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  1. 2003 C4S cabriolet tiptronic. I have a problem with the soft top in that when I try to open it with either the dash button or key fob the latch above the dash onlocks, the clamshell opens and the windows drop but then nothing else. Then when I try to close it from that position the clamshell closes, the latch locks but the windows stay down. Prior to this I have recently had issues with the driver’s side flap not closing and removed it to test the motor ( which works when powered from a battery) then refitted it. Since then I’ve had the problem I’ve just described. Any advice anyone?
  2. Sorry, I tried to post a photo but it wouldn’t let me. It turned out it wasn’t supposed to hook over the spring and it’s solved now.
  3. Tried to open the roof again with the same problem and noticed the driver’s side flap stays fully open. I closed it manually by removing the plastic cap on top of the rear seat back and turning the allen screw. Took quite a few turns. The clamshell then fully seated. so it would appear to be either an electrical problem or faulty flap motor. i can see the little motor if i remove the seat back but how can i get to it to test or replace it?
  4. I dismantled the drivers side door handle assembly to repair the disconnected link and noticed this little hook on the mechanism. Is it supposed to hook over the spring which you can see next to it on the photo? photo to come
  5. I have the same problem. Tried to open the roof this weekend and the clam shell wouldn't close the last inch or so. Nothing seems untoward with the flaps etc. Tried it several times but no joy.
  6. Hi, i’m fitting a Kenwood DMX 8020 DABS to a 2003 996 C4S tip. Has anyone done this improvement? I am thinking of using the Connects2 CT 51 PO04 MOST amp retention kit but bizarrely Connects2 can’t confirm this is the correct one for my car. Anyone any advice/experience with this?
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. Ok, thanks. Looking forward to changing the leaking heater core as it is gassing me.
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
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