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Old 02-25-2020, 05:46 AM   #1
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Head Light Switch Needs Replaced

The switch to turn the headlights on isnít working correctly. I want to replace it myself if possible. Can anyone direct me to DIY information?

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Thanks in advance for the feedback.

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Old 02-25-2020, 06:36 AM   #2
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I think this should cover what you need.
(Not my video)

https://youtu.be/3qcs1-W0urM

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Old 02-25-2020, 07:05 AM   #3
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Iím about to do this myself. My Litronics like to flicker and not come on sometimes so Iím hoping itís the switch.

Hereís a Pelican Parts article:
https://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Boxster_Tech/87-ELEC-Headlamp_Switch/87-ELEC-Headlamp_Switch.htm
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Old 02-25-2020, 08:18 AM   #4
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The switch to turn the headlights on isnít working correctly. I want to replace it myself if possible. Can anyone direct me to DIY information?

986 - 2000 with 129,000 miles.

Thanks in advance for the feedback.
Hello Scottblue

I am old school, into repairing stuff. I took the switch apart and bent the contacts over slightly. Its been ok now for about 2 years. My ride is a 2002 Boxster S with around 102,000 on the clock.
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Iím about to do this myself. My Litronics like to flicker and not come on sometimes so Iím hoping itís the switch.

Hereís a Pelican Parts article:
https://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Boxster_Tech/87-ELEC-Headlamp_Switch/87-ELEC-Headlamp_Switch.htm
That's exactly what mine did before I replaced the switch to resolve.
It is not too bad of a job. Good luck!
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Old 02-25-2020, 06:00 PM   #6
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FWIW my '97 had a funky acting light switch. I disassembled it to see what was going on, and it was all chowdered up. All the remaining plastic had the consistency of a fortune cookie. Did not age well.
My '03 also had a pretty odd-acting switch, but I never investigated.
Seems to be a weak point. Incredibly easy to swap out, though.
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Old 02-25-2020, 06:33 PM   #7
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That's exactly what mine did before I replaced the switch to resolve.
It is not too bad of a job. Good luck!
Awesome. My new switch should arrive tomorrow. I'd much rather replace the switch than have to replace the ballast, headlight, etc. Keeping my fingers crossed this will work. I'm 99.999% certain it will based on others' experiences.
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Old 02-26-2020, 05:30 AM   #8
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It's an easy, straightforward, 2 hour job...30 minutes replacing the headlight switch, and 1.5 hours looking for the screw that fell on the floor mat, and shot like a bullet into the drivers seat pan, clearly defying all laws of physics.

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