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Everything posted by Malakas

  1. :::closing the loop::: I crawled around banging on parts with a rubber mallet, and found one of the exhaust hangers was loose... After some contortionism I was able to tighten it... Voilà... Noise gone! It's hard to believe a bolt with only a couple of turns of play could make that racket! Thanks to everyone!
  2. Thanks to all of my "online mechanics"!! It seems as if the consensus is an issue with either a loose heat shield (perhaps not tightened after coil pack install), or an problem with one of the cats. I will have it checked by my Indy asap. I needed front brake pads and an oil change anyway... If it is one of the cats, and they are no longer in warranty (no cel), then it might be time for cat bypass pipes?! :)
  3. All engine gurus, I need help. While checking my parking spot today I heard the strangest sporadic metallic rattling from the passenger side of the engine. I could not really localize the sound (hoping it was from the cats maybe, and NOT the engine itself). It sounds ominous to me. The car just had 2 new coil packs and 6 new spark plugs installed, and is otherwise running GREAT. Here is the sound... you hear it right away (sounds like Im starting the car, but its just the weird sound), and then again at 9 seconds or so... http://www.aliota.com/js2k/engine-noise.mp3 Any help TRUL
  4. Just to close the door.... Changed all the plugs... and the 2 cracked coil packs... and voila! Running as smooth as ever!! A full test drive - and no thrown codes. :)
  5. UPDATE:::: So despite the very generous offerings of some local guys, I ended up bringing the car to my indy (Motorwerks - awesome guys). Code said: random misfires. So we'll try changing the plugs and going from there... so much for "no apparent issue". :) The car almost has 50K miles and has not yet had the plugs changed (8 years)... hopefully this will be the solution!
  6. judgejon, thanks man! She is running good. For a moment I was looking to trade her in for something a little more "hard-core", but I love her too much! I think the Durametric is a great idea - esp since I'd like to keep the car for a while. Here is some recent footage of the old girl in action... http://www.youtube.com/user/Iatrodesign JeTexas, thanks again for the input and for offering to help read the codes... you're an example of what a great community this is! Im going to clean the MAF when I do my oil change / x51 pan install ~ fingers crossed no more CEL!
  7. ... ok, this afternoon I started my car... and the CEL was gone! What gives?
  8. Thanks for the replies. I will try to get a code reader to dive deeper. I hope its my cats so that I can upgrade! lol :)
  9. All, Quick question for those much more knowledgeable than me... My 02 C4S has been running great, and just spent a weekend at Harris Hill Road performing like a champ! I drove the car home and to/from work the next 2 days with no apparent issue. Then yesterday I got a CEL after starting the car in the parking lot. I drove the car home, and it did not sound or behave any differently than usual. I thought perhaps I had not tightened the oil fill cap after topping off, but it was on securely... The on-board computer just says "drive to workshop" or something like that. Questions:
  10. Right on here! The previous tires (which had been in my garage >1 year) are much older (2 years) than the new one. So the new one is obviously softer... and hence pulling a bit to that side. Well, I guess I have my answer. Thanks!!
  11. I have a 2002 C4S with nothing modified on the suspension. About 1 month ago, I hit some road debris and punctured my passenger front tire (2000 mile old Pirelli). The tire was patched until a new one was ordered. I then had my indy do an alignment (forgetting about the tire). The car drove perfectly. The next day I had the tire changed by my dealer and I noticed that the car was pulling to the right. The dealer said this could be because I had one new and one used (only 2000 mile used) tire on the front. Hmmmm.... So I had the alignment checked again by my indy. Still perfect.
  12. I only have experience with ZAINO, but the results have always been incredible. In addition, they have terrific customer service - one of the owners even emailed me once on a Sunday afternoon.
  13. Hey John, Sounds like our mileages are pretty close... I just did my 45K, but am too nervous to not extend my warranty. ;) I think Im coming up on a new clutch too - but local places are asking $2200... which seems steep. To stay on topic: my local service guy also inspected my aircon blowers for debris when I was there... I hear its pretty common to trap stuff, and/or foul up a fan. Just FYI. Best, J.
  14. Fellow enthusiasts, I've been a member of this site for some time, but am glad to finally give something back. Topic: Mounting a 997 exhaust (cans only) to a 996 I'd like to thank member Juankimalo for giving me the hope that this mod was possible after he mounted a 997 PSE to his 996. After searching and searching the forums, and even calling the exhaust manufacturer - no one seems to be able to tell me the difference between a 997 and 996 exhaust. Well after getting my 997 Tubi to fit to my C4S... here is what I learned. Mounting bracket: the same Tube from cat to muffler:
  15. Hobbes, Are you putting the 997 cans on a 4S or C2 996? I ask because Im trying to do something similar - but people are quoting me outrageous amounts of $$ to cut the 997 pipes! I was curious - exactly where you need to make cuts to do this mod. More specifically: on the tube that runs from the cat to the muffler - how much did you remove - and did you keep the original end piece / or did you just lop of the end? Thanks! J.
  16. I've been trying the same thing - and the whole mechanism is out of the car!! Good luck - i suppose it just takes a lot of force as already said...
  17. ... update. So it does seem to happen less if the heater is off.
  18. This is happening to me as well... 2002 C4S with 45K miles. The air pump (saw like) sounds comes on when I start the car in the morning, but now is coming on intermittently and much more frequently. I will turn the heater to 60 and see if it still occurs... its starting to concern me. All thoughts welcome!
  19. +1 for wet sanding. I used 2000 and 1000 grit sandpaper and wet sanded (by hand) the lights, using PLENTY of water. Then I used Plast-X from Autozone to polish them up. They started out nasty, yellow and scratched - but now almost look brand new.
  20. Overall great news. I can understand being a little sour at what appears to be a premature engine failure (32K miles, yeah, very premature) - but you get a new motor out of it... and if you replace the clutch etc... youre not paying any labor (or at least not as much). Pretty sweet. Glad it worked out.
  21. Way to support the Orient Red brotherhood!! :D Ben, I think you are right. I mean sh!t, it's a mechanical part, and if it's wearing, sooner or later, the problem will declare itself when it brakes. But some of the fun is obsessing over the little stuff - and while, I agree, it's usually trivial - it does provide a means to interact with cool And knowledgeable people online -- and even learn a thing or two. B)
  22. All threads need pix: :D Well, I think I mis-spoke a little.... when I meant cold start... I just meant the first start up in the morning. Not literally cold ambient temperature - I wish, Houston is about 85F at 7am. This morning I paid more attention to the sound - it is very faint... but VERY high pitched - just like your neighbor 3 doors down was using an electric blower. With the windows up its much less noticeable. It lasts for about 30 seconds, then it fades, comes back a little, and then fades away. Loren, do you still think this could be the air pump? I'm planning to
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