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JeTexas replied to langg's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)If I remember correctly one cable is basically R, 1, 3, 5 (all the up gears) while the other cable is 2, 4, 6 (all the down gears). If the cable brackets get loose, you'll lose the ability to shift into those gears. Get under the car and zip tie them up tight to make sure that's not the issue. If it doesn't help, it might be the synchros in your transmission.
JeTexas replied to mcnatprice's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Unplug the MAF and see if the car will start. Mine behaved this way when the MAF died. The car will run in a pre-programmed fuel mode with it unplugged. Not sure if it's your problem, but it's a free test.
JeTexas replied to BigDam99's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)If you can slide a little cloth tape behind it, it should dampen the vibrations. My cab has a couple little plastic pieces on the ceiling that pull off, and they were rattling like crazy. A little cloth tape on the back of them and all is quiet.
JeTexas replied to Loren's topic in DIY Articles - Carrera (996) - Common Fixes and RepairsWell, the second Napa water pump I have installed on my car died this morning on the way to work. The first one lasted less than six months. The second one has clocked in at just a few days shy of two years. I highly suggest NOT buying the rebuilt Napa pumps.
JeTexas replied to gcp's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Remove the tensioner belt from the water pump and spin it to see if it makes a grinding noise. If so, it's probably the pump going bad. If not, your hose may just be leaking. I replaced all the rubber hoses on my 99 Carrera a year or so because they were not looking so great, and I didn't want to wait for an eventual hose explosion. I also replaced all the original clamps with new screw-type clamps. If it is the water pump, it's a fairly straight-forward DIY that is well-documented on this forum. It took me about three hours when I did it.
JeTexas replied to seamichael's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)I don't think there's any way my window could be too high. I haven't done anything to the windows or doors in the four years I've owned the car and this problem just spontaneously developed.
JeTexas replied to seamichael's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)My car has suddenly developed this problem as well. The window attempts to lower when using both the interior and exterior handles, so I know it's not a microswitch. It just doesn't lower far enough. If I tap the top of the window once I open the door, it will fall the rest of the way down, so that it doesn't hit when I shut the door. I tried putting some silicone lubricant along the window seal to see if maybe it was just sticking, but that doesn't seem to have helped. When I shut the door, it raises like it should. Anyone come up with a solution for this?
When I'm running about 80mph on the freeway in 6th gear it whines like crazy! That's when it's most pronounced. I think I'm going to have to take it to the dealership for an official diagnosis.
Hmmm. All I can say for certain is it's a bearing somewhere. It's definitely a bearing whine. Guess I'll have to put it on blocks and find a helper, so I can see if I can track the noise. I did a transmission fluid change somewhere around 85k miles. I'm about to break 150k though, so I guess I'm probably about due again.
I put a stereo jack in the back of my storage tray. There's plenty of room behind there. If you go that route, put the socket right in the vertical center of the back of the bin. I did mine too near the top to avoid cutting the rubber liner, and it's a pain to get the cord plugged in.
The pitch varies a little with speed and it disappears when I clutch.
I second the checking of the oil filler tube. I ended up having a huge vacuum leak in mine. However, my leak was so big that it had gone beyond squeaking and was causing a high idle. Small cracks can be patched with epoxy.
Lately I've noticed a loud drone coming from my 1999 996 6-speed when cruising down the road. It sounds a whole lot like when the rear differential bearing went bad on my old Mustang, but I'm not quite sure if the 996 has the same kind of differential. I'm fairly certain it's not just wheel bearings because there's no change in tone as I steer the car from side to side. I was kind of ignoring the problem, but I had the car in for an AOS replacement and the shop mentioned I have a "noisy transmission." Is the differential in the transmission? I have shop manuals, and I'll order the parts to swap the bearings out, but I'm just not really sure what I need to be replacing. Thanks for any help.
I got my replacement latch cover from Sunset. Porsche convertible top latch repair by ffacker, on Flickr Here you can see the original broken latch cover, which I didn't even realize was there until reading this thread. Porsche convertible top latch repair by ffacker, on Flickr I was hoping it would just snap on somehow and be an easy replacement, but it seems I'm going to have to do quite a bit of disassembly of the latch mechanism. Porsche convertible top latch repair by ffacker, on Flickr My biggest question is, the bar that runs through the hole in the latch (and the latch cover) has flared ends. How does it work?