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    2002 Porsche Boxster
    2004 Dodge Durango
    2002 Honda Shadow
  1. Has anyone run without the drive belt? Does the dash actually light up? Just want to make sure there is no false sense of security. mike Yes. My water pump broke up last week. Dash lights galore, no power steering, lots of white smoke, and rising temps.
  2. Thanks, Loren. I wouldn't expect it to, but in this case the problem was that the water pump broke, or to use the words of the mechanic at the dealership "kind of exploded."
  3. I did lose power steering. The white smoke was coming out of the engine vents on the sides of the car, and not from the exhaust (I will ask about that when I pick the car up). Thanks for the help! Anyone have thoughts about an extended warranty?
  4. Water pump cracked in half. Good call! Covered by the certified warranty. Next question, after the certified warranty ends, can I get an extension? How much does it cost and will it cover at least twhat the certified warranty covers?? Thanks!
  5. So I'm on the highway, on my way into the office this morning and I notice in my rearview mirror that my Boxster is smoking badly. White smoke. I turned off the radio and everything sounded okay until I heard a thunk and then the battery light came on and the heat stopped working. I got off at my exit and continued limping to the dealer. As I did, the temp started slowly increasing, and the gauge cluster starting lighting up all the dummy lights. As the temp got really hot, I shut the car down and coasted into the Dealership. They've had it for three hours, and I haven't heard back on what the problem might be. I'm thinking maybe a coolant hose fell off perhaps? I don't know. My next question would be whether or not whatever the problem is would be covered under my certified warranty.... Ugh... Thoughts? How's YOUR day going? 2002 base (2.7), 5 speed. 55k miles.
  6. I really thought I would, but I don't care for it. There's something inherently wrong about the roofline.
  7. I added an aftermarket stereo with a detatchable face. While the lack of the stock radio causes an alarm fault, if I leave the car and lock it with the face attached, the motion of the faceplate motor sets off the alarm. In short, having the one-beep alarm fault doesn't disable the IR sensor.
  8. One well-placed "fist pump" and your insurance company won't give you a hassle. :-) Seriously, though, if you think it's borderline and want it done, put on some gloves and apply firm steady pressure on one of the runs, and then move thew pressure to follow it as it runs out.
  9. What if you're out of warranty? Any options besides spending thousands on replacement parts?
  10. Gads! Look at all that trash!! And then the garbage on the floor, too!! That's no way to treat a Porsche!
  11. I took the car back to the dealer garage for a second trip a short time ago. I grabbed a mechanic and took him out for a ride, so he could hear it. At the time, he said it wasn't a bearing but he didn't know what it was. I made an appointment and left it in. They came back saying it was the brakes, and that I needed new pads and rotors. I asked if the rotors could be turned and he said no. I told him I'd take care of it. The rotors were grooved a bit, but not too deep. I ordered Pagid pads and one sensor (it had just come on). I had the rotors turned at the local Big O. Problem solved. Dang strange. Still, the bill at the dealership would have been almost $700 (two rotors at I think $193 and the brake job at like $250). All told it was $93 for the pad and sensor, $24 for cutting the rotors, an $10 for a trip to the ice cream shop with my wife for washing all the clothes swathed in brake dust.
  12. One of my older cars was a 91 Escort GT 5-speed. I had the car for about 7 years and put almost 100k miles on it (bought it at 41k). I shifted smoothly without the clutch all the time, and when I got rid of the car at 138k miles, it had numerous problems (suspension issues, 2 bad fuel injectors, etc), but the original clutch and transmission were fine. I now do the same in my Boxster. While I VERY occasionally mis-step slightly, I still don't feel I'm doing any damage to the car. Glyn's post confirms that, as far as I'm concerned.
  13. I examined my pads before I bought new (the sensor light was on). One set was a lot lower than the other. I only bought one sensor. I was right. The sensor is nothing more than a wire wrapped in insulation. When brake wear grinds off the insulation and the bare wire makes contact with the rotor, you have a "Brake wear" light. If the insulation is not broken, you have no reason to replace the sensor. The cheapie in me wonders if you could coat the sensor wire in hot wax and reuse it, even if the insulation is gone. I wonder about it, but I ain't gonna try it.
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