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Everything posted by JFP in PA

  1. Why not just look at the fuse rating for the circuit in your fuse panel....................
  2. No, the panel the lighter is in pops off so you can access the back components. Use something smooth, like a wooden tongue depressor, to pop the panel so you do not mar it or the dash and you will be fine..............
  3. First, all IMS bearings, regardless of style, have some risk of failing, yours included. That is a documented fact. We have seen a couple, other shops have seen more than we have. Now the really bad news: All M96/97 produced after 2005 (and even some 05's) carry the last revision IMS bearing which is too large in diameter to fit through the opening in the rear of the assembled cases, making it impossible to change with totally disassembling the engine. LN Engineering produces an upgraded shaft for these engines, as described on their website, but disassembly is required to install it. S
  4. The OEM lube is really just silicone grease; get a $3 tube of dielectric grease at your local parts store and you are in business.....................
  5. Are you looking at "camshaft deviation" values on a Durametric or PIWIS system, or are you using some other methodology?
  6. Right now, there are not a lot of options available. While I am anything but a fan of aftermarket warranty products, if the dealer’s program is a sound one, it may be your best option.
  7. Automated sequential manual gearboxes, such as the PDK, are pretty complicated. There are multiple sensors, actuators, and of course, lots of software to make this all work smoothly and without reducing everything to rubble. One of the major downsides to all this complicated technology is that there are a lot of potential failure points, any of which can stop the process cold. Added to this is the fact that these gearboxes are a world unto themselves when it comes to special diagnostic electronics, fixtures, and tooling required to disassemble or repair them in the field; and then you have
  8. More likely, your problem is a noisy clutch return spring (under the dash), not uncommon and can be fixed. Do a search on the subject..............
  9. Interestingly, there have been several on-line reports that some of the so-called Chinese PIWIS clones are actually pirated copies of older Durametric systems…….
  10. Yeah, don't even think about a PIWIS, which leases for about $12,000 or so for the first year, look at the Durametric enthusiast package for less than $300............
  11. Thanks for the reply. Disappointing to hear no improvement. I understood they offered better pedel pressure when brakes were hot at track events. We will see. NASA-SE event in two weeks. Still fun to work on the car. They do improve pedal pressure and feel, particularly under hard braking, but many think that SS lines will actually improve how the car brakes, which they cannot do. Response tends to be subjective, most like the change...............
  12. While it may involve the MAF, more likely culprits are either vacuum leaks or a fuel pressure/volume issue. Both codes indicate that the air fuel ratio is on the lean side and the DME cannot richen it, so I'd start with looking for vacuum leaks (the most common cause) first. You can still pull and clean the MAF as well as that never hurts.
  13. Kind of throw’s a new light on all of the supposedly MAF related problems and codes when someone takes it out and leaves it on the bench and drives the car off with no apparent ill effects……………….
  14. All manufacture’s build a dud from time to time, and the original price range or make does not matter. Regardless of the make, from time to time we see one car that simply breaks everything, sometimes twice, while others of the same vintage seem to have no problems at all. “Fecal matter occurs……”
  15. The image below should help you with which bank is which. P0430 is for cylinders 4-6: As for the O2 sensors, they can be tested by themselves to make sure they are working. If they are good, or after you replace any faulty ones, clear all codes and road test the car for a prolonged period. If the P0430 code returns, your cat is toast...........
  16. We have seen late MY '05's that have the "non serviceable" large diameter bearing. All MY '06's (or any earlier MY that had a replacement engine installed after 1/06) would definitely have the larger bearing, which requires total engine disassembly to replace.
  17. Actually, Porsche transitioned to the larger diameter IMS bearing in late 2005, all 2006 (and on) cars or replacement engines have the larger bearing as well.
  18. Anywhere from "not at all" to "very", depending upon the source of the intermix. It can come from a failing oil cooler (easy to replace and parts are about $200 or so), to either a popped sealing plug in the head, a bad head gasket, or a cracked head. The latter three are on the more expensive side..................
  19. Transmission cases rarely fail, and are available as parts, but they are expensive. That said, “JB Weld” is not going to work, to fix your case, it needs to be disassembled and heliarc/TIG welded by a specialty welding shop that knows what they are doing……..
  20. Actually, I'd start by getting the codes read and reporting back on what you find.............
  21. You can safely and effectively change the IMS bearing to the LN version without any camshaft locking tools. Wayne Dempsey of Pelican Parts has come up with an ingenious way of locking the sprocket on the IMS tube (which is behind the IMS flange,just on the other side of the engine case) by using three 25mm long set screws that get substituted for the IMS flange bolts. Those set screws press against the face of the sprocket (which is inside the engine, on the other side of the case) and prevent the sprocket from moving (or altering the timing). Simple, effective and fool proof, and you do
  22. As long as the connector makes good electrical contact and is weather tight, you should be fine.............
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