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Everything posted by demosan

  1. aw, Strange light problems like this can be caused by the light switch itself going bad. I would try moving the switch from on to off several times in sucession to see if the problem syptoms change. If so you need to replace the switch, which you can find a DYI instructions in this forum. Good Luck!! demosan
  2. smithk, I replaced my Pirelli Asymmetrico's ( which as you staed were VERY noisy) with the Kuhmo SPT on 02 C4S and O have been very happy with them for the price. Quiet so far ( only have a few K miles on them) and they have been great in the wet as well. I do not track the car, so no data there!! Demosan
  3. PS88, Nice job and your pics have convinced me its time to perform same clean-up operation. Amazing how much debri collects in those airflow ducts and radiators. OBTW, looks like you might have your front alignment checked as your left front tire appears to be wearing on inside tread ( camber set too high for track purposes??). ;) demosan
  4. You are correct in that the rear negative camber is set too high. Spec for your car is -1.3 ( +/- .3). Looks like you are a full degree out of nominal settings each side. demosan
  5. Now that you know your car has LoJack, I would suggest you register it with loJack and they will ensure it is operational and register it to your current address and give you the car with the instructions for utilizing it case of theft ( God forbid). There is a nominal fee for validation and the tech will perform the check and re-registration anywhere you choose and no annual charge for the service.The good news for me having just gone through the process with LoJack is I notified my insurance company and received a 15% discount. demosan. :D
  6. I Would take it to anywhere where they can pressure test the cooling system and see how significant the leak may be. You can then decide as to what next steps may be necessary. Most water pumps begin to leak ( weep a bit of coolent) at the water pump bearing/seal very slowly to give you a warning that it may be getting close to needing replacement. Good luck!! demosan
  7. Kras, I have taken some measurements for you, however I would suggest you look at a C4S to get the complete picture of the reflective strip shape as it is not just a flat strip. When I looked at mine it is more comlex shape than I thought, i.e. there is "lip" on the lower surface that aligns with the lower surface edge of the engine hatch. On the upper surface it is curved and mounts on a recess that is on the engine hatch. that said, here are the dimensions you had requested: thickness reflective strip .25 inches. overall width approx. 3 15/16 inches ( this dimension is bit difficult to measure on the car as the upper edge of the reflective strip is curved and mounts on a recessed surface on the motor hatch. Hope this helps!! demosan
  8. Kras, I am not sure I understand your question completely, however the measurement I think you are asking for is the distance between the tail-lights on a C4S ( so you can compare it with your narrowbody spacing to see if placing the reflective strip on a C4S will fit on your car. My first reaction is "no" as the widebody is approximately 2+ inches wider than the narrowbody. However, here are the dimensions I took off my MY02 C4S coupe. Overall length of the reflective strip 33 3/8 inches on the lower portion of the reflective strip (closest to the plastic bumper). Overall width from lowest portion of the taillights 33 7/8 inches. There is a 1/4 space on each side of reflective strip from each tail-light to allow for clearance when the rear-hatch opens. Hope this helps. Demosan :cheers:
  9. violaGT3, As RFM mentioned. the tough part of this being a DYI is the evacuation and recharging the system after the drier replacement. Drier costs around $45 and you will need two new O-rings as well. ( Pelican Parts). Good luck demosan
  10. RFSB, Yo ucan get the battery load tested wit hit in the car. At the same time they can check your alternator to ensure it is up to snuf as well. Sears is one source that I believe offers this as a freebie!! Good luck!! Demosan
  11. Peter, As i read your note, I sense you have tried the procedure with the engine running rather tha njust turning the ignition to on without starting engine. In addition, you need to shift the transmission into reverse ( for the passenger mirror tilt option to be activated). In addition, hold the lock key on the dash at the same time you press your seat memory button for a believe is 5 seconds. that is how I programmed my 02 C4S. Good luck!! demosan
  12. OE, I realize the interval in the maint. schedule references 60K, but also suggests replacement after max 4 years. I assume this is meant to account for simple corrosion of plugs over time regardless of milage. Being I'm in SoCal and a dry climate I may just leave originals in there for a while as they look "normal" and I haven't had any CEL or related issues with sensors etc. ( knock on wood). Fuel consumption is what it was whe nI bought the car and no oil consumtion at all that I can detect. Changing them may be a true "over-kill" in anal retentive behaviour ;) Thanks for the replies!! demosan
  13. I need some guidance from the guru's here as I am performing the 30K scheduled maint. on my 02 C4S. I have pulled the plugs to look at them and they don't look bad but after reading lots of posts about spark plug life on this forum I thought it would be time to replace as car is beyond 4 yr. recommendation, although milage is only 29K. The plugs in the car are Bosch platinum +4 plugs ( FGR 5KQED ) . I am not sure as to whether this was the OEM factory plug?? I bought the car at 23K miles a year ago and the owner had all records and he had not performed the 30K scheduled maint. so I am puzzled as to why they wouldn't be Beru's which I was lead to believe were the OEM plug?? Any recommendations as to what I sould replace with?? I do not track the car, but drive it regularly predominantly at "speed" :D on freeways !! TIA demosan
  14. HEAT IS YOUR BRAKES AND ROTORS ENEMY along with a heavy foot. :( I've only owned the car for 2,000 of its 16,000 miles and they just started to appear. I'm about as anal about my cars as you could be, so I know it's not a heavy foot or unusually high heat. I thought that's why they cross drilled them anyway - to help dissapate heat. So far in my ownership I've been more impressed with my BMWs I've owned in terms of braking power, feel, and durability. This is disappointing to say the least. It's a great car and I love to drive it, so I'll obviously replace them, but it's too bad they don't last longer. Thanks for the input. X-51, Sounds to me as if the previous owner may not have driven the car tha toften, but when it was driven it may have seen some track time. If you google search "cross-drilled brake rotors" you will see a lot of info regarding the pros and cons of crossed- drilled brake rotors. another "no-no" with crossed drilled rotors is NEVER wash the car when the rotors are hot but rather wash the car when they are stone cold. Enjoy the new P-car!! B) Demosan
  15. Endaar, Having looked at many 02 Pcars last year ( I was looking for a C4S coupe) , you should be paying no more that $45K for that car with 40k miles. Car looks good and as others have suggested do a PPI to isolate any obvious ( and not so obvious ) issues. Good luck!! :cheers: demosan
  16. As a previous Boston resident and familiar with the salt on the winter roads, when you remove your front bumper to clean the radiators and AC condenser your should check the fan contacts as you did in the engine compartment. If those were corroded, then likely the others may be as well. Not sure you use your PC as a daily driver, but if you drive in the winter there in Boston on that SE expressway I'm sure your car gets a concentrated salt bath in the winter. Good luck!! :cheers: demosan
  17. SOunds normal to me as my oil pressure indicator and coolent temp gauges operate the same as you describe. Was a distraction at first when I purcahsed my 02 C4S a year ago, but having talked to enough folks to reassure me it is normal it is apparently one of Porsche's genetic idiocyncracies. I too use the Mobil 1 0-40 oil all year in SoCal, so have significantly higher temps in the summer ( although not as hot as you in vegas). Car seems not to use any oil at all and I too am paranoid about checking oil regularly inspite of the oil level display. In the case of the cluth noise, if the you had your recent clutch replacement at the dealer and you didn't have the "noise" originally then let him diagnose ( hopefully gratis ;-) ) Enjoy the car !! :cheers: demosan
  18. Glad to hear the "quick fix" service at the local service station seemed to resolve your lack of cold A/C. You mention in your note the system took 1.95 oz. of refridgerant. Didn't it really take 1.95 lbs?? I am about to recharge my system in MY 2002 and will use the pressure valve to determine appropriate additional R134-A t add to fully charge and the 1.95oz number implies one can ( or less) will fill system??. Demosan
  19. Glad to hear the problem was diagnosed and fixed with the re-alignment. Kind of scary as to how that Camber eccentric worked loose so quickly. If you have had the car aligned recently ( before the latest fix) I would have a conversation with the shop that did the work and obviously didn't tighten the bolts to spec. happy Motoring!! Demosan :cheers:
  20. Lenny, Sorry to hear of your engine diagnosis being the infamous porous engine casting problem. Hopefully your dealer will leverage your extremely low milage engine into a warranty replacement at P expense. I also have an 02 C4S I was anxious to hear exactly where your "leak" occurred. Good luck with the P folks and if their proposalisn't to your satisfaction this is one I would elevate to PCNA and beyond if necessary as I think you have an excellent case for a warranty replacement. keep us posted as to your progress!! demosan
  21. They fit perfect. I did it in 5 minutes with doble tape This does seem like a great deal and per your experience the quality seems more than adequate. Whe nI try and open the link on ebay for the item, it states the seller has discontinued the item?? Did you purchase thru ebay or direct from auto innovations?? TIA Demosan Not through ebay. Just send an email to auto_innovation@yahoo.com The price is 46,99 $ + shipping They told that Paypal is only accepted in US and I had to do a Money order from Spain thru Western Union Juan, Thanks for the reply and I will contact them directly. demosan
  22. They fit perfect. I did it in 5 minutes with doble tape This does seem like a great deal and per your experience the quality seems more than adequate. Whe nI try and open the link on ebay for the item, it states the seller has discontinued the item?? Did you purchase thru ebay or direct from auto innovations?? TIA Demosan
  23. Sounds like the first attempt of battery disconnect and reset was not long enough. I seem to recall the time to complete a reset of alll the CPU's in the car is 10 minutes ( or so)!! Great ot hear you are "good to go" without a dealer trip!! :cheers: Demosan
  24. Sounds to me like the problem is part of the immibilizer/alarm system. Have you tried disconnecting the battery to try and reset the system if all the fuses are OK. Good luck with the diagnose and I'm sure there are more suggestions coming from the "experts" !! demosan
  25. +1 wross, I have just purchased the Durametric package and it is "customized" for Porsche and has significant capabilites ( as mentined and evaluated by loren in previous posts) and significant capability to both read and clear many porsche error codes, i.e. worked great for me in diagnosing the infamous airbag fault code and was able to clear as well. In reading the write up on this software, it does not list Porsche compatible, although does mention it will work on "some VW's...".?? my 2 cts Dmosan
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