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Posts posted by judgejon

  1. There is just too much on this to cover quickly in one answer.  As Loren would say, “the search engine is your friend.”

    that said, my similar problem was caused by the wiring to the switch on very top of gas tank.  You have to go down to it by pulling off everything above it, like the battery tray, etc.  Took a few hours to get there, then 5 min to reconnect wires and remove nest of the mice that has chewed wires apart. 
    there could be other solutions.  Search away.  Have fun. Good luck. 

  2. 20 minutes ago, JFP in PA said:


    Welcome to RennTech :welcomeani:


    From the sounds of it, the company in CA sent you a different unit which does not recognize your keys.  You need to either get your original unit back from them, or you are about to spend a lot of money for keys, immobilizer, and programing at your local Porsche dealer.  These units cannot simply be swapped, they have to be programmed to match the car and keys.

    Agreed.  A trip to your local stealership seems to be on the horizon.  Good luck. 

  3. Yep, adding the name Porsche to anything also adds some cost.  All part of the deal. What’s your 996?  Mine was a C4$.  And there’s that old saying, “if you have to ask the price you probably can’t afford it.”  The issue, imho, boils down to spending big bucks now to avoid spending monster bucks later.  Owning a Porsche means keeping up the maintenance without hesitation.  Best not to learn that the hard way.  I had the LN replacement ims bearing, and following Jeff’s good advice would have put on The Solution when it was time to replace it.  Oh yes, ya gotta replace your replacement ims at say 30k miles.  So spending more now for The Solution makes better sense to me.  Good luck.  Most of all, Enjoy the car!

  4. Another thought.  Can you access the fuel tank on top where the sender goes in?

    i remember changing out the sender on my ‘79 SC.  Easy job then, not sure on 996, but maybe there’re a gasket or something that’s cracked?  The filler switch wires are under the battery tray.  I don’t think you would get too much odor from filler check valve, as problem there would be more likely not opening to allow a gas full up.

    I remember a mouse nest up under there once, chewed through the check valve wires.  it’s on the forum somewhere. Valve wouldn’t open, but a quick solder job on wires was quick fix.  Problem was the time to access the switch under battery tray.  Seemed lots of stuff had to get moved out first to get under there. 
    Keep striving.  Good thoughts...j


  5. Good report.  
    I think I also did a prophylactic water pump replacement at some point.  Had an outstanding Porsche mechanic at Inde shop and we kept records and immediately addressed any remotely needed possible repairs or advance parts replacements.  I always did that and never waited to see what might happen.  I do recall a water pump replacement done on that basis. Also little stuff like fuel filler cap update, etc. 

    Porsche expensive to maintain, but major issues can be avoided by regular attention to service details.  I sold the C4$ at around 65k to avoid future unknowns, just because.  Loved the car. 

  6. I think a lot depends on the mileage on the car when purchased, and how many previous owners there were, how much attention was given to regular, routine maintaining.  And, certainly, how hard the car had been driven, or tracked, or auto crossed.  History of how many over-revs also important. I sold mine at about 70k miles. It was my daily driver.  It was fun to drive every single time.  
    That said, it’s a Porsche and does cost to maintain.  The 996 does not have the greatest repair history, but folks on forum have noted lots of miles put on them without major issues. I sold my 911sc at about 325k miles. Took good care of it. Oil change at every 5k. Used Red-Line 10-40. Did have a main bearing go out around 160k which lead to engine tear down. But the air-cooled basically just came right apart. Engine body on the 3.0 was essentially glued together with 6 individual jacketed piston cylinders bolted onto it.  I’m confident I might likely have put another 100k on it.  I know the fellow who has it now and seems it’s still doing ok. 
    But, Porsche’s just ain’t cheap to maintain. 

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