996 Forum
Sponsored by:
Sponsored by: LN Engineering

Key spins

Old 04-17-2019, 02:37 PM
New User
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 3
Default Key spins

I got in my 2000 996 and found the ignition key would spin freely and not start the car. The radio and idiot lights turned on when I initially rotated the key and then the key went limp and spun freely. After some research on this forum I figured the electrical portion of the ignition switch had failed. I picked up a switch and went to replace it. After removing the lower duct I could see the switch but it looked firmly attached to the mechanical portion which was not what I had expected. I then stuck the key in with one hand while holding the electrical portion from under the dash. I thought I might detect the failure mode. Instead, the key now worked normally and everything function tests ok. Do any of you guys have any idea what happened? I am worried about it stranding me some day.
leifbert is offline  
Old 04-17-2019, 03:13 PM
Rennlist Member
DBJoe996's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Ormond Beach, FL
Posts: 3,223

There are two small set screws that hold in the electrical part of the switch. I would go through the process of replacing the electrical switch and making sure the set screws are tight.
DBJoe996 is offline  
Old 04-18-2019, 12:12 AM
Shameful Thread Killer
Rennlist Member
docmirror's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Rep of Texas, N NM, Rockies, SoCal
Posts: 19,442

Replace the part you bought. Make sure you tighten the set screws. Several how-to on here, and also on Pelican site.
docmirror is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - About Us - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Your question will be posted in: