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    1997 986 Boxster

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  1. Thanks guys, I'm gonna get on it this weekend. If successful I won't have to worry bout any tears as the bolster will then be on the inside, not to mention I do 90% of my driving solo. (passengers are just extra weight anyway). Let you know how I make out. Matt
  2. MY '97 986 with 70K miles. The seat back leather on driver side is getting worn to the point where it might tear. Just from normal friction/wear and tear from exiting and entering the car. To prevent this I'd like to swap it with the seat back on the right side. Anybody ever attempted this? Obviously if it is not removable from the seat bottom (a one piece unit) this is not possible. Thanks in Advance Matt
  3. Loren, I pulled the ignition coil on cylinder one and found no visible cracking/corrosion/damage. The plug looked slightly fouled so I changed it out. The car had its 60K MX done 8000 miles ago by the previous owner so I'm assuming all the plugs were changed out then as per major maintenance protocol. I don't know if I just have a bad plug or if the ignition coil has something to do with the partial fouling. Unfortunatly I don't have a PST2 to clear the codes from the OBC. I'm assuming I'll have to put the car through 3 drive cycles per the book to see if the CEL goes out. If it does it was probably the plug, if not I'll probably change out the coil. For anyone thats had a coil crap out on them, what evidence was there visually, as well as changes in how the engine performed/sounded? The car sounds/performs exactly the same prior and after the plug change so I'm leaning towards a problem with the coil, though I would assume the engine would be running rough if the coil was bad, no? Any of you guys around Long Island, NY have a PST2 I could rent from ya? Thanks in advance, Matt
  4. I was getting on the throttle accelerating and the CEL came on this morning. Codes that came up were P0301 and P0600. I referenced the list and saw that they were: Misfire, Cylinder 1, Damaging to Catalytic Converter and, CAN Time-out - Signal Implausible. I'm hoping that the misfire can be corrected by replacing the spark plugs but not sure how to tackle the other one. Any suggestions/insight? Matt :o
  5. Hey guys, I want to order the new coolant tank cap for the MY '97 boxster ending in "1" . Appreciate the entire part number for the cap and where I can order it online for a reasonable price. Thanks Matt
  6. Nevermind, I just saw jvcuenca had water pump link for the replacement on is 1998 986 thanks
  7. If what I'm reading on the posts is true then I think the clicking sound I heard could have been the water pump shedding a few of those plastic impeller blades. I got the car up on jack stands today and I can't find any coolant leaks, but the rear trunk reservoir is empty. I'm fairly sure now that the pump is shot but I guess I won't know until I pull it. Would replacing the thermostat be a wise decision while I'm at it? Also, looking for some posts on replacing the water pump/thermostat and coolant system flush. I Only found the post for replacing it on a 996. Thanks in advance. Matt
  8. Thanks for the help guys. I'm gonna get in there this weekend and take care of it. Just changed out the water pump in a 1965 mustang so I'm in the mode. Doesn't seem like a huge deal after looking at the diagrams. Matt
  9. No visible leaks any where. I didn't think it could be the water pump though, especially at 66K miles. And to answer your question, I don't have a Bentley manual. Where could I pick one up? Does it outline how to change out the thermostat or water pump? Matt
  10. I was pulling out of a parking lot in MY '97 and I heard a strange clicking sound from somewhere underneath the chassis. Sounded sort of like there was debris stuck underneath or something so I got out to inspect and found nothing stuck or hanging under the car. 2 minutes later as I'm driving down the road I see my temperature gage climbing slowly toward red line. So I put the heat on full blast and pull over and shut down. The heat is blowing cool though so I'm assuming that the thermostat got stuck somehow. I let the car cool off for an hour and drive it home as the temp starts creeping up again. Wondering if any of you guys have had to replace thermostats before and if so, how involved of a job it is or if I should just take it to the shop. Thanks in advance Matt
  11. Hey guys, the microswitch in my parking brake failed suddenly so now I can't put my top back up. Any way to repair it or any hacks to completely bypass it? Thanks in advance. Matt
  12. I'm looking into putting in a Profile HA1040 amp to drive my dash and door Infinity speakers that I just put in. It puts out 80 watts RMS X 4 which pretty closely matches the speakers. The stock HAES just isn't cutting it. The fairly economical amp ($120) came highly recommended from a buddy of mine and I was just wondering if any of you guys have ever used one in a Boxster or have any input. Thanks in advance. Matt
  13. Yes, I too replacedmy dash and door speakers with Infinity Kappas. I've had them in other vehicles and they sound great. The dashes in my '97 sound really good now but the doors are still underpowered. The 6.5's can handle 75 watts RMS but the stock amp only puts out 40 watts. Not to mention the doors are two-way so I totally lose the high end because of the crossover built into the amp. I now want to put in a quality 4-channel amp that puts out 75-100 watts RMS per channel but the problem, like you mentioned, is wiring the thing from the trunk into the dash. On top of that, my HU is an aftermarket Eclipse that the previous owner put in, but the wiring he did was totally half a#*. There's been so many posts on sound systems upgrades for the box, and to each his own, but I feel like I opened pandora's box by getting involved with this. matt
  14. I think I follow u Cassiebox. However, If the previous owner never hooked up the rear channels from the H/U to the amp, I would be getting no sound at all out of the door, right? I guess my question is, how many sets of speaker leads should be going from the H/U to the amp? I would assume 4. If there are 4 channel outputs from the amp and they are all wired to their respective speakers, how could it be possible for the doors not to get 40 watts? Nothing was done between the amp and the dash or the doors so my problem then must exist between the H/U and the amp. There are no rear speaker additions. Anyway, I'm gonna pull the H/U after work and see what I can find. Matt
  15. I mounted them on a custom wood baffle so the tuned port enclosure is gone. The car had an aftermarket Eclipse head unit when I bought it, and the way its wired I can't control the fade between the doors and the dash, just the balance. Was the stock becker wired the same way (did a fader even exist?) All I know is, for how good the dash sounds, the doors are not on par. I'm gonna keep fidgeting but I have a feeling they're just not getting the juice. Matt
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