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JFP: Thanks. Looking at the bends and how the lines are routed, I think I'll take the conservative route and stick with the OEM mild steel lines as replacements. Another 12 years wouldn't be so bad, and now that I know that the lines in this location are prone to corroding, I'll pay extra attention to rinsing the winter salt out of that area.
JFP: I have found lots of folks selling braided stainless flex hoses for Boxsters (I'm familiar with this from motorcycling), but I can't seem to find stainless replacements for the hard lines. I have at least one rusted out hard line to my rear brakes to deal with (hidden corrosion where the forward and aft section join just under the driver's seat and, yes, I plan to replace both lines regardless). Admittedly, I got 12 years out of the set currently on the car, so I'm not too entirely upset about going to a new set of mild steel lines, but still - any reference to sources for stainless hard lines you can think of? Thanks.
Answering my own question: either polarity doesn't matter, or I got the polarity correct. The only code left now is the P0306. Going with a fresh set of plugs and a careful inspection of the wiring leading to the #6 coil (important given the mouse damage noted above).
I'm not a big fan of reopening old threads, but this one leads exactly to where I am today. We are talking about an '03 base Boxster - last week the car started suddenly running really poorly, MIL light flashing, etc etc. P0327 code thrown (along with P0300, P0301 and P0306). I found that the mice had eaten the insulation off both wires going to Knock Sensor 1 and had chewed up a fair amount of the wire as well. As the whole connector came off in my hand, I disassembled the connector and was able to solder some leads onto what remained and then to solder that back to the wiring harness. I based my polarity connections on how Knock Sensor 2 was wired relative to the diagrams in the Bentley. It's all buttoned back up, however, the car runs exactly the same as it did, including the flashing MIL light. I don't have a code scanner, so it will have to wait until tomorrow to see what code(s) show up. I am wondering if the polarity of the connection makes any difference or not. When I go to the DME and measure resistance, both sensors give me just a hair over 5Mohms, so I know that my wiring job is at least intact. Grasping at straws here, unfortunately. Any help appreciated, that's for sure. Tom Coradeschi
All: I've noticed that the clamshell does not close properly on my '03 Boxster - more a problem with the top down than with the top up. It appears to be shifted a bit to the left, as you can see in the attached photos. I would say, from looking at the gap in the bodywork and how the alignment pins line up with the sockets they drop into that there is on the order of 1/4" of a shift here. Top Down: Top Up: Is there any way to adjust this out? I don't see anything obvious, and the vertical adjustment (left side vs right side compared to the rear deck) looks good. I have recently had to mess w/ the clamshell, as I had an AOS replacement to do and it was a bit of a struggle, so it would not be out of the realm of reality that I tweaked something while I was doing that. Any ideas? TIA...
So far, I have not found the answer you did. So, what's the deal? Thanks.
Hi, Terence. Is there a reference to this Audi switch? I just ran into the same problem, haven't even had the chance to crack open the Bentley to see how to take it apart, yet... Thanks.
All: I am confused by the headlight adjusters in my 03 Boxster. The lower adjuster is supposed to raise and lower the light and it does. The upper adjuster is supposed to move the light laterally, but, instead, it also raises and lowers the light. Neither adjuster moves the light laterally and both move them vertically! This is true for both headlights. Anyone out there have the clue I am clearly missing? Thanks. Tom C
All: Tom Coradeschi here, new subscriber. I am about to start looking for a "previously owned" Boxster, focusing on the 2001-2003 models, as they are about the newest which will fit my budget. Aside the stuff which should be obvious (maintenance records, obviously worn tires, brakes, etc), are there any specific "gotchas" in cars from those years which I should be aware of? I've looked for a FAQ and can't find one anywhere. Thanks...