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  1. Hi,

    I've been a member here for a few months reading and taking things in... It's  a great site.

     

    My car is a 1998 996 with aero kit, very happy with it..

     

    I plan to replace the Sony aftermarket radio, My preferred audio fitter/supplier want to look and see if the original amp has been removed.  I went looking for it and could not see it.  According to my brief search on google it should be near the front right wheel arch in the boot, is that correct?

     

     

    I'm planning on fitting the Parrot Asteriod http://www.parrot.com/uk/products/asteroid-range/parrot-asteroid-smart/

     

    The Parrot is a double Din unit so I'm going to have to move the climate control panel.  My guess is i just remove the empty holder below the cd holder and with the brackets from its current location it should transfer easily.  Or am I assuming its easier than it should be?

     

     

    Thanks in advance for any pointers

     

     

    Kind regards,

     

     

    Dave

    Dave,

     

    If you move the climate control to the bottom DIN, all you will need is a special face or trim plate to finish it off.  The electrical connections for the climate controls are long enough  and may need to be re-routed to fit. 

     

    Lower bezel part number is 996-552-339-00-01C less than $10.00 from Sunset Porsche.

     

    bezel_zpsf931fe13.jpg


  2. Magnetic drain plug is highly recommended. 

     

    I've gotten the Autozone Special of 5 quarts of Mobil 1 and receive a Mobile 1 filter.  The clerk tried to substitute an STP filter and when I balked he upgraded to the K&N filter which is a good deal.

     

    By far the filter of choice is the Wix/NAPA Gold 57211 per JFP's post above.

     

    In Western Washington the best oil prices are currently at Wallmart at $22.95 for a 5 qt. container of Mobile 1.


  3. The Boxster has 6 drains to check. They are black and look like little donuts or grommets.

    There are 2 in the front on either side of the battery and 4 in the back. Raise your clamshell and you will see one at the bottom on either side of the black plastic liner. Easily seen when you have the top part way open and there's also one on either side of the channel almost below the front tip of the clamshell by the door jam.

     

    drains_zps8753cb18.jpg

    Here is a link to Mike Focke's website with more info regarding Boxster drains.

    https://sites.google.com/site/mikefocke2/drainsdiagram


  4. Hi Chady Saliba,

    The top transmissions can be adjusted with a cordless drill (set to a low torque setting). Here is a link explaining the procedure in greater detail. These usually need to be readjusted after replacing a bad transmission or a replacement of a broken (or stretched) transmission cable.

    http://www.renntech.org/forums/topic/20917-adjusting-clamshell-after-cable-break/


  5. I agree with White987S. I think you have other issues than struts and coils. However, if your looking for an improvement in the standard suspension I would suggest that you consider the Porsche M030 (US) sport suspension upgrade. It doesn't sound like you spend a lot of time fighting speed bumps in parking lots or encounter a lot of pot holes and it is a definite improvement. Although the side streets and some main streets in the Emerald City have a few!


  6. Best to run it from HU under dash on passenger's side over glove box and up the A pillar. If you look at the side of your dash with the front passenger door open there will be a piece that pops off and fish wire up the A pillar.  There will be a torx screw at the top of the A pillar, remove the torx screw and pull pillar away but not out. and continue to route the mic wire to the front of the headliner and to the center console.


  7. I have not heard of them failing. My 986 has both the display and dipstick and I have never used the dipstick but once or twice after I first bought the car. It must be very reliable for Porsche to drop the dipstick altogether.

     

    I'd drop the oil filter and see if the level falls, Won't hurt!

     

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  8. Oil overfill should be avoided. Excess oil can get pushed into the intake manifold to be burned and you risk extreme carbon deposits on the head surfaces as well as piston crowns which significantly reduce the threshold of detonation. These deposits won't go away.

    I would strongly recommend that you drain some oil from the tank to the correct level. Just drop the oil filter and that will take care of about about 10 oz. or so.  You want the oil to top off at the second to the top mark.  The distance between the two marks (arrows) is 1.25 liters or about 42.3 oz.  IIRC each mark is about 4-6 oz.

     

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  9. Yes, the serpentine belt must be removed to access the alternator. Anytime the belt is removed a good mechanic will check the condition of the belt, idle pulleys and belt tensioners and recommend replacement if needed.

    If the used belt is reinstalled the belt must be placed back on the pulleys with the same side edge out. I always mark with a marker an arrow so I can locate the proper edge for reinstallation. A used belt gets a little out of round after use and may jump the tracks or a tensioner if installed wrongside out.

    I think you got a legitimate beef.

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