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98 986 wont start ?

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Any advice on pinpointing a perplexing issue. Drove all day no issues stopped for dinner and pffttttt nothing...full battery charge was able to put top and windows up no problem. Full accessories and lights but the ignition switch feels 'off' clutch fully depressed wheel not locked and switch all the way over to start but NOTHING....

Any ideas...the last ignition switch was changed out in 05.



m2 .... with a dead boxster in driveway..


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Nothing but all the usual stuff. Start with switch on the clutch pedal , could still be your hand break switch if it is dual pole (both can be hacked away for testing or forever), a relay or a fuse and of course your ignition switch if it feels weird. I'd say that's it but I know missing something

Your implying it wouldn't even crank? You might turn the ignition on and jump the starter (You can jump the starter with your own battery in place, starters on top of enginewith to big leads) That might narrow things down.


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If the ignition switch was replaced with an "old style" audi/vw type, then its probably failed again. If its the switch, you might consider replacing it with Porsche's upgraded lock cylinder/switch assembly(about $120 for the part). Its also worth checking the switch at the clutch but I doubt its that one.


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Thanks for the support...the local Porsche dealar called and guess what 'broke'. Evidently there are pieces of plastic seat trim around the driver side and passenger seat. Not knowing this a piece of this plastic trim broke and cracked on the driver side inner seat trim and that piece of 'hanging' plastic dislodged a wire from the imm unit under the drivers seat and pfffff it immobilized the car. The dealer reconnected the housing to the plug and yippeee off and running. My wife and son have been in and out the car recently driving and adjusting the seat and it obviously worked this piece of plastic around enough to catch on this wire and disable the car. Total cost for new seat trim installed $80.00. Moral to the story dont let youre wife or son monkey around with YOUR seat.


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