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Had a similar problem about a month or two ago and the folks on the forum helped me out. After I had replaced all the plugs and coil packs I had a different misfire / CEL light. As a few of the folks noted earlier----- just double & triple check the coil on the spark plug for cylinder #2. If you tug on it lightly you may find that the coil actually didn't click onto the spark plug. Anyway, good luck with that. Let us know what happens. Cheers, Dana
Dana: Disconnecting the negative cable from the battery for one full minute will do the trick. You can pick up Techron at Autozone, as well as Pep Boys or Advance Auto Parts on Long Island. It comes in two sizes. The smaller size is sufficient for the size of a Boxster gas tank. As Chris said, it's a good idea to run the Techron just before an oil change. Regards, Maurice. Great! Thanks for the info Maurice! Will do. As an update: Car is running well since I did the change out of the plugs and coils. But, I still have to get some Techron and change the oil. BTW, I was hoping to go with a thicker oil. I noticed that when I changed the oil & filter last season with 0W40 that my little drops were more frequent after a spirited drive. Any suggestions would be appreciated. edit: Looked up Toolpants' thread that entertained the idea of the non-Porsche approved Mobil 1 15W50 w/c I will try out this season. Also, I had my bro help me take off the hardtop last weekend. But, it was only just yesterday that I was able to open up the engine compartment to take a good look. I was happily suprised to find that the compartment was clean (TB..etc.) and that the previous owner had already changed out the AOS to the updated version. So, I'll hold on to the AOS replacement & parts for the future since I've read that it holds up on the average of 50K? Is that right?? Thanks for the offer Maurice! Hope the offer still stands in the future ; ) edit: looks like I may have spoke to soon---just double-checking---w/c configuration is the updated version?? From Mike Focke's website I understood it to be the vertical (circular part) as the updated and the horizontal config as the outdated version. I found some conflicting info so, please do let me know. Anyway, the only thing that I replaced yesterday was my air filter (w/c I had ordered over a year ago and almost forgot I had). Anyone have a "True Flow" filter?? I noticed that it had been oiled / conditioned and so, I wiped off the excess before I installed it. Hopefully, it doesn't screw up my MAF. edit:It was suggested that I go back to the stock air filter. After reading a few threads, I concur with his suggestions. Thanks Maurice! Thanks in advance.
Dana: Disconnecting the negative cable from the battery for one full minute will do the trick. You can pick up Techron at Autozone, as well as Pep Boys or Advance Auto Parts on Long Island. It comes in two sizes. The smaller size is sufficient for the size of a Boxster gas tank. As Chris said, it's a good idea to run the Techron just before an oil change. Regards, Maurice. Great! Thanks for the info Maurice! Will do.
Chris, I think I saw your car in the dealer (Euroclassics) back in October/November. Did you buy from them or the private owner? They were working on the tranny then. If you find a good independent here in Richmond, please share with me. There's a Porsche club here (they call themselves that) called the "First Settlers Club". I can't get ANY response from them to allow me to post on their forum and ask for an independent. I bought a 97 with 42K on it from a retired American Airlines Mechanic in Chesterfield (the Highlands). Hey Twoburgers, Congrats on your ride! Drive it in good health!! :D Hey tah, Here's a link that might be useful: http://986forum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9615 (You might have to sign up and register first to view it) If you scroll down the thread you'll see a link for 928 shops that TimAustin contributed to our forum's listing of Porsche mechanics. I believe there are two that might be in your area. However, the listing that I made, w/c incorporates input from all the members---unfortunately, I don't recall any in your area. Please double-check. Hope it helps! Cheers, :) Dana
what is the car doing now? have you unplugged the MAF yet/reset the DME yet? i understand that the previous owner installed a new MAF, but that doesn't mean it's not bad. ;) Good point Chris. As for the MAF and TB, I have to take the hardtop off to get to it. I don't have time to get to that until next week. Just finished changing out all the plugs, coils, and cleaning 'er up. I figured I might as well do them all since they were due for a change (re: over 60K on the clock). Actually, while I was checking cylinder #2, I did find that I had not connected the wire correctly to the coil (re: Thanks for the heads up on the "snap")....hence, my repeated misfire on cylinder #2. So, for good measure I made sure to hear and see the coil snap into place. Having done this, should I now clear the codes via OBD II AND take off the negative cable from the battery to reset the DME?? Or will just taking the negative cable off from the battery do both?? I'd like to take it for a test drive in the morning. I still have to buy the Techron. Is there only one type?? Can I purchase this at Autozone or Walmart?? TIA! Edit: BTW, that cylinder #1 plug was a PIA! Thank goodness for the swiveling ratchet head.
Dana: If you feel intimidated by the AOS and would rather do it by my house, let me know and I'll help you out, anytime. Drop me a PM and I'll give you my phone number. I'm in Freeport, a few blocks from the Meadowbrook and Sunrise Highway. Regards, Maurice. Cool beans! I think I might take you up on that offer..... I'll let you know how this goes. I appreciate it! Thanks Maurice! -Dana
Dana: Before you tackle the AOS, make sure that you have a decent pair of hose clamp pliers to deal with the hose clamp at the lower end of the bellows. I just replaced my AOS, using the aforesaid hose clamp pliers and plastic zip ties and it was pretty straightforward. If you position the car (and yourself) properly, it's not too difficult to access the bellows once the right rear wheel is off. Where in NY are you located? Regards, Maurice. Hey Maurice, Thanks for the reminder for the AOS DIY. Before I tackle that I'll make sure to go over the DIY online to make certain I have everything. Actually, I'm hoping that my CEL can be taken care of without doing that (re: either of those--AOS and coolant tank) just yet. I'd like to drive the car some before then. I'm close to Stony Brook University. Maybe when I get to the AOS I'll send you a PM that'll say, "HEEEELLLLLLLLPPPPPPP" :P
Thanks for your thorough advice Chris. Totally appreciate it! Actually, I have the parts already for an AOS install for months now in the anticipation that I would eventually have to do this. I also have the parts to change out a leaky coolant tank. This CEL was not on my list to do. I was just waiting on some good weather to tackle the DIY of the other stuff. Awhile back, I had CELs for 02 sensors (re: after I completed my DIY install of my aftermarket headers) and thought it might be the MAF. But I did notice that the MAF had already been changed out by the previous owner. So, I changed out the sensors and the CEL didn't pop up again until now (re: it's been approx. a year to date). Is there a possibility that the aftermarket headers that I installed is related?? Or is this just within the norm of Porsche ownership?? Don't get me wrong,...totally LOVE my car, but I haven't done so much DIY with any other cars....funny, even my SUV (Explorer w/ over 135K) hasn't given me so much unexpected $$ out of pocket...at least, it puts me back into perspective when I think of more mods that I want to do and realize that I should just keep my cash for times like this...... well, enough of this rant....I feel a little bit better now. :P Thanks again. -Dana
Hey Derek, Thanks for the input....Sorry to hear that they can't find a problem, though I'm sure they were happy to charge you each time. Hope you can find out what the trouble is. Found this online for you: P0300 Misfire Damaging to Catalytic Converter P0301 Misfire, Cylinder 1, Damaging to Catalytic Converter Well, IMHO, I don't have too much trust in the dealership...unless of course I don't have a choice. Anyway, why don't you try to change out the plug and/or the coil yourself and see if that fixes it?? Good luck with that. :)
Thanks Loren. Appreciate the quick response. :) I will try to check the resistance on those items....although I have never done that before. It's just weird that the other bank would pop up with codes when I didn't have that before I changed the plug and the coil pack. Throwing codes after having fixed one....what a PIA??
Hi, Could use some help with a few codes please. :( My car is a 1999 2.5 Boxster (Tip) with over 60K. A quick history---my car had been sitting for a few weeks. I had it on a trickle charger for a couple hours prior. When I started 'er up I heard a ticking sound on the passenger's side rear. It sounded like a sticky lifter. Anyway, I warmed it up to operating temp and took the car out for a quick spin around the block. I got a flashing CEL w/c then turned solid (2X). The car also began to stutter and run poorly at low RPMs. I also got a whiff of a faint "burnt" smell when driving back home. My OBD II reader showed P302 and P1314 (re: misfire cylinder 2). From my research on the forum.....long story short, bought new Beru plugs and a few coilpacks for good measure. Today, after 2 wks I finally had the time to change out the coil and plug (cylinder #2). The cylinder was dry and the plug looked like it did need to be changed. But the coil looked intact---although I will take a closer look. So, afterwards I reset the codes and started it up. Again, I heard a ticking, but this time on the driver's side. I warmed it up and I took it out for a test drive and these are my new codes below. Again, the car was running poorly and stuttering on idle. Here are the current codes: P300 P302 P304 P319 P314 P316 Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!! -Dana
wow; what pieces of crap. you figure when you use the more expensive german part, it should work better than the generic cheap part. apparently not. i guess i'll just have to figure out what resistor i need to run in parallel with the sensor to clear the code. once i figure this out, i'll post back here. Hey Insite, Try removing them and reconnecting them 180 degrees. It might just be that the pin connections are backwards. Hope it works! is that even possible? Hey Insite, From my experience it is possible to install them backwards. I did a write up on 986forum showing the subtle differences between the Walker and Bosch brand for my 2.5 Boxster (at least in my case----used Walker brand---BTW, been very happy with them) regarding the wiring and the different contact points..... ...anyway, it wouldn't hurt to try it on one of them and reset your CEL and see if the code pops up again. If it doesn't work....then, maybe mine were just an anomaly.
wow; what pieces of crap. you figure when you use the more expensive german part, it should work better than the generic cheap part. apparently not. i guess i'll just have to figure out what resistor i need to run in parallel with the sensor to clear the code. once i figure this out, i'll post back here. Hey Insite, Try removing them and reconnecting them 180 degrees. It might just be that the pin connections are backwards. Hope it works!