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  1. I am battling an issue with my litronic headlights on my 2000 Boxster S. Both headlights light up correctly when I switch the lights on, but the right headlight goes out after about 30 seconds. When I switch the lights off and on again, it immediately goes on and after 30 seconds it goes out again. This is what I have done so far (in reverse order): * checked the ground point and put connector lube on * opened the headlight connector in the frunk and put connector lube in all holes * put connector lube on red connector to the low beam bulb * put connector lube on both connectors behind the headlight * replaced both bulbs * replaced the ballast * replaced the igniter * replaced the headlight switch I considered that this might be a relay issue, but but relay position F28, as shown in the diagram, is empty on my relay board no headlight relays on my car. Guys I am out of ideas. Any suggestions?
  2. Hi guys, I was driving home late last night, when I hit the high-beams on a dark road to get a better look at the curve coming up. Much to my shock, ALL lights went out. There I was, doing 80 in a turn on a dark road with NO LIGHTS. I frantically hit low and high beams and NOTHING. Turned the headlight switch on and off. Still nothing. When I pulled back on the high beams, it lit up. I drove like that for a little while before it occurred to me to hit the driving lights. They worked. When I got home, I started research and this seems to be a common thing (see links below). Most folks report hitting the high beams (push forward) and then...total darkness. Most folks just replace both bulbs and they are good to go. However, I want to know if this is a failure on the selector switch. Anybody else isolate the high-beam stalk as an issue?
  3. I have the typical 2nd gear synchro issue on my 2000 Boxster S. When I bought it, I (regrettably) did not do a PII and overpaid too. Yes, I can analyze the things I SHOULD have done, but I am trying to look forward on how to get us much enjoyment out of my purchase. I have already done some work on it myself (water pump, radiator, short circuit repair, transmission fluid, oil and filter) which chewed further into the $$$. The only nagging issue that I am now aware of is this 2nd gear grinding. I have figured out that I can double-clutch (up) into 2nd without the grind. However, that doesn't make for sporty shifting (at least not how I double-clutch) and also doesn't work well for shifting down for a turn. Is it possible to do a DIY repair on the 2nd gear synchro? Are there step-by-step details available on how to do it? I have seen instructions for other transmissions (below), but not for the Boxster 6-speed. Any help? http://porsche.wikidot.com/how-to:porsche-915-transmission-repair-tutorial-part-ii http://www.thesaabsite.com/9000/9000transrepair.htm
  4. This might be a stupid question, but how do you see mpg on the dash? I have tried turning, pushing and pulling on the two stems in the instrument cluster, but it doesn't change the display.
  5. Thanks for the help guys. I got the original part and installed it on both sides. Boy, those things are expensive. I wonder if they carve them out of diamonds. It was frustrating not being able to drive with the nice weather we have been having, but I learnt quite a bit in the process
  6. Ok, I found the problem. After A LOT of troubleshooting, I found that the front park light bulb had burnt out and fused against the socket. That caused the short. The bulb that I pulled out of there looks strange though. I have not seen it before. Looks like the following: http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-31825660550277_2185_27428520http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-31825660550277_2185_27428520 I see that they are available on ebay, but cannot seem to find anything else about them. Anybody know?
  7. Ok, I just went after a fresh batch of fuses and popped one in. When I turned the light switch to Park, the right side marker fuse (A3) popped again. I still had the side marker and the tail light circuit off. Does this mean that the switch is suspect? Or could it still be somewhere in the harness?
  8. Can the headlight switch cause problems for only the right side?
  9. I removed the side marker and the tail light circuit board tonight and put in a fresh fuse in. When I switched the light switch on and POP. %%$&* !!!!!!! So, I am assuming that the short is somewhere in the wiring harness.
  10. Any suggestions on how I isolate that? Do I remove the circuit board and side marker and see it the fuse blows again? Other than that, how do I check the circuit board itself?
  11. I noticed that my right side tail light was out. I tested the light bulb by switching it from side to side and the bulb turned out to be ok. I finally tracked it down to the right side marker fuse (I think position A3). Trouble is, every time I replace it, immediately blows immediately. I am not a sparkie by any stretch of the imagination. Where (and how) do I start looking?
  12. Does anyone have instructions on how to install it and adjust the mounting screws?
  13. I recently bought a 2000 Boxster S. When I went to look at it, I had sensory overload. I immediately fell in love with the thought of having a Porsche. When I test drove it, it was crisp and strong. However, after I bought it and the adrenaline settled down, I noticed a few issues: It GRINDS into second gear when the car is cold and only rarely when it is at operating temperature. The left headlight bracket is missing. While driving, there is a strange noise in the front right wheel (almost like a wheel out of balance/out of round). I looked up the underlying causes of these issues and I am SICK TO MY STOMACH. Seems that I bought me a huge hole in my pocket. I replaced the transmission fluid, but the 2nd gear shifting issue still remains. From what I can see on the web, it seems that a new transmission or rebuild are my only options. Wow $3500!!!! When I grab the left front wheel and move it, there is a definite wiggle. Seems like I need either a new front end or at least an overhaul. Control arms & Tie-Rods = $1000!!!! I know you guys are probably sick of hearing about the 2nd gear issue. Is there anything else that I can try before the tranny rebuild? BTW, I am a newbie here. Included is a picture of my (sick) baby.
  14. I need one of these also. I see the price has shot up to $96 for the left side.
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