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'87 944 na I want/need to short the brake wear sensor wire harness for any of my brake pad sensors to isolate a problematic harness - and also to turn off the "brake pad" warning light in the instrument cluster. N.B. this is the bundle of wires upstream of the sensor in the pad - there are plenty of discussions about those sensors, but little about the harness. One problem is understanding the Porsche service manual diagram (section 97, sheets 3-4). I know the colors in German, but I doubt my conclusion about which wires to connect is correct. e.g. it looks like the front left sensor has a black wire, the FR has a brown/white wire, that both lead to the "front wire harness". so to short both front sensors : connect black to brown/white? I also do not understand why the sensor - which I figure has two wires - connects to a harness with a lot more wires coming out of it, and the consequence of connecting the wrong wires - e.g. I see connections to the temperature sensor, brake fluid reservoir, etc. -Bryan
KLA and North Hollywood do it too, and they are VDO authorized I think. I do not know what they offer though. if you want to repair it yourself, there is extensive documentation and discussion on this well-known problem. it helped me get mine working. as for an update on my original questions on this apparently uninteresting thread:  I looked at Amazon first for some Lubriplate - their prices are absolutely ridiculous. Checked for local Lubriplate sellers through Lubriplate's website, found one, they helped me figure out exactly what I need and its under $10.00 USD.  thanks to Bill Noble, I confirmed it is an anti-glare material that is sprayed onto the inside cluster face, evidenced by spray-through on the other side (if you take it apart, you will know what I mean). The catch-22 is removing mildew or marring the anti-glare film. I opted to skip it - suprisingly you can't tell once it is installed. Bill suggests to check a photography shop expert. I also think the gauge faces - the ones with the readings marked on them -have another type of anti-glare material on them, because they are somewhat sticky and can mar easily. Anything I touched them with (i.e. a protector sheet) failed to work because any pressure would put marks on it. any suggestions about that would be good.
'87 944 na couple q's about instrument cluster: * any recommended grease for the gears - Lubriplate would be OK if it was available in a smaller quantity. I have a Celcon (nylon + graphite) gear replacement for the worm gear - which can withstand grease - but the other ones are original and require grease. * can the plastic housing - the black piece that holds the blinker, warning illumination pieces and surrounds the actual dials/gauges - cleanable? mine apparently has a film on it (including mildew), however, AFAIK it could be a consequence of the design. ... i.e. should it be a plain flat plastic, just clean with a mild household cleaner? thanks -Bryan
'87 944 n.a. I have been trying to install the window slot seal. its not great. two main problems I have :  curved lip part of seal is not going into the metal rail that I left on the door. I have tried pressing it in with my thumb only and it barely manages to stick. it seems to need more force, but I think the rubber part of the seal will become damaged from too much force.  i have tried a combination of attaching the clips to the seal and trying to get that assembly in, and leaving the clips in place on the seal and trying to press the tabs of the clips into the door. neither approach works very well. so far I have managed to get the seal to keep some water from getting in, but its basically just dangling there. Any suggestions/tricks appreciated. I was thinking about using a rubber mallet or some protective layer to hammer it in, but would this damage the seal? thanks -B
IF you have trouble starting - as if the dist.cap/plugs/cables but not motor are faulty - consider the DME relay. there are a couple posts out there on usenet/other on that. however, i do not know if "ran great and then died suddenly" fits that scheme. relays/fuses are in the black box top right rear of engine compartment. DME relay might be pricey, but easy. usually i think the solder points under the DME relay case crack. hth -bryan