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About charlesl

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    2003 996
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    2003 Boxster S
  1. This is an amazingly contentious subject. I asked a friend here who owns not one but TWO cup cars and here was his explanation: There are two ways to fix the nail: 1) The gooey rope looking thing that's shoved in from the outside of the tire. This is fine for street and DE events. The tire will be fine but it will lose it's "Z" rating at that point. 2) Removing the tire from the wheel and patching it from the inside. The tire will retain it's "Z" rating and will pass tech inspection for a race. That said, it's completely up to you if you're willing to run a tire this way. I know s
  2. I have new shims but they are not installed at this time. The squeal is pretty much eliminated now. Every now and then I'll get a little squeak or squeal but it's very livable now. If it gets bad again, I'll take everything out and put the new spiders in. I'm quite convinced it was the EBC Green pads that did the trick. I talked to several mechanics and they never had any luck eliminated squeal with the OEM pads. -Charles
  3. Gang, I've made some more progress on the brake squeal issue. Here's what I have now: Rear Brakes Front Brakes I installed the brakes with the OEM anti-squeal "spiders" from Porsche. Initial Results: 1) Brake squeal is greatly reduced and is diminishing even further. According to the pad manufacturer, the pads need a few hundred miles before fully bedding and eliminating the squeal. This is consistent with what I am experiencing. The howl I used to get from the rear brakes is completely gone. That one was the worst. I'm still getting some of the high frequ
  4. UPDATE: Despite all my efforts, the brake squeal is still more than I can tolerate. The brakes are quiet when I leave the house for the first few miles. After that, they start squealing again. I'm pretty sure they're squealing a lot more when they're hot. I've ordered a set of EBC Green pads for the GT3. They shipped yesterday and I'll update this thread again once they're installed. -Charles
  5. UPDATE: OK, things are definitely better now. I loaned my daily driver to a friend since her car is in the shop so I've been driving the GT3 for three days now. The brake squeal is most certainly improved but not entirely gone. It is diminished to the point I can live with the car now. The final straw with me was when I stopped at a stop sign in my neighborhood and there were some people standing at the corner with their dog. Well, the brakes started howling and the dog howled right along with them... Ugh. Anyway, here's what I believe to be the tricks to making this work: 1) Clean
  6. Update: Using the anti-sqeal compound alone did not really fix the issue. I don't think they sqealed as much but it certainly wasn't what I was after. This past weekend I tackled it again. I took the pads back out and removed all of the red anti-squeal compound and cleaned it off the pistons as well. I then cleaned and replaced the anti-squeal spiders that I'd taken out last time. Next, I covered the back of each pad with red anti-squeal compound and let it sit for 20 minutes or so. Again, you want to get the pads back into the caliper without scraping all the compound off. Push the
  7. Gang, I got really, really tired of sounding like a school bus when approaching an intersection or something. After some work, I eliminated about 90% of the brake squeal on my 04 GT3. Here's what I did: 1) Take the brake pads out of the caliper. 2) Remove the anti-squeal shims. I did not replace them. 3) Clean the inside of the caliper and the metal back of each pad. These surfaces need to be really clean. 4) Cover the ENTIRE back of each pad with a thick coat of red anti-squeal compound. The instructions say let it dry for 10 minutes before replacing but I found it took about 3
  8. Ugh... I should have found that. I did a search on "automatic door lock" but apparently that wasn't exactly what I needed to do. Thanks bud... -Charles
  9. Hi gang, I stopped by my dealer this morning to have the automatic door lock feature turned off on my 04 996. When we went into the software, we found four codes but they were just numbers. We had to find out what they meant by trial and error. 1 - Doors Lock when Ignition is Switched On. 2 - Doors Lock when 5mph is reached. 3 - Unknown 4 - Doors do not automatically lock. Anyone know what option 3 does?
  10. Rickster, You are a GOD. Seriously man. My brother's Boxster had a constant battery drain for years. They just kept it on the Porsche Battery Maintainer all the time. This treated the symptoms, but sure didn't cure the problem. After reading your post here, I disconected the stupid alarm horn beside the battery and for the first time in 3 years, they can leave the car without the charger attached! It's been a week now without the charger and before it would have been completely dead in two days. We're going to let it go another week before calling this done but I'm pretty sure you s
  11. Hey Philip, OK that would be cool. Probably more academic than anything else at this point. Any chance you could take a photo or two of your exhaust and post them here? Thanks! -Charles I took my GT3 to the local MOT station (annual vehicle inspection after three years old) and looked all around the exhaust while she was on the ramp - couldn't see any part numbers as I guess they're on the side that faces into the rear PU. I know the system was fitted by Porsche GB themselves - and they would never fit a non-Porsche part to a car within warranty period. I'll try calling Pors
  12. Yea, I'd be really curious about that. I do know that it's a different engine but was wondering if the exhaust was the same. Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if they were identical. If anyone has details, please share them! Thanks as always... -Charles
  13. Dude, Porsche should just hire you. Seriously. You know more about these cars than anyone I've ever met. -Charles
  14. Gang, Pardon me if this has been asked before but someone asked me and I can't seem to find any solid references in the archives. -Can the standard 996 PSE (Porsche Sport Exhaust) be fitted onto an MY04 GT3? -If the cans fit, then how about the vacuum and electrical installation? Thanks so much... -Charles
  15. This is pretty common. If it REALLY bothers you, take off the door panels and clean the oil off the little wheels that hold the glass in place. If not, just ignore it for a while and the oil tracks will eventually go away. -Charles
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