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  1. Hi, one of the side latches on the soft top clamshell is stuck in the locked position. I’m pretty sure the connecting rod has dropped off the hook. The emergency crank handle doesn’t seem to operate the side hooks and it’s impossible to get access to refit the connecting rod unless the clamshell is open. Any ideas as to how I can gain access to it or if it is possible to manually move the hook to the open position. I’ve tried to wiggle my hand up beneath the clamshell but it needs a contortionist’s hand.
  2. Hi, I have a 996 C4S with a PCM.2. Today the radio suddenly went off completely. No lights on the buttons, nothing. Then after about 10 minutes the screen came on with the Porsche logo but no sound and the buttons did not illuminate. Then it went off. I turned the ignition off, removed the key then reinserted it and started the engine. The radio came back on as normal. 10 minutes later it did it again. I turned the ignition off and removed the key but this time the screen stayed on - even with the key removed! No sound from the radio though. Any ideas what is going on?
  3. Ok, thanks. Looking forward to changing the leaking heater core as it is gassing me.
  4. I am in the process of replacing the heater core on my C4S and when i removed the plastic scuttle at the bottom of the windscreen i found a thin, clear plastic pipe which comes up via a rubber grommet from the wheel arch to under the scuttle, however, it isn’t attached to anything. The end of it has been expanded so it would seem it has been attached to something but what it was i do not know. Anyone have any ideas?
  5. Please ignore. I figure i have the wrong pads. My calipers are 996 351 43- which are turbo calipers. The pads fitted are not for these.
  6. I’ve just replaced the brake pads, retainer and retainer spring on my C4S. The new retainer spring is rubbing on the disc and is very noisy. I had a look over the weekend and it seems the new Brembo pads pivot on the retainer rod and this allows the pad to move below the top of the disc at either side. The result is grooves are being ground into the new retainer spring ears. I think that eventually enough material will be ground off the ears to allow clearance but it may leave them perilously thin. Anyone else had this and how was it resolved?
  7. Incidentally, none of the sensors were damaged and all brake pads had plenty of wear left on them, however both of the front pads retaining pins are seized solid and i can’t remove them. But that’s another issue.
  8. C4S 2004, Brembo brakes. The brake warning message came on telling me to change my pads. Not knowing which wheel it related to i ordered pads and sensors for both front and rear wheels. I got prices from two suppliers and both advised the rear pads were Brembo 44H383 and front were Brembo 44H153. When i received the pads and removed the rear wheels i found the calipers were the same as the ones on the front wheels, 44H153, however the wire sensors were different on the rear and seem to be a combination brake pad and wheel speed sensor? Why would the rear calipers not be
  9. Hi, My 2004 996 C4S tiptronic has the annoying habit of creeping forwards when waiting in a queue or at traffic lights etc. This means i have to keep my foot on the brake pedal. On a slight incline the car does not do this. Is this an issue with the torque converter?
  10. Hi, the convertible roof tensioner cable has snapped at the bottom and I am trying to gain access to the top crimped eylet and spring so I can remove and replace it but can't get the trim off to get to it. I have removed the small torx screws holding the rubber strip and the posidriv screws beneath but it is still solid. Any ideas how i can do this?
  11. Sorry I didn’t reply sooner. 996 C4S 2004 I’ve since started to replace both silencers and found the PSE mechanisms didn’t move, probably due to their age, they look like original silencers and both had corroded at the seams and the N/S one had a broken flexible joint. What I thought would be a Saturday job turned into a full weekend and I still only managed to replace one! The main problems were getting the old silencer off due to all of the bolts being very badly corroded. The three nuts on the mounting bracket were impossible to get to with the car on the ground even with the bump
  12. Has anyone replaced their PSE silencers with OEM versions that are key fob operated BUT managed to modify the wiring so the dash mounted PSE switch operates?
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