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I took the console apart today and didn't see any magnets ( the other poster was having issues with his paddle shifters not working right I believe too and mine work fine). There is a small switch in the front that might be the culprit. Key came out about 4 times first try after I took it apart until I drove it about 20 miles and it was back to sticking. It correctly shows gear position including P in the info center. I think the computer must look at separate inputs for indicated P in the info center and releasing the key. Still no idea why turning the key back on then off releases it.
I guess it is possible that it is the park switch... However being able to turn the key on and off and then remove it makes me think it might be the ignition itself or something else. The shift lever seems to be firmly in park and turning the car back on and shifting gears then turning it back off doesn't seem to help. The only trick I have found is turning it back on (not starting) and then off and it will come out. Sometimes I have to do that more than once to get it out. I would have guessed the switch was bad if it didnt give me the park message. I know some vehicles use a cable from the transmission to the ignition for the park interlock but I imagine the Porsche is a electronic one.
My key is getting stuck in the ignition. When I go to turn it off it says move parking selector to park. I can turn the key like im going to start and turn it back and it comes out but its beginning to get super annoying. It was doing it every now and then and now its every time. Any ideas? (2004 Cayenne S Triptronic paddles on the wheel)
Recently purchased a 2004 Cayenne S and other than a couple of issues, I am extremely pleased with the vehicle. I looked through the TSB's and read the one on trouble shooting the TPMS and tried to read all the posts on the TPMS in the forums. Mine is showing lines instead of pressures and saying that the Monitoring is off system is learning. It stays on this pretty much all the time. I have turned it on and off several times to no avail. I am guessing that the batteries in the sensors at the wheel are likely dead. I would ordinarily just leave it off but instead of a spare tire I got the Bose box where it should be. Doing some research it looks like these sensors run anywhere from 80-125 and are apparently not serviceable (ie batt change). Is this the likely problem being the care is 6 years old? Is there a way to check and see if they are transmitting? The airbag fault was traced to the connector under the seat by the previous owner. It's obviously out of warranty but we have a few local Indy shops that specialize in Porsche and they tracked it down for him. I found this, but I don't know that my local dealer will fix it without a warranty (doubtful since I purchased it from an individual)Air bag light Porsche Cayenne . The only other weird bit is that one of my keys overspins the starter (starter spins after engine is started for a second). One key works fine and I have never seen or heard about anything like it before. Thanks