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  1. Thanks Philip, its the same seller I have ben looking at too (except glass version) Where did you find the reviews? Bruce
  2. Hi All I am looking to replace the soft top on 97/8 986. The plastic has cracked and is no longer translucent. It makes sense to me to replace with a glass insert as well. I am looking for recommendations on where to purchase and what brand to replace it with. Also what I need to watch out for eg what material brand, sound proofing and especially proper fit. Whilst looking for a good deal , I am not looking for the cheapest as I would hate to have wind/water/noise issues. Also are any better than others to install. So far I have had a look on ebay http://www.ebay.com/itm/310573975855?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT and Pelican parts. Will need to ship Australia. Regards Bruce
  3. Dear friends, I just noticed that its nearly 2 years since the brake switch / cruise control cut out problem. UPDATE - its still all OK, the $0 fix is still working. Without trawling back through the threads, my cruise control kept dropping out and I finally worked out it was the brake switch causing the problem. I pulled out the switch, dismantled it ( yes you can pull them apart) and the contacts were burnt, so I filed them with a nail file. I commented on this forum that if I got 12 months service I'd be thrilled, well its now 2 years. Bruce
  4. Check as other said the "gutters" under the roof, beside blockages make sure they are not split as mine were Bruce
  5. Theres an obvious answer usually under your nose if you dont have anything, and thats a wheel, I often slid a wheel under the car even as a back up to floor stands
  6. Hi If you follow this topic there are instructions for the ICV (non egas) which would be worth doing as its linked to the TCB, a pdf and lots of photos of ICV and TCB If you the ICV out http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?s...c=13120&hl= Bruce That was a good question, I was cleaning my throttle body a couple of weeks ago and was wondering the same thing. If you haven't cleaned your throttle body, it's a good idea to do so. Keeps the idle constant and the engine operating efficently. Tom, can you post a pics or a quick set of DIY steps for doing the throttle body cleaning on the 986 correctly? Thanks. Andy
  7. YEAH the power converter, great idea, I got sick of all those 12v cigarette lighter charges when all devices have a 120v/240v charger, now I can charge my laptop, camera, phone etc - highly recommended bruce
  8. Cruise control not working - try your brake switch Note this switch controls other functions as well (such as tiptronic start inhibitor, RFM reminded me of this) http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=18271 Photos of the switch pulled apart the contacts are at the bottom centre the top contact is the copper piece across the top, the silver contact at the bottom you see is pitted (from electrical arcing)
  9. UPDATE - $0 fix Porsche centre (OPC) supplied part number 99661311302, they have indictaed that this is the updated/ sueprceded part. It is physically a little different, the new one it has 4 terminals as opposed to 3 but fits the connector OK (this probably doesnt matter electrically, I couldnt test at the time) BUT its about 5-10 mm longer, I couldnt get it to lock in and wonder if this is why, any one experience this? 97/98 2.5l tip. Good news - I pulled apart the old switch and can answer my question previously. For those techos - The switch is electrically a changeover switch with 3 contacts (as opposed to terminals) in the normal position (meaning without the brake pedal pressed) the switch is closed for the cruise control circuit, which validates my previuos logic that for safety if the switch or circuit fails is most likely to go open circuit thus swiching of the cruise control. When the pedal is depressed the switch changes over and operates the brake lights. For reference, the switch is mounted in front not behind the brake pedal, so the switch releases when you press the pedal, the significance is if you test the switch whilst not mounted but plugged into the quick connect socket, the brake lights will come on when the switch is released (normal mode) and go off when you push the plunger. As I had the switch apart I took a metal finger nail file and gently filed the contacts as they were pitted and sprayed with contact cleaner plus the connector, went back together perfectly. Drove the car $100km today the cruise works without fault! I'll post a photo sometime Bruce
  10. send me an email reminder if you dont have a response and i will photograph mine for you Bruce
  11. Is your accelerator (gas pedal) all the way to the floor, I mentioned before is that my experience is that they wont shift in this condition but if you lift off a bit it will then shift? Bruce
  12. Dont you love this site, 24 minutes for a response, I reckon you could get an answer and do the repair quicker than an "auto club" could get out and jump start a flat battery!
  13. Hi all My cruise cuts out intermittently and it (the fault) appears to be linked to the brake switch, as it works again if I hit the brake pedal and then pull back on the pedal with my toe hooked behind it, suggesting the contact in the brake switch is faulty. I stuck my head in and expected to easily see the switch but it wasnt apparent, I did a search on this site and couldnt find anything. Out of curiosity does anyone know if the switch has a single or dual contact and if it is make or break (sorry thats techo speak), logic would say its a break contact as a fault condition is likely to be open circuit and for safety it is best that the cruise is off rather than the it failing to switch off when you hit the brake pedal. I was expecting this as 5 minute job and hope it is, if I have missed something obvious, I will graciously accept referrals to a good optometrist. Bruce
  14. Just a query on the description below in a Tiptronic in D (auto), the default is to start in 2nd gear, 1 st gear requires to be placed in manual. thanks for the electro mechanical description ( I learnt some more about my car)
  15. Is this a fault? I cant say for sure but having had a 911 tip and now a boxster tip, it sounds familar, I assume you are holding it the trottle to the floor, what happens if you lift of a bit? Is the engine running smoothly? I have a feeling I have experienced this, in the 911 or the boxster and I put it down to a design feature, cant be sure though. Sorry but living in Australia, I cant simulate this easily, the men with flashing lights (and a lack of sense of humour) might decide that they need my license more than me :-) Very interested in the outcome on this one? Bruce
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