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Everything posted by judgejon

  1. Hope you have solved this mystery. Curious to know the answer.
  2. I know you've looked at the posts and checked your hoses, etc., but take a look at the wires on the top of the gas tank that go to a gas tank vacuum switch. Sure sounds like a switch is not opening to release pressure in the gas tank. Yes, I was the "mouse nest" guy that learned about this little switch the hard way. Others have mentioned that 996 cars do tend to fill very slowly, esp as the tank gets full. So a bit of gas overflow is not unexpected. Your issue as described is more than the usual situation. Good luck. Post up when you find the answer.
  3. Yes, luck has a lot to do with it. The fuel system is a bit bizarre, but you, and the forum, have figured it out. I would not have a clue. 3 related comments: the gas tank will not fill as quickly as with other cars. common problem is the valve that opens when the pump nozzle is inserted. If the valve does not open, check the wiring on top of the gas tank for rodent intrusion. Yes, I had a mouse chew through the wires. PITA to fix. I had a fire in my 911SC when a pebble caused the front A/C condenser fan to overheat. Explosion avoided because gas tank was full, not enough oxygen to cause explosion. Was your car actually shipped, literally, to Dubai? Good luck, ... and, cheers.
  4. It's way more expensive, as expected, but I would likely go for the Porsche part. I have memories of replacing the turn signal switch in my older Porsche. Same issue, and in same price range. Having seen it come out of the older car, I might be tempted to try it DIY, but in reality would take it to a reputable shop. Good call, Loren. Good call, Joe.
  5. Here's a possibility, though slim. Could overflow gas have leaked out of the drain basin and/or tube that drains the gas, and collected somewhere in the body of the car instead of draining out to the ground? Maybe there's a place that still smells even thought the spilled gas would be long dry by now? could there be any gas-soaked insulation in there somewhere?Re the dealer issue, is there such a thing as a permeable fuel tank in any car? pm on the way
  6. Found the answer in a post from Maurice (1schoir) dated Oct 10, 13, in a thread titled Window drop passenger side. As Loren has always said, "the search engine is your friend." Question: Am I correct that to get the door panel off the battery must be disconnected to avoid an airbag issue? Maurice, if your still willing, a DIY would be great. My good inde would likely be able to help me with this. I'd like to avoid a visit to the closest Stealership which is about 160 miles away in Mill Valley, CA. Cheers,
  7. gas smell is not normal. maybe for a little while if you have some overflow when filling the gas tank. but that disappears after a short time. if you only notice the odor when the tank is over 1/2 full I'd wonder if there's a minute leak somewhere on the upper seams of the tank. Or maybe the fuel filler line clamps are loose? good luck.
  8. Friends, I posted this to the 986 Boxster forum, but realized I should also post to the 996 side of life. My drivers window is now only dropping a fraction of an inch. I think the bicycle brake adjuster fix will solve the problem. I found the pics of this once, but can't seem to locate them again. I'm reactivating this thread to ask if either of you, or others, might have the link or thread with the pictures of that great fix idea. thanks in advance. jl
  9. Friends, My drivers window is now only dropping a fraction of an inch. I think the bicycle brake adjuster fix will solve the problem. I found the pics of this once, but can't seem to locate them again. I'm reactivating this thread to ask if either of you, or others, might have the link or thread with the pictures of that great fix idea. Thanks in advance.
  10. 1st gear synchro issue? as an aside, older, air cooled Porsche cars did not have synchro for first gear. never needed 1st when racing was the philosophy. same for ignition key being on side of steering wheel opposite of shifter. one hand for key, other for shifter, saves a second or two when starting engine for racing from standing or parked positions. good luck with this.
  11. Good. You will have piece of mind. i did my IMS retrofit at 35k, and wii do it again at approx 70k. Only real consideration is whether to install the pressure-fed "solution." Costs more but likely worth it. Good opinions on forum about this choice. Best to do clutch and RMS at same. But for sure get the IMS done. Cheers,
  12. 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...
  13. 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.
  14. 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 whining sounds, change out the pulley. The ultimate Porsche philosophy can be summed in the old phrase, "don't be penny wise and pound foolish." "A stitch in time" will save nine. Good luck.
  15. 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.
  16. 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,
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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,
  21. 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,
  22. 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
  23. 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,
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