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My 996 with almost 160,000 miles on it

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Hello all, last few starts when i turn the ignition on all the lights come on and everything is normal.

but when i try to crank it, NOTHING all the lights stay on but no action.

trying it few time with turning the key out and maybe man handling the key it will start.

is it the ignition switch?? or any idea's ??

if it is ignition do i need new keys also?

and how long does it take to replace?

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How old is the battery?

Have you load tested the battery and checked the specific gravity?

loren battery is from costco just a few months old

i just tried it again when i push the key in hard in to the ignition and turn it, it fires up.

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No, you shouldn't. You can choose to replace just the electrical switch (95% of the time the only problem) or the whole key/lock mechanism.

The key/lock mechanism is the long term fix - but it cost about $150 just for the parts.

ok i will do the key/lock mechanism

i can do it right not a dealer deal ?? no computer reset need ??

and do u know the part number ??


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just went over 160,000 miles and the ignition works fine now. i almost took it apart to replace the ignition. but as i was taking the left vent off, the wheel locked and i wiggled the wheel while it was locked and heard a click. and i retired to start the car and started fine. put the vent back together and has been working fine since.

lets see how long it will last.

on another note :(


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What year is your 996? I hope my 00 996 will last that long. Do u drive ur 996 daily or weekend only.

Please share any tips keep the car last to 160K miles and still running good.


2000 tip

daily driver

oil change every 8k miles 15w50 but porsche changed their recommendation to 5w40 but i just found that out.

i dont track the car but drive it hard few times a week.

drive 60 miles a day.

do most of the service work myself. (with help the guys here)

have a ignition problem today but i am sure it will be resolved.

11/21/05 Windshield $395.07

5/10/06 Oil Change 102500 Miles

7/28/06 Altonator $300 and $60 Belt Tensioner

9/26/06 Paid off Loan

10/8/06 Oil Change 110500 Miles 9.3q $70

11/4/06 Back tires 265/35/18 Kumho ECSTA $300

2/1/07 Front Brakes 115000 Miles $350

2/22/07 Front tires Kumho ECSTA 116500 Miles

3/17/07 Oil Change 117500 Miles 9.3q $70

6/7/07 K & N Fileter 120,000 $450

10/1/07 Oil Change 125500 Miles 9.0q $70

10/31/07 Nexen N3000 Tires for rear 127000 Miles $300 (lasted 30k miles!)

11/11/07 Water Pump and Thermostat 127500 Miles $417

12/9/07 Window Regulator Passenger 128900 Miles $170.91 Sunset Imports

1/6/08 Spark Plugs and Row Mo30 and new plastic hard wear in front by tires 130,000 Miles

1/9/08 Windshield Repair 800-944-4577 // 714-992-9112 $50

1/30/08 Another Windshield Repair 800-944-4577 // 714-992-9112 $50

2/4/08 132000 Front Brakes (just pads)

3/16/08 134000 Oil Changes 15 W 50 9q

4/5/08 134500 new Battery and

4/5/08 Rear Brake pads only

5/1/08 134700 AOS - air oil separator $600

5/8/08 13500 Transmission Service $313

7/7/08 138479 Mileage check 7/23/08 139391

8/1/08 140000 Mileage check

8/23/08 141275 Miles Oil Changes 15 W 50 9q

11/7/08 145000 Mileage Check

11/26/08 146000 Mileage Check

1/17/09 148456 Oil Change 15 W 50 9.3q

3/23/09 152123 Mileage Check

4/13/09 153900 Mileage Check

5/17/09 155741 Oil Change 15 W 50 9.3q $70

5/25/09 156000 Front Brake pads and rotor. no sensor.

6/10/09 157000 Nexen Tires 225/40/18 Front 275/35/18 Rear $593.31

8/12/09 160269 Safelite Auto Glass 714-771-4159 $395.07

9/18/09 162412 Mileage Check

10/3/09 163372 serpentine belt

10/3/09 163372 Oil Change 15 W 50 9.5q

10/3/09 163372 Fuel Filter

10/3/09 163372 Cleaned K&N Filter

10/10/09 oxygen Sensor $155.20

10/10/09 Steer Lock $106.79


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