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    San Diego
  • Porsche Club
    PCA (Porsche Club of America)
  • Present cars
    996 Targa,
    Lotus Elise
  • Former cars
    Boxster
  1. What's rusted and how bad is the rust? Is it just surface rust? The underside of the car is already coated with Cosmoline and should've protected it... I've used a product call POR15 on other vehicles - it works good but is kind of messy. Removing the old cosmoline will probably be a big pain. Might be more manageable if you do it a section at a time.
  2. How is your car running? If it's running good, maybe one side of the tailpipe was not finished properly/up to spec and when it heats up either something is going on with the finish, like burning or turning black or something like that. Did you notice this problem before?
  3. There is a picture somewhere on here of what to do, and i couldn't find it via search. I got rid of my 99' boxster so i can't take the pic either, but basically you have to stick something thin like a really thin screw driver or a nail file in the slot between the front and rear trunk levers and slide the plate with a u-shaped cutout to release the lock. It is pretty easy to figure out once you look at it. The reason manually locking and unlocking doesn't work is because that locking plate is controlled by a solenoid and with no power, it won't slide. I have heard, but do not know for sure that putting in one of these cigarette ligher powered battery chargers for a few minutes might give the car enough juice for the solenoid to work when you unlock the car. Good Luck, Larez2
  4. ... if you have spark and you have fuel what are you missing???? that's right - air! Check the MAF and intake. A similar thing happened to me - it ended up being the intake boot had a big leak - check and make sure it's conntected nice and snug on both ends. It could still be your MAF. If connection from the ignition coil to the distributor cap is not working, that could cause a non-start issue as well. My 944spec buddy told me that 99% of hard or non-start issues are related to the ECU... Good Luck
  5. Yes there is another light bulb (parking light), it's not wedged in anywhere - sometimes people call it a wedge bulb is all. If you have litronics its a H6W bulb, if your headlights aren't litronic, then its a W5W bulb. Sorry but I don't have a picture of where it's located - its there though, I've replaced it before. It's a small bulb if that helps.
  6. I think you have your light bulbs mixed up. When you turn off the car, your head lights are supposed to turn off. Your parking lights will stay on though - there are wedge/parking lights, and it sounds like one of them is burned out. Its a special size bulb that is easy to replace but can be hard to find. I had to go to the dealership to get it as none of the local auto parts stores had them. I think it is a 5w bulb.
  7. http://news.yahoo.co...s_dependability It was nice to read that the cars we love and drive are also considered the most dependable too :)
  8. one other thing it could be is your parking brake. If you don't use your parking brake and park on an incline, somehow pressure gets put on the shifter making it harder to shift out of park. in other words, when you park after putting it in P, if you don't use your parking brake and the car rolls forward or backward a little bit on an incline while still in park, it's hard to shift out of park once you want to get going again.
  9. The tiptronic will not over-rev the engine. If for example you are going to fast for a gear it just won't let you down shift no matter how many times you push the minus/downshift button. The Tiptronic S is an amazing transmission in my opinion. I think the 99-01 tiptronics are different than the 02-05 tiptronics.
  10. What do you mean by safe? Yes you can shift from Neutral to Drive while the car is moving. I don't think its the best thing for your tranny espcially at higher speed/revs.
  11. I saw that car on the freeway over the weekend or maybe it was someone else's flat black 997 - can't imagine there are too many of them around. It looks really good in real life.
  12. The booster seat I use is the "Recaro Vivo Lite", it fits well in the back and has worked great. It has a backrest. There are some boosters that don't have backrests and if you kid is big enough that'd be even easier to use. If you do a forum search I think you'll be able to find some other suggestions as well...
  13. A Britax Marathon will fit. I am positive because that is what i used to use. It is a really tight fit, but works. Whoever is sitting in front of the baby seat needs to be small since the front seat needs to be scooted up all the way. There is an upper latch point back there too that you can hook into. Depending on the state/local laws for child seats where you live and the size of your child, once they reach 30lb and at least 37", you could switch them to a Recaro Vivo lite booster seat. It fits much better back there.
  14. One other thing to try is to blow some compressed air where the stalk meets the steering column and around rotary switch on the dash. I've had some wierd issues that doing that has helped for before. It helps clean out any dust and clean up the contacts etc. Maybe wilggle the stalk around a little bit while your blowing the compressed air but don't wiggle too hard you don't want to break the stalk! HTH.
  15. I have a MY02 Tiptronic. Does anyone have a picture of the fill hole/check valve? I changed my tranny fluid a while back and I didn't need or use any special tools. The fill hole i used wasn't the bottom hole either; there was one near bottom hole but a little bit higher (on the transmission pan itself). I didn't use a special threaded adapter hose or anything like that to fill it. I used a fluid pump to pump in the new fluid through the fill hole, and like you said - I just filled it, shifted it through the gears, measured the temp, and topped it off. Some fluid spilled out while I was filling it but it wasn't bad at all. Also, you can't drain all the tranmission fluid like in the torque converter without a PST2 or PIWIS, so i just drove around after the first drain and fill for about 100 miles and drained and filled it again. Its been 6000 miles since I changed the fluid change and no problems.
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