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About stargate823

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    1986 Bertone X 1/9
    2003 Porsche Boxster

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  1. Without removing the wheel???? Are you sure we are talking about the same part? Just to be clear... I am trying to replace part number 996 341 053 07. I can't imagine this can be done without removing the wheel???
  2. Not sure what your ordered but I think the ball joints are integrated into the control arm and are not replaceable. Check out this DIY link from pelican parts for more info and pictures. http://www.pelicanpa...en_Overhaul.htm I realize now that I am usin gthe wrong terminology. What I have actually ordered and intend to replace is the "wishbone".
  3. I have come to the conclusion that the obnoxious noise coming from the front of my Boxster (especially in hot weather) is the front right balljoint in the control arm. How straight forward is replacement? Do I need any special tools and what other components need to be removed in order to replace? I already have the part on order through Pelican; I'd just like a bit of guidance before I tackle this. Is it worth farming the labor out to my local shop or can I make cake out of this? Any help is appreciated. Edit: This is a 2003 2.7 Boxster.
  4. Hello all. I am coming here to get some biased and unbiased opinions on something that is nagging me. I currently own a 2003 Boxster with just over 78000 miles. I've have the car about a year. I have done an oil change, spark plug swap, air/oil seperator replacement, water pump replacement and I am about to replace the alternator pulley. Obviously I am not afraid of getting in there and making repairs. The car is a daily driver in the Baltimore, Maryland area (just to give an idea of climate). My Boxster is a daily driver. I have a 30 mile round trip driver five days a week for work. I put at most 10-15k a year on a vehicle. As of this writing it is my only vehicle. My question is actually quite a simple one. Would I be crazy to get rid of this car and replace it with a late eighties 911? I have passivly been looking for about a year at the 911'; the Boxster was a band aid for my obsession. I'm about to go and look at an 87 Carrera with a rebuilt engine this week. I'd just like someone with experience to give me some pros and cons here. Thanks for any and all input!
  5. 2003 Boxster On the passenger side to the left of the rearward spark plug there is some sort of electrical sensor or something that is obviously leaking oil. Can someone tell me what this is? Thanks in advance!
  6. You probably "accidentally" repaired a bad, or intermittant, ground connection. Hey...if it ain't broke, don't fix it ! :P Whatever I did it's still going strong! We'll see how long my luck holds out!
  7. Well as it turns out the wires were fine. Had continuity no matter how I jiggled the harness. That left the amp the suspect. While I had it out of the car I decided to pop the cover off and see if I could find a burned track or loose connection somewhere. I managed to get the top board out but the bottom board looked like you needed some special tools to remove it. So I put it all back together and guess what? Suddenly its started working again. I played around with it last night and had it going the whole ride to work this morning without a hiccup. We'll have to see how long this lasts!
  8. UPDATE: Today I lit a spark under my *** and went to troubleshooting. I pulled the dash speakers and swapped them. Right sie still does not work so the speaker is now known to b good. The only two things left are wiring and the amp. Can anyone tell me what pins to check at the amp connection to test for continuity so I can rule th wires out? As Loren likes to say: "Have you used the search function on this site? it has been covered many times before." http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?s...st&p=144770 Respectfully, after searching spark plug changes and reading mulitiple non helpfull posts, I must say the search function leaves much to be desired. However thank you for the reply. That was exactly what I needed. :-)
  9. UPDATE: Today I lit a spark under my *** and went to troubleshooting. I pulled the dash speakers and swapped them. Right sie still does not work so the speaker is now known to b good. The only two things left are wiring and the amp. Can anyone tell me what pins to check at the amp connection to test for continuity so I can rule th wires out?
  10. Better yet, anyone have a wiring diagram they can look at so I know what wire to check at the amp for continuity?
  11. I have a MY03 Boxster with the stock stereo system that includes the woofers in the doors. When I purchased the car the right side dash speaker was not working. Suddenly a few days after bringing the car home it started working again. Then it stopped. The funny thing was, in the beginning and only when the weather was cold, if I got out of the car and locked it, then got back in a few minutes later the speaker would start working again. Now that the weather has turned warmer it stopped working all together. I pulled the speaker yesterday and the connections are fine. What should I test and how should I test it? I am thinking I may have a bad amp but I want to be sure before trying to find a good used one. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
  12. I'd like to change spark plugs on a new to me 2003 Boxster with almosst 70K on it. What would be a good recommended spark plug and what is the proper gap? Also, I have seen people talk about replacing the o rings and tubes. Is this something I should have on hand "just in case"? I don't want to strand myself if God forbid I need parts since this is my daily driver. I also need new brake pads all the way around. Mine were just barely good enough to pass state safety inspection so I woul dlike to tackle them before the sensors need replacing. I would like some feedback on a pad that will put out as little dust as possible while maintaining street driveability. Can I assume that ceramic pads would be too aggressive for street use? I appreciate any feedback!
  13. Loren, You just saved me from crying myself to a very drunken and somber sleep. The drive home from work is a paltry 13 miles and it was only about 55 degrees today. Thanks for the info! :renntech:
  14. Is there supposed to be slight condensation under the oil fill cap? Please tell me this is normal due to hot air and chilled plastic located in the truck. (Crosses fingers)
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