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    Durham City, UK & Port Grimaud, France
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    PCGB (Porsche Club Great Britain)
  • Present cars
    '04 GT3
  1. Just had the headlight switch out to gain access to the ignition switch. Couple of observations/comments which might help. What isn't mentioned in the DIY is the fact that there are two wiring connections to the switch. The main harness to the rear and a seperate one to item 27 in the drawing, the front bezel. Further back from this part is a plug and socket junction covered in a 'foam' antirattle cover. See below. Also the tape which covered these wires, as you can see in the picture had gone back to nature and was very sticky. Secondly when replacing the side vent, make
  2. Loren - FYI you can remove the key once the battery has been disconnected. I did it and everything was quiet. Thanks again to your wonderful site. How would we survive without it. Creekman - thanks for tip on dropping window. Would never have done that. There is some logic in the seperate alarm battery, as a bad person would be expecting the alarm to go off, and would then be ready to disconnect battery to stop it. When it doesn't maybe he would giveup and retreat, leaving the pride and joy to live another day.
  3. I know the procedure for preventing the seperate battery powered alarm going off if the battery is disconnected. That is insert ignition key and turn to position 1 before disconnecting the battery. I have a question however. If having disconnected the battery using the above procedure - is it necessary to leave the key in position 1, or can the key be withdrawn? The reason I ask is that I intend to do some work on the electrics and this will take me some time, so I don't want to leave the key in the car during this period.
  4. This is to help all those who have removed the seat belt adjuster the wrong way (I did it too, that’s how I know) and couldn’t get the cover back on. Firstly remove the piece that is still attached to the seat belt adjusting mechanism. You do this by levering it off. It is clipped in place with a centering pin into the seat belt fixing bolt. It makes a strange noise but it will come off. I used a proprietry trim removing tool, but a large screwdriver should work. Refer to attached photo You then have a metal piece C, a plastic piece A. You will also have the cover D, that you took off befor
  5. Yes this is an option. A7 was empty, whereas E8 is already fitted with a fuse. Also being a bit of a geek!, I am interested when I see new things - so was as much as anything I was interested in finding out what terminal XE was for.
  6. My car does not have the phone prep wiring harness.
  7. While looking for source of ignition switched 12V I found a spare way (A7)on the fuse box which is designated for seat heaters, which I haven't got, When measuring it it follows the ignition on/off correctly. The only worry I have is the 996 wiring diagram shows this fuse way connecting to Terminal XE and not Terminal 15. Anyone know what terminal XE does?
  8. Normal problem with these discs. The only thing porsche ever got wrong with the cars I have bought (apart from extended warranty conditions, and....). In UK we replace with Alcon discs, and the problem goes away. www.jzmachtec.com
  9. Upnorth

    Wiring diagram

    I have a 2004 model year (delivered June 2003) UK spec GT3. It has the CDR23 cd/radio WITHOUT Bose amplifier ie no MOST wiring. I am in the process of trying to add bluetooth and MP3 facilities but would like to know what the radio wiring loom does. Has anyone a source for the wiring diagrams for my car? I suppose this wiring may be common to other 996/986's with the basic internal amplifier CDR23. Any help appreciated. Mike
  10. A friend is looking at a 2003 Carrera 2. When checking the VIN numbers he noticed that the number that you find under the bonnet (hood) looking thrugh the plastic window appears to have a number obliterated with X's. The other number, that is readable, tallies with the number below the windscreen. This obliteration is very regular and looks factory. Is there a reason to be concerned, or is there a legitimate reason that this has been done. The car was originally sold in Germany, it is now in France but has been through the official Porsche network in France before appearing on a non-franchis
  11. Thanks Loren. Did a search but this post didn't come up.
  12. The glove box handle (996 552 350 01) has broken on my car. Does anyone know whether it is possible to replace this with the glove compartment in the car, or does it need removing before dismantling to fit the new handle?
  13. Would a better description then be with internal amplifier - with driver without internal amplifer - without driver
  14. In the Tequipment online parts catalogue, there are two versions of the CDR23 radio. The descriptions state:- 996.645.128.95 radio CDR-23 with driver 996.645.129.07 radio CDR-23 without driver Does anyone know what 'driver' is? I assume it is not the idiot behind the wheel!
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