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KentV

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  1. Guys, there's so much about this. But I can't seem to find a detailed pictorial. Here's my question: With the small access panel removed from the center console, I can see that little $6 switch in there. It's right under the hand brake. How do I remove it? It's force fit with a plastic barb. Do I just break it out? Slide an "L" shaped screw driver behind it? Will the barb on the switch break off easily without harming the aluminum bracket? Will the new one be a royal pain to re-insert? Thanks all.
  2. I've never seen anything like this. The orange LED lights for my oil gauge in the instrument cluster are no longer visible and appear to have exploded. What I see is a blotch of orange that I can best describe as a maple leaf design on the lens of instrument cluster. It's as if the lights sprayed out under pressure and have applied themselves to my cover lens for the speedometer, clock, etc. It appears that, maybe, the inside of the lens has diode substance all over it. Has anyone heard of this occurrence? Tell me it's common? I have 87,000 miles on my Boxster and it's been an amazing,
  3. Boxster '00 S. I pulled into my garage this evening after driving 10 miles and had a puddle of water directly below my coolant reservoir. It was dripping while I watched (as best I could). I filled it to below the max line just this morning. I did so because the coolant showed 1/4 inch below the minimum line. Is there an overflow tube there? Sound like a leak. I replaced that tank 4 years ago. Sheesh
  4. My '00 Boxster S has been great. But now my removable radio face plate lights are acting up. Sometimes they're on and very bright. Then, suddenly they either go dim or just shut down altogether. This is the drop down, pull-off face plate that comes with the standard Boxster/Porsche radio. Any ideas here? It really seems that it must be a connection problem unless there is some sort of relay or switch. Maybe it's defective but my dealer says no one has ever needed just a new face plate. Obviously, when they shut down I can't see the channel, the band, the selector options, or anything. T
  5. Are you saying they broken flush with the engine? Are they still protruding? Also, what kind of room do you have to work in? Is this an engine removal coming up? I removed a sheered head bolt on my other fun car last month, but I had plenty of room to work with. Let me know. thx
  6. I am posting some notes as to my process in removing the rear half axles from my 2000 Boxster S, and replacing the CV Joint “Boots”, both inner and outer. I hope this will be of use to folks, and I want to acknowledge the good assistance from those on this Board who helped along the way: Note: For tools, you will need a large torque wrench. I bought mine from Harbor Freight for $79.00. I’d highly recommend not only that wrench, but a good set of metric wrenches and sockets, a NAPA CV Boot clamp tool, and a good set of snap ring or “circlip” pliers. I'd also suggest a ball joint separator tool
  7. CV Boot Replacement I am posting some notes as to my process in removing the rear half axles from my 2000 Boxster S, and replacing the CV Joint “Boots”, both inner and outer. I hope this will be of use to folks, and I want to acknowledge the good assistance from those on this Board who helped along the way: Note: For tools, you will need a large torque wrench. I bought mine from Harbor Freight for $79.00. I’d highly recommend not only that wrench, but a good set of metric wrenches and sockets, a NAPA CV Boot clamp tool, and a good set of snap ring or “circlip” pliers. I'd als
  8. I am posting some notes as to my process in removing the rear half axles from my 2000 Boxster S, and replacing the CV Joint “Boots”, both inner and outer. I hope this will be of use to folks: Note: For tools, you will need a large torque wrench. I bought mine from Harbor Freight for $79.00. I’d highly recommend not only that wrench, but a good set of metric wrenches and sockets, a NAPA CV Boot clamp tool, and a good set of snap ring or “circlip” pliers. I'd also suggest a ball joint separator tool. I’ll leave it to you, but when you order your new boots and clamps, you might want to order ne
  9. Bentleys doesn't differentiate based on S or non S, rather on the size - Bentleys says: Inner CV joint to output flange M8 29 ft/lb M10 60 ft/lb I'll never understand the physics of it, but 2 more millimeters translates into 31 more foot/lbs?
  10. On a Boxster S, the torque for the hex head bolts at the transmission-driveshaft junction apparently is 60 ft/lbs? Whereas, on the non-S, it's 30 ft/lbs? Any clarification would be appreciated. Also, does anyone know if the "ball cage" that surrounds the ball hub inside the CV joint has a forward and backward face. It appears not to be completely symmetrical. Thanks for all the help.
  11. WOW, it's been a long time since I've been this stumped. I've always had a good manual. Here are 4 quick questions. HELP: a) If I snap/release the two ball joints on one side, then remove the forked control arm link (track arm), will the strut and spring come flying out? In other words, am I safe removing the control arm mechanisms, and track arm and ball joints with the assumption being that the upper bolts holding the strut together in the trunk are all that is needed? No other support is required? I can't quite tell what holds it all in place once I remove the control arms. Any adv
  12. Any good web sites or other information on where to find a Boxster Service Manual? Unless the Bentley one is really detailed, I'd lean toward a factory one. Thx
  13. You are saying the conical part of the ball joint will not fall out of the wheel carrier or that you cannot swing the control arm down and out of the way? If the latter, be sure the radius arm (number 8 in your picture) is disconnected from the lower control arm. It is just a bolt through the bushing. With the bolt out, it will have some room, not a lot, but some to move to allow the arm to go far enough down to clear the wheel carrier. Also the toe adjust arm in the back. If you resort of a pry bar, be careful - steel is way harder than aluminum alloy. OK, Eric, I'm just littl
  14. I'm really down to one last problem--I think. I've snapped/loosened the ball joint on the lower control arm. But it's still impossible to get the ball joint bolt out of the carrier. The control arm, especially with the track arm from the body connected, that long forked arm (see attached), is just as rigid as can be. I've seen an article that talks of using a large crow bar, so I guess that's my next thought unless I'm missing something easy.
  15. Here's what may be my last question. Following the instructions, it seems that if I remove the 8mm hex heads from the transmission side and pull the wheel carrier outward, the axle will fall without support. How do I manage that alone and avoid damaging that delicate end cap?
  16. I'm replacing cracked CV Boots on both sides of my Boxster. I'm a bit stuck here. Do I need to remove the exhaust pipes to get the axles out of the vehicle? '00 Boxster S, MY 2000. Also, do I need to remove the control arm or loosen the bolt in it; or is it enough to remove/crack the control arm ball joint. "Pedro" doesn't mention the exhaust in any fashion, and only shows the ball joints being cracked; but nothing anything else is loosend, other than the main and lower control arm ball joints. http://www.pedrosgarage.com/Site%203/Repla...lf%20Axles.html Any advice? thx
  17. I asked this question under my CV Boot topic, but I thought I'd post it separately since it's just a general question: If I want to raise the Boxster on all four points using jack stands, will stands (the typical metal stands with the upward saddle arm) dent or damage the underside of the car? It doesn't seem that they would fit cleanly near the jack points. Any help or thoughts?
  18. Hey guys, great info. But I've got a related question. If I want to raise the Boxster on all four points using jack stands, won't those stands damage and mar the underside of the car? I don't see how they would fit cleanly near the jack points. Any advice?
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