Go Back   986 Forum - for Porsche Boxster & Cayman Owners > Porsche Boxster & Cayman Forums > Boxster General Discussions

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-04-2010, 09:22 AM   #1
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New York Exurbs
Posts: 10
Ignition Switch Stiffness

My 2000 Boxster has a very stiff-turning ignition switch. It gets even worse in cold weather. I have injected powdered graphite and later, WD-40, with little if any improvement. I'm hoping to avoid a costly repair, so if anyone has any suggestions, or cares to share their experience with this problem, I will appreciate it.

BassMD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2010, 09:40 AM   #2
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: In the garage...
Posts: 1,620
replace the electrical portion of the switch. buy parts from local audi dealer ($35-50) or online at ************************************************************ ($8.65 +s/h)

DIY writeup details on PedrosGarage:

pedrosgarage.com/Site_3/Replace_Ignition_Switch.html

Burg Boxster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2010, 10:59 AM   #3
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Buffalo NY
Posts: 828
Did you take it apart? The outer cowl piece releases, lubrication without dis assembly didn't work on my car.. Don't bay a switch till you take it apart first, if it works but only in a difficult manner it's not broken..
eightsandaces is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2010, 01:27 PM   #4
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New York Exurbs
Posts: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by eightsandaces
Did you take it apart? The outer cowl piece releases, lubrication without dis assembly didn't work on my car.. Don't bay a switch till you take it apart first, if it works but only in a difficult manner it's not broken..
Would you please explain in more detail how to disassemble the switch?
BassMD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2010, 06:48 PM   #5
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Buffalo NY
Posts: 828
Quote:
Originally Posted by BassMD
Would you please explain in more detail how to disassemble the switch?

This is from memory, its in the bentley book mine is with the car, first you remove the plastic finish collar surround piece. You need something pointy to work with like a nail set. Then you will see a small dimple on the metal collar now exposed with the trim piece off, if memory is right you press the dimple and its a twist lock.
eightsandaces is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2010, 09:35 AM   #6
kpm
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Bowie Md.
Posts: 117
Put your right hand on the steering wheel in the 2 o clock position and your left hand on the ignition key...then apply slight pressure with your right hand towards the 1 o clock position while turning the key. See if that makes a difference.

I never force a key when it resists.
kpm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2010, 10:08 AM   #7
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New York Exurbs
Posts: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by eightsandaces
This is from memory, its in the bentley book mine is with the car, first you remove the plastic finish collar surround piece. You need something pointy to work with like a nail set. Then you will see a small dimple on the metal collar now exposed with the trim piece off, if memory is right you press the dimple and its a twist lock.
I removed the rubbery trim piece and what is revealed is a plastic collar around the switch, with a tab at 12 O'Clock. I tried pushing and pulling gently on the tab, and twisting, but nothing budged. Not wanting to break anything, I desisted. Advice?
BassMD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2010, 09:00 PM   #8
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Toronto
Posts: 157
Quote:
Originally Posted by Burg Boxster
replace the electrical portion of the switch. buy parts from local audi dealer ($35-50) or online at ************************************************************ ($8.65 +s/h)

DIY writeup details on PedrosGarage:

pedrosgarage.com/Site_3/Replace_Ignition_Switch.html

+1

This sounds like the plastic parts of the electrical portion of your ignition switch are breaking or worn. This is a common issue with these switches and an inexpensive DIY repair if you are handy and flexible.

Is your car experiencing any other electrical problems (air conditioning or dash lights non-functional)? If so, these are also common symptoms associated with a bad ignition switch.
__________________
1997 Boxster
http://i40.tinypic.com/ax1qhz.jpg
Aron in Toronto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2010, 12:33 AM   #9
Registered User
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Buffalo NY
Posts: 828
Quote:
Originally Posted by BassMD
I removed the rubbery trim piece and what is revealed is a plastic collar around the switch, with a tab at 12 O'Clock. I tried pushing and pulling gently on the tab, and twisting, but nothing budged. Not wanting to break anything, I desisted. Advice?

OK because its 3am and I'm up (medical stuff) , I'll look it up.....

OK after you remove the trim and boot, this is from Bentley

1) Insert ignition key and turn to position one (ignition on) insert straightened paper clip into hole at top right of key slot, press clip into the hole as far as it will go, pull lock cylinder out of steering lock housing.

Reinstall is reverse of removal, place ignition lock in position one, (ignition on) then lock cylinder barrel pawl with paper clip..

good luck Mr. Bond
eightsandaces is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2010, 11:05 AM   #10
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New York Exurbs
Posts: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by eightsandaces
OK because its 3am and I'm up (medical stuff) , I'll look it up.....

OK after you remove the trim and boot, this is from Bentley

1) Insert ignition key and turn to position one (ignition on) insert straightened paper clip into hole at top right of key slot, press clip into the hole as far as it will go, pull lock cylinder out of steering lock housing.

Reinstall is reverse of removal, place ignition lock in position one, (ignition on) then lock cylinder barrel pawl with paper clip..

good luck Mr. Bond
I did this today; had a bear of a time getting it back together. When I had it apart I sprayed the internal parts with WD-40. It seems to have made a difference. As I pulled out to bring the car to my winter storage spot, the seatbelt retractor locked up and would not budge. Cars!!!!
BassMD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-11-2010, 02:43 PM   #11
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: In the garage...
Posts: 1,620
WD-40 is NOT what you would want to spray in there.... a graphite lubricant would be a much better choice...

Burg Boxster is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


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 09:21 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