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  1. I replaced the ignition switch. Was not too difficult but you need the right screwdriver to loosen the switch from the ignition housing. Luckily I had something that worked. Took about 20 minutes including running around and looking for the right screwdriver. Works perfect now - glad I didn't pay dealer $500 for this simple job.
  2. I have the same problem. But everything works if I just giggle the key a bit. Dealer told me very common problem and fix is to replace the ignition switch - 2 hrs labour plus parts - so probably around $500. I want to do it myself - where can I get detailed instructions on how to do it?
  3. Hey Boxster newbie here. I bought a 1998 Boxster with a completely messed up top. One of those situations I saw where the clamshell opened on one side and not the other. I had no idea how to even start tackling the problem so took the car to the dealer ship. The previous owner didn't stop bent the push rods for the top and the lid and the hinge of the clamshell. Was told I needed all 4 push rods and even maybe a new clamshell - $2,500 without new clamshell. I wasn't going to spend that kind of money and told them to covert it to manual, They were able to bend the hinge back so the clamshell closes evenly on both sides so at least I could get use of the top manually. The dealer spent about 4 hrs working on it - mostly getting the clamshell to sit properly and it looks fine now. One thing the dealer old me was the convertible light would be on all the time - regardless if the top was up or down and it sure is always on. Based on Kent's solution is it because the clamshell is just sitting there by gravity and not depressing the switch? P.S. Due to some info here and other places I'm going to get all the parts and replace everything myself - it seems doable. Just would like to understand the problem with the light not going off at all. P.S.S. The dealer gave me all the parts (bushings etc.) and all makes sense and I know where it goes except for this - I can see it in the exploded diagram but not really clear where it goes or what it does - plus there is only one and parts entry says - 2 recommended? (see attached photo). I'm confused can someone tell me where it goes. Porsche Connection Piece Item: 986.561.657.00 Description: Connection Piece (2 Recommended) Reference numbers: 98656165700, 986 561 657 00, 986-561-657-00
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