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    2001 boxster
    2008 Accord coupe
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    Not sure at all.
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    Austin-Healey 3000 1961, Suberu-1973 and 1975, 3 VW Golfs in the 80's, 2 Fiats in 90's, 2 honda's late 90's, 91 Acura legend, present 2000 Acura RL
  1. I've been doing my own work too. Last year I bought a cool app for my cellphone called DashCommand that is a OB2 code reader. Only $10, plus another $30 for a wi-fi port sender. I had a thread on the particular codes I was getting. Ended up fixing it free by cleaning the MAF sensor and harness connection.
  2. Go up to your user name and click on it, then managed followed contents, your probably following that thread.
  3. On mine, you set the digital display to 80 degrees or a cold setting. Hit auto and it does it itself. Or choose manual and pick a temp, set up or down on the fan speed. I understand the OEM pump is a plastic propeller for an important reason. So if it does wear out and starts wiggling, the propeller wears rather than the engine case. I got mine from Sunset Porsche for around $250 plus gasket. Your welcome for the video ttocs, pretty slick machine. After buying the brake power bleeder and seeing how easy it made the flushing process so easy. My brother told me about this device.
  4. If you turn the heater on, do you get heat ? If not, then I doubt your circulating coolant. Pedro's Garage has something in his forums where he does a trick by elevating the rear of the car and getting the air bubble to come out. Might want to give that site a look before draining the system again. Did you use a OEM pump ? Because it has to spin right ? Or did it break because it hit the engine right away.
  5. I certainly bow to your knowledge of these cars, but after talking with Pedro, I went this way. But you're absolutely correct. It would be better to do as you say. I have an OEM pump ready to go. Just being lazy.
  6. When I bought my first and only used 01 Porsche Boxster, I called several Porsche dealers and asked to speak to the service manager. Some are good, some are not. But on first try, I found a very good one. He told me what to listen, look and pay special attention to. ( like the convertible roof going up in equal amounts, very expensive repair. ) If you're going to do ANY repairs at a dealer, it's exceedingly expensive. Oil leaks in certain areas can be deadly and others repairable. ( I study these forums, and then go to an indie mech. were I direct him, what to do. He has a lift, I don't. I also pay him extra so I can be a picky pain in the ***. ) But I am a mechanically minded, just to old. Read about the IMS bearing failures and figure out if you want to live with that threat to the engine. I have, and so far, so good. If there are any codes like Check Engine, a ob2 code reader is cheap app on a smart phone, but again, you need to know how to approach it. This forum is invaluable for those codes and what they might mean. I had a code last year and Loren gave me ideas to chase, and I fixed it with just a spray cleaner on the MAS harness connection. Cost nothing. Service history is important in my opinion because being a steam turbine tech, ( master welder ) in power plants for 30 years, I believe in preventable maintenance. Finally, it's a gamble for sure. If you have a bad feeling, walk away. Maintenance at Porsche is crazy costly. Crazy ! But man, what a car. I love it, even as old as it is. It still runs like a new car. Perfect. If it died tomorrow, I wouldn't *****. I'm 59 and I sold my 1961 Austin Healey 3000 when I got married in 77, and always missed that open car, go-cart, feeling. So this has been my replacement and not regretting it. Hope this helps.
  7. Just buy the one that fits your year and model. Again the power bleeder is incredibly easy.
  8. That being said, and yes, every year clean out that area, mine typically runs in that area on the gauge. Still on my original pump and coolant at 63k, and a 2001. (per Pedro's garage not to mess with the pump.)
  9. Yes if the missing parts of the propeller are now clogging the cooling system, particularly in the small engine channels, this could be an issue. Also the famous not correctly refilling the coolant could be it. A vacuum device sold, is a good investment. It sucks all the hoses until they collapse. Then allows the coolant to go into the system with no spaces that prevent circulation. I have one in mine if I ever do the water pump. It's only a $100 clams. It works a lot like the power bleeder when flushing the brake fluid. Just so easy.
  10. Only if you're extremely lucky. If you have a smart phone or iPad, a very cheap app is available called Dash Command. $10 via Apple Store. Then a obd2 to plug into the port. I bought a specific one on Amazon that comunacated with my model phone via wi-fi, not blue tooth. I was having some issues and this proved invaluable for a total of $ 40. It also shows a lot of engine info while running. I just kept clearing the code P1126 and trying different things. Good luck.
  11. Well put everything back together again after spraying the intake system with an alcohol based solvent I have, with the motor running. ( i've used this stuff as a starter fluid ) No uptake in RPM's anywhere. Cleared codes. Sprayed the connector to the MAF sencor with an electrical cleaner that's suppose to enhance connections. ( 2-23) ( did not disconnect battery or MAF ) The next day I took it out for a ride and noticed it ran a little rough. Like when you disconnect the battery and the computer is relearning it's settings. Started running better after a short trip. Later in the day on a much longer trip, I had to think this car is really running well. A little better than usual. So I guess I'll see if they come back and then do the pressure check. And find someone with an automotive smoke machine to look for leaks. Well three weeks have gone by and all is good. No codes and idle is much smoother. So maybe the MAF sensor cleaning did the trick.
  12. Nope just came back on yesterday. But this time the P1133 is also with the P1126. So I'll research that and get back to you all. Ok, cleaned the MAF sensor, but while checking vaccumm lines I noticed the vent hose from the power steering reservoir goes nowhere. Just hanging loose. Is there suppose to be a connection somewhere under trottle body housing ? Well it seems it's just a vent and not connected to anything from my research. I think I'll rig up a smoke test next for the intake system. Try and fine leaks allowing air to come in. Or even using propane to see if idle increases.
  13. Well a month has gone by and no more codes have come up. So I'll assume the injector cleaner has done it's job. So I'll close this discussion. Thanks all.
  14. Thanks for that advice, makes sense. We had it up on the lift recently twice looking for just what you mentioned, nothing. I've been running it for a week now with no code. But also added another Lucas fuels injector cleaner. Also have been adding Lucas's Ethanol treatment since I can't find anything less than 10% alcohol gas.
  15. That's what I thought, but was getting frustrated cause I can't find anything. I've looked from the bottom while on the rack and looked from the top with the access cover off. Also tried new gas, and lucas fuel injection cleaner. Haven't checked fuel pump pressure though. Thanks very much Loren and I'll report back if I do figure it out.
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