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  1. We found out that New CDC-3 Changer I bought from the Opert Racing in New Jersey was Dead On Arrival (would not complete the CD Loading steps) with Tool Pant's help. I am shipping the unit back for a repair. It was hard for me to believe that identical, CD Loading, problem developed on both my original changer and the refurbished changer from Opert Racing. Again, Thanks to Tool Pants for his help. :)
  2. I got the "Short Beep" sound problem fixed. In the Alarm System section of the Owner's Manual lists the Radio as one of the component that monitors when the alarm is armed. On the other hand, the Central Locking section of the Owner's Manual does not include the Radio as monitored item. From this information, I realized that I made a connection of the un-plugged Quick Connect/Disconnect Receptacle on the brown wire to the Quick Connect/Disconnect Tab on the sheet metal sleeve where the radio gets slide in assuming that it must have came off when I pulled the radio out first time. Ironically, the Receptacle and Tab were just right in the same area when I looked inside of the space where the radio came out. Now, I disconnected this Receptacle from the Tab and installed the radio back in and the problem went away.... :clapping: I still don't know why there is unused Quick Connect/Disconnect Receptacle in behind the radio compartment. <_< What kind of fool am I ?
  3. Even with all these recent problems, I am still very happy with my/our Boxster compared with the other cars in the past. I remember fixing something almost every weekend when I owned the 1970 Datsun 2000 Roadster. As Stefan noted, I am still lucky that these are not major engine related problems. Most of them are little things and some of them are the one we could have cause it to break. Especially the Cup-Holders, we just keep hitting or handling little too hard for the way it was designed. Also, the "Short Beep Sound" when it goes into the Locking mode, could be caused by me when I was working on trying to fix the CD changer problem. I did go In & Out of the driver side of the car many times and I did Open & Closed the front hood that could have caused to misalign the latching mechanism or broke the micro-switches. Little comfort feeling to know that some of you (Brekas) having similar problems on his '98 Boxster.
  4. Where can I find the micro-switches for the "Convertible-top compartment cover" on my 1998 Boxster ? According to the Owner's Manual, this is one of 5 could cause the "Beep sound" if not closed properly when locking the car. If you know where the micro-switch is, could you please describe it for me ?
  5. I think it is a good time for me to invest little $$$ on a good set of the shop-manual. Which one would you recommend ? And how much is it ?
  6. My 1998 Boxster with 70,000 miles started to giving me problems this year. It has been a very good and reliable until now and suddenly the following problems started within last few months: 1. The Clam Shell wont open - fixed the drive cable per Toolpants advice. 2. Horn started to acting up by beeping with heavy braking - in process of replacing the horn plate with toolpants help. 3. CD changer quit working - replaced with new changer, but still doesn't work. Toolpants going to help me troubleshoot by swapping the radio unit. 4. The "Double Beeps" when locking with the remote control - I am still working on this problems. 5. Air Conditioning Blower motor has been making little noise and it has stopped couple of time recently. I have feeling that it will give up soon. 6. Driver side sun visor mirror won't stay up - things to fix. 7. The Cup Holders broke few times already - continue fixing and breaking! How about your Boxster ? Am I the only one having these problems this year ?
  7. Loren, You are right. I just tried out the Auterra Scan Tool today and it did not display any error codes. I checked the front trunk hood micro-switch with the ohm meter and it does open the circuit when I close the latching mechanism by pushing with the screw driver. I did the same test with the rear trunk hood and it's micro-switch opens the circuit when the hood closes. I could not verify the micro-switch of the oddments tray lid by the ohm meter, but it did sound "click" when I push down the micro-switch lever. I assume this is a good switch. I could not locate any micro-switches for the Convertible-top compartment cover and the passenger door. If you know where these switches are, could you please describe them for me ? Thanks in advance,
  8. Loren, Thanks for your guidance. I will check electrically on those points you have mentioned. I am sure one of these micro-switches is not closing. I also realize that I can use the "Auterra" ODBII Scan Tool that I purchased for other cars few years ago. Thanks again,
  9. Hi All, I need your help again! My 1998 Boxster started to sound a "short beep warning" when I do the remote locking. The Owner's Manual describes that this "short beep warning" sounds if the passenger's door, hoods, convertible-top compartment cover or the oddments tray are not completely closed. I have checked all these items visually and they seems to be closed properly but the beep does not go away. How can I trouble shoot this problem ? Is there a way to read out the error code that may show which door/covers/hoods is not closed ? Any of your advices will be appreciated.
  10. ToolPants, I appreciate your recommendation of swapping of the Changers to narrow down the defective component. I checked the connectors in back side of the Radio unit. They all seems to be tight and secured properly. This leaves only two components to blame, the cables between the radio and changer or the head(radio it self). My radio seems to work fine on the AM, FM, and CD0. It does display the "CD Loading" message in the display panel for CD1 through CD6, but it does not complete the loading process or it may not send the "CD Load" signal to the Changer unit. Yes, I am looking forward for the next "Work on Car" days. Thanks lot for your help, Taka :(
  11. Loren, Thanks for the nice picture of how the radio gets pulled-out. I am going to try to find some scrap sheet metals to make the keys to remove the radio. If it doesn't work, I will contact you or ToolPants' help again. Highly appreciated your quick response, Taka
  12. My original idea of trying to blame my CD Changer Loading problem to the CD Cartridge is not true. ToolPants were kind enough to let me try his CD Cartridge on my new CD Changer and it did not cure the problem. Now, the situation is: I have replaced the CDC-3 Changer with new one from the Becker and using the original CD Cartridges of mine and ToolPants'. The CD Loading Problem still exists. I am ready to pull-out the CDR-210 radio to see if the cables to the CD Changers are plugged in tightly or not. I need some help on how to remove/pull-out the CDR-210 radio from the dashboard. Could anyone can give me the hints how to go about doing this removal procedure ? Another question is about the CABLES to the CD Changers. Do anyone had any problems with the factory installed CABLES between the Radio and the CD Changer? Any comments and advices will be appreciated, BoxsterGuy :(
  13. Thanks for those good ideas. I sure like to meet with some of the Boxster owners in San Jose. Where can I find the next Workshop meeting schedule and meeting place ? I can also bother the service advisor at the dealer. This is another alternative approach. I may try the DW40 after I can compare two cartridges. Thanks again, Taka S.
  14. Hi Boxster Owners, I need your help again ! I am having problem with my CD changer on 1998 Boxster. It is trying to load a selected CD, but it never completes it's operation on any CD. So, I purchased a new CDC-3 Changer only (excluding the CD cartridge) and installed it. It is still the same condition. This points me to the CD Cartridge could be the real issue for not loading the CD into the drive unit. As far as the movement of each CD cradle finger of the cartridge, they seems to work properly when I do it manually. But, I do noticed that they are very heavy, takes more effort, to pull the CD fingers swing out by hand. I can't imagine if the CD loading motor could develop such force to swing out the CD finger to complete the loading process. It will cost me another little over $65 to try out the new cartridge which I hate to continue spending when I am not even sure if this is the real problem or not. So I have few questions for you: 1. Have anyone had similar situation that points the problem to the Cartridge ? 2. Can anyone locally, in San Jose or Bay Area, willing to let me try out your cartridge on my new changer ? Or be able to compare my cartridge with yours manually to see if there is any significant amount of the force differences for swinging out a CD finger. 3. Any other suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks in advance for your advice, Taka S.
  15. Tool pants, Thanks for directing me to the solution. For now, I wedged in folded business card in between the horn pad and the steering wheel spoke to keep them separate. But, if I push the horn pad hard enough, it will activate the horn. I am planning to make a good fix when I have chance later. You help was appreciated, Taka S.
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