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Orient Express

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  1. Many times a buzzing from the HVAC fan is because of either some leaves have fallen into the cowl air intake on the passenger side of the vehicle in the front engine or trunk area, or more likely on older cars like 996/997/986/987s is that the foam inside the HVAC blower box has started to deteriorate and a piece of foam is now rubbing on the fan. You can easily access this area where the fan is, by removing to cow plastic covering the cabin filter, removing the cabin filter and cleaning out all of the stuff that has collected in the fan area.
  2. Using the cigarette lighter is perfectly safe. I have a 996 that has been on a maintainer connected through the lighter for several years now.
  3. I've been using Mahle filters on my 996 and my other German cars for many years. Porsche sources their branded filters from them, and the Mahle brand is the same quality but cheaper. I get my filters on Amazon.
  4. How many miles (Km's) do you have on your 996? The coolant should replaced every 100,000 miles as it just gets gunky over time. The stuff in your oil filler may just be moisture that accumulates in the oil over time, especially if the car is mainly driven short distances without it getting a chance to warm up.
  5. That sensor and its grommet is a real pain in the ***. This especially true if you show your 996 in Concours. There is always the overzealous judge that wants to reach way back on top of the engine to find dirt, and will unwittingly push the sensor down, and the grommet pushes out and fall down in the engine. And of course there is no way to retrieve the grommet without removing the engine. I have had this happen to my 996 several times, so I ended up taking a new grommet and adding super glue to its seating groove so it is in there good now.
  6. DIY your Brakes, and save. http://www.renntech.org/forums/tutorials/article/53-brake-pad-change-instructions/ It's not hard at all, you can do all 4 axles plus a brake fluid flush in under 2 hours.
  7. Sid's Custom Upholstery 1917 Old Middlefield Way Mountain View CA 94043 (650) 969-1539 They have been working on high line cars for over 25 years, and have the highest reputation.
  8. Notice the orientation of the front and rear lift points, the fronts are 90 degrees from the rears. This is a safety feature, which requires jack stands to also be place 90 degrees to each other. This minimizes the chance that the car will slide off of the jack stands, but only if they do not have a item like a hockey puck in between.
  9. Many times the 2 beep alarm fault is because the center console arm rest storage door is not fully latched, or the rear side windows are not closed. Because the interior security motion sensors are IR based, sometimes when the car's interior gets hot, the movement of the stratified air in the cabin will set off the alarm. Also make sure the hood and boot are fully closed and latched.
  10. The default mode for the PSE is on or "loud". That can be set by simply removing the vacuum lines from the mufflers and plugging the lines, or disconnecting the electrical connection to the solenoid.
  11. If it's up in the center of the Frunk, above where the spare tire is, then yes, it for the Bose amp.
  12. The same leveling sensor is also used in VW Golfs and other VW/Audis. They are a good backup supplier for stuff like this.
  13. This sort of rattle is usually a catalytic converter that has the internal honeycomb cracked or broken. If the car is less than 7 years old or 75K miles Porsche will replace it under warranty.
  14. I have a 2002 C2 Cab, and the panel under the drivers side dash (it's called the knee bolster) does not have any attachment holes on the leather covered panel, but the steering wheel does have 2 screw holes (for the airbag) that do have a similar surface angle on them that could be the location for this plug. But these type of plug is not present on the wheel in my car, and the holes seem a bit smaller than your plug. This is a real interesting mystery. I went through the entire interior of my 02 Cab, and could not find any thing that could be home for a plug like this. I'm looking forward to finding out the solution to this.
  15. +1 on the decals, and clear coat. I use Rust-Oleum crystal clear enamel with great results. A generic problem with all Porsche calipers is that over time the factory clear coat spalls off leaving flat "blotches" of the base color. This condition can be aggravated by cleaning the calipers with a pressure washer. When that happens to my calipers, I use some 600+ grit sandpaper to lightly feather about the defect, and then spray on some Rust-Oleum to repair it. works like a charm. Here is what the calipers with 76K miles look like after a Pre-Concours refresh For the decals, search on eBay.
  16. Yes, that is the PSE muffler baffle solenoid. Behind it should also be a vacuum tank.
  17. I have found that the intermittent wiper replay can be easily kicked slightly out of its socket giving the indications you have described. Reseating the original relay can solve the problem. But it sounds like you have already been down the reseating the relay path.
  18. I use Durametric on my macbook Retina with Bootcamp and Windows 7. I only use the windows stuff for the vehicle diagnostic SW I have (Ross-Tech, Bentley, and Durametric), so booting into that partition is not that big a deal.
  19. I have also heard that some leave the vibration dampers off the new pads without any noise issues. I chose to reuse the vibration pads on my 996. I use a metal putty knife to separate them from the brake pads during removal. The rear vibration pads are difficult to remove because there are two per pad, and damage easily when they are separated from the brake pads. New vibration dampers are pretty pricey.
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