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Everything posted by amcleod1

  1. Problem solved by replacing the brake light switch. These forums have always proven extremely useful to help me keep away from dealers or indies and bucks in my pocket. My car (996 C2 MY2000 RHD) began showing ABS/PSM fault lights very intermittently after starting with foot on brake but before moving off. Turning off engine and restarting initially seemed to clear the issue for that drive. Some trips gave no fault lights at all. But progressively it got more frequent for the ABS/PSM fault lights to come on during each trip and at a random brake application. Durametric sh
  2. Congrats from a fellow aussie owner. Had mine now several years. Try the TSB section - you'll need to be a contributing member to view. If you aren't highly recommend you join. Here's a link to one TSB on tyre and wheel sizes for 996. http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?app=downloads&module=display&section=download&do=confirm_download&id=203
  3. Hi, I had similar issue. I replaced AOS and no more smoke. I have video of pre and post AOS change if you want to compare to what you're seeing. PM me your email address and I'll send.
  4. Hi, Does it connect to the vacuum solenoid, the light grey device also shown in the picture. The vacuum solenoid does not seem to have a connector.
  5. Yep - removing the windscreen defroster vents/grills was a challenge but can be done without breakage. They're in there tight. I think the real trick is to know exactly where the lugs and mating clips are on the underside of the vent/grille and then pry them out directly vertical ever so carefully with plastic trim removal tools and lots of protection on your precious leather dash. I was replacing painted with leather trim so was lucky to have the leather replacements handy so I knew where they were. I got them out by working first from the middle prying straight up. When I got
  6. Hi, I've attached the workshop dashboard dismantle/remove/install instructions (this post), as well as other related instructions (next post). I recently dismantled the dash (steer wheel, instruments, L&R side vents, centre vent, pass air bag, front defroster vents) to find and eliminate a number of creaks and squeaks. Workshop instructions were pretty good overall. My Centre vent area was a little different to the pictures but not hard to work out the differences. Make sure you have the radio removal tool, and plenty of plastic trim removal tools. Be very careful when p
  7. Hi, only bottom nuts. The bolt is actually a long stud into the chassis. The torque for the two nuts is 81 ft-lb. While I was there I check all the torques for the nearby nuts.
  8. Rear Axle Torques attached.... Tighening Torques for Rear Axle.pdf
  9. Hi, I might have had the same problem. If the same it's a simple check and fix. The nuts on the studs holding the rear suspension side member had come off-torque. Re-torqued them correctly no more noise going over speed humps etc. See image.
  10. Hi guys, I have the regulator ($40) and front bearing ($30) now. Just need the rear bearing. Any fellow 996ers in US or Europe able to help me out by checking if the rear bearing (Bosch P/N F 00M 990 405) is available. If so, send me a PM with quote and shipping to (you and then to) Australia, post code 2120, will send you payment via paypal. Thanks in advance for any help.
  11. Ok all fixed. The original oil leak was the #4 Spark Plug Oil Protection Tube leaking. Dropped the muffler, removed the coil cover plate, coil #4, spark plug #4, pulled the oil protection tube, replaced both inner and outer o-rings (bit of lube) and reinstall. 5 days later not a trace of oil. Presto. Also On day 5 I replaced the AOS breather tube connection piece (with new o-ring) and new o-ring on the breather tube as well. Very tight under all those hoses, and cable bundles. Hopefully this will fix the small oil sweat around this area too. (suspect it was due to a loo
  12. Thanks Richard - its good to know its smart enough not to allow down shift causing over-run. I went back overnight and agree, I found lots of Porsche literature saying its not possible. e.g. From the MY00 owner manual : "Gear changes which would exceed the upper or lower engine-speed limit are not executed by the controller." There is identical statement in the MY03. Now I can stop checking which gear it's in before down shifting and just drive it.
  13. I have a 2000 tip, been manually downshifting for over 3 years without problem. Only thing I recall reading is that it is possible to downshift manually and cause an overrev situation - bad. Also read somewhere that under braking in auto mode if you briefly WOT the tip will select the correct gear for the speed. Not tried this. Going the other way no problem. Launching a tip in manual mode from first to fourth or fifth with wide open will not overrev engine - ecu controls it all for you. Plenty of noise and Gs.
  14. FYI...making some progress. I've found out the Bosch alternator P/N 0 124 515 042, written on the back of the unit next to the Porsche P/N 996 603 012 03. Using the Bosch visual identification guide/catalogue I now have the Bosch P/Ns for the regulator and bearings, plus everything else. Regulator = F 00M 145 350 Front bearing = F 00M 990 410 Rear bearing = F 00M 990 405 I can find the regulator online. But not the bearings. Anyone able to help out ?
  15. Ok - its not the freeze plug. But still hard to see exact source of leak as its not much of a leak. I'm now looking at either (1) spark plug #4 tube seal and (2) the AOS breather tube connection to cylinder head 4-6 as there is grimy oil residue there. Spark plug should be relatively easy to get to by removing muffler. The Breather tube is buried tight under a large coolant hose and many other smaller hoses cables. Need to find a clear weekend of no baseball.
  16. Thanks. I had cleaned the area thoroughly, and saw no obvious signs of a leak from higher up. I'm hoping its not the freeze plug as it sounds like a fairly sizeable job to refit. I will clean again and take a closer look again for a higher up leak.
  17. 996 C2 MY2000 Tiptronic I've just noticed a small oil leak coming from the Cyl 4-6 Cylinder Head Cover. No oil dripping to floor as yet. The exact location is shown in the following diagrams (front RH-bottom corner when looking at engine). I'm wondering if its just the cap (Item 48) that I need to remove and replace. I can't seem to find anything about them in the factory repair manual, so any suggestions on part nos. and how to remove and re-install would be greatly appreciated.
  18. Hi Jeff, its a 2000 tip, does that help determine if I have a de-clutching front pulley ? I saw lots on the regulator, but nothing popped up on replacing the bearings / slip ring/brushes. Assuming its Bosch, does Bosche sell a repair kit ? Thanks.
  19. :help: Hi, Does anyone know if you can buy alternator repairs kits for the 996 ? I think the bearing is starting to go on mine, and I like to give it a new lease of life by replacing the bearings, the regulator and brushes/rings etc. Thanks Alex.
  20. (edited 17/May/2012 - changed from question to the procedure I followed) Hi Guys, In case you're ever in the same situation, below is the procedure I used for re-starting my 996 3.4L TIP following about 3 months elapsed of dashboard work where all of the following items were removed and now re-installed with the battery disconnected for the whole 3mths. Radio A/C Control Passenger Airbag Drivers Airbag Steering Wheel / Clock Spring Combination Switch Instrument Pod I broke the re-start into the following 3 steps which I've detailed below: Checks prior to starting engine Checks
  21. Regarding the special nuts you refer to - they are shear-off nuts. The Porsche service manuals says you need a special tool 9259. Refer to Group 69 53 19.
  22. Recognising this is an old topic, but today I resolved a very similar problem. I had a clicking noise coming from between the centre vent cut-out and the passenger airbag cut-out just as described above. However I had the passenger airbag and centre vent out for other reasons so I know these were not contributing to the noise. After a lot of finger pushing around the area and dash shaking it turned out that noise could only be due to the separation of bonding between the two of the layers of the dashboard construction localised to a small section about 60mm x 60mm. From what I ca
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