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  1. UPDATE: Got the new tube the other day. Asked the mechanic what could have caused it to fail, and he told me oil could cause a tube to swell and give up. So I cleaned the oil filler tube and now I find traces of fresh oil on it. So that seems to be the culprit. I also noticed the new tube is curved (L-shaped) in a way so that it does not go directly below the oil filler tube anymore. Changing out the AOS, oil filler tube, all the coolant tubes (they are short) and the coolant tank while I'm in there. Should sort this out. Atle
  2. coolant mixed with oil does hint at an AOS issue. Quick check: with your engine on, remove the oil filler cap and feel for suction with your palm. Or for a more convincing check, see the throttle-body for any oil deposit. I faced a similar situation of collant overflowing a while back. It was quite likely an issue with just the reservoir cap. The old version apparently has a known issue and if you are still running with that, might be a good idea to switch, My AoS also needed a replacement about then but I dont think that had anything to do with the coolant overflow. Hi, thanks for yo
  3. Ordered the part, but conserned that this was just a symptom - can't really see what would cause the tube to melt. Perhaps it's the hot water rushing out from the tube that made it look like it had been melted? I also noticed that the oil filler tube is very drity. Lite it has been sweating oil. Is this normal, or should I suspect a failed AOS causing a vacuum in the tube? Thanks. Atle
  4. I am considering trying the hack on a p-car with Litronics - does it work in the same way? Works the same on Litronics. A note to everyone doing this though, is that this hack is only for the front lights - so remember to turn the lights on at night. :) Here in Norway, and most of Europe, the normal configuration is that both front and rear lights turn on when starting the engine (and even innstrument lights, etc. We're not used to operate a light switch at all.) Atle
  5. Hi. I believe I was the first to do this conversion on a pre-2000. Found out, like you did, I could not use the old B-pillar setup and pretty much went through what you did - so I totally feel you. :) Just wanted to add that I used a SmartTop relay as well, and had to cut an extra wire that Maurice did not need to touche. I believe the symptoms I had was that the windows did not drop. Maurice documented this in his excellent writeup, so check if that could be what is causing this. ps! I did not have to adjust anything other than pulling the frame a bit more forward, so you might want to try
  6. Ok, confident the leak was near the connections to the tank I filled up the expansion tank and started the engine. Coolant started squirting out from the tube that goes to the oil cooler. It has a dent in it, and it actually looks like it melted. Can't believe I missed that last night. Any ideas as to what could have caused this? A.
  7. Thanks for your advice. I'm guessing the tank is the original one. It is an .04 revision stamped 99. Sounds like a good idea to replace it. I was contemplating the nipple bypass just because I would love to get it fixed this weekend. :) But I'm not even sure that's the problem - it there a way to tell other than pressure testing it? Or any experiences that helps to point in this direction? Atle 99 Boxster w/996 Turbo front end conversion, 03+ rear w/PDC, 03 roof w/glass window, ++++++++++(!)
  8. Hi, drow my 99 2.5 Manual on the freeway the other day. Temperature light started to flash, but temperature was normal. After a few km I pulled off the freeway and drove to a gas station. Temperature started climbing, and when I stopped the car smoke was flowing out from the engine compartment. Let it sit a little while with the heat on full to try to cool it down, then limped the short trip home. Starting to drive the temperature went down to 180 again. When home it was dripping coolant all over. Inspected it today. Coolant expansion tank is empty. I suspected it had failed, so I pulled t
  9. Congrats! Looks great! This is high on my list of things I would love to do but keep putting off because it looks very involving. Success (in the end) stories like this is giving me some more confidence though. B) Atle
  10. There is no difference between the 986 and 996 in this regard. Only model year differences, and w/wo nav. On my 99 the setter worked as advertised - centered the cage both horizontal, vertical and to the correct depth. Made the whole process very easy. This was for a Kenwood HU. I did have to bend out a lot of taps on the cage to get it to secure to the frame, though. Using the plastic bars is probably a good idea even when using the setter. Atle
  11. Did you check the alarm horn? :) http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?s...amp;#entry58228 A.
  12. Try locking it and disconnecting the radar detector. Locking the car should bring it into a power saving state. Does your alarm horn work? The alarm horn, located by the battery, has a constant current to it and are know to go bad and drain batteries... A.
  13. 99 2.5 5sp My oil filler tube looks like this as well. Covered in oil and dirt. Is this normal, or a sign of a leak? Is the oil filler tube a DIY? Atle
  14. The '03+ cars are probably more reliable than Chris' '00 as well.. ? A.
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