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No argument from me regarding the gas cap...but I already changed mine out...besides, the gas cap is the first (and cheapest) thing to replace first...but if that doesn't work, then it's down the laundry list...however, I'd be willing to bet that more times than not, it's the purge valve (after the gas cap)...
I've been living with the P0455 - Gross Leak - for the past 3 to 4 years mainly because I didn't feel like dealing with it and because I didn't want to spend time and money for something that didn't matter until the MD emissions test which is every two years. I would typically reset the CEL and drive for awhile and then to Emissions. That worked two years ago, but about a year ago, the light came on almost immediately after I reset the CEL. Since my Emissions was due in a few weeks, I decided to figure this out because I knew it wasn't going to pass. To make a long story short, after spending hours researching, I was convinced it was my EVAP Purge Valve so I had it replaced. The car passed emissions and the CEL is not on and life is good. My bet it is the EVAP Purge Valve.
Folks, My '03 Boxster is running great, however, I do have a problem with the top compartment cover. As the topic states, my top goes up and down with no problem, however, when down, the compartment cover stops about 1/2 or so from the stops (i.e., there is approx 1/2 inch or so gap between the compartment cover and the third brake light). I would have to push down on the cover to have it "close" all the way. There doesn't appear to be anything preventing it from closing (maybe I need to check that again)...Is there something that can be adjusted? Thanks KMN '03 Boxster Lapis Blue Metallic
Thanks RFM for getting back so quickly! What more information do you think I need to provide to give you a better understanding? My 03 has Tiptronic...do you still think it may be clutch related? I may just take to my Porsche mechanic and ask him to take it for a test drive.... KMN 03 Boxster, 62K Miles
Folks, I'm not sure if I'm imagining this but my 03 sounds uncharacteristically loud all of a sudden...it may be because I've been driving it with the top up and I'm now more keen on the sounds of the Boxster, but.... The only way to describe it is my engine sounds as if the tachometer is at very high rpms when in fact my tachometer is around 2k to 2.5k. In other words, it sounds like it needs to shift to a higher gear, but when I look at the tach, I'm fine... It seem the only time it sounds "normal" is when it is idling... Does this even remotely making any sense to anybody? KMN 03 Boxster, 62K Miles
Okay Folks, the car is fixed... The problem with the Check Engine Light and faulty light switch (which ended up being no climate control or windshield wipers either) was traced to a faulty ignition switch !! In other words, all those things that receive power via the ignition key (e.g., the majority of the accessories such as climate control, lights, wipers, etc) didn't work because of the faulty ignition switch...which also set the stage for error signals to the OBC, thus the Check Engine message....which by the way indicated that I had a whole lot of other things wrong with the car. However, my PM went with his hunch being the ignition switch, reset the OBC and.... ....life is good once again!!! KMN '03 Boxster, Lapis Blue P.S. If anybody needs a headlight switch, I've got one for sale ;)
For those who who are interested... I ordered a new light switch and in preparation for its arrival on Thursday, 7/16, I decided to pull the old headlight switch out...but before I did that, I turned the key and tested the switch...and....it was working fine! Fog lights came on, high beams came on, parking light came on...!!! :D Okay, so then I turned on the car and as soon as the "Check Engine, Drive Car to Workshop" message reared its ugly head, the switch stopped working -- that is, the fog lights wouldn't come on and the high beams wouldn't come on and parking light setting turned on the headlights -- the original problem. <_< I turned the car off, turned the key just before ignition...and....the light switch worked...go figure!!! So, I'm not sure if there is anything to it...but it appears that my light switch problem is related to the Check Engine somehow...can anyone explain this or is it just coincidence???!!! Anyway, I'm taking the car to my PM on Friday and I'll let the forum know what we find out... KMN '03 Boxter
Okay Loren, I take it back...it could be the switch. I disconnected the switch and removed the housing from the dash...now I can see that it could (and possibly be) the switch... Wow..possible bad headlight switch and an emissions problem (maybe) in one day...
Ahhh...Thanks for the insight. I do have a call into my mechanic and hope to have it checked on Monday.... I'm willing to bet that the problem is not the switch -- it is more likely the front electronics controller. Where is that located?
Folks, I just received via the on-board computer "Check Engine Drive to Workshop" message and now the Check Engine light stays on. Is there any way to check the error codes without a scanner/computer? Even without the tool, I have problem with the headlight switch the reared its ugly head just yesterday that may provide a clue.... In short, fog lights don't come on nor the high beams. In fact, when the switch is in the Parking Light position, my headlights come! Pull out the switch for the fog lights -- nothing. Place the switch to Low Beam/High Beam position and turn on high beams -- nothing. Any ideas?
You have to pry it off with a flat head screwdriver or a putty knife - wrapped in something to keep from marring the paint. There are three places it "plugs" into the metal part of the bar - one at each bottom, and one in the middle top. Thanks! I suspected as much but wanted to get confirmation before actually going for it...Much Appreciated!!!