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First , I am new to this posting thing, so I apologize in advance if I am screwing something up.

I bought a 2005 Boxster S 6 mos ago, drives great , low mileage.

Occassionally if I stall (yes it happens, usually coming out of a garage and I dont want to bottom out) I cant start the car. I turn the key back and turn it on and there is nothing.. Is there a trick, I have no problem ever starting the car any other time. I go back and forth a few times and it starts, but I am not sure if I am doing something with the key that makes it start..

Please if is a dumb question, be gentle.

txs

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Make sure the clutch is ALL the way in - there is a microswitch on the clutch pedal. It pretty much has to be on the floor to start my car.

Thanks, unfortunately I guess I will have to stall it again to try that.. Will try it this week and let you know.. Appreciate the quick answer. 1 more month and the car goes in storage for the winter :(

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First , I am new to this posting thing, so I apologize in advance if I am screwing something up.

I bought a 2005 Boxster S 6 mos ago, drives great , low mileage.

Occassionally if I stall (yes it happens, usually coming out of a garage and I dont want to bottom out) I cant start the car. I turn the key back and turn it on and there is nothing.. Is there a trick, I have no problem ever starting the car any other time. I go back and forth a few times and it starts, but I am not sure if I am doing something with the key that makes it start..

Please if is a dumb question, be gentle.

txs

Hmmm ... I know I had to go rescue my wife one time. On her 2008 C 2.7 5spd manual if you kill it you have to turn the key off. *THEN* turn the key to the left [ counter clockwise about a second -- this forces some sort of computer reset ] then off then press the clutch and start as usual. She received this instruction from the salesman at the Porsche dealer when she was test driving a Cayman and killed it but forgot and got all flustered. Not sure if the 2005 electronics are that way the but 08's sure are.

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When this happens to me, I just remove the key and put it back in again. That always works. I can't say if I take my foot off the clutch but I probably do that too. There is something about the system that requires you to do everything all over again, beginning with the reinsertion of the key.

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Mine is a 2005 and (with the clutch all the way in) also wont start from the "off" or "run" position.. I have to turn the key all the way left, then back to :start:... pretty darn embarrasing the first couple times I stalled.... till I figured it out.

By the way, mine goes in storage too... what many in the US may not know is that in many provinces in Canada, they throw massive quantities of salt on the roads in winter (excellent for starting rust and corrosion).. the semi melted salt crystals are abrasive and corrosive enough, but its made even worse when they mix in sand or very tiny pebbles for traction..the salty slush and water gets into every tiny joint, and sticks to every surface and sits there eating away at the steel and aluminium, the abrasive nature isn't good for the paint job, .

The slush and water spray from passing cars also contains all kinds of chemicals in addition to the salt content, from -40 windshield fluid, to various other auto fluids and grease and oil that drip off cars..and that doesn't do the cloth top any good either.

That's why mine is a 6-month car, (or just 5 month if the weather turns) that has never seen snow.

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Mine is a 2005 and (with the clutch all the way in) also wont start from the "off" or "run" position.. I have to turn the key all the way left, then back to :start:... pretty darn embarrasing the first couple times I stalled.... till I figured it out.

By the way, mine goes in storage too... what many in the US may not know is that in many provinces in Canada, they throw massive quantities of salt on the roads in winter (excellent for starting rust and corrosion).. the semi melted salt crystals are abrasive and corrosive enough, but its made even worse when they mix in sand or very tiny pebbles for traction..the salty slush and water gets into every tiny joint, and sticks to every surface and sits there eating away at the steel and aluminium, the abrasive nature isn't good for the paint job, .

The slush and water spray from passing cars also contains all kinds of chemicals in addition to the salt content, from -40 windshield fluid, to various other auto fluids and grease and oil that drip off cars..and that doesn't do the cloth top any good either.

That's why mine is a 6-month car, (or just 5 month if the weather turns) that has never seen snow.

Thanks , I kept thinking about the clutch in idea and kept thinking maybe I wasnt pushing it all the way down, but the two times I have stalled... I kept trying everything, key out , key in , pump the clutch and then it would start after some combination.. In the meantime you are sitting in one very nice car blocking traffic while KIA's honk at you as they go around.. I havent tried to stall since I have had all these suggestions, I will try to stall before it goes away and post my unscientific results..

Thanks for all the postings.. PS if you store yours, any suggestions on what I need to do.. I am getting the oil changed this week, I have access to an underground garage but was planning on storing it in my house garage which is not heated... thoughts?

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I would like to add to this stall topic & wondering if any one has this problem. When the gas tank get filled at the gas pump....the car will not start afterward.

I do get it started but I have to fully press down the gas pedal and hold it.....crank the engine & then it catches and starts... runs rough but runs fine after a few minutes...(like 5 to 10 minutes). I assume its a vapor lock....but how can I permanently fix this from happening? Happens on every fill up

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