the key, unless you lock the car (in which case they go out right away). However, if the lights do not go out even after 5 minutes, then it could be that your clock reset/mileage reset knobs are stuck in the pushed in position, or your ignition switch is starting to act funny.

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