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Richard Hamilton

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  1. I've heard of several folks who have had 996 head welding and repair by 


    Motorcast Components Ltd in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, is one of the uks leading automotive cylinder head suppliers. cylinder head repairs, extensive parts supply service, competitive prices and...

     with success.  Not exactly local though......

  2. No, you can't switch them.  Once the immobiliser code has been programmed into a KESSY/PAS control unit, it can't be over-written with a PIWIS tester.

    You might want to try an automotive electronics repairer, to see if they can write the immobiliser code directly to the eeprom.  I have heard of that being done, but have no experience.

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  3. An OBD VAL will give you over-revs, and only take a few seconds, as it only checks the DME and PDK (if you have it).  Run it from the F7 Additional Menu, and choose Pre-VAL at the end.  When you see the zip file, select it, touch F10 and it will display the over-revs near the end of the report.  You can then print it directly to PDF if you want.

  4. There are companies who can remove the security from the CDR23.  These people are in the UK, but you can probably find someone in the US:


    Radio Code & PROTECT Repair Service Porsche CDR23 Becker BE 6612 As originally fitted to : Porsche If you are trying to fit this radio to a different vehicle, then you may find yourself with the Error message of "PROTECT".


  5. If I remember correctly, fitting a 981 wheel & airbag on a 987.1 causes a problem with the horn.  The 981 uses a hall-effect switch for the horn contact, and it operaties in the opposite sense to the 987.1.  (Normally closed instead of normally open, or vice-versa). To make it work, I think you have to remove the airbag casing and turn the magnet over, making it work in the same sense as the 987.1.  I think you can also get round this by fitting a 987.2 steering column control unit, but it is a more expensive solution.  Fitting a 981 wheel to a 987.2 isn't a problem, which is what I did on mine.

    As for the cruise stalk, the 981 stalk is completely different, and won't fit a 987.  Unfortunately, UK dismantlers know what Porsche charge for the stalk, and charge a lot for them.  You are best trawling the US eBay site, as cruise was fitted as standard to US cars, hence dismantlers don't generally charge a premium.

  6. If you haven't got navigation, tI can't see any reason why you couldn't update the firmware yourself, with the using update DVDs.  (If you had navigation, the old maps wouldn't work after the update).

    What I can't work out is what you mean by Version V.  If you press INFO and SOURCE at the same time, it should show a numeric version number.  Something like 2.20. 

  7. You shouldn't make any changes to the Gateway.  Only the DME, Instrument Cluster, and Steering Electronics.

    Your profile says you have a 2003 996.  In that case, look into the DME Vehicle Data, and check that the Order Code is entered correctly.  For a RHD C4 Cabriolet, it should be 996611.  Then do a FULL Control Module search, and code the instrument cluster and DME for "with cruise control".

  8. I'll take a look when I get to my PC in the morning.  I might have some info.


    Failing that, it might be worth taking a punt on something like this:



    Donor Vehicle: 2005 Porsche Boxster S. Vin# WP0CB29815U732083. Interior Color: Black. Exterior Color: Black.


    I can't really see why it wouldn't work, but even if not you could strip it and swap the DVD mechanism.

  9. I don't think reverse camera was ever an option on the 997 PCM3.0.  On the Cayenne with PCM3.0 the camera outputs were connected to the TV tuner, and the TV tuner to the PCM.

    My guess is that you would have to code the PCM to add the TV tuner feature.  Trouble is that this requires an Activation Code, which needs entering with a PIWIS tester.  Not only that, but you would have to work out how to tell the PCM to switch to the TV input when the camera is required.  There is a connection shown on the wiring diagram for the PCM labelled 'Back Cam' (with nothing connected to it), so that could be it.  However, I suspect it is much more complicated than that.

  10. Are you sure you have an amp?  Option code 490.  The reason I ask is that you have speaker wires - the brown plug.


    The black plug has the power connections.  The blue-green-yellow plugs go into the orange Metra socket, but only if you have the 490 amp.


    It looks to me like the wires to the green plug might be for a CD Changer.


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