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Great forum and a great DIY ..... I just completed changing the switch. I had the problem that the ignition key stuck in the switch and the parking lights wouldn't turn off. Wiggling the key around got it out of the switch but the lights stayed on.... I removed the side vent prior to going under the dash but I found that I didn't need to. I had no problem getting to both screws that hold the switch in place from under the dash. Took me about 45 minutes I think it would have been about 25 if I didn't take the side vent apart. It was fiddly to put back in. 2001 C4 130,000km
JFP thanks for the response, If only it were that easy ..... not sure if you've removed the alt before or not but I followed the instructions as posted. I also went a step further and went to the local Porsche dealer here in Toronto, as luck would have it a tech was taking an alt off a 996. He walked me through the process and explained how seized the bushing can become and to be carefull not to break the alt housing pounding on it with a hammer. The bushing on my car was seized solid after 11 years and 125,000 km including Canadain winter driving. The point I was making, and why I was sharing my experience is to make it easier for others attempting this job. Heating up the aluminum housing allows you to easily push the bushing back instead of pounding on it with a hammer and potentially breaking the housing ......
I recently replaced my voltage regulator because the car wasn't charging, it's now working great. I'll share a couple of pointers I learned along the way. One of the most important items when removing the alternator is to drift the bushing, that the long bolt threads into, back as far as possible. Using penetrating oil and a hammer I could only get the bushing back about 1mm. The farther you can get the bushing back the more room you have to rotate and clear the alt bracket. It took me about 1.5 hours to get the alt out. I understand why the alt needs to be rotated clockwise as per the manual but I ended up getting it out by rotating counter clockwise. Along the way the oil filler tube broke off, it was really brittle and I managed to break this fitting with an errant blow by the hammer. http://www.renntech.org/forums/topic/34150-coolant-problem/ With the alternator out of the car I heated the alt housing around the bushing with a propane torch, gave the bushing a tap and it easliy moved back. After changing the regulator, re-installing the alt took me about 30 minutes. One pointer on changing the oil fill tube: I was able to do it with the alt out, I didn't need to remove the throttle body BUT it is very cramped, I used a 75mm wobble extension on the back bolt. Make sure you tighten the bolts up evenly or the tube won't fit flush with the crankcase, and have a magnet handy for when you drop the back bolt and can't see it to find it !! This is a good link on what voltage reg works, I used one for a 2001 VW. http://forums.pelicanparts.com/porsche-996-997-forum/408495-alternator-repair-regulator-replacement.html I'll post pics if someone tells me how .....
rcq412 - did you solve your problem,? if so, what was the fix zegypt - I'm having the same problem on my car after removing and reinstalling the headlight assembly. Can you give more detail on "it's the placement of the wire so that it loops to the outside of the car. If it loops inside, the auto leveling won't work. " I'm not sure what wire you do you mean the wiring harness ? My car is a Canadain car with factory day time running lights, not sure if that is important or not Thanks 2001 C4 Canadian car 117,000 km
wxseed replied to wxseed's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Thanks guys I appreciate the info .... I think I'll tackle it next weekend.
wxseed posted a topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)I want to drop the crankcase oil pan on my car. Are there any issues or hints that I need to know. What is the best way to remove the old sealant, and are there after market sealants I can use in place of the Porsche sealant? thanks in advance .... 2001 C4 6 speed 116000km
wxseed replied to digigo's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)you should try these guys. I haven't used them but prices look good and i've heard good things about them, they're in B.C. but ship to Ont. http://www.1010tires.com/
Maybe if they used this test procedure it would have identified the problem.
I don't think that is the cure for the white smoke, it appears the issue is that the oil doesn"t drain from the valve train back to the engine . Sounds like it pools in the cam cover , then overloads the AOS and gets sucked into the crankcase breather in the throttle body. I'm just going do what Loren suggested and lower the oil level. I'm sure that will cure it. I also think that part of the problem is that when oil changes are done the tech fills the engine by using the marks on the dipstick. If they added 8.3 litres like the manual states it wouldn't be an issue. When i do an oil change on my car the electronic gauge is a bar or 2 below full. When i went for tech inspection they filled topped up the oil level = overfill - white smoke ....
looks like this may be what is causing the smoke. "Has it helped with oil collecting in the cam cover and getting into the combustion chamber through the AOS system?" http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=21051
I have a oil vacuum pump that I use for oil changes on my boat, so I had planned on just siphoning out of the dip stick tube .... good to know that 8oz = about 1 bar .. thanks
Loren you are the Guru, so i am going follow your advice and lower the oil level. The interesting thing is that when I had the tech inspection done prior to the event. The dealer "topped up" the oil level, I questioned him on this but let it slide, I should have stuck to my intuition .... I read your advice on tire pressure and it was really good. First session went out with the rears at 40 cold came in at 47, it was like driving on ice after 3 laps. Second session lowered to 36, huge improvement, they came up to 40 .. note to: PF Cayenne IMHO = In my humble opinion
My car did the exactly the same thing between runs when I did a track day at Mosport a few weeks ago. I was thinking it might be the oil seperator bellow leaking but my engine is bone dry ... I also thought it might be from overfilling the engine oil and that caused it to pump oil into the throttle body during hard runs .. The car is back to normal now but I want to know what is going on before I do another track day .. 2001 C4 115k kilometers
Don't even consider the C2 if you will be driving in lot's of snow. I have a C4 with Bizzaks and it is a lot of fun to drive in the snow, we got a lot of snow in Toronto this year and the only issue is when it gets deep and the front spoiler acts a a snow plow ...