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2006 Cayman S Not Starting (Video)

So my beloved Cayman S isn't starting. It has been sitting for about a week and a half after a full week of driving w/o any problems. I did kinda feel the starter was struggling a bit the last time I drove it, but thought maybe it was the cold. Anywho...the non-start for this car is very unusual to me, so I thought I'd shoot a video of what it's doing.



Note when I turn the switch the lights flash but nothing mechanical seems to happen. When I took this video, the passenger side window actually went up and down with the pulsing of the lights. Strange. The driver's side window automatically lowered it's 1/2" and stayed there. I get a couple of error notes on the dash...ABS Fail and PSM Fail, I think.

Electrics seem to turn on fine, so I'm thinking starter over battery, but with all this weirdness I thought I get some opinions here.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:24 PM
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Looks like dead battery or bad ignition switch.
Assuming that you checked it ,and The battery is fully charged, then it's the switch.
If it was a starter issue, the lights in the cluster wouldn't have flash.
The crazy behavior of the window just support this theory.
Let's see what's the rest of the gang think.
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I need to get a new battery tester tonight so I can check the battery. Let's hope it's just that. I guess I thought it wouldn't be the battery with so many electronics still working. But reading Wayne's book I guess batteries can fail at different rates...allowing some (most?) electronics to work.
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I would check the battery. A while back I left the key in my 05 boxster for a couple of days and It killed the battery, key not turned on just sticking in the switch. when I tried to start, it was doing really screwy things.


New battery = cheap fix.

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Got a new voltage meter and...9.94v. So that's a dead battery then. Well I feel a little stupid...
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Got a new voltage meter and...9.94v. So that's a dead battery then. Well I feel a little stupid...
Ya but nice video! At least you have that going for ya. Glad you figured it out.
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Ha! Thanks. I've never had a dead battery issue look like this. Very unusual to me. Guess I'm older than I thought.
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OK so we replaced the battery and it fired right up. PSM error messages are gone and everything seems to be working fine...except the heated seats. Neither of them work now. I thought maybe we blew a fuse when replacing the battery? ..but of course I can't find the fuse for heated seats. The list has seat controls and memory seat controls, but nothing specifically for heated seats. Any ideas? Maybe I'll start a new thread...
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OK so we replaced the battery and it fired right up. PSM error messages are gone and everything seems to be working fine...except the heated seats. Neither of them work now. I thought maybe we blew a fuse when replacing the battery? ..but of course I can't find the fuse for heated seats. The list has seat controls and memory seat controls, but nothing specifically for heated seats. Any ideas? Maybe I'll start a new thread...
Doug,

Looking at the Mitchell wiring diagram for my 07 Box, the fuse that feeds the controller for the seat heaters also is for the wiper/washer. Sounds like there's a fault code stored in the controller that needs to be cleared -- know someone with a Durametric or PIWIS? BTW the fuse is F2 (80 A).

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Awesome, thanks. I've got a co-worker that I believe has a code reader. Meantime I'll double check the fuses you mentioned.
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So just to finish up here (and on the other thread), I checked all the fuses (which were fine) then kinda chickened out on the reboot technique, so ended up paying our dealership to do it "properly". All is well now...
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