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Everything posted by judgejon

  1. Replaced the battery on my everyday key. Cheap, easy fix. Not so lucky when my spouse lost the second key. Dealer replacement and programming estimate about $425.... Good luck...
  2. agreed with all the above. If the IMS and RMS have not been done, worth checking to verify, then you need to do that with the new clutch stuff. Saves $$$ in the long run. might be other maintenance stuff to consider as well for peace of mind. water pump and coolant change come to mind. Car really looks great. Not sure about your other questions. At least the rear "seats" have seat belts. good luck with the car. not really meant for baby stuff in the back, but I hope you find a carseat that fits. yours will be best car in parking lot at the kids store for sure.
  3. I think the basic question posed here has been asked before. The car involved is a Porsche. These cars are expensive to maintain, but tend to age well if the maintenance is kept up. Don't hesitate to change out the water pump as noted. If in doubt, your always better off doing the work earlier rather than later. Keep in mind that the expenses will rapidly rise if serious repair is ultimately needed. It's not a bad idea to change the battery at about 15k as well. And for sure check the pulleys. Check the idler pulley off the alternator. If there are any noticeable whini
  4. I'm not sure that oil leaking from what looks like the oil cooler would make that gurgling sound. check out other threads on the forum. How's the coolant level? Have you put on the updated 997 reservoir cap? glad you found the vacuum line leak. Good luck.
  5. add that to the list of "mysterious Porsche tricks." This has been a fun discussion to follow, aber sein viel larm uber nichts wirklich. Cheers,
  6. no, I don't think so. the C4$ has turbo brakes and running gear, which I believe are a bit larger than the Boxster's. I think the minimum rear rim for the C4$ is 285-18.
  7. Agree. Same principles apply when changing out household bulbs to led's. sometimes sockets, rheostats and other switches also need to be changed. note that the issue may be with the instrument panel lighting rheostat. Try turning brightness up and down all the way and see what happens. good luck.
  8. Correct! Ahsai wins the day! In my car the Bose subwoofer shelf needed to come off first. There is a noticeable difference when starting engine. thanks again for the responses. jl
  9. New starter in today. And a new relay as well. And a new battery. I'm picking up car tomorrow. Inde says much improved crank. Porsche quiz for all y'all: Where is the relay and how do you get to it? Bonus question: where is the aux fuse panel and how do you get to it? I now know the answers. Cheers,
  10. Exactly same noise. I tried for days to get the sound on a video to post up, but it just didn't happen anytime on a cold or hot start. I have not heard the sound since my post of Oct 8. But it was there and I thought it best to just replace the starter. I think most of us like to take care of things on a proactive and prophylactic basis. A Porsche is of course expensive to maintain, but I think an ounce of prevention is better than the proverbial pound of cure. Cheers,
  11. Update: I have not noticed the problem for a few weeks, but a new starter is going in this week. thanks again for the comments. Cheers, jl
  12. Yes, indeed. The Durametric folks note this on the website. I had an issue many years ago in loading the software, and Duram held my hand and walked me through it. Note also that Durametric does not run on OS. Lots of folks, myself included, have partitioned a small portion the OS op sys to run PC software. Bootcamp works well for this. I have done this on my MacBook Air. You can partition OS just enough to allow you to run Windows and then download and use Durametric. I'm pretty sure I'm running Windows 7 for this. Works great. Cheers,
  13. Right. And the settlement only included reimbursement for failed engines. Those of us who had done a prophylactic LNE retrofit for peace of mind and then attempted to join the class were ".... out of luck." That said, referencing an earlier post on the IMS, it is a definite must to do the LNE. Well worth the cost, imho.
  14. Greetings, I believe this is a no-brainer. Do either of the IMS right away. How much is peace of mind worth? I did the LNE upgrade at about 35k, and plan to do another near 75k. Alternatively, I may do the oil fed bearing. Not sure yet. But, the fix must be done for peace of mind. It's simply not worth the risk and the cost is likely under 2k. This is a Porsche, it will cost. There was a similar issue with the 911 SC 3.0 air cooled engine, probably the best ever made by Porsche. The Achilles heel was the timing chain tensioner. They were sealed, and would virtu
  15. great. good find. your area does get a little bit warm. Consider adding Water Wetter to coolant if any topping up is needed.
  16. seems ok for now. noise has not reoccured yet this week. good inde instantly agreed with diagnosis of starter issue. will pull starter at major service due in a few k miles, and likely replace with new.
  17. check the search engine. I've read there somewhere that the entire cluster might have to be replaced. The lights I believe are individually changeable. someone on the forum will surely know all about this. good luck.
  18. Thanks to the 996 regulars crew. I'm calling inde tomorrow. After posting I've been recording both cold/hot starts, and, of course, the issue has not repeated. I do think it's worth taking a look at the starter.
  19. great price. I replaced an idler pulley a few years ago, making a loud whining sound. (Info only: $52 OEM from Sunset. Part #996 102 119 58.) glad your able to get a reasonably priced replacement bearing.
  20. Friends, I've searched the forum on this issue, but no posts I found addressed this issue. On the first cold start of the day I'm hearing a brief "grinding" sound from the engine. Comes on after the starter kicks in and engine is turning over. Very brief grinding sound. I think it's coming from the right side of the engine, but not sure. Does not occur when engine is warmed up after car has been driven around, at least not yet. This does not sound like known and addressed issues of air pump, belts, or tappets. 2003 C4$. Anyone experienced anything like
  21. yes, exactly. just another entry on that vast list of "unknown and mysterious Porsche things." another, and the one I really hate, is when the CDR 223 (Becker) radio mysteriously doesn't work and only displays Porsche on the screen. Takes shutting off engine, pulling key, reinserting key and restarting engine for the radio/cd to work again. Sometimes I can get it back by putting in and then taking out a cd. Or the cd will play but all the sound settings for both cd and radio have defaulted to 0. but the worst is probably the infamous and horrendous air-bag light trick, when t
  22. A comment was recently posted about how the auto door locking feature at about 3 mph is stupid. Might be. But I do think it has some good features if always driving in congested city traffic. Might prevent an unwanted intruder from jerking open the door to rob you. That said, I know the door locking feature can be re-programmed at a dealer with a PIWIS. Question: I have never given it much thought, but can the door locking features be addressed with my Durametric? Anyone ever tried that?
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