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    Driving the beautiful back roads of Arkansas. Making my Boxster run forever, taking pictures with my Leica, spending time with my better half and enjoying my life.

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  1. Okay Gentlemen "Trixie" is sick and needs your help! Her serpentine belt broke and the water pump impeller exploded into bits. Doctor says it'll be eight hundred bucks to get her healthy again. Thing is, finances are tight due to my unscrupulous employer so I'll be performing the surgery myself. What's the worst case prognosis on a procedure such as this? I'm concerned about the bits in her engine and how precisely to get them out. I'm a novice at best but I'm reasonably intelligent, can turn a bolt and from time to time I can even follow instructions. I did do a slew of research before I posted this but I didn't come across the impeller problem. The belt broke, no steam, drove to a safe location, tried to start again to no avail only saw dashes on my display and would not turnover. What could it mean? What are the pitfalls of the death of my impeller? Worst case scenario? Def-con 5? How do I get them out? Should I really attempt this? A checklist of necessary tools would be monumentally helpful. Also a checklist of steps would be great. Thank you in advance guys, my love affair with Trixie wouldn't be the same without you. Shine on, Justin
  2. Okay Gentlemen "Trixie" is sick and needs your help! Her serpentine belt broke and the water pump impeller exploded into bits. Doctor says it'll be eight hundred bucks to get her healthy again. Thing is, finances are tight due to my unscrupulous employer so I'll be performing the surgery myself. What's the worst case prognosis on a procedure such as this? I'm concerned about the bits in her engine and how precisely to get them out. I'm a novice at best but I'm reasonably intelligent, can turn a bolt and from time to time I can even follow instructions. I did do a slew of research before I posted this but I didn't come across the impeller problem. The belt broke, no steam, drove to a safe location, tried to start again to no avail only saw dashes on my display and would not turnover. What could it mean? What are the pitfalls of the death of my impeller? Worst case scenario? Def-con 5? How do I get them out? Should I really attempt this? A checklist of necessary tools would be monumentally helpful. Also a checklist of steps would be great. Thank you in advance guys, my love affair with Trixie wouldn't be the same without you. Shine on, Justin
  3. Thank you Gentlemen for your responses, I'll try the Rejex, sounds like many people have had a good experience with it. I did go back to my owners manual and reread it and it does state that Vaseline should be applied every three months (so I'm not crazy) but I trust the experience of the fine people on this board so Rejex it is. I've also been using a spray detailer and those microfiber cloths (which are completely amazing) when I didn't have the time to wash the car completely. Sounds like I should be doing that more than totally washing the car. Stacy will even wash my towels completely separately so as to not mix up the chemicals on the towels because I don't think they really come totally clean. I have an oil change coming up soon and I will get the car up on the lift and inspect exactly where the oil leak is coming from. Either way it is very, very minor. I have noticed that on hot days when I drive the car hard the oil consumption is greater. Possibly from greater expansion? I'm also planning on JB welding the little plastic lip at the front of the wheel well that cracked off, whilst I've got it up there. You mean I get to drive the car harder and it will prolong it's longevity! WOW! "Well officer I feel a strong compulsion to take excellent care of my car and it must be driven hard to maintain it." Thank you Maurice, at this point I love you for telling me this. I've always had the habit of naming my vehicles and I've teetered on naming her Ginger or Trixie Holiday (ha ha) for the different driving styles. Ginger obviously refers to driving her gingerly and the fact that my better half Stacy is a whole lot like Mary Ann from Gilligan's Island, and we all know the Professor was getting them both. Well Trixie is a "mistress" that wants to be driven fast. So what you're telling me is that I get to spend more time with my mistress! Hooray! When I went out to the store to score the Vaseline I ran into some old friends who saw me with the giant tub of the stuff. We all had a hearty laugh about it. "Oh yeah sure it's for your wheels." and "Things aren't so good at home huh?" Thanks guys, Justin
  4. I like this! I got all the egg off except where the point of contact was first made. I can literally see how the egg hit the car just above the drivers door handle. I know just where I can get some of this enzymatic cleaner too. Thank you! I'll keep you updated on the results. And yes I keep my top down all the time still. Now if I could only figure out how to avoid the careless driver who is texting while driving. Thanks, Justin
  5. I have heard of people using Vaseline on Fuchs wheels as well. In the Owners manual it states that jelly should be applied every three months. Since I clean my wheels every day I feel like the Vaseline does not last very long. Would it behoove me to apply the jelly on a more regular basis? Who knows? Seems to my untrained eye that as the wheel becomes hotter the viscosity of the Vaseline goes was up and it melts off anyway, but that's just my opinion. There are small stains on the wheel where brake dust has baked on, perhaps from the last owner neglecting to use the Vaseline.
  6. As a new Boxster owner I spend at least an hour on this site daily learning about how to take care of my car. I've learned a great deal so I just wanted to say thank you to everyone here for providing this valuable resource. Just so you are aware my car is a 2001 Boxster tiptronic with 92,000 miles. It appears to me that it runs perfectly. I know the last owner well and he took excellent care of it and has owned multiple Porsches since the mid sixties. I do have some random questions; What's the significance of putting Vaseline on the wheels? What does it do? Why? The owners manual says to do it and I have I was just wondering? How much is too much to wash my car? I'm a professional salesperson who washes the car daily. Customers see my car and I always want to provide the best impression. So am I washing it too much? In ten years will the paint suffer? What kind of products are best for each part of the car? Has anyone tried the Tequipment valve stems? Almost daily I air up the tires and I assume that the current valve stems leak. While I don't mind airing them up I would save a great deal of time across a month. So whaddya think? I have that minor oil leak. RMS? How pertinent is this to fix? Should I fix it immediately? I've heard stories of Porsche volunteering to fix this. Is this true? If not how much will it cost me to fix it? What is the interior made out of? The dash seems to shine up best with leather cleaner conditioner but if it's made of leather then it's very thick and I've never seen anything like it. Door panels? How hard can I realistically drive my car daily and make it last a long time? I drive the most incredible country roads each day that have incredible curves and while I'm not exceeding a top speed of 65 I do ask the car for much more than I would another car because of it's capabilities. Am I hurting it's long term reliability? The transmission in my car is Tiptronic and it climbs to fifth gear rapidly which seems to make the engine lug somewhat. When driving in town should I be driving harder to avoid this? I also want to say that I'm so glad that I didn't buy a 911 like I thought I wanted. I love this car! Thank you, Justin
  7. In 1997 I drove to Alaska from North Carolina. Round trip it was 17,500 miles, no that's not a typo. I went through eleven tires. The term Alaskan highway is a very loose expression of the term highway as do the rest of the roads up there. the ground freezes and thaws creating undulations in the pavement (where there is pavement) that is amusing and probably bad for our little cars undercarriage. There was a Corvette that made the trip and he routinely bottomed out on potholes that would terrify a New York City cabdriver. The number of rocks that will be hurled through your windshield by passing trucks is astounding. I lined my brush guard with chicken wire to save my headlights and it proved to be a wise move. Also to note is the speed of tractor trailers who are piggybacking up to three trailers at a time travelling at speeds of 100 miles per hour creating a large amount of wind that made my very heavy Pathfinder sway all over the road. It was the first time in my life where I was genuinely scared for my passengers and my own life in a driving situation. Then there are the mysterious railroad spikes in the road and the friendly local who just happens to have a retread. This is why I went through eleven tires in three month period. I'm certainly not trying to dissuade you from taking your car up there and enjoying it. Just making you aware of the realities of the situation. Perhaps you could consider doing some "Paris Dakar" modifications to your car to make it more suitable for the landscape. Sincerely, Justin
  8. I leave my top down almost all of the time and my only concern is rain. in sketchy situations I roll up the windows. The night before last I did experience my first bout of vandalism. Someone egged the drivers door of my car and I washed it off about fifteen minutes after it happened. Amazingly no egg made it into the car. Makes me sad that someone would do this to my car. I need to do some research on how to effectively get rid of the faint egg stain above the drivers door handle. I still plan to leave the top down. It happened outside of a bar and the irony is that I don't usually go to bars. I went to pickup a friend and was there for only five minutes. I do live in a small town and the odds of finding out who did this are great. God help him. Justin
  9. Hello, I just purchased a 2001 Boxster and the previous owner had a dog and smoked cigars in the car. My wife uses coffee beans all over our home to combat scents and I've always enjoyed this. After cleaning the car extensively I placed coffee beans in the ashtray, as the sun beats down on the car, the coffee beans roast to some degree and the car smells great. Fragrance counters at department stores use this technique to combat all the competing scents and it works very well. My ashtray is broken so that it stays open and I consider it a plus. In the wife's car she melted a hazelnut candle into her ashtray then covered it with beans, the sun melts the candle and the beans and it's the best smelling vehicle I've ever been in, it's very natural and subtle. People also ask me about the beans in my car all the time, like it's an excuse to talk to me about the car. I had lusted over an early 911 for a long time and one day this Boxster fell into my lap and I feel that it's a better car for me, my job and my lifestyle. I feel like the most fortunate man on earth; I have a wonderful woman, a nice little home, a job I love and a Boxster. Justin 2001 Boxster 2.7 US Tiptronic triple blue
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