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    2000 Porsche 911 C2 Cabriolet
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    1978 triumph spitfire, 1999 Porsche Boxster

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  1. Ocean blue metallic 2000 porsche 996 Cabriolet. 155000 miles. I was getting 1325 and 1341 cel. So variocam for both sides... so I took things apart to find out that mechanic the previous owner had replace the actuators put them on the wrong banks. I followed the instructions in the manual and varafied the timing before I put everything back together. While I had the engine out I replaced the camshaft position sensors, did some clutch work. I put the engine back in the car and it would turn over but won't start. So I got on here and read a million pages.. First I replaced the crank position sensor. Still cranks but wont start. Tach does not move more than maybe a 8th of a inch at first while cranking. Put a fuel pressure gauge on the rail and its producing 55 psi. My simple code reader showed pending codes of 1397 and 343. So I pulled the engine back out and went through all the wiring on the harness. Checked all the sensor wires for continuity. Changed the coils because I noticed some small cracks and replaced the spark plugs. The old ones had gas on them so its getting fuel. Also replaced the knock sensors and the coolant temp sensor and the troublesome Y cable on the starter and voltage regulator on the alternator since I had the engine out again. I even tried putting the old cam position sensors back on just in case new ones were bad. Put the engine back in last night. Still cranks but won't start. It backfired once during crank. Put a code reader on and it shows pending codes for 1397 and 343.. cam position sensor codes . I have a durametric coming in the mail tomorrow but I'm just looking for advice on what to try. . I'm not a mechanic just a guy who loves cars and tries to learn and do everything myself. Car was running and driving before i started all this. The previous owner had the ims replaced right before I purchased the car and they replaced the variocam actuators while they were in there because the pads were shot. Unfortunately the work was done in Texas, where I purchased the car and I live in Missouri.
  2. My first post. Absolutely love this forum and it's been unbelievably helpful over the years. Previous car was a 99 Boxster. I now have a Ocean Blue Metallic 2000 996 C2 cabriolet 156,000 miles. Background... Purchased the car fromTexas last year, knowing it was a project (I live in Missouri). The previous owner had just had a mechanic in Texas install a new LN IMS and replaced the variocam actuators. For the last 9 months I've been rehabbing everything I can on the car. Coilovers, and lots of other new suspension parts, new clutch, cat delete crossover pipes, Gundo hack exhaust, some paint work on the rear, rolled fenders to fit 19 inch forgestar f14 wheels.. and other things. Recently I've been working to determine why I've been getting 1341 and 1325 cel. I read through and performed all the suggested diagnosis ideas I've found on here and read every post I could find related to this . Eventually I ended up pulling the engine out. What I found is that the previous owners mechanic installed the variocam actuators and solenoids on the wrong banks. . and I also figured out that he replaced the actuators with use ones but with new chain guides. So I have the camshaft and actuators removed on both sides and I have a couple questions. Is there a way to bench test the actuator to know if they are working properly ? I have brand new solenoids for them and Pads are brand new on both. They appear to be in good working order and with new ones being 1000 bucks a piece I'd prefer to not replace them if not needed. Also after reading this whole thread and all the others I can find.. if I don't buy new actuators I want to make sure I put everything back together right. I was looking for clarification on which plunger/ piston should be in part # 996105053 58 cylinder 4-6 & which plunger/ piston should be in part # 996105051 58? I attached pictures below of the 2 from my car. 1st picture is 99610505358 cyl 4-6. The 2nd picture is 99610505158 cylinder 1-3. I'm thinking the mechanic also put the wrong plunger/piston in the wrong actuator.. I would greatly appreciate any help on this
  3. I know this is a old post but it really applies to what I'm dealing with. My first post. Absolutely love this forum and it's been unbelievably helpful over the years. Previous car was a 99 Boxster. I now have a Ocean Blue Metallic 2000 996 C2 cabriolet 156,000 miles. Background... Purchased the car fromTexas last year, knowing it was a project (I live in Missouri). The previous owner had just had a mechanic in Texas install a new LN IMS and replaced the variocam actuators. For the last 9 months I've been rehabbing everything I can on the car. Coilovers, and lots of other new suspension parts, new clutch, cat delete crossover pipes, Gundo hack exhaust, some paint work on the rear, rolled fenders to fit 19 inch forgestar f14 wheels.. and other things. Recently I've been working to determine why I've been getting 1341 and 1325 cel. I read through and performed all the suggested diagnosis ideas I've found on here and read every post I could find related to this . Eventually I ended up pulling the engine out. What I found is that the previous owners mechanic installed the variocam actuators and solenoids on the wrong banks. . and I also figured out that he replaced the actuators with use ones but with new chain guides. So I have the camshaft and actuators removed on both sides and I have a couple questions. Is there a way to bench test the actuator to know if they are working properly ? I have brand new solenoids for them and Pads are brand new on both. They appear to be in good working order and with new ones being 1000 bucks a piece I'd prefer to not replace them if not needed. Also after reading this whole thread and all the others I can find.. if I don't buy new actuators I want to make sure I put everything back together right. I was looking for clarification on which plunger/ piston should be in part # 996105053 58 cylinder 4-6 & which plunger/ piston should be in part # 996105051 58? Pictures below of the 2 from my car. 1st picture is 99610505358 cyl 4-6. The bottom picture is 99610505158 cylinder 1-3. I'm thinking the mechanic also put the wrong plunger/piston in the wrong actuator.. I would greatly appreciate any help on this. Brad
  4. Just bought the car. Dealer replaced battery. No code 1999 boxster CDR 220 BE 4462 #W5005142
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