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CarMan356

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  1. Bibz, from what I remember, the two pieces were extremely tight together, so I'd imagine that these two pieces are seized together. Once the lock nut is loosened, then the threded bar needs to be unscrewed from the connecting piece. Regards, Colm.
  2. Hey guys! I have proper brakes again, :D actually I forgot what they felt like, and what a change the new brake booster has made. The brake pedal is now extremely smooth and soft. B) I thoroughly believe that, when I bought the car last November, the brake booster was full of water, but I just thought that it had a heavy brake pedal. Since the booster failed, I had become an expert at releasing the brake pedal with my left leg tucked under the pedal. (Not recommended though!) :P I am very impressed with the fact that I completed this project myself, for a total cost of Euro 145.00 (App
  3. Well, after 19 days, (from California to Ireland), I received the Brake Booster in the post. :D So it's time to get my hands dirty again. :D I might tackle it this evening after work, or maybe on Saturday morning. :) It'll be nice to have some proper brakes again! :lol: I'll take a few photos and post here when the job is done! :renntech:
  4. I just checked out the image in full scale, and the Brake Booster has the following sticker: LUcas 3.85 996.355.025.03 n19H
  5. Ok, so having done my research, I can not locate a second-hand booster. When I contacted my local Porsche Centre, they re-quoted for all of the parts. The booster alone is Euro 461.53. (Approx. $650.00) :o I have come across Pelican Parts before, but I have never used them yet. They have the exact same part for $139.50, and came back with an international delivery to Ireland for $60.00. Total = $199.50. That's approximately Euro 140.00. :D So, I phoned in my order immediately, and it should take about 5 - 10 working days! :D Tool Pants, you mentioned that all I needed to get was the b
  6. Hey Tool Pants, thanks for the advice about the 2 TSB's, Brake Booster Seal at Firewall Changed and Brake Booster / Spare Parts Requirements. I've read them both and they give really good detailed information. ;) I will look into checking the availability of a second hand booster, failing that, I'll just have to order these parts new.
  7. Thanks Shawn! ;) Just done that now! I think I've to wait for confirmation before I can proceed! It's definitely worth it, as I've gotten some great information from this site to date! :renntech:
  8. Thanks 'Tool Pants'! ;) Is there a TSB for moving the steering wheel to the left hand side? :lol: I've had a look in RennTech.org Forums > Porsche TSB Menu > Boxster (986) TSBs but I am unable to open any of the TSB's. How do I access them? Am I doing something wrong? :rolleyes:
  9. Here's a couple of photos of the inside of the Brake Booster! Must be years of water build up! :o
  10. Ok, I finally got around to tackling my Brake Booster problem. I decided to remove the booster to see if there was water in it, and also to see if I could drain it. This was going to be my second time working on the car. (First was the successful replacement of a window regulator). I was advised that the Brake Booster could be removed and re-installed without having to drain brake fluid, or disconnect the Brake Master Cylinder lines. So here goes, here's my first detailed post. Cleared the front trunk, removed the plastic trim and carpet surrounding the booster. Remove the two long pan h
  11. So I decided to try and dry out the Brake Booster. I started by reading my Bentley book, and first you have to empty the brake resevoir, disconnect various lines, disconnect the Brake Master Cylinder and then remove the Brake Booster. As this seemed more like a larger task, than a quick DIY job, I decided not to proceed just yet, as I didn't have the necessary brake fluid etc needed when having to bleed the system once re-instated. :( I did however carry out the cleaning of the 3 drain holes located around the Brake Booster and Battery, there was some dirt and grime, but these weren't bloc
  12. Thanks for your input guys! Your help is really appreciated! ;) I found this link http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?s...&hl=Booster and it says "You can't open the booster, all you can do is remove the booster pour out and let him dry. This gives you no guaranty for the future replace is the best option. Brakes are a safety item, two hands are not enough, if you got no experience with brake systems go to a workshop." I have mechanical knowledge, including brakes, but not with Brake Systems. Is it easy to remove the booster to dry it out?
  13. I just spoke with my local Porsche Centre, and they told me that there were no recall issues with my car, but that the early model Boxsters ('97-'99) did have some problems with water getting into the Brakes Servo, and thus is causing brake pedal not to release immediately. He said that, obviously, he would not be able to diagnose the problem without seeing the car, but that if it was the servo, that he would also want to change the Master Cylinder too! I can just see the € Euro ($ Dollars) Symbols now! It never rains, but it pours, especially in Ireland!
  14. It's a 98MY Boxster 2.5. I bought the car last November with 46,000 miles on the clock. The service record says that the brake fluid was changed before at 45,000 miles, although I'm now doubting that. I understand that the brake fluid is to be done every 2 years, regardless of mileage. I now have 62,000 miles on the car, after 9 months, and I am due to carrying out the Major Service (60k Service) shortly, so maybe I should include a brake fluid change also.
  15. Hi Guys! Yesterday evening and this morning, I noticed when I pressed the brake pedal, the car would slow and stop as normal, but the brake pedal would not release immediately, but took about 5 – 10 secs to completely release. A couple of times I felt when I was starting off again, that the brakes hadn’t released completely and that I was driving with the brakes still on for a short distance. Any idea what the problem could be? Is it a trip to the mechanic, or something I could tackle myself? Thanks, :renntech: Colm.
  16. Brakes Not Releasing (Sticking) Hi Guys! Yesterday evening and this morning, I noticed when I pressed the brake pedal, the car would slow and stop as normal, but the brake pedal would not release immediately, but took about 5 – 10 secs to completely release. A couple of times I felt when I was starting off again, that the brakes hadn’t released completely and that I was driving with the brakes still on for a short distance. Any idea what the problem could be? Is it a trip to the mechanic, or something I could tackle myself? Thanks, :renntech: Colm.
  17. Hi, Have a look at ESS Essential Styling http://www.essentialstyling.com/boxster_rear_spoilers1.htm
  18. Hey! I would definitely go for it, but take some consideration about where you are going to park it. I have a 1998 Boxster 2.5, with 18" wheels (rear 265/35, front 225/40), and I do 20,000 miles a year, (about 10k motorway and 10k country Irish roads), so even though you do feel every bump, it sure is worth it. The mileage will increase steadily, but if you look after the car regularily, you shouldn't have any major problems! :rolleyes: Oh, bit of advice, if you get the pre-2003 model with the plastic rear screen, don't put the roof down during cold weather, under 5degC (41degF), as it wil
  19. The other day, I pressed the horn in my Boxster a few times, but the third time the horn just gave out a single tone sound. I presume the Boxster has a Dual Tone Horn, and that one of these has failed? Where do I start? Is it a loose connection, faulty horn, faulty switch in the steering wheel? Any ideas?
  20. I recently had the misfortune to crack the plastic rear screen, whilst lowering the roof on a sunny morning, but as the car was parked in the shade, the rear screen never warmed enough to become flexible. As I live in Ireland, with one Porsche dealer in Dublin, they wanted to replace the complete roof. Instead having searched the net, I discovered SoftTops in Coventry, England, who were advertising on eBay. I contacted them, and after getting confirmation than my insurance company would cover the repair (Euro480) I arranged to travel across the water to get it repaired. (Although I had to pay
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