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HGGuate

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  1. I own both the Bentley Publishers as well as the 101 Projects for your Porsche 911. The books complement each other and are great reference for the do-it-yourself Porsche Owner. I have saved a few thousand dollars on mechanics doing some diagnostic and mechanical work on my car myself. The books paid for themselves a few times over with just the first job, a 10 minute replacement of the Mass Airflow Sensor my local Porsche Dealer had offered to change for big bucks. I have to say that there are a lot of resources available online, specially here on Renntech, but it really helps to
  2. Gray pieces of foam are flying out of my A/C vents. I changed the Cabin air filter a few years back, and it is not the color of the foam pieces coming out, so I imagine it is not this filter. Any ideas of what is coming out of the A/C? I dont want to go through the trouble of taking the dash out without a previous idea of what i may find. 1998 Carrera 996 60,000 KM A/C
  3. The smart engineering that Porsche hides in its cars management systems does not cease to amaze me. After a few years with the car, I keep finding smart features that I had never heard of or read about in my owners manual. Yesterday after a few hours of spirited driving in back country in my 1998 Carrera (996), I returned to the city and found a huge traffic jam that had me almost at a standstill for a half hour. Predictably, the engine temperature started going up (not to redline, but close to the 120 mark) At one point the car idle speed started behaving strangely (Idle would drop from
  4. agree on Adrians book... great for 996, not specifically upgrades
  5. my friend recently purchased a 993. He does not know much about the car and does not have any documentation. From the look of it in the pictures I saw, a few things have been modded (lights, spoiler, badges, etc.) Does this look like a Widebody or do you think it is a narrow body 993? Thanks for your opinions.
  6. Our babies are cars after all, I would consider two major concerns about winter driving in a Porsche: 1.) Porsche owners want their cars to last for decades, salt from the road causes corrosion and damage at a much quicker rate than the natural aging process planned for. 2.) High torque and low weight make for a bad combination when roads get slippery, most drivers are not thinking about this in their everyday drives and that is risky (much riskier than premature aging...) Wash it down after the "salt bath" and be very careful when driving on slippery roads..... and drive it year round
  7. Congratulations. Very much like the one I found. Ipod Mod and Clear Side Markers are what I have done to it. Dont think Ill do much more.
  8. Found a nice 996, enjoying Porsche ownership

  9. Congratulations and welcome to the forum. Let us see how it ends up.
  10. Installing clear side markers on your US Spec 996 US Spec cars come equipped with yellow or amber side indicators. Many Porsche enthusiasts prefer the Euro Spec clear or smoked side markers. Although these markers are clear, white side indicators will not pass inspection in the US, so manufacturers include yellow bulbs in the kit so you may keep your car to spec. Clear side markers can be sourced through specialized Porsche parts dealers like Pelican Parts or other internet sources for about $ 23 each. This DIY upgrade is very simple, literally a 10 minute job. You will n
  11. How did I do with the speaker upgrade? here is the complete text to my post, elsewhere on the forums.... I recently Installed 4 inch replacement speakers in my stock factory locations (dash and rear quarter) on an early 996 with stock head unit. The stock speakers were very simple, single driver, cardboard cone speakers, obviously not high fidelity. My intention was to make a small upgrade and decide if I needed to go any further after some time listening to the new sound. I was not interested in a louder sound system than stock, just better fidelity. My initial choice was to go
  12. A few weeks ago I upgraded the stock speakers in my car with JL Audio 4 inch speakers. The modification was not complicated, and I was very pleased with the quality of the sound (not too loud, as the CR-210 only puts out about 15-20 watts, but much better clarity and quality). I wholeheartedly recommend the upgrade to anybody with a stock speakers still in their factory locations. Do all 4 speakers, as it makes an important difference. After a lot of searching over the net I came up with an idea of how to access my IPOD through the CR-210 head unit and was able to implement it successfull
  13. US Spec cars come equipped with yellow or amber side indicators. Many Porsche enthusiasts prefer the Euro Spec clear or smoked side markers. Although these markers are clear, white side indicators will not pass inspection in the US, so manufacturers include yellow bulbs in the kit so you may keep your car to spec. Clear side markers can be sourced through specialized Porsche parts dealers like Pelican Parts or other internet sources for about $ 23 each. This DIY upgrade is very simple, literally a 10 minute job. You will need a pair of needle nosed pliers and a few towels to protect the w
  14. MP3 Player through CR 210 with CD Changer After searching around the forums for detailed instructions and feedback on how to get MP3 player connectivity through my Becker CR-210 head unit and not finding exactly what I needed, I decided to take a chance and try my luck on a cheap solution to the problem. About $ 20 plus my time. The compatibility of the plug I purchased clearly stated it would work with the CR/CDR 220, but had no mention of the 210 unit. Although I could not find any information about this on the forums or the web, my belief was that Becker would not have
  15. After searching around the forums for detailed instructions and feedback on how to get MP3 player connectivity through my Becker CR-210 head unit and not finding exactly what I needed, I decided to take a chance and try my luck on a cheap solution to the problem. About $ 20 plus my time. The compatibility of the plug I purchased clearly stated it would work with the CR/CDR 220, but had no mention of the 210 unit. Although I could not find any information about this on the forums or the web, my belief was that Becker would not have changed basic engineering of their audio connectivity betw
  16. Quick update and recommendations from my personal experience with a "speaker only" upgrade on a 996. I recently Installed 4 inch replacement speakers in my stock factory locations (dash and rear quarter) on an early 996 with stock head unit. The stock speakers were very simple, single driver, cardboard cone speakers, obviously not high fidelity. My intention was to make a small upgrade and decide if I needed to go any further after some time listening to the new sound. I was not interested in a louder sound system than stock, just better fidelity. My initial choice was to go with 2 wa
  17. Has anybody fitted after market speakers easily? I was about to order some speakers on Crutchfield, but comments on this thread made me doubt if they will fit without having to make important modifications. I understand i will have to modify my factory grills, but it would be a pain to go through the trouble for the speakers to "not fit" comments appreciated. HG
  18. I know, but it does a good job illustrating what we grease monkeys will have to do while crouching or sliding under our cars.... Ha Ha.
  19. I have been wondering if i could do this without taking the car to the shop. Mr. Svensen has great equipment and a lift at home, I dont, but you may. thanks to Mr. Svensen for this and his other tutorials Dissasembly and removal of Front Brake calipers and rotors: http://www.youtube.com/user/vsvenson#p/u/11/CC16WXBcE7Q Reassembly of front brakes http://www.youtube.com/user/vsvenson#p/u/10/--6HLa3Vays Steps for Changing Rear Brakes http://www.youtube.com/user/vsvenson#p/u/8/9DpC0lXHP5o and dealing with stripped screws on the rear brake rotor http://www.youtube.com/user/vsvenson#p/u
  20. Mr. Van Svenson has posted some good video guides to DIY projects on his Porsche Cars. Dont know if he is on this forum, but he sure deserves our thanks. hope this helps
  21. Here is a step by step video on how to change the oil on a Porsche 996 with a wonderful explanation by Mr. Svenson. I dont know if Mr. Svenson is on the forum, but he does a great job of going through all the steps. Please comment on how it helped you.
  22. For a list of speakers that fit into your factory speaker locations, go to www.Crutchfield.com and look in the "Outfit my car" section. After entering your vehicle brand, model, year and type, the Crutchfield page will give you alternatives for speakers, head units and other equipment that fits your car. The speaker recommendations will all have a note that states that "Some modification is required", as the speaker covers need to have some modification done to them to serve as speaker mounts. Go to or search Porsche Speaker Replacement on youtube (best video is done for a Box
  23. Go to Crutchfield.com and look for the "Outfit my car" section. After entering your vehicle brand, model, year and type, the Crutchfield page will give you alternatives for speakers, head units and other equipment that fits your car. The speaker recommendations will all have a note that states that "Some modification is required", as the speaker covers need to have some modification to serve as speaker mounts. go to or search Porsche Speaker Replacement on youtube (best page is for Boxster S) for a video of the work you have to do for these modifications. Please post info on how you
  24. I thought of this topic while replying to another post. I had a great time researching my Porsche Purchase. Bought all the good books, subscribed to Excellence Magazine, befriended a Porsche Mechanic, read the internet, asked questions on different forums, and in the end, I have a lot of fun stories to tell about my journey to Porsche ownership. I hope some of you reply with your stories. Here is mine: A bit more than two years years ago, after about two years of looking and pondering between 986 model Boxsters and different years of 911´s I was ready to make an offer on a 1990 C4
  25. 41 but I think its and interesting story. A bit more than two years before that, after about two years of looking and pondering between 986 model Boxsters and different years of 911´s I was ready to make an offer on a 1990 C4, I test drove it on a Saturday and offered to call with my offer on Tuesday night. On Monday, my wife and I visited the radiologist and found out we were having triplets..... shocked me and made me think twice before plunking down money on a toy.... So long Porsche. To years later, and luckily with three healthy beautiful babies (and none of the complications that ca
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