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Everything posted by ADias

  1. Is the airbag inspection that Porsche recommends every 4 years a thing to do?
  2. The tire(s) could be cupped or flat spotted.
  3. Starting w/ air-filled tires, how do you evacuate the air to fill solely w/ dry nitrogen?
  4. I suggest you have your car suspension checked properly and the wheels aligned.
  5. Scott: Get a new battery. Loren and Toolpants'recommendation is: Autozone - Group size 48 (DURALAST - 48-DL - includes venting kit) - $65
  6. IMHO you should not remove any of the anti-pollution equipment on your car, your country not having environmental laws notwthstanding - be a good citizen!
  7. Probably yes. Porsche goes to great lengths to balance the car aerodynamics (front and back downforces) with matched front bumper/rear bumper/spoiler. If you change just one item you disturb that balance. I for one would not change a car for looks - form follows function :)
  8. My 11 is a daily driver, but even so, I do a lot of short in-town drives. When I'm away for more than a day I do use a battery tender (the junior version w/ its lighter accessory) and it works very well. A good source for it and the cigarette adpater is http://www.batterystuff.com.
  9. OK, so you ask about the best engines? Here is my best list: Porsche boxer [flat6, flat8 (908), flat12(917)] and CGT's V10.
  10. Is that plate really needed? Are there any stats of mishaps showing that a plate could have prevented those mishaps?
  11. Probably only Loren or Toolpants will have an idea of what could have been. It surely does not sound good. Could you be more precise and describe how you made the shift ? What speed? How quickly did you do the shift? Did you pause in neutral? Was the clutch fully engaged until you finished the shift to 5th? My understanding is that Porsche dealers only replace transmissions (expensive). I do not know how much independents will charge for a tranny rebuild. In any case, unless seriously abused (and I assume it is not the case here) manual transmission failures should be an extremely rare event - but it does not appear to be so rare, recently, w/ Porsche. If you have always serviced the car w/ the dealer and have a good relationship w/ him, maybe PAG out of good will, will take care of it.
  12. Loren: Can you please check yours? If I touch the liner behind me, I feel it puffing, being filled by air. My wind deflector pops up, but not much. How much should it raise? Thanks.
  13. Exactly, I see the rear edge of the headliner vibrating in the mirror. I imagine this is a design issue, as the sunroof probably lays inside the headliner, instead of being in an enclosure that would contain the airflow. Perhaps Loren can shed more light into this.
  14. I noticed that the headliner, behind the sunroof, vibrates when the sunroof is opened and the car is at speed. It feels like that air is rushing into the headliner via the sunroof opening. Is this normal?
  15. The correct statement is: Think of the 996 as a 1963 911 that has been challenged to go better, faster, for over 40 years. To say that the 996 is an evolved VW Bug is to say a Corvette is an evolution of a 1950 Chevy Sedan.
  16. Excellent thread. Question for Loren and others: How old was the battery you just replaced? and what kind of usage did it have (daily driver, weekend driver, short runs, etc.)? Questions for Loren/Toolpants: 1 - noticed that the vent on the OEM battery is on the side, and the Johnson Controls battery is on the center (needs a longer vent tube) - is that a problem? 2 - Also... the OEM MOLL battery seems to be exceptionally good and well built. Although pricier would it be preferable? Thanks in advance.
  17. It seems to be that the same 36/44 balance should be maintained. Therefore, if you lower the rears you should lower the fronts. I use 33/40. Do make sure though that the tire gauge is accurate - many gauges read higher than the actual pressure.
  18. No opinions on this? I did a little research and found that tire manufacturers (Michelin) are indeed supplying these inserts for rally cars and off-road vehicles. The idea makes sense and in particular for our high performance tires which are paper thin. Actually, instead of a separate insert they might consider adding a super-light thick layer to add to the overall tickness. Imagine a tire that has almost no air chamber. That would pretty much resolve any puncture issue.
  19. Watching the WRC - Rally de France - this evening on the Speed channel, they showed a new light donut insert, which pretty much fills the space between the tire and the rim. They still pressure it w/ a bit of air, but not much and this - they called it mousse - donut attaches radially to the tire and eliminates the effects of punctures, etc. It seemed to be a very light material, and if this is true, it may be a better solutin than the heavier run-flats? Anybody know about this?
  20. I'm having a funny acetic acid (vinegar) smell from the air vents. Could this be the pollen filter?
  21. Lexol cleaner/conditioner but... do NOT over do it. Too much of a good thing may not advised as you may end up w/ stretched leather - mostly on the seats. The advice I've heard is to do it twice a year.
  22. Why did you change your spark plugs w/ only 26k miles?
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