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    2003 996 C2 sport chasis
  1. Thanks man, I sent you a PM with my address. Our car is hardly driven and was in our garage ever since we bought it. Can you believe they charged so much for the colored crest center cap and yet it will fall apart like that?
  2. The weather was nice. I washed our car and got ready for a short drive. When I was washing the wheel, I noticed the crest on the wheel center cap was missing. I looked around, it was not on the garage floor. It was not on our driveway. Ok, it is gone. Well, unless I find a Prosche crest to superglue it back on the center cap, I think I will have to buy a center cap to replace it. That stupid cap is like $61 on Pelican parts. I can't believe it. Anyway, if anyone has an extra crest, please let me know. Just a question(or two), do I have to remove the wheel to remove the center cap? I see two small holes on the center cap, can I remove center cap using these two holes? I am kind of lazy to take the wheel out. Thanks in advance. Thomas
  3. I wonder if there are any objective measures (eg. thickness of the pads and rotors), that will prompt the replacement of them? I don't want to replace them too early or too late. I don't want to wait until the light is lit and the brake start making noises. You know it only means I have to spend more money and replace more parts, you know.
  4. Just curious, what is the normal oil pressure reading on the oil pressure gauage when idling and crusing? When crusing on the highway around 60mph. I have 4.5 bars. When idling, I have 2.5 bars. In the owner's manual it is quite strange. It said @5,000 rpm the gauge should show 3.5bars. That sounds unrealistically low. Any idea?
  5. Thanks for all these ideas. I took out a level and placed it on the garage floor. Ok, it is not level. Now the front of the car is slightly lower than the back end of the car. Maybe that's why the coolant level is lower. Is it possible?
  6. I wonder how would that happen. I checked the floor, there is no coolant leak. The hoses around are not even wet. Is it even important to fill up the coolant. I mean it is only a little lower that the min mark and the most is it is missing a few oz of fuild. Can I look at it this way? Or am I in deep trouble? :o If I really have to add coolant(50/50 with distilled water of course), can I use Pentosin G0012000 instead of the OEM coolant? Is it safe to mix it like that?
  7. The other day, I replaced my busted amp with a newer one. I discovered there were tons of dried out grass seeds near the cabin filter. I removed the plastic cover and discovered not only seeds but also mouse droppings. Yikes! I cleaned that up and inspected everything near that area. There was no damage. Thank God!..... My wife said it is cute and glad they made a nice little nest for them to survive winter. I think my wife was cute for saying that. If our 996 could think for itself, I somehow doubt that it would enjoy the company of those uninvited guests. Just feel like sharing. BTW, next year I would locate the openings on the cars and plug them up before hibernating it.
  8. Just curious, when and what mileage did your water pump start giving up?
  9. A little update. I just installed Cris' amp. It works. Just plug and play. Ah....it is so good to have music in the car.
  10. Hello, I did not know you posted your upgrade here. When you receive my amp, I hope it will help your situation. BTW, that is some technical stuff. I tried to read it and my head is still spinning. I can't wait to get your good amp though. I have got to do the paypal stuff soon.
  11. Thanks guys! I think my brake fuild is ok for at leaset another year. I will definitely change the oil before putting it away for the winter. Spark plugs are mileage sensitive, right? I think mine are still good til like 60k miles then. I may replace the cabin filter though. Oh, is it anything I need to grease it up? I'd imagine whatever grease they put on the car 6 years ago is all dry up now.
  12. My 2003 996 C2 has relatively low mileage (25K). It is a summer car, always garaged, never raced or even autocross. Every 5000 miles, we give it an oil change and that's about it. RMS was replaced under warranty. So far so good. I saw it somewhere, every 4 years the car needs a major service and every 6 years spark plugs needed to be replaced. Every two years, I suppose to flush the brake fuild. I know, the car is 6 years old now, but the mileage is so low. Can I get away without doing all these? My friend and I started flushing the brake fuild but discoverd the fuild was so clear and clean (bright yellow) and stopped half way through it and top it off. I always check my message screen. I have no "bad" messages, can I assume, the car is in good shape?
  13. Thanks Cris, I just sent you a pm. Not sure it got through. Anyway, I am interested to take good care of them for you. :D . Of course, I will pay for shipping. If you want some cash to go along with it, please pm your price and we will work something out. Thomas
  14. Do you have a sport chasis package? Mine 03 996 C2 has it with the 18" wheels. You feel everything (literally). Lots of feedback through the steering wheel. Anyone has noticed the feedback through the steering wheel? I switch from the original tires to Bridgestone. Road noises has been reduced significantly though.
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