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  1. I don't like it either for all the reasons you just mentioned, but my garage has got no electricity and last time I've seen the sun was last autumn. I like the heated washer jet idea, that should work. Many thanks.
  2. Gents I've got a MJ2000 996 and intend to fit a Battery Brain device which automatically disconnects the battery when the voltage drops below a certain level. The little box sits on the battery but also needs to be connected to switched power so it does not disconnect the battery whilst the car is running. Does anybody know if there is a switched power cable that I can tap into somewhere in the boot (trunk), ideally near the battery? I had look at the wiring diagram of the amplifier which lives up there, but it only seems to have permament power and and a control signal that tells it when the radio is turned on. Many thanks Uwe
  3. You should change it wherever you live. The issue is not so much the oil weight but the HTHS (high temperature high shear) viscosity. I've explained it here.
  4. As you said, replacing the springs is just a general precaution that practically all brake manufacturers recommend. The bolts are not torque-to-yield, so they don't lose any of their strength when re-used. The reason Porsche recommend changing them is that they have some protective coating that wears off once you've installed them. It's not a bad idea to change them, particularly if you live in a corrosive environment, e.g. close to the sea. I have seen bolts strip the thread out of wheel carriers a couple of times, particularly with the new bolts that are slightly longer than the old ones and stick out the wheel carrier a little bit. That said, most workshops would not delay repairs just because they haven't got new bolts available. :rolleyes: Cheers, Uwe
  5. That's absolutely correct. People don't seem to understand the difference between bleeding the brakes (if there is air in the system) and merely changing the brake fluid. The manual states two different procedures and not even the workshop in the factory in Stuttgart runs the PSM booster pump when they just routinely change the brake fluid. Cheers Uwe
  6. I can say with reasonable authority that it is a German word. :beer: Cheers, Uwe
  7. Hi, Amongst other things, they changed the side members, seat moulds and roof frame from MY2001 to MY2002, which increased the stiffness of the chassis by 25% for the coupe and 10% for the cab. They also fitted an extra tube to make the chassis stiffer against side impacts. I've attached the text of the Technical Service Information. It's in German, unfortunately I haven't got a copy of the English version. Cheers, Uwe Rohbau Umfangreiche Verstärkungsmaßnahmen im Schweller-, Dachrahmen-, und Sitzmuldenbereich steigern die Biegeund Torsionssteifigkeit nochmals um 25% bei den Coupe-Fahrzeugen und um 10 % beim Cabriolet. Neben den Kotflügeln, die vom 911 Turbo übernommen wurden ist der Rohbau durch die Modellpflegemaßnahmen in verschiedenen Bereichen geändert. Die B-Säule wurde zur Aufnahme des neuen Gurtstraffers und Gurtkraftbegrenzers überarbeitet. Im Tunnel- und Sitzmuldenbereich ist zur Querverstärkung ein zusätzliches Rohr mit Seitenabstützung verbaut. Im Tunnelbereich wurden Änderungen zur Aufnahme des neuen (Tiptronic S) Getriebes durchgeführt. Damit entspricht die karosserieseitige Aufnahme der Getriebelagerung der des 911 Turbo. Im seitlichem Dachrahmen ist ebenfalls ein Verstärkungsrohr verbaut.
  8. Hi, The problem I see is that at least in the UK insurance contracts are contracts of "uberrimae fidei" or utmost good faith and a failure to disclose material information could allow the insurance underwriter to avoid the contract. The question is simply whether the prior loss of keys would constitute material information that should have been disclosed to the underwriter. At the end of the day that would be a question of fact, but I wouldn't take my chances. Cheers, Uwe
  9. Hi Mike, As far as I understand only Porsche Centres can reprogram the transmitter, because you need a key learning code from the Porsche IPAS system. But from a legal point of view I'd make sure that I'd disclose to my insurance company in writing and with written acknowledgement that all the spare keys have been lost by the previous owner. Otherwise you might well have a major problem is ever the car got stolen. Each transmitter (within your set of three keys) has a unique code, and if a key is lost or stolen, this unique code can be deleted from the system so it can no longer be used to start the car. Regards, Uwe
  10. Unfortunately yes. Also, it's very hard to reassemble it without introducing any rattles. Cheers Uwe
  11. Absolutely! Porsche approved air comes only from selected Swiss mountain resorts and has undergone a number of stringent performance tests. Seriously, of course any decent screen wash will do. However, when I worked at Mercedes-Benz, we did have some problems with customers using low-quality screen wash and even more so with chemical de-icer that you spray onto your windscreen. Customers used to complain about wipers streaking or making noises, even when recently replaced. Some of that was due to the screen wash. It has to be said, however, that the single-arm Mercedes wipers were particularly prone to streaking. Also, some of the chemical de-icer stuff is quite vicious and can make window seals deteriorate more quickly. Cheers, Uwe
  12. The answer is no. Some years ago there was an article in the Autotechnische Zeitschrift, where Porsche explained the workings of PSM. As far as I remember PSM mainly kicks in if the system thinks that the slip angle at any wheel exceeds 8 degrees. There are systems around that let you choose when PSM kicks in by providing two alternative mappings. IMHO not a bad idea. Incidentally, Horst von Saurma, who holds most of the Nurburgring lap records in Porsches, told me that on an 8-minute lap the difference between PSM on and off is only about 5 seconds. Cheers Uwe
  13. Exactly. Maybe you should call them up and let them benefit from your knowledge. Cheers, Uwe
  14. Exactly. It's likely to be just the hydraulic tappets, nothing to worry about. Basically when you stop the engine, some of the valves are in an "open" position. The resulting force presses the oil out of the hydraulic tappets and it takes a few seconds for them to refill when the engine gets started again. Cheers Uwe
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