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Front Trunk Microswitch Replacement

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Front Trunk Microswitch Replacement

My 98 Boxster's front trunk compartment light has never worked so I decided to investigate. I first swapped the light assembly itself with the exact same light fixture in the rear trunk and found both lights worked. I deduced that it must be the front microswitch and ordered a new one from Sunset Porsche in Oregon. The cost was: $43.13 plus $8.00 shipping to Washington State. The Part number is: 996-613-206-00 I removed the carpet trunk liner. The front trunk liner is made up of 2 sections and I only had to remove the front section. There was one thumbscrew clip on the passenger side and one thumbscrew clip opposite on the driver's side. Also on the driver's side there was one snapin clip and 2 additional snapin clips located in the front of the trunk. All five clips are very easy to find and remove. I then removed the plastic trim directly on top of the latch and microswitch. There are 4 screw plugs and you simply turn the plastic plugs 1/4 to 1/2 of a turn: Take a 10mm wrentch and loosen but don't remove the two bolts inside the trunk that hold the latch: Then remove the metal backing plate: Remove the 10 mm bolts the rest of the way. Disconnect the harness by pinching the clips and pulling: Next you need to remove the harness from the metal attachment clip by sliding the clip and releasing it. This one is hard to reach and see and a flashlight might be necessary. The photo below shows the release clip after it has been removed: The assembly can now be removed. To separate the microswitch, examine your new switch and you will notice 2 clips. The photo below shows one of the clips. To disengage this clip you need to take a thin blade screw diver push in as noted by the arrow on the photo and you pull up as you press the clip in: If the first clip is placed at 1:00 o'clock the second clip will be at 7:00 o'clock and it simply hooks over the assembly. When installing the new switch, place the 7:00 o'clock hook on first and then snap the 1:00 clip into place. You may have to work the swich down into place just slightly before hooking and snapping. Assembly is the reverse of the removal and Bob's your Uncle and the front trunk light works!


Edited by kbrandsma

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Thanks for posting this. I now have a working light in my front trunk after living without one for about two years.

One note - If you disconnect the battery prior to installing the switch, the light won't come on immediately when you reconnect the battery. You will need to open the driver's door to re-power the circuit.

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