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Since I bought my Boxster the key-fob never worked, so my usual practice

is to put my key into the cylinder and turn it to unlock.

 

So this week, I did the procedure I've done hundreds of times, when after opening,
the resistance I've always felt while turning the lock disappeared! I could now
turn the key left and right, a full 180 degrees without any resistance. No movement
in the door latch.

 

And yet, when I roll the car down the driveway, the door locks do engage and so does the
latch. Something mechanical must have slipped off the cylinder assembly, and I know I'll
have to take the door apart to find out,

 

I'm wondering if anyone has had the same situation and what they've done to fix it.

 

Thanks1

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Sounds like this part is broken

 

Image result for porsche 996 door tumbler

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Usually, it is a cheapo cast metal piece in the lock mechanism.  The piece is probably a 50 cent piece but the official Porsche part is only available as part of an entire lock package which costs over a hundred dollars.  Fortunately, there is an Audi part that works.  It does sometime require a little hand fitting to make it work well.  See the attached post which goes into it in detail.  You will have to get in to the door and take the parts out to see for sure.  As I recall, once you get the door liner off, it is pretty intuitive how to do it.  Good luck.

 

 

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Thanks to all who answered.

 

I found someone on reddit who had the solution to the EXACT same problem with his 2000 Boxster.

He solved it by buying this kit from Amazon for $3.95!

 

Here's the link to the reddit blog:

https://www.reddit.com/r/Porsche/comments/1eq7aa/how_to_fix_broken_986_lock_cylinder_for_20/

 

Here's the link to the Amazon part:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BT1GUNK/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

 

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Nice find! Please let us know how it goes and whether the fix is good.

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