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Just wanted to complete the loop on this starter / ignition problem. We ended up replacing the starter and the starter relay for a total cost of about $900 on our 2000 Porsche 996 Cabriolet in San Francisco CA. This was after we replaced the ignition switch first, in response to intermittent starting of the engine (which we probably needed to do anyways). The problem with the intermittent starting / no start has now been solved, and the engine starts reliably every time. Also, my mechanic made some kind of change to my clutch for no charge. The tranmission springs more naturally and fluidly out of first gear and into second now than before the change was made. Even the second to third gear trasmission seems better. The place where the synchromesh catches on the clutch seems earlier than before. Anyways, it definitely makes the car more fun to drive - not that it wasn't fun before. Thanks to everyone for responding. Brian :D
Could it be the starter going bad? I was reading an article suggesting that I start checking the fuel pump and the DME relay system. THoughts / comments appreciated.
:o OK, so, in response to the issue of intermittent starting of the engine when turning the key, I replaced the ignition switch with Audi part # 4A0 905 849 B as per the instructions. BUT, the problem remains: in the morning, it takes two or three turns of the key to start the engine - when I turn the key, the electronics turn on, but the engine does not start or make any sounds/motions at all until after the key has been jiggled a few times. Once the engine has started, the car starts reliably throughout the rest of the day. Any thoughts on what else I should be taking a look at? Its a 2000 Porsche 996 Cabriolet, colored mirage, in San Francisco, CA. Really appreciate your help.
THanks for you help! You guys are the best. Brian I just replaced the ignition switch on my 2003, but I did the whole assy. It took me about two hours. Good luck jr
:renntech: I have been noticing that it takes two or three turns of the key to start the engine in my 2000 996 cabriolet. Some mornings I just have to jiggle the key a bit. Other mornings it takes a bit more effort. When the key is turned, the electronics always start reliably, but the engine sometimes fails to start. Once the car has started once, it pretty much starts reliably throughout the rest of the day. I discussed the problem with my mechanic but he was not able to reproduce the issue, and suggested that I continue to drive the car until the problem became more acute. He also mentioned that it was probably an ignition switch related issue, rather than the starter. Here's the question - is it likely the ignition switch? And do I need to get the ignition switch replaced now? If there is little risk of harming other components of the car, I might drive it for another month or so until the problem becomes more troublesome. Also, just wanted to say thanks for the quick help on on the water build-up issue I was experiencing in my rear right footwell area after a heavy bout of rain in San Francisco. My mechanic was able to unclog all of the drains leading into the wheel wells for about $85. Since its not raining in San Francisco anymore, the real forcing function for getting it fixed was to wash the car so that I can lay down a fresh coat of wax.
Thanks to everyone for the quick and thorough response! I really appreciate your help. all the best, Brian
Tried a search on this topic but most answers pertained to boxters and 944s, where there was much discussion, but very little pertaining to the 996. I have a 2000 porsche 996 cabriolet in San Francisco CA. I have noticed that sometimes during especially hard rains, water will build up in the right hand side rear passenger footwell, beneath the carpet. I have checked the roof pretty thoroughly and everything seems quite dry up there. Where could this water be coming from? The walls seem to be dry as well. I have found some discussion in other forums suggesting that 944s have a problem with drains clogging up underneath the battery box, but do not understand how this could leak into the rear right passenger footwell without soaking underneath the carpet of the front passenger footwell ;-) Is there some sort ventilation system that stretches to the back seat area? I removed some leaves from the drain area under the battery box and will report back if that stops the leak. BUT, any other ideas or suggestions would be much appreciated. I am hoping to avoid spending money unneceesarily if this is something that I can fix myself ;-) thanks much! Brian