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  1. Russell, I just looked at my cab as I thought I'd seen this before. The part shown in the pictures attaches to the body at the rear of the clamshell opening. If you open the clamshell and look dead centre there is a latch that holds the clamshell down at the rear. I think this little flap protects the canvas from getting caught up in the latch.
  2. I cleaned it last year and it looked pretty good but maybe I'll take the throttle body off and clean all the bits seperately. Thanks again Loren for all your help.
  3. Loren, thanks for your prompt response. Any possibility this fault could be caused by the idle air control valve? I've been having an intermittent issue with the idle hunting around. I've cleaned the valve but the issue persists - not all the time.
  4. There has been a lengthy thread recently from a company named Casper Labs on their replacement bearing. Try seaching that name.
  5. I was driving back to my office from a meeting and the CEL came on (first time in 4 - 1/2 years of ownership). The car was driving OK so I drove it home and hooked up the code reader. It showed only one code - P1140. I've searched and come up blank as to what this means. Any info would be appreciated. Car is a 99 Carrera Cab with Tiptronic. Thanks in advance for any assistance. Cheers
  6. One thing I always do with ground straps is clean the fastener really well with a wire brush then brush on some conductive grease (I use metallic anti-seize) on the connections. It assures a good ground and stops corrosion from building up in the future.
  7. Stig, what kind of a clunk were you experiencing? I've been chasing a noise in my front suspension for a while. Mine usually happens when I back out of my driveway at an angle and one wheel drops down to the road before the other.
  8. Sorry for the misinformation. When I went through the process with the BMW they gave me a sheet of instructions that I had to follow to get the key and the car talking.
  9. I think with the key you should be able to order one from a dealer if you have proof of ownership. I did this recently with my BMW. I went away on holidays and my kids lost one of my keys. I called the dealer, they had me fax my drivers license and ownership to them (plus my VISA info). They got the key and I picked it up but I'm sure they would courier it to you. I have a 99 Cab and the window was getting a bit cloudy in places. I went to the dealer and they have a plastic window cleaner that works really well. I think it was less than $15.
  10. I'd be careful if I were you. The bearing supports the pulley and it is under load both when the A/C is on or off. If the bearing lets go there may be collateral damage to your compressor.
  11. No personal experience but have heard some good things about GAHH. http://www.gahh.com/index.php
  12. No worries. I just used a little bit of oil from my oil can - basically motor oil. Emphasis in just putting a tiny bit on as it tends to get messy and I was worried about oil ending up on my convertible top. Cheers
  13. If it's what I think it is I had a similar problem with my cab. They come off quite easily as they are held in place by a plastic slide that hooks into two pins in the underside of the lid. I took both of them off and compared them side by side (they are mirror images). The one that didn't work had a bend in the folding mechanism. I straightened it out with some visegrips and lubricated the hinge points. It's worked ever since.
  14. Measure the length of the stock bolts and get bolts that are 14mm longer. Check here: http://www.gmpperformance.com/index.cfm?PG=catList&cid=6149
  15. If I'm not mistaken those look like stock C4S wheels and the tires are sizes that would be normal for winter tires on a 996. The best thing you could do is post the wheel sizes (we can see that one is an 8JX18. Are they all the same?) and also the offset of the rims (50, 55, 60, 65 or whatever they are). With the offsets people should be able to tell you a bit more. The tires may not be worth much with one having a screw in it and one having that gouge out of the sidewall. Cheers
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