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Everything posted by roastduck88

  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 nig
  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 exten
  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
  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/
  15. Thank you for the quick response and suggestions! Do you have any photos or instructions on how to disassemble the latch receiver?
  16. yep tried both, thanks though Sounds like a possible defective unit. I had similar issues but with the deck and not a CD changer. I ended up just replacing the deck with an aftermarket unit.
  17. Hi, I closed my convertible top yesterday and I noticed the convertible top latch is not locking by itself. The latch tries to engage and it looks like it completes but it suddenly disengages itself and restarts the process overr and over again. The only solution is to hold the lock with my finger after it is engaged and then the windows finally roll up by itself. I have also gotten the lock to lock by itself after several tries of opening the top slightly and closing the top again. Any suggestions would be appreicated. There does not appear to be any other issues with the convertible t
  18. Problem appears to be fixed! Finally had a chance to take it to The Renn Shop and Marvin replaced the tie rods and the steering rack. He says the Tie rods are most likely the culprit but I had to replace the steering rack anyways since it was "loose". The tie rod replacement fixed the noise and the steering rack replacement improved my handling quite a bit. And to think when I took my car to the dealer not only did they NOT find an issue with my steering rack, but they also could not find the noise and claimed that it was most likely caused by the convertible top.
  19. $800 will probably cover the cost of an aftermarket amp, a deck, and the cost of installation and running all the wires.
  20. I would not recommend doing that if you are referring to your rotors.
  21. I use to mod alot, and I can tell you from experience that having an intake mod makes very little difference and the very little difference it makes (a matter of 5 hp or less) is only in the higher RPM's. I did not put an aftermarket intake on my porsche but I have put one on a Nissan and I noticed the lower RPMs was less responsible while the higher RPMs seem to be slightly faster. It is definitely not worth the money, unless you like the sound of an aftermarket intake. On top of that, if a simple intake mod would really produce an extra 23hp wouldn't you think Porsche, with a team of eng
  22. I have the EXACT SAME PROBLEM to a T. I have replaced the front struts, ball joints and upper strut mounts. The only thing left to replace is the control arm and the steering rack. The mechanic recommended I replace the steering rack but I have not had the time to take the car in to get the steering rack replaced yet.
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