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Posts posted by perucho

  1. I have a 2001 Carrera Cab and I am having the rear plastic window replaced and double stitched in place. My choices of plastic are clear, light greenish tint or a dark black tint. Does anyone have expeience with a dark tint. It is my early preference and my concern would be at night backing up. Please comment with experiences.

    You could drop the top at night :) The rear window on my coupe has fairly dark tint and I don't think is a big problem at night. The dark black tinted plastic window may last longer too.

  2. Trying not to duplicate threads so here's my question. I'm getting ready to do the clutch on my 03 C4S and my indy said that Porsche calls for 17.5 hours of labor (???) but that they usually do it in 10. The total cost including replacing the flywheel would be around $2,600. So I called the dealer and they quoted me $3,100 with the flywheel ($1,100 less without the flywheel) for parts and 7 hours of labor. The indy shop says it takes longer because it is AWD. I'm getting another quote from another shop tomorrow. How long should it take to change the darn clutch? And if I do it myself (have access to a lift), do I need any special tools? Thanks!

  3. if the car ain't cranking at all but electrics come on and it tends to occur when the car is cold, it's likely the clutch switch. when mostly warm, then it may be the starter engine which i understand is about $200 with a $500 core charge at sunset imports (rebuilt model which comes with the same 2- year parts warranty).

    if the car is cranking with hesitation... it's likely your battery esp if you're on the original in a 996 (even if the voltage looks good)

    Well, that depends. If your battery is very weak, all the electronics may come on but if you try to start the car, the load may be too high for the battery and the car won't even crank. This is more pronounced when the temperature is low, since the battery has less usable power then. A weak battery may crank the engine slowly when the weather is warm and not at all when the weather is cold. Also, the volt meter may read a healthy 12 volts but that's under almost no load and doesn't give you an accurate battery condition reading. I've had the same experience with my S4 and it ended being just a very weak battery.

    Anyway, glad you figured it out!

  4. I too would like to take mine apart and polish the inner lens on my headlight. I have seen where some people bake em and take em apart. I am looking for a trashed light to experiment with.

    Are you sure they need to polished inside? Mine looked like the inside needed to be polished too, but after sanding and polishing the outside of the lenses, it was obvious that the problem was just the outer surface. It had tiny yellowed surface cracks that made it look like the inside was messed up.

  5. I wonder if you can remove them using something with a "charge" to attract the pieces. Could you remove a bulb and reach that area with a plastic rod that you have electrostatically charged by rubbing it with a rag? I'm guessing the plastic bits inside would cling to the rod the same way they are to the lens. I would definitely try something similar before trying to remove the lens. Or go to home depot and buy some vinyl tubing small enough to go through the bulb hole. Then use your shop vac at the other end of the vinyl tubing to try and suck the buggers out! Good luck!

  6. Can anyone tell me what the difference is between a 996 Turbo litronic headlight to a 2002 996 litronic headlight? I need to replace my headlights because they are now yellow!, the only think i notice diff in the turbo is that it has the clear mirrior base panel and the 996 Carrera's have the plastic vertical lines running down them. Would it be ok to put the 996 Turbo lits on a base 996?

    They can be polished to get rid of the yellowing. In any case, let me know if you want to sell yours.


  7. Ohay I got the rear engine cover open. I fished out the cable from the taillight. Can I charge the battery from the connections in the engine compartment? I have tried the booster and was told by RFM it could damage my control boxes so I didn't pursue it.

    Just need to charge the battery to get the trunk open.


    Use the battery from another car and hook it up with jumper cables to the engine compartment connections. That should give you enough juice to open the trunk.


  8. I tried leaving the car outside for 1/2 hour with the PCM2 on and the key off the ignition and still nothing happened. Then I when back in the garage and smashed some things. That made me feel a bit better, so I decided to pull the PCM out to see why the GPS was not getting any signal (it was showing 0 satellites all the time). Well, the GPS antenna was not connected! Reconnected the little bugger and left the car out for about 10 minutes. The time and date are working great now! I also went to the dealer and picked up the 2008 map retrofit kit ($299) so everything is working as it should.

    Hope this helps fixing yours.


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