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Posts posted by blitzkrieg

  1. Here is the scoop on this:

    First, I found what is probably the closest match to factory color you'll come across short of something not in a shake and shoot can. Its Dupli-Color 8801530 Silver(M).

    I picked a 5 oz. can up at my local Advance Auto parts.

    I went into this with the thought that I'd try it the easy way (levers attached) first, and then go to plan B (remove them) if I wasn't happy with the results.

    My levers had several pretty good scuffs on the front (trunk) lever. I assume at some point the PO's wife had high heels on in the car because they were actually scratches not scuffs. Remember this point for later on in this post. ;-)

    If you attempt this, remember you don't want to lift both levers at the same time (they interfere with each other). I am sure I read that in the owners manual somewhere and if you gently lift both just a tad at the same time you can see it's true. Force them both up at the same time and something will break. ;-)

    So here is what I did:

    1) I carefully placed absorbent towels under the levers, wet sanded out the scuffs/scratches until everything was smooth.

    2) Carefully masked off under and around the levers (this is tricky as they only lift so far).

    3) Masked off the rocker, seat and anywhere that overspray could remotely get in the repair area.

    4) Shot the levers with 3 wet coats of the above.


    1) The paint match is excellent.

    2) Two of the scratches were deeper than they appeared and were not fully removed by a quick wet sanding.

    As I told DL in a PM, they look okay, and most people would probably look at them and not notice, but... being the consummate perfectionist I'm not completely happy with the results as I can see the remnants of the deeper scratches under the right shading/light.

    It's difficult to get a perfect surface on the levers with them mounted and the masking is a minor pain to do right.

    I'm going to do some digging to figure out how to remove the levers and then go to plan B. If you want perfection I'd recommend you do the same. I'll document it all in case anybody wants to just wait and do it the right way. :-)

    Edit: And of course 1 minute after I post this, I do a search on "trunk release" and find the following thread... :-)

    God, I love this site!


  2. Hi All,

    I just bought an extremely clean and well documented 1999 Carrera 4 and thus far am very happy with the car.

    I've been through the car somewhat (only owned it three days at this point) and it appears to be very original and well loved by its prior owner.

    However, there is a sensor that is hanging down from the drivers side under-dash that doesn't look factory to me. I am not sure if the detail people at the dealer dislodged it or what, but the electrical tape it's wrapped in is not done very well so I am thinking it's not factory.

    It's marked "EFB-RC" and is about 3/4" in diameter.

    I Googled the above code and got hits but nothing that will tell me what this sensor is/does.

    I've taken a big detail pic to show the detail because it's so small. Does anybody have a clue what this might be? As far as I can tell the car has not been monkeyed with concerning aftermarket audio, etc...

    If anybody knows what this is, it would be greatly appreciated. I'd prefer to not have to start digging in behind the dash to trace it.


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