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Hi Folks,

 

I have a 2000 Porsche Boxster S.

 

I have a question.  I am stuck with my top down, and the Emergency Brake Switch just went caput on me.

 

It is supposed to rain here before I will be able to get one ordered up and shipped to me.  Nobody local carries it.

 

If I remove the switch and the wires, and temporarily connect them together, will I be able to operate the convertible top?  I am 99% sure that it is the parking brake switch, as the light on the dash no longer works, and my top is not working.  Everything else is in good shape from what I can see.

 

I have read all about the hacks on here, and that's not really something I want to dive into, and the parking brake switch is pretty darned cheap, I just can't get one and rain is forecast.

 

Can anyone help me in this situation?  I imagine it to be just like any other switch, it breaks the current between two wires, and when the e-brake is in the down position, the top will not open because the circuit is broken (open), so, when the brake is pulled the plunger goes up and connects the wires, right?  So, connecting the two together, should allow me to open and close the top!

 

IS MY THINKING CORRECT??

 

Thanks in advance folks

 

Brian for almost always sunny southern california, but, soon to be raining on my car california at the moment.

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Thanks Porsche Nut.

 

ITS STARTED RAINING HERE TOO.

 

Last night, as I was starting to try and pull the plug off of the switch, I decided to give it a couple of whacks, and it WORKED.  I managed to open and close it a few times.  But, most importantly, I can now close the top and keep the rain out.  We are in the process of moving so, the garage is completely filled with packed boxes making parking in the garage impossible.

 

So, since I didn't do this "hack." since I managed to get the switch functioning again, I would imagine that my "PARK" light would stay on all the time, if I did indeed jumper those two wires. 

 

Thanks again!

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