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Posts posted by kbrandsma

  1. Getting ready to tackle the cam shaft compressed steel plug after the winter holiday and ran a quick check for codes with my Durametric.  I found P1602 (Supply Voltage Open Circuit) and  P0341 (Camshaft Sensor Bank 1 Short to B+).


    I am assuming P1602 was due to removing power for an extended time when dropping the engine. 


    Could  the P0341 code be caused by the blown cam shaft plug?

    I have the same exact issue on MY98 986 5 speed as Dharn55 did in 2009 above.  I have 180K on the clock.  I recently dropped the engine and replaced cam timing chain glides on both banks and a new actuator/solenoid on Bank 2.  While I was at it I also replaced the IMS, RMS, Clutch, Flywheel, water pump, AOS and the (IMS to Camshafts) chain pads.  On restart the green cap and steel compression plug blew on intake camshaft on Bank 1 (Boxster passenger side) on the side opposite the actuator and cam timing chain. 


    What are the options usually used? 

    1. Is threading and adding a screw plugs to the cam shafts that Dharn55 did (above) the only option?
    2. Can new expansion plugs be purchased and pressed into place?
    3. Do I do intake and exhaust cams or just the cam that popped?
    4. Bank 2 is holding do I leave that one alone?


    I'd be interested in what others recommend or have done.  Thanks!



  2. I am replacing the cam timing chain ramps/pads on MY98 5 speed.  The top pad on bank 2 was completely gone and the timing chain between the cams was chain to metal on the tensioner.  The tensioner was toast and I'm replacing it.


    I was re-installing the IMS chain sprocket to the exhaust camshaft and noticed a crack  in camshaft sprocket adjuster . Using my fingers I pressed it out and it split in two.  I'm looking for a replacement and can't locate one.  Any ideas? 





  3. Year and make of car? 


    Open relief valve flap by moving it straight up (yellow arrow below shows it down) and drive bringing the temp up for a while.



    Another thought might be if you may have a diverter flap in the heater core that lost it's foam.  The flap diverts the air from the heater or from the air conditioner depending on what is called for.   Do you have grey/blackish bits of foam coming out of your vents or on the floorboard?  If there is no foam covering the flap the heat can't get diverted to the ductwork.

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  5. When you push the Central Locking Switch (upper right rocker switch on horseshoe) do you also get the double beep?  


    error code

    Fault indication

    A double horn signal during locking indicates a defect in the central locking or alarm system,  Have the defect remedied at an authorized Porsche dealer.


    I replaced mine last weekend after putting up with double beep and passenger window not dropping all winter long .  I called Sunset Porsche and got a new door lock.  The difference in pricing is key activated door locking.  If you have that, for the passenger door, you'll need: part#:



    The price is $350.66 list and $320.99 net (with discount) plus shipping. No sales tax in Oregon.

  6. I finally got around to swapping out the carpet on the lower interior doors and replacing it with leather.  Tim Austin wrote an excellent DIY article in 2008 and can be found HERE


    Driver's Door with old faded carpet.



    Driver's door showing beat up carpet around speaker grill.




    Driver's door with panel removed.




    Putting on new leather on passenger's door with added red leather trim and red grill accent. 





    Passenger's Door on re-installation showing finished project and new leather upgrade.


  7. You should hear the wheel bearing even if you weren't rounding a corner.  Is the noise front or back/ right or left?  Did you pick up anything that might be hitting or touching the wheel well covers on tire rotation or on turning?


    I recently replaced my rear wheel bearings and the sound was like a warped rotor grinding every rotation of the tires on the brake disc pads.

  8. Replacing the oil filler tube in tight quarters is tough.  I would start with chasing every vacuum hose to see if one came loose!  Also, when I swapped out an oil filler tube once the dipstick tube also needed replacement.  You can cut out a section and slice in surgical tubing in it's place.  

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