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About bwillis

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    1998 Porsche Boxster
  • Former cars
    1987 Lancia Delta HF Integrale
  1. 1998 Boxster (986) Hi, I've read through quite a few posts related to the top stopping working and wondered if someone could point me in the right direction for my particular failed top issue? Symptoms are that it was working one moment, and when I tried about an hour later to put the top down - the windows go down when I unlatch the roof and when I press the roof button I hear a click from behind me but nothing else. The roof light remains lit. Is this more likely to be fuses, 2nd micro switch, motor or something else? Many thanks.
  2. I've noticed that my external temp display is reading about 20 degrees (F) above what the actual temp is outside - has anyone else had this issue? Is it just a case of replacing the sensor or is there something more sinister going on? Thanks, Bob
  3. This added info makes a little more sense. The canvas portion of the top will operate with just one of the pushrods/plastic ball cups intact and attached, but one side will lag behind on the way up and lurch forward on the way down. The red plastic ball cups are more prone to getting brittle with age, so in your case it may just have been a question of time and use causing the failure. I would say it is likely that the second set of ball cups broke apart because the overall length of the pushrods was too short. If you still have your old original pushrods, you should inspect them as you
  4. You didn't give any details as to how they broke the first time, and whether the ones that broke the first time were red or white plastic ball cups. That might provide more insight into the cause. From your description of how they broke the second time, it's possible that the length of the front pushrods (the ones that terminate in the plastic ball cups) may be adjusted to an overall length that is too short. Note that the overall length of those pushrods also affects how the leading edge of the top mates up with the horizontal top edge of the windshield frame, but that it is not a linear
  5. Same thing happened to me on my 1998 986 2.5 I bought new push rods from Porsche (whole assembly) and fitted them - they immediately broke again - happened when I opened the rood fully just as the clamshell was almost shut then snap! I've ordered just the plastic bits from ebay, but wondered if I've got a bigger problem? I had the top replaced a couple of years ago with a top with the glass window - would this have anything to do with it? Many thanks
  6. Thanks guys - don't suppose there's any info/photos on how to get to the belt?
  7. 1998 Boxster (986) - 118,000 miles Started car this evening and that was my first mistake! Battery and ABS lights stayed on and steering was immediately heavy Drove off, after a while I noticed that stopped at a traffic light the engine was idling much higher than normal Further down the road the oil temp gauge went all the way to the right and the gauge red light came on I stopped, and couldn't restart the engine. These seem like a lot of weird things to be happening at the same time?? Any ideas - I'm getting it towed to the dealer tomorrow, but if it's something simple then ...?
  8. I'm now in the UK and got mine done here - very good job: http://www.kbaggstrimming.co.uk/Boxster2.html Cost £650 + VAT
  9. I have the same issue i.e. elephant noise (although I think it's more like a moose!) I'm ok with not doing anything until it fails completely, but just wanted to make sure that that won't cause damage elsewhere e.g. can this cause the ring gear to come off? Thanks, Bob
  10. Anybody know what Sunset would charge for a water pump? I'm assuming this is a big job? Are there instructions anywhere on this? How many hours Porsche labour do you think it would be? Thanks, Bob
  11. My 1998 Boxster (986) has a problem or problems that I'm trying to get a handle on before I take it in this Saturday to the Porsche garage in Exeter. Heard a squeaky/whiney kind of noise coming from the engine area - then the coolant light started flashing. Coolant was very low, so I topped up with 50% mix - light went off (I've never had to do this before). Checked out with Durametric and had no fault codes. Still have whining noise, and also I'm now smelling a burning kind of odour coming from, it seems, the right hand side of the car. Don't know if the coolant issue and the whinin
  12. See the link from the DVLA below: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/Buyin...ates/DG_4022573 And also: http://www.dvla.gov.uk/vehicles/number_pla...tion_marks.aspx Basically, you are allowed a standard plate, a large plate or a 4x4 plate - however, if your car is an import and is physically restricted in being able to mount one of these 3 options, then as long as you adher to the letter size and spacing you can get a plate made to fit.
  13. Good question about the insurance, however I think it might be hard to find a US insurer that would cover the UK - maybe I'm wrong about that. However, if the import is classified as a temporary import then different rules apply - see this post: http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?a...sult_type=posts As far as the shipping goes I gave them a key - I think they must have disconnected the battery as I had to input my radio code again.
  14. IMPORTING A PORSCHE BOXSTER (986) FROM THE US INTO THE UK After all the help I received on the RennTech forum that helped me to get my 986 imported from the US into the UK, I figured the least I could do would be to compile an account of the process and experience, so here goes… The shipping process This was very straightforward once my wife had performed extensive research with the BBB and other online forums dedicated to shipping overseas – we finally picked Southern Winds International (www.SouthernWindsInternational.com). They delivered a 40ft container to our house in Michigan, pac
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