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    Porsche 996TT Black Coupé MY02
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  1. As a quick update, I tightened the bolt by 90º and cleaned the engine bottom with brake cleaner. 300km later it's still clean. I don't believe in miracle cures so I guess this is only a temporary fix but it is working for the moment.
  2. 02 996TT 176000km, original engine and Tip tranny.
  3. After looking at the engine a bit more carefully, it appears it is the timing chain tensioner bolt that is actually visible in the photo. I was thinking it was coming from higher above but it looks like that bolt is the culprit. Looking at the parts catalog, I can identify it but can't see any o-ring. It looks like it has a crush washer rather than an o-ring though, unless there's one in a flange recess. In 911uk.com, another fellow has the same but does not know the procedure to change this. Looking at the manual, all the mention is taking the complete assembly apart, engine removed. It would appear the camshafts would have to be locked. I'm tempted to check the torque (the manual says 25Nm) but I won't until I learn more, camshafts are not the sort of thing I like to touch without knowing exactly what I'm doing and its consequences. Off course, torque check would only slow the leak, at best, if anything. In the parts catalog, it is item 13 of illustration 103-15, P/N 993 105 275 52. It says "Information available", i.e, there is a related TSB. Anybody knows anything about this? Any idea on how to replace this part as I suppose the tensioner shaft and/or camshafts must be locked in position?
  4. Well, after my own digging, I found that the seat bottom cushion does not have a heater integrated, although it looks like it does in the photo above and also in the parts catalog: the illustration shows it with a lead and a plug dangling. So, to go ahead I just need the two mats, the two cable bundles from my original seats and the two control units and most importantly, find a way to fit the mats into the seat cushions which may not work, given they are segmented. Am investigating that.
  5. For years now (5+), I have a small oil leak on my MY02 996TT Tip. Oddly enough, It has actually improved after I replaced the engine mounts (were and are Porsche originals) and the transmission support, also with a Porsche original. I say the leak improved because I used to find drops oil on my garage floor and they were getting larger. After I replaced the above, they stopped... Anyway, I'd like to take care of this, thus I'm posting a photo, hoping to get some clues of what should I be looking for, what is the most likely culprit considering where the oil shows up and what should I do to positively identify the source. It clearly comes from the left side of the car, somewhere above on the rear side of the engine. What is there that can cause this?
  6. Nice. I've been toying with the idea of putting an Aerokit into mine as well. Original ones can still be bought from Porsche or from Carnewal or any of the other usual suspects. If my hydromechanical contraption in the back dies (it did once, under warranty, 10 years ago), I will go for the Aerokit instead of spending on a new cylinder set.
  7. That's a really beautiful and quite rare car, white is rare and even more so with the aero kit. It doesn't look like factory though, since the lower sill covers and the front lip are not in the body colour. Either that or the lower sills were replaced with plain plastic ones and the lip was painted black or is an aftermarket one.
  8. Hi all, Sometime back, I installed a pair of 997 foldable buckets in my 996TT. Whilst these are superb, I lost the heated seat function of the original Comfort seats. As the car has this option (M342), all the wiring and control units are there, I thought I could add the heating elements into the 997 buckets, reusing the wiring, switches, etc. Did anybody try something like this?I have identified, with the help of rosepassion.com, the heating elements, as per PET for MY02 996TT with M342, i.e., left/right heated seats. I'm intrigued with the fact that for the bottom cushion, there seem to be 2 elements, one below the cushion and another on top of it, integrated with the cushion. In the 2017 PET, sheet 817-05, these are items 8 (996 521 531 01), 9 (996 521 525 00) and 16 (996 653 105 01) as per the photos attached. I don't feel like tearing my original Comfort seats to find out the details and am wondering if anybody had experience with repairing their seat elements and can confirm whether all 3 elements are used and are installed like it seems from the PET illustration: - Item 8 installed between the backrest cushion and the leather cover; - Item 9 against the leather as well; - Item 16, beneath item 9. As to plugs, do all 3 elements plug directly into the sockets of the wiring harness underneath the seat? From the photos, the cables seem to be long enough for that purpose.
  9. I had this a few years ago, coolant slowly disappearing. Turned out to be a cracked expansion tank. Had to replace it.
  10. Hi all, I've installed two 997 original bucket seats (the ones with the foldable backs) in my 996TT. I seem to remember reading that somebody made carbon fibre covers to cover the side airbags in the seats (that are irrelevant for a 996, as those have them in the door panels). Does anybody know anything about this? Would love to remove the airbags and put CF covers on top, instead of those plastic covers with the AIRBAG lettering.
  11. Semi dead topic, but I've had these same codes over the years, that I ended up solving with on one occasion by replacing the MAF plug, that was cracked and lose and on another occasion, by replacing the famous ignition switch. On this last one, my typical symptoms (I've replaced it 2 times with aftermarket ones) are: both windows suddenly open during driving, whilst the cabin lights turn on and the car unlocks, after starting, unable to turn on headlights, if idling for a while (red light, jams) ABS/PSM lights turn on. As I'm having all of those currently, I have just bought the recommended part, the full assembly 996 347 017 07, which is now for all model-years, instead of just from -04 as initially was the case. Hope this helps.
  12. Thanks, but I've read in the meantime that the outer CV joint is not removable, so, to replace the wheel side CV boot, the procedure is to remove the diff side CV and its boot and slide the new wheel side boot. I stopped my efforts and am waiting for a new order of a diff side boot replacement kit to replace both. The outer CV joint is not even available as a spare part, we're supposed to replace the whole driveshaft if the CV joint gets shot.
  13. Dear all, So I had a torn outer front left CV boot. Since I am exchanging the struts for Öhlins R&T, it was a good time to take care of this. I already have the drive shaft removed and installed on my vice, and yet, despite opening the circlip with circlip pliers to the maximum, and hammering the CV joint with a rubber mallet (also tried a steel hammer, gently) at the same time, the joint does not budge by a mil, nothing. Any advice? Am I missing something? Should I get something like this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/CV-Joint-Puller-Transmission-Drive-Shaft-Removal-Tool-9hole-Ball-Cage-Separator-/283125842818 and use it at the same time I open the circlip?
  14. After much, much deliberation, I've ordered the Öhlins kit, POZ MN02. Will probably only be able to install that in August, but will report back my findings.
  15. I could be interested. What about ride height? How much did you lose? In the end it's the equivalent to M030 or IX73 suspension, right?
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