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  • Present cars
    2002 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet
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    03 Boxster

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  1. Hello all Yesterday I was closing the top on my 2002 C4 Cab and the rocker switch to open and close the top went into the dash! I tried to pull it back out but was unsuccessful. Is this something I can fix myself? If so can anyone point me to in the right direction if not what will it cost to fix. Thank you in advance for your input. Richard
  2. Dan Thanks for your concern. I am the third owner of this vehicle. Back in February my coolant expansion tank sprung a leak. Since then I have not noticed any puddles on the garage floor. I also drive teh car in the winter in northern NJ. We use quite a bit of salt on the roads. Todd I will PM you. Richard
  3. Hello all When I was changing the rear brakes on my 2002 996 C4 Cab, I noticed some rust on a sliver part (see photos) on the driver side. My first question is what is this part and my second question is should I be concerned? As always your input is greatly appreciated. Richard
  4. Hi I am posting an update on my engine rebuild. After 11 long weeks I finally picked up my car last Thursday. It now has a completely rebuilt engine with re-bored cylinders, JE Pistons, and a long list of other improvements. Mike and the team at PowerTech did an amazing job. I want to thank them for being patient and taking the time to explain thoroughly every step of the process. I am breaking in the engine for the next 1500 miles. Cheers Richard
  5. Hello all I would like the expert opinion of the members of this forum. I have a 2002 996 C4 Cab with 70k miles on it. Back in June 2009, I noticed that the car was consuming more oil than is usual, about 400miles per quart, and black soot was accumulating on the left tail pipe. At the time it had about 60K miles. I brought it in to an independent shop where they did a leak down test and bore scoped the cylinders. The result was mixed. Neither the sleeves nor the pistons were cracked but the pistons rings were shot on cylinder 4 & 6. The recommendation was a complete top end rebuild. I decided to wait and see if the situation worsened. Over the past couple of months the oil consumption has gotten worse; it is now around 300 miles per quart. So I called the shop for an estimate on the rebuild and they came back with $8900. The parts are about $3600 so that means labor is $6300. I would like to know from the members here if that number sounds accurate and if anyone here knows of another independent shop in NJ where I can get a second opinion. Also if anyone here has had this kind of work done what was their experience? Did they feel it was worth it? Thank you in advance. I truly appreciate and value your input.
  6. Did you look into Powertech in Rockaway? They did my clutch and RMS for about $1800. They were very open and answered all my questions.
  7. Hi all I need to have my coolant expansion tank replaced. Coolant started leaking from the left tailpipe the other day. At first I thought I had blown a head gasket but when I took a closer look I saw it was the coolant tank. Anyway I am gathering quotes and would like to ask the members of this forum if they have had experience with this replacement. Labor and parts. As always thank you for the replies.
  8. I brought the car into the shop last weekend for the 60K service. I also asked to look into the high oil consumption (1qt/400miles). Well I'm picking up my car from the shop tomorrow. The diagnosis is bad piston rings on cylinder 6. The recommendation is an engine rebuild. For now they say the cylinder sleeves are not damaged and I can keep driving the car, I just need to keep adding oil. I'm really bummed out. I know that a million things could have caused the piston rings to go bad but for future reference, short of doing a borescope prior to buying, what steps could I have taken before buying to foresee this problem? I bought the car used with 52k miles. Also what questions should I ask the shop before dropping another $4k-$8K into this vehicle? I'm not wealthy and money is an issue. This car is my daily driver and I have no other car. So if I do not rebuild it, then it will be bye-bye porsche for quite a long time before I convince my wife again. I truly love driving the car. Has anyone in this community rebuilt their engine and what was your experience. The advice from the community would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Richard
  9. Thanks for asking! Still working on it, but it is slow. With every tweek, the dealer needs to do an official oil check, which means drop the car off for a day while it cools, pick it up, arrange my schedule so that I can return at 600 miles, then leave it a day so it cools to recheck, then the service manager calls the regional Porsche rep. etc etc. My history mimics yours--consumption went up after my first winter with the car, and has stayed at the high level. When it warms a little around here I really want to try 5W 50 Castrol (can't get 5W 50 Mobil). Hey Jon Did you ever resolve this issue? It seems that I might be experiencing the same thing in the same bank of my 02 996C4. Before I bring it to the tech I would like to have an idea of what is going on. Thanks Richard
  10. Hello Helmslaw I would definitely be interested in a DIY (with lots of pics :) ). I too have an iPhone 3G and the CDR-220. How long did it take you and was there any soldering involved? Richard
  11. Heloo All My apologies for the bump, but I wanted to update the group on me clutch replacement. I went with an indie shop (too cold outside for a DIY) near where I live. PowerTech :thumbup: in Rockaway NJ. Great shop! They quoted me 6.5 hours for labor and put in a Sachs Peformance clutch and flywheel. The parts were at or near cost and the service was fast. I am very happy with their work and would highly recommend them to anyone.
  12. Thanks Foster. I'll keep an eye out for it. There are only two reasons holding me back from doing it myself. My garage is not heated and it's **** cold out there. And I forget what the second reason is...Anyway, I started calling around indie shops and so far I've got a quote for 10hr of labor. that's a little more reasonable but still a bit high. SA321 - I guess dealers are little more honest on the other side of the pond.
  13. All Thanks for all the responses. You guys are tempting me to do it myself. The only clutch job I did was on my first car, a 1974 Datsun B210. Considering i'm a mechanically inclined novice, on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the hardest) how difficult is it to change the clutch?
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