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Cables came a day early from Porsche Reading, so I reassembled everything tonight - Success! The motor also sounds a lot quieter and less labored when I close the hood now. Thanks for the help & advice from Chris and trygve. Russ.
My motor seems to work just fine. I checked out the workshop manual today and found that there are two types of support around the cable motor: one has the microswitch and one (like mine) doesn't. The part no's are 986 613 767 01 and 986 624 299 00 respectively in case anyone needs them. I'll replace just the cables and see how it goes from there. Thanks for the links but I am in England (close to Porsche Reading, the main Porsche importers for the UK) and I got a quote from them today for the cables at £17.07 each - about $32? - plus tax. I put in an order and they should arrive Friday. I am looking forward to getting it all back together again, but I travel to the middle east for work on Saturday for a week so it'll have to wait until after that! Russ.
Thanks Chris & trygve for your help. I checked out the link and I think I may have the later cables - they look braided in the flesh, but it doesn't show up in the photos. The part # is visible on the sheathing (see photo #3) so I'll check it with the supplier. As trygve says, I think my lever has broken off before I got the car. - no sign of it in the back anywhere and if it was in there somewhere when I last got it serviced I can't imagine that the tech would not have told me about it (opportunity for some profit!). Looks like the cost of this job is going North... :angry:
wow! that's the first time i've ever seen that happen. i'm sure that that could cause the uneven lifting problem you're having. that is not supposed to happen. ;) yeah, i'd just replace the cables. check out the Cable R&R link that i posted in the message above. it shows how to replace the cables, etc. OK Chris - if you've never seen trygve's case before then you've got two in one - mines the same! As we say in England, "Just like London buses - you wait all day for one, then two come along at once!" My uneven clamshell opening and cable unravelling is the same. What I can't understand is that it seemed to be the passenger side was opening normally with the drivers side lagging behind and yet the stretched cable is on the passenger side. I also attach a photo of my microswitch - it looks different to every other one I've seen - where's the lever?!
Thanks Chris for the swift reply and the link. I reckon I must have the later transmission & cables on my Nov '99 (MY 2000) Boxster: The cables come out easily from both the motor and transmission ends to reveal the square ends (the cable is removed from the trans end by bending a tab on the case to release the ferrule). I also have a single alignment mark on my trans case and rotating part to set up everything to the Porsche manual recommendations. I need to double-check my cable for the 3/4" protrusion and verify it's the later type. When I looked at the extended cable end it seemed to be enlarging in diameter as it went back into the outer sheath - maybe its becoming unwound and that's part of the problem. I'll take another look & report back, hopefully with photos. Russ
Hi - I put the top up and heard nasty noises like gears jumping when it got in the full up position, so I carefully tried to open it again and then had a problem with the clamshell opening unevenly, so I stopped and closed it again immediately! I've been through the various forum topics and got lots of useful help to strip the mechanism down - I found that the 3 drivers side gearbox bolts were slightly loose and the V-lever had lagged behind the one on the passenger side during opening but when I inspected the cables to the motor, the passenger side one seemed slightly long (1/8") - It stopped me putting the retaining clip properly onto the cable collar at the motor end. I've adjusted the gearbox rotational positions according to the Porsche workshop manual and tightened up etc. Now I'm thinking whether I should replace the cables which generally seem OK apart from the connection at the motor on the passenger side. Is a slightly long cable a problem? Is that likely to have been the cause?