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LarryHughes

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  1. I've removed and reinstalled mine twice and have never had to remove the seat. A standard 'L' shaped Allen wrench works nicely.
  2. The two screws that need to be removed are 5mm allen wrenches, not "ten". Do remove the switches and look at the failure. You will be shocked at how fragile the switches are but they are consistent with Porsche's fromage-interior approach. I was able to repair my failed switch by using a heated finish nail to create new holes with the nail becoming a robust axle for the switch to pivot upon. I shimmed up the white plastic button that activates the electrical switch to match. When installed, it looks and feels like stock. I find the lack of interior quality on a $60,000+ car hard to believe. SMH
  3. I know this is an old thread, but I have a little different technique that I use. I just replaced the lighter in my '01 996 with the USA size assembly in 10 minutes with no tools and no battery disconnect. Gently pry the trim piece containing the lighter out of the dash. I use my fingernails and a thumb wedged into the lighter socket. Disconnect power from the white socket. Carefully remove the black and green pieces by prying the clips open with a small flat screwdriver. Turn the trim piece face down in one hand where you can support. Give a smart rap on the white connector with a hammer to drive the entire lighter assembly out in one piece which includes the clear segment and the metal segment. (OK, the hammer is a tool. Just checking to see if you are following the instructions.) You're now ready to install the new unit. Mine came as separate pieces: the clear plastic light ring and the inner metal piece. I simply slid the clear plastic piece into the trim without removing the green and black bits. It will go in easily. Then I inserted the metal inner taking care to align the slots in the clear plastic. The green and black bits align themselves. Test the lighter function and check the instrument light before snapping the dash trim back into place. You can actually do it quicker than the time it took me to write it up. PM me for the address to send the 6-pack showing your eternal gratitude.
  4. I know this is an old thread, but I have a little different technique that I use. I just replaced the lighter in my '01 996 with the USA size assembly in 10 minutes with no tools and no battery disconnect. Gently pry the trim piece containing the lighter out of the dash. I use my fingernails and a thumb wedged into the lighter socket. Disconnect power from the white socket. Carefully remove the black and green pieces by prying the clips open with a small flat screwdriver. Turn the trim piece face down in one hand where you can support. Give a smart rap on the white connector with a hammer to drive the entire lighter assembly out in one piece which includes the clear segment and the metal segment. (OK, the hammer is a tool. Just checking to see if you are following the instructions.) You're now ready to install the new unit. Mine came as separate pieces: the clear plastic light ring and the inner metal piece. I simply slid the clear plastic piece into the trim without removing the green and black bits. It will go in easily. Then I inserted the metal inner taking care to align the slots in the clear plastic. The green and black bits align themselves. Test the lighter function and check the instrument light before snapping the dash trim back into place. You can actually do it quicker than the time it took me to write it up. PM me for the address to send the 6-pack showing your eternal gratitude.
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