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Everything posted by judgejon

  1. Yes, fuel sender issue is likely problem. On older Porsche cars you could simply pull the sender unit out of the top of the fuel tank. I'm not sure, but check to see if there is a sender unit on top of the tank that could easily be pulled out and replaced. Could be a sender similar to the oil pressure sender. Relatively inexpensive to replace. Labor would be the biggest cost. Good luck.
  2. Am I correct in thinking your car does not have e-gas accelerator pedal? How about your throttle linkage? Injectors clean? Maybe run a bottle of Red Line through the fuel system? this doesn't sound like an internal engine issue to me. Something going on with the bolt on stuff. Good luck. And welcome to the forum.
  3. thanks very much. I didn't know that Durametric had an update. Never see any news about that. I rarely use it, but have it on a partitioned (via Bootcamp) MacBook Air that I generally take with me on road trips. I remember updating my Durametric software when I looked at a post on the forum quite a few months ago. I think I was using 6.5.2, but really don't recall. I take the Mac so I can reset the airbag light. I'm current now, uninstalled the older and reinstalled the latest version, and thanks again for the timely heads up. And hello to my Fast Yellow friend as well. j
  4. What you describe sounds to me like a problem with the fuel level sensor. Should be an easy change out. As you can easily fill up the tank, this does not sound like the fuel filler valve issue. Good luck.
  5. DoC, Loren is right on top of this stuff. Welcome to the forum. Consider becoming a contributor, and...Good luck, j
  6. I bought my car with doors auto locking at 3 mph. I assumed that was factory setting. If opened with engine running then closed, they auto relock at 3 mph. Took me a little while to get used to red light always on. Doesn't bother me now.
  7. not sure about TT, but on 3.6 I think sender is located on top of right side of engine. Easy change for inde shop a few years ago.
  8. last change out of spark plugs? condition/age of coils? Important if car has sat out in rain for any lengthy periods.
  9. I think it's actually important to use the maintainer for lengthy periods when you are not driving the car. These cars are battery hogs. Electricity is drawing all the time. Notice how the interior lights stay on and on and on. I often park my car for over a week at a time when on the road without a maintainer and that's always been ok. Of course I'll start the car and let it run about 5-10 min every now and then. If I'm away from home for a longer trip, not driving, I'll always put the maintainer on the car. Cheap insurance against a dead battery and messed up electronic system. And, as an aside, you can get a good maintainer on line, or from Sunset, or elsewhere. Check out the manufacturer. Mine has the name Porsche on it, so it costs about twice as much as the same one that doesn't say Porsche on it. Your choice.
  10. does gas actually flow easily into your gas tank? there is a known issue with the vent valve not opening and preventing tanks from easily filling. If you are getting a good flow of gas from the pump, check your fuel sender, and then check the fuel gauge. I think, I hope this is wrong, but I remember reading that if a gauge is faulty the entire instrument cluster needs to be replaced. Loren? RFP? there are several articles on the filler valve issue, the search engine will be your friend. good luck
  11. would you mind noting the diagnosis of the issue and the fix? Best....
  12. oh yes, my friend, aka the infamous blown head gasket situation. "Been there, done that," in a Fiat 124 Abarth Spyder. Hard to remember, but easy to forget.
  13. thanks. I agree, stay away from the aftermarket. we figured out that my smoke issue was because I had not driven the car at all for several weeks, only occasional idle, car was on trickle charger. Then I drove a few times over several weeks more and warmed up the engine to 180, but never ran hard. then, on the day of the smoke, I'd run hard for about 30 miles on winding mountain road, then stopped at a store and did some shopping. on restart there was the smoke. Hasn't really happened since, and it seemed it took a good hard run to get the condensation fully out of the exhaust system. Your advice is good. I'm guessing your car is yellow? Meine carreras 4$ ist Silber. Traurig, ist mein Deutsch nicht so gut. Je parle seulement allemand, un meilleur Français. Good thoughts...go fast, kleine schmetterling, but safe.
  14. you might try a total reboot of the system, by disconnecting the battery, waiting a few minutes, and reconnecting. but it's more likely your switch is simply worn out. I'm not sure there is any manual way to get the seat adjusted. I'm sorry but I don't know how to get it out for replacement. Maybe call for advice to Sunset Parts, or Pelican Parts.
  15. Go Porsche numbers for the coils. Seems this is a classic moisture caused coil failure. Not cheap, but not horrible. Change them all out, with new plugs too. Good luck. And, sorry to say, please don't go through the carwash. Too much moisture can get into the engine compartment. And carwash tracks can rip up the soft underbelly of the beast.
  16. Inspection by experienced Inde. All seems well. No smoke. Crankcase vacuum seems normal. Will surely being paying attention should any smoke reappear. Thanks to all.
  17. check the lock out spring mechanism in the shifter linkage. Could be a problem, or a broken spring or washer. this was a problem way back with the early chevy camaro linkage. lock-out to reverse was known to fail. Never heard of this in a Porsche. in the early 911's, as I recall, reverse gear was to the left and up. 1st gear was to the left and down. I think I have that correct. there was simply no need to use 1st gear after getting out onto the track. Ergo, the basic H pattern was gears 2, 3, 4, 5. Porsche changed to the traditional H, with 5th up to the far right, sometime around 1977, just before the SC's came out. again, as I recall the primary issue with the 996 shifter is that it's easy to miss the shift from 2nd to 3rd. Porsche is not a speed shifter car, like some others. the shift needs to be smooth, allowing the shifter to easily and distinctly pass through neutral on the way up to 3rd.
  18. Right. I'll be calling very good inde shop on Monday. I'm guessing he will have a manometer for testing, or we will like start pulling stuff off throttle body to check. Thanks for the follow up. I'll post what I find out. Cheers, j
  19. thanks, J. Some modest smoke this morning, not bad. no smoke at several starts during the day. I'll monitor closely over weekend, and likely check-in with inde on Monday. Cheers, jl
  20. I might have thought idler pulley from the hissing sound, but the smoke leads me to think AOS. I've just started having the smoke issue, noted in another thread. Good luck.
  21. I literally just starting having this problem today. Car has been not been driven a lot lately as I had left knee repair surgery in late January. I've only recently been doing short drives into town, or a few longer moderate drives to a nearby village about 10 miles away on a straight highway. Minding the speed limit, of course. Today the timing was right and I drove out about 15 miles and then 15 miles back on a somewhat twisty and hilly mountain road. This was more of a Porsche C4$ 6-speed drive. I parked the car for about 30 min after I returned, and when I started it the above-noted clouds of white smoke came from the exhaust, more notably I think from the left side. The smoke disappeared as I drove off, but reappeared a few hours later when started again. I'm pretty sure this was not the exhaust cloud found with a cold start in cold weather. I'll be checking this again in the morning. There was no noticeable smoke when I started and drove the car only periodically from around late February. The car had not been driven "hard" for over a month. It has never smoked as described in the above posts. If the car has developed an AOS issue from sitting, it has not manifested until driven as described today. There have been no similar issues on short, modest drives into town. Comments will be appreciated.
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