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Everything posted by Jsonorous

  1. Hi, I have a 2007 997 Base Carrera manual, 42K, well maintained. When turning left (and only left) a good amount, there is a high pitched squeal or long squeak (kind of like rubbing your finger on the rim of a wine glass) both turning in and when the wheel returns to center. If you do a slight turn to the left or anywhere to the right it doesn't do it. I brought the car to the Porsche shop, and after a long day of driving in warmish weather it wouldn't do it for the tech. I did have all 4 corners of the brakes changed in the last 500 miles (rotors and pads). Any ideas? Thanks, Jason
  2. I had my rear wheel Carerra III (18x10) fixed after a minor curb rash. They fixed the rash and repainted the wheel. The wheel is a lighter silver than the other wheels, just a little but it is noticeable. Does anyone have the paint codes for these wheels? I did a search and couldn't get a clear answer.
  3. Here is what I've found out so far: H&R springs from tire rack are $312 (part number 28938.1) I've gotten two quotes from dealerships, one was $1,059.20 and one was $1,200 (install springs and alignment) The independent shops have bee around $600 to install the springs and $200 for alignment. Also from my research it sounds there is a special tool for the PASM shocks needed for the spring install.
  4. Hi, I have a 2011 Cayenne S with PASM and steel spring suspension. I am considering lowering the car with the H&R lowering spring set, which says it will lower the car 1.2". I can get the springs for a little over $300. My questions are: How much should I expect for labor (install springs and alignment)? Can I go to the dealership to get this done? Will I be voiding part or all of my warranty? Will the lowering put potentially too much stress on the PASM shocks? I'm considering doing this primarily for aesthetic reasons, although I do think lowering the center of gravity a little bit will help handling (it already handles very well). It will probably never see off road activity so I'm not concerned about losing clearance. Thanks, Jason
  5. There is no resistance, it just slips back and forth. I've been leaving the car unlocked and when it "needs" to be locked I will lock the passenger side (which locks the whole car) and open the car by unlocking the passenger side and reaching across and opening from the inside. This week it is supposed to "heat up" (Minneapolis) and be in the 30's so I'll have a go at taking off the door card and doing some research inside the door. Thanks everyone for the help so far!
  6. I used my Durametric and got a code 60. 60 Central Locking Limit Position Lock not reached Status: not present Frequency counter 3 It looks like I need part number 996 537 963 02, right around $300. It says that it is: support with lock cylinder (that is the mini oar piece right?). Does that mean I have to re-key my car? Any help or insight is appreciated! Thanks, Jason
  7. Any idea what part number I am going to need? Easy fix or dealership visit? Thanks.
  8. Hi, It seems like my power door lock mechanism went out yesterday. When I went to open the driver's side door, there was no resistance when turning either way, it turned 1/4 way each way with no resistance - it felt like it wasn't grabbing anything, just slipping back and forth. I was able to open the car by opening the passenger side door and opening the driver's side door from the inside. When I did get inside, the lock light on the dash was on. The car is a '99 2.5 US 5 spd 986 with no remote key entry, just standard "power" locks. I did a search on the forum and didn't find anything. I did find instructions on how to remove the door card, so I think I can get at "it" I just don't know what "it" is. I haven't used my Durametric yet to see if there are any codes, I'll have a chance to do that tomorrow afternoon. Any ideas what might have happened and what part(s) I need? Thanks for the help. -Jason
  9. Got it! The top goes up and down perfectly, the latch is just missing the windscreen. I pulled the fame back as far as it would go and pulled up just a little, this allowed enough clearance for the latch to clear the windscreen and lay properly in center of the storage box. (on top of the storage box). I also gave the plastic balls one more turn (so the arm is longer) and that puts the top in the perfect position to latch effortlessly. The windows seal well when they are up all the way. The Smarttop relay is really the icing on the cake. It is a treat to use the one touch feature for opening and closing the top. I have been carefully watching the process and I am now confident that everything is aligned and functioning properly. I do think I am going to remove the Smarttop relay when I put the hard top on this winter. Thanks again to Maurice for the assistance! Best, Jason
  10. I am so close!!! The adjustment of the plastic ball joints worked well - the latch grabs correctly. I turned them 2 times first, it was still just a little shy. I then turned them two more times, for a total of 4 turns, and the latch grabbed perfectly but the windows didn't drop the 2-4" like they should as the top went up or down. Ugh, nothing good comes easy, or something like that right? I turned the plastic balls back one turn, so they are now three full turns. The latch still grabs well, but no window drop. I wiggled the top relay and the blue relay next to it, it started to work again. Any idea what was happening? The latch still just taps the windstop on the way down. I did pop off the plastic balls, loosen the three screws that hold the fame and pull it as far back as I could get it to go by myself. I'm guessing it needs to move back just a little more. I don't know what I am going to do with myself when I have this perfect, and it is going to be perfect! I'll probably find some more trouble, I mean mods/hacks I can do... Thanks, Jason
  11. Hi, If you crawl between the roll bars, open up the vinyl apron in the back, you'll see the motor in the center under the clamshell. There are two brass clips that pull up on either side, these hold the cables into the motor, I used a screwdriver to pry them out. Remove both of these clips and pull the cables out. With a cordless drill, low torque, stick the ends of the cable in the drill and slowly turn until the top moves or you hear a snap, if you hear the snap, reverse the drill, you are going the wrong way. The top and clamshell should slowly open up. Reverse the direction of the drill and repeat with the other side, slowly bring each side up (or down) until you can get at things. I've had to do this repeatedly in the last couple of weeks, it works great. Here is a link to Maurice's detailed description of the process, http://sites.google.com/site/mikefocke2/top-half-closed. Good Luck, Jason
  12. One addendum... after multiple adjustments, I can't get the latch on the front of the top to easily "grab" the center section of the windshield. All I had to do on the old top was pull the handle down and the hook grabbed the frame tight and closed tight. The new top is just shy of grabbing (1-3 millimeters), so if I push the hook into the hole on the windshield it will grab, but it slips out if I just try to close the handle. Any ideas on this fine adjustment? Thanks, Jason
  13. It's working! I was able to put the '03 top on and do the "B" style conversion along with the electrical modifications! It was not without some difficulty... I had to buy the 3 pin connector from a dismantler, it took a week to receive the part. When I did receive the box from the dismantler, I was disappointed to see that they sent me the connector that goes on the motor (larger 4 pin). After I sent them photos of the part and where it is on the driver's side transmission, they sent me the right 3 pin connector with about a foot of wire. This set me back a full week but luckily the top was closed so I could drive the car. This weekend I started the project, I had gathered all the parts I needed. I first tried to change out the new "B" style transmissions with the new top in the car, it became apparent that I needed to remove the top again. No problem, I removed the top. I removed the old transmission and the old shorter "A" style mounting studs. When I was installing the new "B" style mounting studs, I broke one of the bolts off in the socket. At first I wasn't sure what I was going to do, I considered just going with two bolts. I googled "broken screw" and I found out about screw extractors, off to Home Depot I went. I bought a drill bit and a screw extractor, and without too much hassle I got the end of the bolt out of the body of the car. Luckily, my Porsche dealership had an extra mounting stud that I picked up the next morning. I finished the drivers side transmission installation and moved on the the passengers side, when installing the transmission and torquing the bolt to 16 lb/ft that attaches the transmission to the stud, I broke another stud. This time it wasn't broken off in the body of the car like last time so it was easier to get out. The dealership was closed at this point, so I ended up using one of the "A" style mounting studs and adding seven 1/4" washers to make it the size of the "B" style studs - it worked. I guess I'm trying to caution anyone from being too rough on the mounting studs, they are somewhat fragile. I am a recording engineer by trade, so the wiring was pretty easy. The only anomaly I found from Maurice's excellent instructions was that I only had one brown with grey stripe wire going to 19 on the relay, it worked fine. (this is on the rear of the relay tray) After putting everything together including the new B relay with a square instead of a triangle, the time of reckoning had come. I got everything ready, the top moved back about 6 inches and froze, I couldn't get it to move at all! After some deep breaths, I got back at it. It worked for a little bit, so I knew that the wiring job was probably good. I had purchased to Smarttop relay, so I thought I would give that a try - it worked! The used relay I had bought from Oklahoma Foreign was broken! I did have to take the relay tray out again and snip the brown wire with blue stripe (pin 14 on the relay) from the rear of the tray to get the idiot light to work properly. So after a number of obstacles, I was able to get the top to work. I don't know if I would have taken the job on if I knew that it was going to be this laborious, but I am very pleased with the new top with glass rear window, new transmission and the Smarttop relay. SIncere thanks to Maurice for the well written instruction and the coaching/help along the journey! Here is my car with the new top. (Mississippi river in the background) ...
  14. I'm slowly gathering everything I need for the full conversion. It looks like the only tricky piece is going to be that 3 wire connector to the transmission for the microswitches. I'll be calling the fellow I got the top from as well as dismantlers, I'm sure with a little determination I'll be able to source it. This whole project has been an exercise of determination and patience, I do see the end in sight at this point. I needed someone to slow me down and suggest I finish the project with the OEM B style relay before I install the smart top, thanks. One more variable isn't going to help matters. I was able to source a relay at a reasonable cost (around $40 shipped). The Smarttop relay has been something I've been intrigued by since I first saw it. I'll report back as things progress. Thanks! Jason
  15. Thanks Maurice! I did stop by the parts department at the Porsche dealership today, they had the mounting stud that I needed (986.561.789.01). They unfortunately did not have either the spade or the three pin connector. Any idea where I can source these parts? For the spade I was thinking of either going to an auto parts store or an electronics supply company, but I can't think of where to get the connector. I did show the parts manager the connector and we went through 3 brief cases full of connectors to no avail. I'm thinking that worse case I will just take the existing connector and splice wires to the transmission (I did check that it will fit in the new B style transmission). Do you know if I just need to solder or crimp the wire in that existing unused hole on the 3 pin connector? I did order a Smarttop relay today. After ordering it I did notice that the top needs to be in the open position before installing it. Do you know if the old A style relay will work to get the top in the open position so I can install the Smarttop relay, or do I need to order a B style relay, close the top and then install the Smarttop relay? Best, Jason
  16. I had an A HA moment today as I was working on the glass window '03 top and frame that I have put on my '99 Boxster. I have read as much as I can about the subject, and I thought it was possible to use the older "A" style transmission, but I don't believe that you can use the 03/04 glass windowed top on a 97-99 car with the older transmission. The problem lies with the micro switch in the b pillar. I couldn't understand how it worked because I was looking at it on the new 4 bow frame, nothing touches the switch itself. I pulled the old frame out and looked where the b pillar switch was located, there is a bar that actually hits the switch (it is labeled 986 561 347 00 MOM) and it is absent in the 4 bow (OEM 03/04 glass window top and frame). Nothing in the new style frame touches the b pillar micro switch. From what I have found installing a 03/04 frame and top, it will not work on a 97-99 car without installing the newer "B" style transmission. Here are some photos: This is a photo of the new frame with the top up, nothing touches the switch This is the bar that triggers the switch in the 3 bow frame (photo is upside down from the first photo) This is a side view of the bar, part number 986 561 347 00 MOM (I did just see your reply Maurice, you are correct! Thanks for sticking with me. I am going to order the rest of the parts I need to do the full conversion tomorrow. I kind of looked at this as a puzzle or a mystery, which made it fun, not maddening. Without your instructions I would never have gotten this far and I wouldn't have been able to diagnose what the problem was)
  17. I used the drill method one more time to open the clam shell to service mode. I then loosened the 3 bolts and closed the top (latched it tight), I then tightened the 3 bolts. This time I did try to lower the top to down position, it was a tight fit but it did close after a little bit of back and forth with the dash switch. I tried to close the top again and catch it before the mechanism seized, but no luck. I was trying to watch the clam shell close and stop right at that moment, when I did get to that point, the top lurched back just a little bit (1" or so) and the motor stopped working again. I'm guessing at this point that the top itself needs further adjustment and I can't seem to figure out how the b pillar switch is supposed to do anything. The switch doesn't seem to bump (activate) into any part of the frame going up or down, I'm not understanding how it works. The good news is that when I was digging around the hardware that came with the top (the car was turned into a spec racer right off the showroom floor and all of the convertible parts were removed), I did find 5 of the mounting studs that I need for the new B style transmissions, so I only need one. I'm still hoping to make it work with the old motor and transmission, but I will probably order the missing mounting stud and since I need a new relay, I'm probably going to buy the Smarttop relay that opens and closes the top with a single touch (I've already done the mod on the relay so I can open and close the car while moving under 25 mph). Jason
  18. I was able to get the clam shell up in service mode using the drill method. I hooked everything back up, moved the top about half way down and then decided to try the "up" or closed position again. The same thing happened, I tried to catch the motor before it went too far, but once it gets to a point it will not respond. I am going to use the drill method again and this time try adjusting the 3 mounting screws on the base of the frame, it does seem like the new frame is just a little bit farther back than the old frame. I did try to see if I could get the top light on the dashboard to turn off by triggering both switches at different times, and I couldn't get the dashboard light to go off. Which switch turns off the dashboard light? My question is: which switch controls when the motor will stop running (old style A transmission), the b pillar switch or the switch on the motor under the clam shell? Any other ideas why the assembly seems to be going too far? Thanks, Jason
  19. Thanks Maurice! I did find the page on Mike's site where you talk about using the drill on low torque to gradually open the top, http://sites.google.com/site/mikefocke2/top-half-closed. My guess is that I did go too far and the cables pretzelized (tangled). The clamshell ends (nearest the door) are down 2-3 millimeters lower than they are normally, it almost looks like the whole mechanism cranked up as far as it would go and seized. The motor does seem to respond as there is a slight dimming of the lights when it is engaged. Luckily the car is drivable for the short term, and I can admire the glass window top until Saturday when I'll have a chance to use the drill method to open up the works. I'll report back with my findings. I'm grateful for the help! Jason
  20. I recently found a take off '03 top for my '99 2.5 Boxster (US). The top is in like new condition and it also came with the new transmissions (left and right), motor and cabling. He did not send mounting studs or the b type relay. Thanks to Maurice's very thorough instructions on Mike Focke's website, I was able to change the top without much problem. I did leave the A type transmission intact since I didn't have all the parts and it was working well before the swap. I did put the B pillar micro switch in the new frame and the other switch remained on top of the motor. After I completed the installation, I put the top up. At the very end of the cycle (I'm used to the motor running for a second or two, shutting off and dash light going out) it started to hesitate, it seemed like it went father than it usually does. The clam shell looks like it closed a little bit father than it usually does. The top seems to be locked in the closed position. When I hit the convertible top switch, I hear the motor briefly and quietly engage but there is no movement. I haven't played with it much in fear of the motor burning out. I did neglect to put the tension ropes back on before I closed the top. The windows operate as normal when opening and closing the doors. The windows also go down their 2-4" when the top latch is opened. I just can't get the top to go down. Any ideas on how to proceed from here? Anything obvious that I might have missed? Thanks a lot for you help! -Jason Orris '99 2.5 Boxster (arctic silver/boxster red, 52K, US)
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