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bhussung replied to lotecredneck's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)I'm not sure about compensation, but I use tire rack all the time. The preferred installer in my area doesn't carry the tires that I put on my p car. The $10-$20 per wheel they get to mount them is still money they wouldn't have had otherwise. They have corporate insurance to cover any damages that may occur. I'm sure that isn't much of a worry for them. They are just glad to get another customer out of the deal, and some free (or cheap) advertising on tire rack. If your feeling guilty, I'm sure the installer would love for you to come back any buy some tires for the wife's car...
The dealer that imported the car is most likely to work with you. I was the second owner of my 2000 C2 Cab. I didn't buy it from a dealer, but I always had it serviced there. When I had the intermix problem, they looked it up, and found out that they had imported the car originally. They worked with porsche and decided to cover the re-man engine. I paid only $2k for some of the labor. Good luck! Goodwill is out there... Don't give up without a fight!
bhussung replied to ssp996's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)The "recent and sudden" cause that BruceP was referring to is a possible inter-mix issue with your oil. I would check that to make sure there are no signs of coolant in the oil.
There are other drains in the back on a Cab. Take a look at this: http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=7791
bhussung replied to Alkem's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)The wear of your back tires is typical of the 996. This is due to the toe-in and camber of the wheels. Depending on the type/brand of tires, you should expect 8-12k miles per set of street rears. You still can't go wrong with an allignment.
bhussung replied to mtimmy's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Check the factory label under the hood. A lot of times the dealer will write the key number on the label. If so, take that info to your local dealer, and they will gladly sell you a new key that will work :)
bhussung replied to JeTexas's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)I place a piece of cloth tape on the back of each one of the covers. It did the trick for me.
bhussung replied to mhachar's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)I wouldn't call it a great solution, but I used industrial double sided tape. It was a few years ago, and I needed a quick fix for a drive event. It ended up lasting about a week, and then took me about an hour to remove it after I got home. Make sure you take the pressure off of the window before you attemp to bond it. Best of luck......
Looks to be a common problem. This may help: http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=13025
bhussung replied to Last Car's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)I assumed this was a gas cap holder. It fits perfectly turned upside down. I can't see any other purpose for carving out a piece of plastic in this exact spot.
bhussung replied to STEVE EVANS's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)You have a great looking product. How many have you installed/sold so far? I too am looking for a replacement option for the wonderful plastic window.
bhussung replied to ralundy's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Make sure the plastic cover that surrounds the metal hook on the closing mechanism is still glued to the hook. If the top over stresses, the plastic cover is designed to detach, and it won't activate the micro-switch. That would make the windows not function correctly, and the light would stay on. If that is the case, you should be able to push up on the plastic cover (after it has retracted... don't lose a finger) and activate the micro switch. That should allow the windows to activate. You will then need to get the top calibrated, and a new plastic cover for the hook. This problem is very common in colder environments, if you put the top up while it is too cold. The canvas and plastic window shrink slightly in the cold weather, and can make the top too tight to fully deploy safely.
bhussung replied to JamesD's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)My engine never did smoke at all. I'm guessing from the blinking coolant light, that your coolant level was very low, due to consumption by the engine. I had that same issue, and required a replacement. Just like Lee above, I don't know exactly what was wrong due to the fact you can't open the engine without losing your core return. Good luck.
bhussung replied to JamesD's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)I forsee a new engine in your near future. Could be a couple of things, such as the porous block problem, a slipped sleeve, or a bad oil cooler. I would have it towed to your nearest dealership. There are quite a few articles on the site about that problem. http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=15003