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  1. How sad... now I'm getting phishing scam emails from them. :(
  2. Grats on that fine machine! I have not found a good way to do an aftermarket system that's as good as the Bose option, although you can do one big thing. The plus option has enough sound, it's just missing the bass punch. You can install rear speakers with a subwoofer and an amp that powers on with the radio.
  3. Argh, I have a lot of rodents at my place, often in my garage. My alarm has gone off more than once when it senses them scurrying about. I guess I'll have to pull out the box of live traps. Side story: my wife put the cat in the garage to find the mice, so of course he found that a boxster top is the best cat hammock ever made.
  4. http://www.zeintec.com/ They are liquidating. On a somewhat related note, spammers got hold of my email from them, too.
  5. $160 to tow 31 miles $65 for the mechanic to open it up, check the marks were in place, rotate the engine, and start it up! All in all, an expensive oil change, but not actually much more than the dealer would charge :D :clapping: (thanks RFM, JFP, all)
  6. There's absolutely nothing you can say to make me feel stupider :P I actually saw a similar bolt about that size and in a similar location, referenced in something else I happened to read recently. I had my 8mm hex handy, I just got confused on a different procedure and as I said, as soon as I got horizontal I made a dumb decision -- which probably isn't the first time, nudge nudge wink wink ;)
  7. That's what I'm doing. Not going to risk a 50% chance of a $4k rebuild on a $500 bet (towing + service). Thought my odds would be much better, so I'm very glad you responded. Thanks again.
  8. With your 50% pooch estimate, here's my plan. Maybe you can poke holes in it. I'm going to remove the plugs, jack up one rear tire (chock front tires), and rotate the free tire with it in gear to see if there's any engine impact. That will turn the engine by hand, which presumably would not damage the valves if the timing was off. If it impacts, I have a shop that'll reset the timing chains for about $350 (plus towing). If it doesn't impact, I'll put the plugs back in and attempt to start it.
  9. Thanks for your help, JFP. I've seen your posts before, and was hoping you, Loren, or Toolpants would comment.
  10. It does look like a timing chain tensioner bolt (although at a different angle from what I've seen on pictures at pelican parts), so I guess the oil that drained from it would just be engine oil, which I changed. But apparently, that's the least of my worries. If it didn't jump timing, sounds like it should be fine. If it did, then I screwed the pooch and will have to replace my soon-to-be-bent valves. Any good way to check this without taking apart the engine? Can the PIWIS tell without starting the engine?
  11. If it adds any info, that bolt had a spring on it (which is when I did that wtf moment) but it was cool enough to remove but too hot to screw back in. It was designed to be bled. It doesnt seem like the tranny drain, though, since that is supposed to be on the bottom of the tranny pan.
  12. A little help requested :) 20k maint, changing oil... something I've done a hundred times on other vehicles: A few months ago I had read how to change the oil, where the plug was, and what I needed. I dropped by the porsche dealer and got the filter insert, the O ring, and a compression fitting for the bolt. Couldn't find an oil filter wrench to fit, but I figure I can do that later (hopefully, it's easy to change the oil filter without too much issue without draining the oil). The issue: The moment I got underneath the car, all the blood must've drained out of my brain, and I loosened the "WTF bolt" and lost some fluid. What is it, and where do I need to refill it, and with what? Pic taken near driver rear wheel
  13. wow, I better get mine changed then.... Porsche dealer told me every 15k.
  14. D'oh. They are smaller. 235/50 ZR17 N1. It was about $240 per tire, + ~$15 for mounting/balance/warranty/etc, +tax. They quoted you over $600 each? :o
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