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About Richard Hamilton

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    Porsches, Porsches, Porsches.
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    Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK
  • Porsche Club
    PCGB (Porsche Club Great Britain)
  • Present cars
    1989 3.2 Carrera Sport - Guards Red/Linen
  • Future cars
    981C ?
  • Former cars
    2012 Cayman 2.9 PDK
    2006 Cayman S 6-speed
    2000 996 Turbo Tip Coupe
    1998 996 C2 Tiptronic Coupe
    1994 993 C2 Tiptronic Coupe

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  1. Richard Hamilton

    Carrera Cab Top

    I don't know of it is available in the US, but a lot of people swear by Fabsil Gold proofer over here.
  2. Richard Hamilton

    Not seeing 996 turbo in diagnostics

    Try removing the USB and OBD2 cables from the VCI. Spray the connectors with some contact cleaner, wipe off the excess, and reconnect. A poor connection will cause the error you are getting.
  3. Richard Hamilton

    Not seeing 996 turbo in diagnostics

    I'll echo what Loren is saying. No problems connecting to a 996T. It may also be a problem with your VCI. FWIW, v18.150.500 is a fake. 18.100 was the last official release of the software. Try running Regedit. It will likely take you straight to the registry value which has been manipulated.
  4. Well, a quick Google took me to Suncoast Porsche at $255: https://www.suncoastparts.com/product/PCM21UPDATE.html I'll PM you a couple of other options.
  5. Richard Hamilton

    Car will not stay locked.

    Take a look at item 6) on this thread: Of course, you can't tell which side is the problem without a diagnostic check.........
  6. 04035 means your system is at what Porsche call Standard Production Status. You need to update it to Level A, then Level B, and finally Level C. After doing that, you will need the latest map disk, because your old map disk won't run. I can't advise where else to get the US map DVD, other than going to a dealer. The disk might not be as expensive as you think, so it is worth asking. As I said before, when I have bought map disks from Porsche, via my Porsche specialist, they have come complete with the update CDs. I have heard that people (in the UK) buying them over the counter at a Porsche dealer come with the update disks removed.
  7. Richard Hamilton

    Engine Number Decode?

    AT is an abbreviation of Austausch - German for Exchange.
  8. Richard Hamilton

    996tt ATF options

    The Fuchs ATF seems to be readily available here in the UK.
  9. I know a fellow in France who has converted Middle East units to EU maps. I think you can have more than one region on the system, but either way you have to have an Activation Code for the EU maps, which is entered using a PIWIS, before loading the maps.
  10. Richard Hamilton

    996tt ATF options

    The 996 Turbo box is a derivative of the Mercedes 722.6 transmission. SHELL Spirax S4ATF3403 is quoted as a replacement for 3403-M115 by a supplier I use over here (lubricantsupplies.co.uk). It has MB approval, but no specific Porsche approval that I can find. Porsche release approved oil lists on a regular basis. Engine oil lists seem to be released at least once a year, but the last one for Approved transmission fluids for the 996 I have seen is dated 2008, and shows the 3403-M115. The lists are published as Technical Service Bulletins. Google that and you will find sites that you can download them from. Edit: Are you sure you can't get Fuchs Titan 3353 over there? A quick Google took me to this site: https://lubricants-ils.com.au/product/fuchs-titan-atf-3353/
  11. Richard Hamilton

    996tt ATF options

    Can you get Shell ATF 3403-M115 over there? That is the other approved ATF for the 996.2 and Turbo.
  12. Richard Hamilton

    Fault codes from sensors that does not exist

    You'll need a PST2 or PIWIS tester, and the Porsche IPAS security codes for your car. I once updated the fuel map in the DME of my 996T and it was fairly straightforward. Just a note of warning. Yours is DME5.2.2 and a lot of clone PST2s don't have good OBD2 cables. When programming 5.2.2 the software applies a voltage to one of the OBD2 pins during the programming routine. A lot of clone cables don't have this connection. Therefore I would go to a reputable specialist, or someone who has done it before. It is also likely you will have to go to a specialist for the IPAS codes, as Porsche are reluctant to give them to individuals. There may be other methods of flashing the fuel maps without the codes (as tuners do) but I don't know if they can change it from US to RoW.
  13. Richard Hamilton

    Cruise control

    I have coded several clusters for Cruse Control, including 2003 & 2004 models with a PIWIS tester, and never had any problems with the green cruise light. However, I do tend to use a PIWIS1 or PST2 when working on 986's. Both systems were based on the Bosch software (for Bosch control units), whereas PIWIS2 was made when they started switching over to Siemens (for the 9x1). I know there were several cases of the early versions of the PIWIS2 software bricking instruments clusters when activating OBC and Cruise, so perhaps there are still anomalies.
  14. Richard Hamilton

    Fault codes from sensors that does not exist

    I've never heard of anything like that before. The only thing I can think of is that the program is corrupted, or the DME is faulty. I guess you could try getting it re-flashed. Sorry - not much help. I assume that the car runs fine, and you don't have a CEL. As the RoW 2.5's aren't OBD2 compliant, many of the fault codes don't throw a CEL.

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