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Old 05-30-2011, 04:43 AM   #1
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Tiptronic stuck in Auto

Greetings from the Emerald Isle!

My recently acquired late 1999 Boxster won't go into manual. Had a local Porsche specialist do some work on it recently and he temporarliy fixed the problem - told me it was a loose connection near the shift stick, but it has again stopped working.

All the Tip lights seem fine - no blinking and shows me what gear the car is in as it changes in auto; it just won't go from Drive to Manual.

If it's a simple fix (e.g. faulty connection) then I'd like to have a go myself but I don't know how to gain access - I guess I need to remove the centre column shift housing somehow? I'm sure the Bentley Boxster repair manual would probably tell me how to get at it but it's a bit pricey for the casual DIYer like me!

Many thanks and great forum

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Old 05-30-2011, 10:56 PM   #2
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Likely not the shifter, but the shift switch located at the tranny.

These are exposed and do get clogged with dirt, mud, etc. and can be cleaned.

But, being a switch, these do also sometimes fail altogether requiring replacement.

Not too difficult to do at all, but you need to align it carefully to get full travel and proper function.

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Old 06-01-2011, 12:37 PM   #3
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Ah! That makes sense :-) No idea how to get at transmission but porsche dealer was able to do quick non permanent fix easily and a faulty switch sounds like not too big a deal so i'll take her back there to sort it out.
Ps - driving her to Stuttgart in june this year as my summer hol so want the tiptronic working for the alpine run! :-)

Many thanks for the reply Lil :-)

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