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Why Is This Happening?

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Anybody know what or why?

Number one:

About a month ago I started my Boxter S 3.2 cold in the garage and I noticed that the battery

light stayed on. I shut it off and restarted - no light........until today.

After driving for about 20 mins, I stopped at a carryout. When I came out and started it the

engine the light stayed on again. At a red light I shut it off and restarted. No light since.

Number two:

After a short spirited drive last weekend (I'm sure above 75 mph) I pulled in the garage and

got out. The rear spoiler was fully extended. I know where the overide switch is and I have never

touched it before.

I cycled the spoiler up and down with the switch, then with the spoiler down I restarted the car

and drove down the street to my brother's house. I turned around and came back home, never

going over 30 mph. The spoiler was up again. I cycled it up and down again and it has been ok

ever since. Did it loose it's initialization? It seems alright now.

What gives?.....Any ideas?


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Likely suspect is your ignition switch. When they go bad they cause all kinds of strange electrical behaviors. Do a search here. An easy and inexpensive repair..,

Also check your battery. If it's over 4 years old it's probabaly on it's way out..

Good luck.


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  • 3 weeks later...

The original two problems have not reoccured but I'm taking it in next week to get a new ignition switch installed.

Now I have a new concern. After starting the car cold (only) then turning the foglamps on, and then turning the

headlamps on......as soon as I move the light swight to headlamps (with the fog lamps still on) I immediately get a

very rapid and very loud "thumping" from the trunk area (spoiler?....some relay?). Cyling the ignition switch off and

back on makes it stop and there is nothing you can do to make it repeat until it sits a long time again.

Another ignition switch symptom? Anybody ever had this or heard of it? Ideas/opinions?

I've got a feeling that this is happening because I have an aftermarket HID conversion that pulls too much only when

the fogs are already on and you are trying to light the HID's for the first time of the day (cold).

But.....What is the thumping? Are the headlight and/or foglight relay(s) in the LH side of the rear trunk?



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