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  1. So I removed the AOS and replaced it. The old AOS had a tear in the membrane as per the photo below. Now all I need to do is clear the Check Engine code.
  2. An update: I changed the serpentine belt, but the same noise came back. Today my car threw a check engine light. I cannot remove the oil cap. I suspect AOS has failed. Time to check the code, but I really suspect AOS.
  3. Hi everyone. My 2006 Boxster S suddenly started making a squealing noise. Noise goes away at higher RPM, only to come back at lower RPM and at idle. Not related to gear or clutching at all. Noise seems loudest at the rear of the car; I can hardly hear it inside with the windows closed. Is this a serpentine belt issue? Or the bearing of some engine accessory? I have 50,000 miles, and have already changed the serpentine belt once, around 4-5 years ago, just due to age of the car. I have not yet had the time to open up the engine compartment to look further. If it's a belt, then I would expect more noise from inside the cabin, would I not? I have attached a recording indicating the squeal going away when I rev the engine. Recording 26.wav
  4. Thanks, Loren. I confirm that your method worked easily and very quickly. The only difficult was getting the hose off the white T-piece. I used a flat screwdriver to pry it off carefully. Hopefully no paint or plastics will be damaged!
  5. Hi everybody. After getting my clutch and slave cylinder replaced at an independent shop, it appears they inadvertently added brake fluid to my washer reservoir. Every time I spray the windshield, an oily coating that smells like brake fluid leaves a film. Any idea how this might be cleaned out? Or does the washer system need replacement now that it has been fouled?
  6. I finally had to change the battery in my 2016 Boxster S. When I bought the car used, it already had this Autocraft aftermarket battery in it. I'm not sure why, as it would have been under warranty then. That Mexican made battery lasted almost 10 years. I have put around 40,000 miles on the car, mostly on the freeway, over those years.
  7. Hi, my 2006 Boxster is due for service soon. I am planning to do it myself. Does anyone in Vancouver, BC, or the lower mainland have access to a PIWIS tester or Durametric software so that I can reset my service reminder after doing the service? Many thanks
  8. This happened to me ( 2006 Boxster). I took it to the dealer, and they found the refrigerant had all leaked out. They refilled the refrigerant and added a "dye" to indicate where the leak might be. that was two years ago, and it has not leaked again.
  9. I agree with the above posts. A clay bar really cleans the surface of the paint before waxing. It does not scratch the car, and is actually quite easy to do.
  10. Thanks, Maurice. I had a good look at it, and indeed there is a screw in the center of the cowl that was loose. Tightening that screw did not correct it, though, because the hidden wiper assembly was still somehow rubbing against the cowl from the inside. . I had to loosen the two bolts at the far left and far right of the cowl, spent about an hour trying to center it all, and I think I finally got it so that the wiper assembly no longer hits the plastic cover.
  11. I have a 2006 Boxster S Driving home in the rain yesterday, I noticed a sound from the wipers. When I looked, it seems one of the wipers, where it comes through the cowling, rubs against the plastic , making the plastic cowling move back and forth. Has anyone experienced this before?
  12. Consider a faulty crakshaft position sensor. If these overheat, they can fail, not allowing the car to start, but temporarily come "back to life" after the engine cools down a bit.
  13. I take the Consumer Reports reliability ratings with a grain of salt. I once had a Toyota 4Runner that was a lemon. Not only did the axle seal leak 13 separate times, but Toyota ultimately could not or would not fix it. Consumer Reports counts this as only one problem wrong with this vehicle. Yet they rated it as the most reliable 1997 vehicle. On the other hand, I have had what they call an "unreliable" ML320 that has had 170,000 trouble free miles, and I am extremely pleased with my Porsche. Consumer reports does not take into account the quality or integrity of dealer warranty service, which in my experience is far superior from Porsche. Some vehicles, and some model years, may be associated with more problems, but you have to consider the whole package, including the likelihood that Porsche will take care of your problem under warranty or CPO.
  14. Thanks for the follow up. 2 1/2 years -- I was wondering what was taking so long.
  15. I installed Akebono Ceramic Pads on my wife's Mercedes SUV. No question, they are much less dusty than her OEM pads. I think any ceramic pads would be less dusty. They seem rotor friendly, and they are not noisy at all. However, I am not sure the ceramic compound meets the performance requirements of a Boxster, particularly if you drive it hard. Incidentally, we used to live near Springfield, KY. where Akebono had a plant that manufactured these pads (They have since closed down, given the economy). I can vouch for the excellent quality of materials, workmanship, and quality control that goes into Akebono products
  16. Yes, it's part Number 16 in the diagram that is loose. Still not sure how it attaches.
  17. The trim piece on the front bumper cover of my 2006 Boxster S ( which goes around the fake air intake in the center) is loose on the left and right hand sides, but seems snug against the middle of the bumper. There are little plastic clips that seem to hold it in place, but these are now too loose to hold it. Any ideas how this comes off so I can try to properly reattach it or replace it?
  18. I spoke with PCNA and the Canadian "Registrar of Imported Vehicles " or RIV just yesterday over the same issue. Let me tell you what I know, but you will want to call and do your own homework. The issue seems to be that the RIV needs an official letter or statement from a Porsche dealer or PCNA indicating there are no outstanding recalls on the vehicle being imported. This is called a called a "recall clearance letter". PCNA will not give out these letters, unless the car crosses into Canada, and you pay a dealer there to "inspect" the car and provide a "letter of clearance". RIV says they do not need a "letter of clearance". Rather, the RIV website www.riv.ca indicates which Porsches are already cleared to go into Canada. However, you still need a statement indicating there are no recalls. RIV suggests you go to a dealer (it can be the dealer you are purchasing from), and ask their service manager to print out a copy of the "job management" from their computer. This will identify your vehicle by VIN, and indicate any recalls. This will save you money (no need for the Canadian dealer to inspect) and time. I did not ask about the warranty, but I understand the manufacturer's warranty should be North America wide, no matter how you get the vehicle across the border, with or without PCNA's help. I do not think a US CPO is valid in Canada, however.
  19. 45, but sometimes feel older as I struggle to get in and out of the car!!
  20. Happened to me recently. The freon had all leaked out. Apparently, there is a leak in the system somewhere. The Dealer recharged it with freon containing a color dye/indicator, so that they can look to see where the leak is at a later date.
  21. I have an '06, and I also had no options sticker when I bought the car used. I think the options were printed on a small card that came with the manual on these model years. My dealer gave me, free of charge, a computer generated printout with all the option codes etc. Free and Porsche don't often go together :)
  22. A good detailer should be able to tell you if it can be polished or rubbed out. Your local dealer should have the name of a detailer they work with. If the detailer cannot remove the scratch, then, of course, a respray is the next option.
  23. Way to go. Spend your money on the really important maintenance/performance items!
  24. I took it to the dealer yesterday. It was out of refrigerant. They recharged it with freon containing a dye, and I will return some time later to have the leak identified and repaired.
  25. I purchased a replacement at WalMart. It is the exact same size, and fits in the car perfectly. Around $20.
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