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HI all- is there a video that anyone may have handy on replacing the door lock assembly on the 996.  It was the micro switch problem discussed on prior forums.  I've purchased the door lock assembly and have the door panel off and I am in deep.  what I cannot figure out how to do is pull out the old assembly and install the new assembly.  I've searched many sites, (spent an hour searching this one) with no luck yet.

Any help would be appreciated

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996 Forum - DIY: 996 Door Latch Replacement [Detailed] - If your window does not stay lowered when your door is open, chances are that a switch within the door latch has gone out. This is a detailed procedure to change...


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Job Complete!  Thanks so much to DB Joe and Ashai for all of the help on this issue.  Ashai helped so much with the diagnosis and links and DB Joe with the step by step link with pics.  If anyone needs help with this I will pay it forward as well.  A couple of scary things happened.  Stripped the bolt holding the door latch in (2 of them) even though I used the 8mm xzn driver.  I still managed to get the stripped bolt out.  local Porsche place helped me with 2 new bolts.  Then while negotiating the old door latch assembly out, the door handle had to come out as well (somewhat unintentionally).  Managed to piece it all back together.  all trim back in place.  No broken clips.  no damage to the barrier and put back into position.  Overall a satisfying weekend job.  I will say, typical jobs like this the second one would be much faster...I don't believe this one would be.  it's a time consuming step by step ensuring you don't hurt any trim etc along the way.  it takes patience.  Buy the XZN drive well before the job....not easy to find and you may need to order on line.  Autozone had one for VW brake calipers and the kid knew what it was due to him having a Jetta...all else at 5 different locations I asked had never even heard of such a tool.

PS- the name is 04V6 due to my original Cayenne.  I know my 03 996 Targa is not a "V6".  but not changing the name so I don't lose the past chains

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I recently did this job (coincidentally also on a 2003 Targa!) and it was exactly like you just described.  You gotta have that XZN before you start.  It is definitely a job of patience but really isn't too difficult.  


One thing I noticed was that the old assembly had an extra plastic piece on that was pretty good size while the new one didn't.  I didn't swap it over as it made the install much easier with a tad more room.  Was that the same for you?

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