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The oil turned out to be brake fluid, from the clutch master cylinder. That's been replaced, and all is good again. At the same time, I also replaced the a/c evaporator, and that is now holding charge. -James. Some body diagnosed with ultra ear device to detect small leaks plus if take a sneaky look thru the blower compartment you can see the evaporator oily. I did a second diagnose by using the UV refrigerant with UV light detector to confirm my self, a $20 thing.
William at JW has done my a/c evap and clutch master cylinder. He does great work, and treats customers very well, I'm really happy. Definitely a 'go to' guy if you're in Miami or the surrounding area. -James.
My front hood had been stuck closed for a while. Pulling on the regular lever didn't produce the normal release, and no matter how hard I pulled it up, it wouldn't open. I took the front passenger wheel off this weekend, removed the well lining, and found the emergency release cable. After a few hard yanks on that, I was able to get my fingers under the hood, and open it. One of the problems, I believe, was that the hood was not being raised at all upon release of the catch. I've now got the latch out, but can't really see what is wrong with it. Possibly the spring does not have the right tension. Can anyone tell from the pictures what could be wrong with it? I know, that sounds a little silly, and I'm sure I'll have to take it into my local parts place for them to look at. I don't really want to spend $150 to replace a part that (at least on the surface) looks to have very little wrong with it... Thanks, -James.
Thanks for the recommendation of J & W, they are very close to where I work, I've emailed them. http://jwmotorsportsracing.com Eric, thank you for that recommendation too, but that's a little too far North for me. It'd be a pain to have to get someone to drive up there with me. -James.
Does anyone have any recommendation on German Car Care in Miami off of US1 near Coral Gables (my neighbour says they've done good work for him)? In answer to the question above, there are lots. I know of the following in the Coral Gables area : -Scott Finlay -Vertex Auto -German Car Care I like Vertex when I'm picking up parts, but wasn't impressed with the guy who had a quick look at my A/C. Scott has done good work for me in the past, but I believe he is expensive, and has inconvenient hours. I have my A/C which needs fixing (probably the evaporator), so I know it's going to be a big bill. -James.
Any one got any ideas on the fluid I am seeing in the drivers side front carpets? I've searched on here, but haven't found anything relevant. Is it possible for brake fluid to leak into that area? Thanks, -James.
Jose, how did you know the evap was leaking? I have thin oil appearing on my front driver side carpets (not much, but the surface of the carpet is oily, not engine oil, much thinner). I assume this could be either a/c lubricant, or brake fluid? It is discolouring the (black) carpet, so maybe it's brake fluid? It's summer time in Miami, and I'm driving around without a/c at the moment. :) I guess I better get to work on fixing this sometime soon, before I melt... -James.
Thanks for all that info. Especially the pics, Jose. I guess this evap/housing wouldn't require the rebuild too? http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/smart/...573-901-02-M262 WHy did you have to get the car towed? Because you didn't want to run the car with the a/c in bits? -James.
Thanks for the reply. From the description, it looks like the Valeo part is the same as the Porsche part, it includes the housing, so no need to disassemble the old one. I spoke to Pelican, they confirmed that was the case too. They said Valeo make the parts for Porsche, so the quality is good. I'm going to get a quote from another Independent on Monday, and make a decision then. If anyone has any experience in doing this themselves, I'd love to know a rough number of hours, or if it's doable by myself. I couldn't find a Howto on removing the housing. -James.
My A/C has been extremely weak for a while. I had topped up the R134a a few times, but it only lasted a few weeks. I took it into my local independent (who seems to be a pretty good guy) yesterday, and he got back to me today to say it was the evaporator which needs replacing. Going to cost me $2830. Searching on Pelican parts, it seems the complete air housing and evaporator ("this is the original equipment replacement, complete air housing assembly with evaporator") is $1600 for the official Porsche part, and $736 for a Valeo equivalent replacement. I have also requested a quote from Sunset through this site. The quote seems high to me, does it to you guys? Anyone any experience with using the Valeo replacement? I don't think this is a job I want to do myself, mainly because I don't have a/c discharge / recharge equipment. I guess I will need that, after reading the service manual. Thanks, -James.
jamesgood72 replied to JeTexas's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Wow, well there you go! So the problem is finally solved (other than that it didn't seem to be noticed immediately after the new wheels went on)? -James.
Thanks for the tip, Orlandoguy. I'll check this out on my car. Loren, I'm pretty handy with search features usually, but I've had this problem, and searched for it, and didn't find anything. I think I searched on 'fuel overflow' and 'fuel filler overflow', but couldn't find any relevant posts. -James.
Interesting. Would love to see pictures of your install. How much did it all cost, and can you detail the installation process? Thanks! -James.
Hi all, I recently got an iPhone 3G, and although my Becker aux cable is working well with it, I would like a charge / audio connection, as well as steering wheel control of the iPhone. Looks like this would provide most of this : http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0011UK2HE It's a Kensington LiquidAUX Auxiliary Car Kit with Remote. I am thinking about getting one, and trying to hardwire the power connector into the 12V line. Has anyone else tried this? Thanks, -James.
Interesting to hear, Dharn. I wonder if the C4 is much better than a C2? I know the C4's 4WD system is not really designed to improve snow operation. -James.