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Everything posted by Vish_ster

  1. Thanks, JFP - I knew you would be the first one to respond! Appreciate your thoughts... Ya - kind of down that my daily of 12yrs is in this state...but such is life when it throws these unexpected bumps on the road! Let me see what comes out from the diagnosis of my Indy here..... Do any of these head repair shops exist in the Phoenix area? My Indy - Stuttgart Southwest, has worked on my car during entire ownership and it seems like they can address this cracked head too.
  2. Hello Porsche mates, I came upon an intermix issue - coolant with oil, at least the coolant looks like chocolate shake (or coffee with a lot of cream). The usual symptoms before this discovery, 1) Temperature indicator lit up even though the operating temperature was around 180F. 2) Coolant was very low, so filled up with coolant/water but noticed this not so salubrious coolant - very liquid still not sludge like a few other have seen. 3) May have overfilled cos an overnight leak was found near the right rear wheel.... I had the car towed to my mechanic,
  3. Hi, It took a few tries - I was able to get rid of that groan/creak by lubbing thru this area on the strut tower, " I see that access is via the 3 screws under the frunk...but don't get a clear line of sight to the bearing area." This lubricant has worked well for me. https://www.oreillyauto.com/detail/b-laster-4556/chemicals---fluids-16461/grease---lube-16582/graphite-lubricant-17699/pro-grade-multi-purpose-lubricant/pb50/4608975 This was about 9K miles ago and no sign of that noise since then. Hope this helps. Merry Christmas!
  4. All, How are the high milers doing? More miles since posted or moved onto to low milers? Cheers! V
  5. Not at all a stupid question. I drove my Boxster for years, before I found a cupholder that worked for me. This does the job on my Boxster - especially on those 5hrs ++ drives. http://www.autozone.com/interior-organization-and-cargo-management/cup-holder-and-mugs/bell-wedge-cup-holder/363863_0_0/?counter=9 My buddy has the same one in his 911. Cheers!
  6. Thanks a ton, JFP! Pelican Parts recommends the 993 ones and reusing the triangle brackets to be cost-effective. Is this a good idea? Cheers, Vish
  7. Happy Thanksgiving, Folks! Appreciate your thoughts on this situation. I'd been noticing infrequent leaks - looks like oil but doesn't seem as thick or viscous, from the rear suspension area of the driver's side. I checked the oil levels on both the dash indicator (varies between at the MAX level to mid-way between MAX and MIN levels) and the dipstick which is higher than mid-way. I'm not so sure if this is really oil but is brownish and smells like a mixture of dirt and water. I peeked under the car and have attached photos of the leaky area and it's cleaner sib
  8. Quick follow-up, my Boxster has the M030 suspension in it now. Does it make sense to upgrade the struts, and would the Bilstein B6 be a good idea? Mine is mostly a street car with lots of highway driving.and with rides around twisties whenever I can. Would I notice a difference in the ride quality with the B6s? Does these struts tend to lower the car too? or should I stay with the stock ones in the replacement?
  9. Sounds good, JFP. Thanks again for the prompt responses here. Regards, Vish
  10. Sounds good, JFP and Loren. Ball park - what should I expect to pay if I had to have this work done at an Indy shop? Strut mounts, struts for both axles, alignment and labor (@ $100/hr). I'm spending a bit of money on the car lately - miles and age being big factors, so trying to establish a baseline to what is in store for me w.r.t. maintenance cost, moving forward vs. smiles out of the car :)
  11. Ah ha...Thanks again, JFP! Any way this can be lubbed like the control arm ball joint boot, or does it need a straight replacement? I see that that access is via the 3 screws under the frunk...but don't get a clear line of sight to the bearing area. If the bearing is weak, can the strut not be far away from needing a replacement? I did the bounce test on the strut and it returns back without any oscillation, when pressed down.
  12. Folks, I started noticing this intermittent creak/groan on the driver's side front suspension, every time I egress the car, after a spirited drive. I have had some creaking due to the lubrication loss in the ball joint area from the rear and have used the hole-in-the-rubber-boot to inject grease to keep the noise from recurring. I did the same for the front, just to be sure. This noise puzzles me. Based on my research, it may be the front strut mount bearing but didn't want to go about replacing parts without your opinions. It doesn't occur when the steering wheel is
  13. To bring closure to this thread, following the last post, 1) Came up on a consistent P0153 so, I replaced the passenger side pre-cat O2 sensor. 2) Since the rattle was quite consistent from the "back of the car" from a driver's perspective, spent a ton of time researching on Catalytic Converter and complete exhaust options. I was even told that the rattle at low speeds may be due to broken heat shields - I couldn't find any, on the cats. I used stainless steel clamps to snug on the exhaust pipes coming out of the pre-cats. Car still had the rattliness... 3)
  14. I see, JFP. Yes - been reading that droning effect pretty consistently on the forums from other Fabspeed customers too. The thing is - I like the notes off my Boxster S as it is now. I would love to get my hands on a used set of cats but those seem hard to come by. Not sure what the Magnaflows may do to that note or the power ..assuming they fit fine.
  15. Ah sorry, Control C/V messed up again . - it is the maxflo performance exhaust system. http://www.fabspeed.com/986-boxster-maxflo-performance-exhaust-system/ :oops: Just scrolled up on your note, Ahsai! The CEL is due to a P0420 which was diagnosed to be that rattling secondary cat on the passenger side, which can have the magnaflows direct fit. The CEL lights up when I take the car to higher altitudes for the windy roads...runs fine otherwise around town, and passed emissions last yr - not due till 12/2017 too. It is the rattling during idle/rolling on higher gear that drives
  16. Thanks, JFP! This is the system that I'm thinking of, http://www.fabspeed.com/986-boxster-maxflo-performance-exhaust-system/ Is this similar to the ones that your customers are running? For installation, can any muffler shop install this or does it need special attention/tools that only my Porsche mechanic may be more suitable with? Thanks again! Vish
  17. No luck so far with sourcing used cats, JFP, and having second thoughts on the Magnaflows. Before I plan on OEM ones, do you have any thoughts on the aftermarket 200 cell ones from 1) Fabspeed 2) Maxspeed 3) Fister Any others?
  18. Sounds good, JFP. Read some forums about Magnaflows in Boxsters and the satisfactory experience with them. Called a good local muffler shop and was quoted $500-$700 for both cats installed. They seem to have worked on Boxsters before since they were asking about which one(s) out of the 4 were going bad. Will keep my eyes open for an used OE set for sometime and then decide on this.
  19. JFP, While I am still searching for used cats, heard from another local Boxster guy that it may be relatively inexpensive to get the Magnaflow cats welded in at a local muffler shop. If used OE cats are hard to get and not keen on spending on new OE/Fabspeed/AWE/etc cats either, would this be alright for the car? Any experience with these cats? Thanks again for your time here!
  20. Do the Base and S share the same models of cats? More Base cars around than the S ones. Found a wrecked 2000 Base but it didn't have the two cats in the back, close to the muffler area....the pipes seemed welded to the muffler. Not sure, if they delete those cats or if this is normal.
  21. Very well, JFP! Been calling around the sites that you had provided. Hope to find a used set soon....
  22. Oh...yes...that page came up on a Google search but must have expired since it was cached at Google. Listening closely, it does seem to be coming from passenger side rear cat. What's weird is coming to think of it, I've heard this sound for sometime since Sept of last yr and yet, the car passed its emissions.
  23. Great, JFP! I did speak with the 20th Street Auto guys local here - they were a NO GO. I found these cats on LA Dismantlers - what parts would be for the Boxster S secondary cats (right and left)? http://www.ladismantler.com/porsche-boxster-986-used-catalytic-converter-996-113-022-05/
  24. So, I'm starting to hear that annoying creak/rattle (like intermittent metal scraping) from the right rear (passenger side) exhaust end of the car during idle. That sound is more pronounced when the engine is being turned off. No CEL yet and engine idles/runs fine. Over 400 miles since the MAF change. Seems like it may be coming from the right cat area, though I did the tap-with-rubber-mallet test, and no discernible rattle when this is done. I wonder what to look for w.r.t. heat shields too. Any inputs on where to source a cat too, JFP? Thank you!
  25. None, that I can think of. So far, the rough idling has gone and no sign of the meddling CEL, so the new MAF may have actually taken care of the issue. I suspect a CEL will pop up when I take it up to higher altitudes,as I have seen in the past though. Will confirm this weekend.
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