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  1. US car, 58K miles, manual transmission C4S, Top automatic operation failed, pooling hydraulic fluid on passenger side below the car. Attempted to close the top using emergency operation. The allen head operator behind the rear passenger seat "snapped" when I attempted to operate. Spins freely now either direction. What did I break? Unsure if this allen head component goes to the hydraulic drive, a set of gears, the motor for the hydraulic pump,, an oil bypass etc. I'm unable to get the top closed, lifts up a bit (manually) then no further and drops back down. Really don't want to force the top further and create additional damage. I was already committed to new hoses/rams with the hydraulic leak, now need to add what else I broke. In a nutshell- anyone know what additional parts to purchase for the "allen head" component and any idea how to close the top without getting that allen head to turn counterclockwise? Any help much appreciated, especially drawings. Definitely regretting not having access to a Bentley manual as I did on my old Boxster. Thanks, Rich O
  2. Don and Pugs2, thank you for the replies. Interesting note on the tires. Selling dealer replaced (supposedly) all 4 prior to my possession, however when I installed the winter tires I noted one of the tires removed had worn more aggressively than the others and I chalked it up to the Dealer replacing only 3 of 4. The car is still with the local dealer and I'll ask they check the tire wear. Regarding the speed sensor, if I've a bad one, is the worry the management system is engaging one of the breaks, causing drag on the drivetrain? Again, thanks Rich
  3. Hoping to identify a root cause of multiple transfer case failures. 2012 Cayenne S purchased CPO with 43K. Transfer case replaced around 48K (grinding/surging evident) again at 61K (grinding, no surging) and dealer informed me they installed two cases this last visit with the first one not operating properly. Returning to dealer today, 62K, grinding/clunking particularly evident on left hand turns but not exclusive and while frequent it is not a constant occurrence. Hard to imagine randomly getting multiple "bad" transfer cases and suspect some other gremlin is the root cause. Has anyone experienced a similar issue or have a suggested direction (differential?) I can pass on to the Porsche techs at Annapolis Porsche? Rolling out of warranty in two weeks so a bit concerning. Thank you, Rich
  4. '01 Boxster. I had my seats reupholstered and the airbag light has been on since I picked up the car from the shop. Just looking below the seats and feeling for connectors it appears all connections are made up. My OBDII reader didn't pick up anything....not sure if it would though. Any thoughts on how to reset the system? Thanks, Rich
  5. The inner door handle return spring on my 2001 Boxster gave up the ghost on a Sunday and here's a quick synopsis of the repair. Scotch tape will work to keep the handle flush, but those pesky German engineers would undoubtedly frown. Being cheap and since Porsche was closed....... Remove the door panel, I followed the directions in Bentley but figure there's a link on RennTech as well. The spring broke at the door handle, losing approximately 1" of length plus the "U" shaped end that connects to the door handle and pulls it flush. Without the spring the door handle lies off the flush position and the window drives down to the "door open" position. Disconnect the other end of the spring and pull the sleeve off. I figure the sleeve is to reduce vibration/noise. Secure the spring (GENTLY!! don't crush) in a vise. With a propane torch heat a few top coils cherry red and stretch out straight with a pair of needle nose pliers. I estimated the length needed and added a little extra to form the "U" Here's the not very scientific part, a little knowledge and the internet are dangerous things when combined! Springs are tempered and I was afraid heating the spring would reduce temper and eventually allow the spring to stretch and fail to work. Reheated repair area and top few coils to "cherry red", plunged into oil to quench Placed the spring into a toaster oven at broil for 40 minutes and let cool naturally (no quenching) . Reassemble 6 months and 30,000 miles later it's still working. Don't know if the whole reheating/quenching/heating was needed but it hasn't appeared to hurt. Hope this helps someone, RennTech has been good to me... Rich
  6. DIY- repair inner door handle return spring The inner door handle return spring on my 2001 Boxster gave up the ghost on a Sunday and here's a quick synopsis of the repair. Scotch tape will work to keep the handle flush, but those pesky German engineers would undoubtedly frown. Being cheap and since Porsche was closed....... Remove the door panel, I followed the directions in Bentley but figure there's a link on RennTech as well. The spring broke at the door handle, losing approximately 1" of length plus the "U" shaped end that connec Author rwo Category Boxster (986) - Common Fixes and Repairs Submitted 03/10/2008 09:22 PM
  7. Rich: There are adjustments that can be made both to get the window to up a little further (or a little less) and to get the window to end up a little further forward to have its front edge end up closer to the front of the car or a little further back to have its rear edge end up closer to the rear of the car when the window is closed. The up down adjustment is relatively uninvolved and the forward to back adjustment is more involved and requires removal of the inner door panel. A few questions: How severe was the damage repaired by the body shop, and did it involve handling/removing/adjusting the convertible top? What position does the window end up in when it is completely raised with the door completely closed in terms of centimeters or fractions of an inch at the forwardmost top edge of the window, and at the rearmost top edge of the window? Is the space even all the way across the top edge of the window, where it meets the rubber of the convertible top frame? Has the passenger's side window been affected at all, or is it even and snug all around on the passenger's side? Also, is your Boxster a 2001 (986) or a 987? Post answers to these questions, or pics and we will go through the proper adjustments, step by step. Regards, Maurice. Maurice, I apologize for the delay in responding, spending time with my daughter. It's a 986 and the damage was purely cosmetic, the result of a sandstorm and other than having to feather the new paint into the doors there was no reason to get near the top. I purchased the car used 14 months ago. The space is not even, the window is actually contacting the hard drip edge of the convertible top at the rear of the drivers door and being restrained from further movement. The passenger window seals fine. The drivers window is chipped along the rear edge, and has been since I purchased the vehicle. I often wondered how that damage might have occurred but now with this present problem I'm thinking this might have happened before. The window catching on the hard drip surface? I'll get some pics posted, just need to grab my digital from my estranged spouse. I'm of the opinion the top has somehow shifted.....
  8. Anyone out there have a fix for this? Quite recently my drivers window has started contacting the surrounding convertible top frame, at the rearward side. This causes the window to not seal, leaving a 1/8 inch gap at the top/front. When standing outside the car you can see the window try to "lift" the top itself. It's almost as if the entire top has shifted to the passenger side of the car. I recently had the car in the body shop to have paint damage repaired. There should have been no reason to mess with the top...and I've only noticed this since picking up the car. Thanks Rich
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