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3 Questions Regarding a New to Me 986

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New to me Boxster, but many years of Porsche ownership (356/911/914)

I checked the archives and was unable to answer my questions.

car is a '98 5 speed, with 41k miles.

1) Cruise control does not work. The green light comes on at the dash, and pushing the stalk towards the dash does not engage the cruise. I have succesfully used the CC on other Boxsters I have driven, but this one does not engage. Any Ideas?

2) Clutch pedal creaks. Part of my purchase agreement on the car was a new clutch that was installed by an indy P shop with a good reputation. Before the replacement, the pedal creaked and felt like it was binding and the clutch was slipping a bit. All issues gone now except the creaking in the pedal, so I'm guessing it may be in the pedal assembly? The creaking happens at all positions in the pedal travel.

3) Sometimes when turning the ignition switch, there is a hesitation before the starter cranks. The clutch pedal is always pressed to the floor while attempting to start, One time nothing at all happened, no click or crank etc. I turned off the switch and tried again and it fired right up. Also, all warning lights come on and then go out when the engine starts. Could this be the electrical part of the ignition switch or is it the clutch/starter engagement switch (I belive that is what it is called!)??

Thanks so much.

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With Cruise control on a manual be sure to keep your foot OFF the clutch when trying to turn it on, this was my problem when I first got a manual with cruise.

I'm pretty sure that I was off the clutch since I was cruising on the interstate, but I will try it again to see if that was it. Thanks!

Any other idea's?

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  • 4 years later...

i have a 99 boxster that clutch creaked badly when I got it at 53k mi. It gradually got better, and at 80 K it is silent. Ido not know if prev. owner replaced any component, but I doubt it. It seemed to be a hurculean efort to depress at first, but maybe I have just become a Porche Man as I go. I do drive it (clutch wise) with reverence (as in, I only depress when I shift, not when I stand). I am having problems with ignition switch, which resolution seems to be with replacing the electrical portion ( as detailed in Pelican Parts bulletin).

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This is most likely to be the switch on the clutch pedal, the electrical connection may be loose or dislodged and this will prevent the CC engaging, simple job to have a look.

This sounds most likely because of other issues with the creaking clutch pedal - has someone tried to lubricate the assist spring? - the switch is right next to the assist spring and so easy to disconnect

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