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Everything posted by fasterjames

  1. Same problem. Mine was a faulty coolant cap. If its a steady stream from the right rear area there is a good chance this is your issue
  2. I've been driving with an RMS leak for 6 years. It has only seeped a little at a time and I keep up with my maintenance like clockwork, everything much earlier than recommended by Porsche. Anyway, I have only driven my Boxster about 20K in those years but surprisingly no issues. I refrained from driving it much for a long time but finally decided that I needed to start having fun with it. I would like to fix it but shortly after I identified the leak I had quit my corporate career and bought a business. I now have 3 and made a decision that they were more important so all my cash goes to them. I hope to have it replaced by the end of the year and am crossing my fingers it will not become catastophic. Anyway, my Indy initially told me not to freak out about it however I have gone far far longer than he recommended to go. As far as pricing is concerned, Jake Raby (who is the Man!) quoted me $3500.00 for the IMS, RMS, Clutch, Labor. Dealer type prices but I would never have to worry again. I am planning on taking it to him, plus I live about 10 miles away from his facility so that means a lot as well. Best of luck to you.
  3. Sorry to hear about your Boxster. I hope to not see that day for many years. When I do I hope to take it as well as you did. Best of luck with your next vehicle.
  4. Absolutely. The people are just as amazing as the cars.
  5. I have a similar issue as well that started yesterday. 02 Boxster. Front trunk will not open with either method and it too is sporadic.
  6. It's kind of like buying a new car, it's all about features. I hear tons of people who prefer the Escort. I however like the V1 because of the arrows. Either way you go I think you will be happy.
  7. On most cars there is a Shift Interlock. Not sure what Porsche calls it. It is usually a 'trigger' located near the top of the brake pedal. Keeps people from accidentally knocking the gearshift into neutral and risking damage or rolling down a hill. This is why you need to put your foot on the brake before shifting. If this piece goes bad it is common to get symptoms like you have (even though it seems like pressing harder on the shift button helps). I hope it ends up being an easy fix for you whatever it is.
  8. The leather will gradually get softer again, with the use of a good leather conditioner it will be quicker and better (less chance of premature cracking). I would be more worried about the seat foam being ruined, hard, full of mildew etc. It can sometimes take several days for the foam to dry out even though on the surface it feels dry. Fans, lysol, open top in the garage, etc will help. With all due respect, being that this is at least the second time this has happened to you, you might want to find the hack that places a plastic/tupperware container around the PCM under the driver's seat. You are fortunate that your car still starts and performs properly. Best of luck to you.
  9. It's probably your catalytic converters and exhaust shields cooling down. If it sounds kind of like hitting a tin can with a hammer a bunch of times that is normal. If it is more than that you may have an issue. My bet is that you are fine.
  10. This hose also appears to be leaking oil and based on its pattern I do not believe it to be from the RMS (although mine is leaking a little). It is at the rear of the engine below almost anything else. Does anyone know what this is and where is goes?
  11. Do you only smell it on startup or all the time? There is a chance it is your fuel cap if it is at startup.
  12. Luckily its an easy fix. All you need is a new coolant tank cap.
  13. I'm not a Tech but it sounds to me like you may have not tightened/connected something completely when installing the AOS or perhaps there is a hole/leak in one of the tubes or connectors. Also on the first sound file there is a dip in the idle that would indicate the system does not have the proper vaccuum (unless you were barely moving the throttle.) Maybe it came a little loose while driving the past two weeks.
  14. Nope, unfortunately they generally do not share records. You may find a few dealers out there willing to work with you or other shops but it is few and far between.
  15. When you heard it were you driving by a building or a guard rail? I have a mysterious noise too -sounds kind of like exhaust wanting to come out but being blocked. More of a pressured whooshing than a hissing but perhaps we are hearing the same. I don't hear it at idle either or unless I am passing by something and getting reverberation from it. Does this describe what you are experiencing?
  16. I had the same question when I got my Boxster home and started looking at its lines more closely. They are not supposed to have the same depth of mounting so what you see is normal. As for the vent moving in/out, there is a screw that holds the top of the vent in and I believe 3 clips to hold the rest. Chances are your clips are not tight around the frame. Remove the screw and see if the clips are still attached to the edge of the vent. If so you should be good.
  17. I'm not a Technician or an expert but based on the vibration going away when you press the clutch in I would be inclined to think its a motor/transmission mount.
  18. BTW Mike, Thanks for your write up, it helped me a lot! Hmm... Interesting thought. I did do it late night after putting the kids to bed so maybe I missed something. It seems tight but I'll have to lift it to check the mounting bolts. Two of my hose clips broke when I was taking them off. One going to the TB and the one coming from the middle of the AOS to (I believe?) the engine block-it goes under the manifold and dissappears. That one I wrap-tied and is not leaking oil but perhaps air is getting in there? For the 'Y Tube' I have a new one on order but the clamp was still mostly functional. I also used a hose clamp for the bellows hose but will maybe put the original clamp back on. Does this like a logical reason for the problem I am having? Do you know where that middle hose ends up and how difficult it is to replace?
  19. Thanks for quick reply. Good thought but no. I changed it last summer and this is a fairly recent event. There has not been a significant drop in oil level according to the dipstick either and it is currently on the low end of the mark.
  20. I am gettting huge streams of grey smoke after high speed cornering through the hills. Smoke only comes out when I hit the accelerator. After 2-3 accelerations back on straight flatland smoke will not come back again until next time I go through the same corners. Replaced the AOS, cleaned the throttle body, MAF, and Y tube 450 miles ago. No CEL, Autozone didn't pull any codes. No smoke otherwise. I smell burning oil each time after driving. I do have a very slow RMS leak. Stock, 70K miles, all service up to date and never abused. Any ideas? Thanks.
  21. I had good luck with Warranty Direct on a GM vehicle. They sadly had to pay out a fortune for a highly maintained, well treated vehicle. Anyway that was a few years ago so they may have changed but based on my experience I would give them another shot if I was in the position to need one.
  22. The V1 is a sealed unit so the sensors cannot be mounted without a hack. I have seen people disassemble the unit, identify the sensors and wire them through the car to be mounted on the bumpers. Very ingenious. I like the V1 better for the only reason that there are arrows to tell you where the signal is coming from. I rarely use a detector for more than knowing where possible headaches might be as a Porsche in the 'mountains of a million pickups' causes a lot of attention with rural local Police. I think the Passport is probably a better detector with more features (V1 hasn't changed much in 10 yrs) but again the arrows are important to me. There are some detectors that are specifically made to be mounted, Escort has one that is similar to the 9500 but I believe it is in the 1K price range.
  23. I grew up on Lake Minnetonka and your pictures bring back lots of memories. Used to take the go carts and snowmobiles out and whip them around on the ice. I bet it was even better in your Boxster - just don't hook up the kids behind it in a sled! It is a great car, I'm sure you will enjoy it. BTW, did the Moderators tell you there is a 3 Walleye limit to join?
  24. FYI: I just got 10 quarts of Mobil 1 0-40 and 2 Mobil 1 Oil Filters (filters to be used on other cars) for $59.90 at Advance Auto Parts. Ends up being about the same deal as the rebate but with filters and you don't have to wait for the check.
  25. I'm getting a lot of blue smoke while driving after 15 minutes of driving through the mountians. Lots of hard corners and steep inclines at highway speeds-very fun if you watch out for the tractors. Anyway, I can drive for hours on the highway or around town with no problem but as soon as I hit the mountains I get steady amounts of smoke. Symptoms: No noticable oil consumption blue smoke on startup oil smell after every time I drive regardless of terrain Smokes only after hard cornering new AOS cleaned TB Cleaned MAF no CEL I do have the dreaded RMS or IMS leak but it is very minor 02 Boxster with 73K Any ideas?
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