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Total electrical failure - 1998 Porsche Boxster

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-Opened the door: Door light on and overhead light on (normal)

-Placed key in the ignition: Dash lights on, all looks good.

-Turned engine over: Did not immediately start (not unusual... battery charge seemed quite normal)

-Turn key back to off position to try again...

When I turned it "On" I had no electrical power to anything:

-No headlights.

-No overhead light.

-No dash light.

-No heater fan.

-No door lights.

-Alarm is also not flashing its red light.

-No windows.

-No locks.

Does anyone have any idea what this could be?

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I will check the battery when I get home to make sure there is no corrosion and terminals are secure. It just seems very odd that all would be well and then suddenly, for no apparent reason, I get literally no electrical power in the car.

I did a forum search on "bad ignition switch" and pulled up a lot of documents! Let's assume the battery is good. What am I looking for about the ignition switch? Replacement?

I just dont understand what the ignition switch would have to do with all of the power in the car... literally nothing works. Nothing at all.

Thank you all! I will post back once I have the answer to the battery.

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The only way to really test the battery is to remove it and take to an auto parts store that does load testing. They should also perform a specific gravity test on each of the battery cells.

If your battery is 4 years old or older I would replace it anyway as you living on borrowed time.

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