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  1. Tested another xenon headlight that was known to work, issue remains. Put back in the old harness wiring to test that, problem remains. Nothing to do now but let the stealership look at it.
  2. I'm not a huge fan of the tiptronic but I've had zero issues in the 88K I've put on it since I bought it at 98K. I just change the oil once a year or 10K. Coil packs go out about every 3-4 years in my experience. Its a hefty expense to do them all at the dealer, but not as hard as it looks. You can do them yourself.
  3. In my case it has usually been a lack of tools and specific knowledge of the car that has cost me the most money since I bought mine at 98K mi. I can rebuild a chevrolet but not this thing. Fuel pumps will go out, have they been replaced? I also had a DME failure that cost me big $$$. My water pump slowly died, didn't leave me stranded. Fuel pumps did. Most of the other little things I can do myself. I wish I had bought a Durametric when I first got the car too.
  4. Unfortunately the headlight i have was a brand new factory Porsche lamp that was replaced after a minor sideswipe accident cracked the original, about 2 years ago now. Seems quite unlikely the brain inside the assembly would die after 2 years.
  5. So tonight I took it back out, forced it into the assembly unit and I can get everything to work except the Xenon and the directional Xenon. High beam and turn signal do work. Anyone have any ideas, what about a continuity test on the harness connector? The old connector had been giving sporadic/sputtering light up of the Xenon last weekend when I pulled it initially, when being forced into the assembly, not constant light-up.
  6. Yes even aftermarket Xenons are $700+ and this is not a good option. Pelican Parts may end up sending me another, but I am going to take it apart again and force it to seat first.
  7. Factory as far as I know, which i thought were xenon HIDs, is there a specific car RPO code to check to confirm
  8. I don't let my 06 S go that long on oil, about 10-15K for oil and filter. I pulled my air filters to check every time and they can go forever. I've only needed to do it once in 6-7 years.
  9. There are 4 10mm bolts holding the tray in place, but even with their removal the whole tray doesn't come out, its blocked on the left and right by the body structure. However I was able to get it loose enough to get the harness connector replaced. Unfortunately this didn't solve the problem and the drivers headlight will not turn on at all. Before, I could force the old connector to seat and the main light would come on intermittently, telling me it had to be a connection issue, but there is a tiny bulb to the outside and below the main bulb (3 in the diagram above) that was always on whenever the lights were turned on, so I was at least getting some connection on some of the pins. Now, with the new harness, the tiny light (3 above) on the headlight assembly that is just below and to the outside of the main bulb does not come on at all, and there is no response from the main headlight assembly whatsoever to being pressed in to the connector and held in firmly, when the lights are turned on. I was able to remove some of the vanity covers to get my hands around from behind and make sure it was pressed in all the way once it was in the car too, but no luck. I did double check the part for the harness connector, its the factory as best I can tell. I'm pretty sure this idiot dealer will stick me for the charge of a brand new Porsche headlight assembly, but I don't know what else to do.
  10. Ok thank you, the air filter box and housing is preventing it from being able to slide out (the black end of 19 slides to the inside of the car, but the obstruction prevents it from going all the way) Does removing bolt 18 allow this to come up, and what is part 15?
  11. I dont see why i need such a tool. The pin connector on the headlight is not a problem. The wiring harness connector that it connects to, which also connects to the tray is the problem. How do you remove the tray holding it in place, because it won't wiggle free.
  12. My drivers' side headlight was replaced by the dealership after an accident. It has worked fine for two years since, but recently decided to stop working. I get a "check dipped beam" message on the cluster as a result. The turn signals work, as does a single little light on the outer side of the assembly. The main and high beam do not. After taking it out to inspect, I noticed that the electrical harness connector on the back was the problem. When I could force it into the headlights socket, the lights all powered up and worked fine, as did the high beam. So a poor connection is the culprit. One of the tabs on the side of the white connector was broken off, so the connector wiggles in its place. I imagine that the force of the headlight being pushed back wiggled it just enough that it wouldnt' seat into the headlight assembly. But getting that white connector into the socket and then back into its place without being able to get my hand in from the rear of the light was not apparent. I also noted that the insulation on all the wires was terribly frayed and coming off in my hands as I examined it. But with a new connector in hand, I don't see how to wiggle the old one out. It slides in from the side on the back of the tray holding the headlight assembly, but is blocked from sliding out all the way. How do I rectify this?
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