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996 2003 C4S Key Stuck


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Went to move the car to wash it. Went to start position and heard a strange mechanical over center sound. Key was stuck in the 1 position (ignition & everything hot) but no start and I couldn't go back to "0" position. Called the dealer said to tow it (about 85 miles). Talked to the roadside people and they actually told me about the key release. Put a little WD40 in the key area and I could at least start the car. I can turn the car off, I just can't get the key out. Tried locating the "center" hole to put the paper clip in (release instructions from the Porsche Roadside people) and could not push through and no release. Dealer estimate $700 to replace. Anybody have any better ideas? - v/r Frank

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Went to move the car to wash it. Went to start position and heard a strange mechanical over center sound. Key was stuck in the 1 position (ignition & everything hot) but no start and I couldn't go back to "0" position. Called the dealer said to tow it (about 85 miles). Talked to the roadside people and they actually told me about the key release. Put a little WD40 in the key area and I could at least start the car. I can turn the car off, I just can't get the key out. Tried locating the "center" hole to put the paper clip in (release instructions from the Porsche Roadside people) and could not push through and no release. Dealer estimate $700 to replace. Anybody have any better ideas? - v/r Frank

Yeah, buy a replacement switch unit for about $10 and put it in yourself in about 1 hour; problem solved.........

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