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  1. JFP, you are correct that I am referring to the I/M Readiness. I don't drive my car very often so at times I will have to recharge my battery in order to start the car. I did not get a CEL, the cause was due to a drained battery. You are correct that the common solution to get the sensors to a ready state is to drive several hundred miles however my solution is for people that don't want to drive several hundred miles. This solution worked well for me without needing to drive several hundred miles, the end result was that I was able to pass Smog with flying colors.
  2. My car recently failed smog due to O2 Sensor and CAT was not detected by OBDII. The Smog tech recommended that I drive 200 miles or try replacing the battery. I confirmed my battery wasn't an issue after testing it and began my 200 mile drive. I figure I could probably pull it off in less miles if I varied my driving with city and street. After about 150 miles I plugged in my OBDII scanner and to my disappointment, the O2 and CAT was still not detected. I decided to do some research and read posts from people (non Porsche owners) driving several hundred miles with no luck. Three nights of research later, I stumbled across a solution that didn't sound too ridiculous and tried it the same night. Sure enough, my sensors were all detected after the first try! The next day I took my car to the Smog station and passed with no issues. Here are the steps I took: PREREQUISITES: - The car must have been off for at least 8 hours to allow the car to fully cool down before staring this procedure - You must have a strong battery, if you need to jump start your car or have a weak battery you could lose all the sensor data and have to redo this again - I recommend you do this test in the middle of the night or whenever there is the least amount of traffic, you'll understand why later - Always obey all traffic rules and use your best judgement on safety while performing these steps, this is not worth getting into an accident over! STEP 1. WARM UP THE CAR: turn on your car, while in idle turn on your heater, headlights, and rear defroster for about 5 minutes. Do not press the gas pedal during this process. It is not necessary to leave your heater, rear defroster, and headlights on after this step but leaving it on should not impact the results. STEP 2. CITY DRIVING: drive your car normally through the city streets for about 10 minutes while trying to maintain the speeds between 25-35 mph whenever possible but do not go over 35 mph. Do not accelerate hard or brake hard, just drive normally and conservatively, and do not exceed too much past 3,000 RPM. If you exceed 35 mph once it's no big deal but if you do this often this may not work and you will have to start this process over again. I exceeded 3,000 RPM to about 3,500 RPM once or twice but it didn't impact the results but I would not take a chance. I made slow full stops at all the stop signs and traffic lights and when I accelerated I slowly accelerated. STEP 3. FREEWAY DRIVING: accelerate normally onto the freeway and maintain speeds between 55-65 MPH for about 6 miles, I drove about 10 miles just to be safe and stayed around 60 MPH. THE NEXT STEP IS VERY IMPORTANT AND MAY BE DIFFICULT TO FIND AN OFFRAMP TO DO THIS SAFELY. When you exit the freeway, DO NOT HIT THE BRAKES, the car must slow to a crawl by itself. I used the handbrake to stop the car fully when it was crawling. I did this test at 1am in the morning during the weekday and found a long offramp that people rarely take so it was not difficult for me to do this. After the car stopped I slowly accelerated to the next stop sign / stop light not going any faster than 35 mph or over 3,000 RPM. STEP 4. MORE CITY DRIVING: I followed the exact same steps as step 2. After I was done, I pulled the car over and let the car idle for about 2 minutes before plugging in my OBDII scanner. All my sensors came up. My biggest challenge was to figure out which roads / freeways I would take in order to pull this off but doing this in the middle of the night definitely helps out a lot. My second biggest challenge was to get over being embarrassed as drivers stare you down for going well below speed limit in a Porsche. =) There are plenty of posts out there that suggest you should maintain 25-35 mph for a solid 3-5 minutes without stopping, I thought that was absolutely ridiculous. If that was the case, there would be a lot of people with sensors in the not ready state!
  3. I just finished my spark 3rd spark plug job on this car. First try took me 6 hours, second try took me 4 hours, third try took me 2.5 hours so I wanted to share some tips on how to speed up the process (I did not have to remove the bumper or the exhaust) ATTACHED IS THE PHOT OF THE TOOLS I USED: - the wrench is used with conjunction of the 5mm bit, the closed end turns so it works like a rachet (this combination allows you to get into the tight spaces) - the grease is for lubing up the spark plug so it wouldn't get stuck in your spark plug when you're taking it out - the long extension is for reaching the 2 plugs on the left and right side of the car closest to the wheel - the 2 mini extensions is for you to get to the other 4 hard to reach plugs, put the spark plug socket and the extension in first and then attach the 2nd extension and finally the rachet - the 10 mm socket was used to remove the heat shield TIPS - only the rear needs to be jacked up to access the spark plugs - the spark plug closest to the rear end of the car on the DRIVER'S SIDE can be reached through the exhaust gap at the rear of the car - if you can not get your hand at the proper angle to loosen the screws or gain leverage try positioning your body at a different angle underneath the car (ie instead of vertical, try horizontal in relation to the car) - make sure you double check all wire connectors connecting to the coils to ensure the wire is secure and COMPLETELY on - check to ensure all the spark plugs are the correct model before installing PROBLEMS - do not over lube your spark plug, just use enough lube so it doesn't get stuck to the spark plug socket - ROTTEN EGG SMELL, MISFIRE, I ran into this issue after replacing the spark plugs and I ended up redoing the whole spark plug job to fix it, I probably did not connect a wire properly to the coil - MORE VIBRATION THEN NORMAL, again check the spark plug wire to the coil to make sure it's secured I hope these tips are imformative! Please feel free to email me or msg me on AIM if you have any questions. GOOD LUCK!!!
  4. Sorry for the late response, you are absolutely correct that constant power means you would have to turn off the deck in order to stop the deck from drawing power from your battery. Your best bet is to find an acessory in the car that has a "delay off" and somehow wire it to that. Perhaps your dome light? If you are referring to the power, you can try wiring it up to "constant" meaning power is available even after the key is turned off. Decks are normally wired to the accessory on meaning if the key is on the "assesory on" position then there will be power supplied to the deck. I hope this helps.
  5. If you are referring to the power, you can try wiring it up to "constant" meaning power is available even after the key is turned off. Decks are normally wired to the accessory on meaning if the key is on the "assesory on" position then there will be power supplied to the deck. I hope this helps.
  6. Sorry, my brain has not been working properly. It never occured to me to do a search, haha.. Thanks, I found exactly what I needed via a search!
  7. I know this is a little off topic but does anyone know how to remove the whole side mirror assembly from the car?
  8. Hi, I did something really stupid. I was pulling in my garage and I pulled a little too close to one side of the garage because I was trying to avoid an obstacle on the passenger side and I scratched my side mirror assembly. I tried to touch it up with touch up paint but it's still noticable so now I am cosidering just replacing the mirror assembly or repainting the mirror assembly. Is the mirror assembly easy to take off? Would you recommend just replacing the mirror assembly or doing a repaint at a local body shop? Thanks, Raymond
  9. Don't forget the spinners on your rims and also a 10" diameter exhaust pipe! J/k... I would not do it, like others have said, spend the money elsewhere.
  10. Wise choice.... just remember at the end of the day when all is said and done. A Corvette is still an American car, an M3 is still a BMW, while a 911 is still a 911... :D
  11. hahha.... funny, (funny car to be accurate) I'm not sure what the 10k kit includes, but in order to properly add force induction there are alot of other things you may need to get for example, upgraded fuel pump, additional oil / trans cooler, ECU mapping, intercooler, and much more. And of course if you are going to go fast, you also need to be able to stop fast which means upgraded brakes. There are usually issues associated with aftermarket parts, after the whole ordeal you will probably realize it is much better to just get a car that is already has force induction stock.
  12. Thank you so much! I finally had time to take a look at the latch and I noticed that the latch cover is what is pushing down the microswitch. The latch cover was loose so when the latch was fully engaged it never pushes the microswitch on all the way. All I had to do was snap the latch cover back in place and that fixed the issue! I have circled the latch in the photo below. There is a plastic cover that goes on top of the latch.
  13. Although I have not modded a Porsche, I have modded other cars and my experience has been that the gains seen on bolt ons are marginal at best unless your car has force induction already. If you want to see real HP gain, I am afraid you will need to go with force induction like a turbo or supercharger. If you are going to dump 10k for a supercharger, my advice to you is to just save up and just buy a 996 turbo and sell your existing car. There is a lot of work involved in turnning a non force induction car into a force induction car if you are going to do it the right way.
  14. Sorry I know this is a bit late. But Marvin at The Renn Shop is very detailed and can tell you everything wrong with your Porsche to a point where you wish you did not know.. haha.. (he is very detailed and was able to fix issues the dealer was not able to isolate, it's very hard to find someone willing to spend that much time looking at your Porsche) http://www.therennshop.com/
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