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Ordering a new Y-cable will take 1-2 weeks so I figured in the meantime, lets try and put the old cable back in. I removed it, but maybe it is still good (since it was unrelated to my slow starter). Sure enough, 1.5 hours later, new cable out, old cable back in and the volt meter is at 13.5 with both AC and headlights and with the engine at or above normal operating. Sucks that the new cable went bad in 8 months, glad that the group here convinced me to swap out the cable in my 100F garage.
Well that sucks. I guess that is next on the fix list. That is what I suspected as well but was hoping for a better answer. Thanks for the confirmation
The idle RPM does increase when the AC comes on. I initially suspected the voltage regulator as well so I got a new one. No difference. I have tried swapping alternators also since the one in the car was a cheap one. No luck. I still get the same readings on the dash voltage meter with the stock alternator as well.
I have a 1998 ROW C2 coupe tiptronic. For the past couple months (since it is hot enough to make AC mandatory) I have noticed that the voltage will start at 13.8 and then as I drive will steadily drop to rest at about 12.8/12.5. This is with the AC on. With AC and headlights, it is closer to 12.3 volts. The engine temp usually stay just past the 0 in 80C. If stop and go, it will creep to the high speed fan point but not to the 100C line. The issue I am having is that with the lower voltage, sitting at a stoplight, the idle will stumble and sometimes stall. If I keep the car in Neutral, the car will not stall and I can drop it into drive when the light goes green. This only happens when the temp is way up and the voltage goes down close to 12. I found Ahsai's electrical troubleshooting guide and measured the voltages today: Batt- to Alt case is 0.07V, Alt Out to Batt+ is 0.2V, Alt Out to Charge Post is 0.71V, Post to Batt+ is 0.12V, Alt out to Alt case is 14.00V. The battery is only about 2 months old and I replaced the Y-Cable in January because I had a slow, hot-cranking issue. That turned out to be a worn out starter which I replaced about a month ago. Cranks like a champ now, hot or cold. So I guess my question is what could my issue be? If I drive with no AC the voltage stays at 13.8 no matter the engine temp. Once i add AC, the voltage immediately drops to 13 and then creeps down to 12.5 ish. It doesn't appear to be the ground cable and the reading point to the Y-cable but it is not that old. The car drives excellent except for the odd stall when the voltage gets really low. Thanks
Good to hear. I have a similar issues and what sucks is, I replaced my Y-cable about 6 months ago and my alternator about a year ago. I am also getting a low voltage at operating temperature. When I start the car, it will be about 13.5 volts. As I drive it, the voltage will drop to 12.6 ish. AC on or off, doesn't matter. I replaced the battery (3 years old) and the voltage regulator last week, but the problem persists. Any ideas? I have a '98 C2 coupe if it makes a difference.
longrowe replied to longrowe's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Pulled the sensor out and cleaned up the contacts, actuated the arm. Everything seemed to move freely. That must have done the trick as it is reading correctly again. Filled up and no problems with the gauge moving. We will see. Thanks for all of the input!
longrowe replied to longrowe's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Thanks for the confirmation that it could be the sender. Mine is inside the tank. I will open it this weekend and clean it up. We'll see if that clears it up.
I have a 1998, ROW C2. Over the past two weeks I have noticed that the fuel gauge is not reading correctly. The gauge will read high (3/4) but as I drive, the gauge will slowly drop to the correct reading over about 15 minutes. As the car sits, either at work for the day or in the garage overnight, when I go to start the car, the gauge will read over 1/4 tank higher than when I shut it off. Then, as I drive, it will drop to where I think it should be (or remember where it should be). I plan to pull the sender this weekend and check the connections, but I don't think it is the float as why would it rise while the car is turned off? Is it possible to troubleshoot the cluster gauge? I have a Durametric so I will attempt the fuel level calibration when I have pumped down the tank. Or am I just fooling myself and the gauge is bad?
longrowe replied to longrowe's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Yep. I had that revelation this morning. Glad it is sorted out.
longrowe replied to longrowe's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Well that was anti-climactic. So, got home after stopping for a handful of fuses. Turns out, the driver's side turn signal wire insulation finally fell apart. Go figure after 18 years in the Bahrain heat. It had shorted the wiring which was blowing the fuse. Somehow, that caused the hazard fuse to blow and ALL of the alarm fuses. About 4 or 5. So, after fixing the wires so they weren't touching, and replacing a lot of fuses, everything seems back to normal. Strange that the turn signal bulb would cause this big chain reaction, but, electricity was never my strong area.
1998 ROW C2 Coupe. Mid-way through a drive around town I noticed the dash indicators for the turn signals stopped working. At my next destination, I checked the hazards and turn signals, no flash. I also lost the ability to have "one touch" up for the windows. Lock the car, go about my business. "One touch" down works, not up. So, I get home, sure enough, the fuse for the turn signals/window control is blown. Woohoo for my trouble shooting skills! So I replace the fuse, check the turn signal, fuse immediately blows. RATS! So I am guessing the signal relay has gone to the big parts bin in the sky. I run to the dealer (don't ask, Bahrain is a hard place to fix things) and of course, they do not have one in stock. So, I am ordering one from the US and it will be just as fast as ordering from the dealer, plus I need to order more fuses. Long story short, while I am at the dealer, I have removed the bad relay (so they can get the part number) and I attempt to lock the car. The alarm starts to continuously double beep. I unlock the door with the key because now the fob won't unlock the door. The car drives fine but I cannot operate the windows at all. They still drop when I open the door, but the console switches do not work. I am at work and when I get home I will put the bad relay back in to see if makes the alarm stop freaking out and the windows work again. Has anybody experienced this before? Am I operating under the correct assumptions? Replacing the relay should fix this issue?
longrowe replied to longrowe's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Struck out with buycarparts. They cannot find a matching part. I tried eBay.de and they only have used ones. Thanks for the input though! I may try Bosch USA and give my dad all my car info.
longrowe replied to longrowe's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Thanks for the link. They do not list this one specifically but I sent them an email in case I missed it on their site.
longrowe posted a topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)I have a ROW 1998 Carrera 2 Coupe. I have an intermittent bad park assist sensor. It looks like from Porsche it runs from $160 -$200 depending on the vendor. I disassembled the bumper cover and removed the sensor to get a look at it. It has a Bosch part number on it, 0 263 003 010. Does anyone now if it is possible to order directly from Bosch? I called Bosch USA because they speak English but they wanted to call me back after they researched the part. They cannot make an international call so they suggested I call my local Bosch representative. If Bosch is like every other company in Bahrain, they will have NO IDEA what I am talking about. I can give all of my info to my dad and have Bosch contact him (in the US) but I wanted to know before I head down that road if anyone has successfully ordering directly from Bosch. Thanks!
longrowe replied to longrowe's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Replaced the VR with the Bosch one from my original alternator. Everything is working perfectly, no more fluctuation. Voltage is steady at 13.8V and 13.5V with AC and lights.