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  1. Just apply some greaseless lubricant on the plastic shafts and the little pin hinges and manually activate the spoiler up/down a few times - then wipe clean. works well for about 6 to 12 months....
  2. I don't think putting a capacitor is a good idea. It would be bulky and have negative effects on the start up side as well as who knows what in terms of impacting other circuits. I would go with the powering the RF transmitter from the same source as the CD/radio unit that you installed.
  3. The issue remains: why does your wiper hit the vertical edge? My wipers don't - and I am also very impressed with how well they wipe the glass. Perhaps: did someone buy you larger or aftermarket wipers? Just a thought....
  4. I am the original owner of a 2003 996 and I have never made any adjustments or changes to my wiper blades. Here is a photo of the blade sitting in its correct position. I am showing you this to help you figure out if perhaps your blade has been changed out or has been somehow damaged (bent). Good luck...
  5. Yes, you have to use the computer diagnostic tool (like the dealer has). You can set the doors to 4 different options - see the owner's manual for a description of these. Once the option is set, you cannot change it on the fly - must use tool again.
  6. There is definitely something wrong with your car. The car gets into the "groove" starting at 80 and keeps getting better as you go past 100... It should definitely feel better than the Lexus (not even a close comparison). Good luck.
  7. I have a guess for you: The duct that is attached to the passenger side vent has some sort of leak... for example, it is partially disconnected from the grill and a little bit of warm air is mixing in with it... Just a gues...
  8. Everything sounds right. While cranking the engine, battery voltage does drop to approximately 10V.
  9. Sorry if this sounds like a dumb question. I assume OBC = On Board Computer. This computer displays several values in the display under my tach. I have a 2003 Cab... and what do you mean "To turn on the OBC" ? Would appreciate explanation of what you guys are trying to do. Thanks.
  10. In my opinion (and there is no absolutely correct answer here): For casual driving, I usually keep it around 2500 rpm. As I accelerate, I rev up to 3500 and then shift to the next higher gear. As you noted, it all depends on load. Load can happen by you applying more fuel to the engine or by you going up/down a hill. So the above guidelines are for casual driving on a flat road. If you are going up a hill, you need to rev up to a higher RPM (say 4000) before shifting up. From here, you should experiment, listen and feel the engine, it will tell you if it is lugging or too loaded up for any given RPM. I can tell you that as you fine tune your driving style, that there is actually a slighty different optimal shift point for each gear - and not a constant set of rules for all 6 gears. I have had my car for 5 years and still enjoy driving it every day... :)
  11. Did you check the pump reservoir liquid level? this is the hydraulic pump that raises / lowers the entire top system. It is a common issue where after a few years the liquid level gets too low. There are very detailed instructions to do this. My 03 started acting up... and level was low... adding about 8 oz... fixed it perfectly
  12. Consider a bad idler pulley bearing... I had that once, and it had a high pitched sound - almost pleasant to listen to from inside the cabin while driving....
  13. Was the mechanic at Family Porsche in Bakersfield? That's where I got towed to and they told me almost exactly what you said. I was looking to get some independent confirmation of this from my RennTech post. It's a plausible explanation, but it is puzzling that a factory set up car would wear so unevenly in the first 10-12,000 miles. If so, all new Porsche owners should get the same warning you got! Tom Yes it is Family Porsche. The mechanic you probably talked to is Dennis (He is their only Porsche certified mechanic). He is excellent and 100% trustworthy... He has worked on my car for the past 5 years and, when he does work, I am usually standing next to him in the service bay. Even though I have moved to the Los Angeles area - I still go back up to his shop if I need anything done. I agree with you about Porsche telling you or even paying the cost of the first alignment... and I had asked Dennis about it... but, unfortunately, they just don't. By the way, through Dennis I have had superb warranty work done - and I was amazed at how much Porsche did cover... so, in the overall scheme of things, I thought the Porsche warranty experience was very good (even better than Mercedes).
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