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About dragonflyoh

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    Beavercreek OH
  • Porsche Club
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  • Present cars
    2003 Boxster
    Dark Teal Metallic
    Four Stalk Mod
  1. The problem has not returned. Thank you to all that assisted!
  2. I thought I may have installed a faulty ignition switch so I replaced the switch. Same problems. I ran the Durameteric tester and did a search for the error code P1601 and found a person that had the same fault codes I have been recording and the spoiler issue. The problem was fixed with a repaired instrument cluster. I disconnected and reconnected the three connectors on the cluster and the problems, at least for the present, are gone. I will see if it holds and will post a note in two weeks to see if that fix holds. Thank you all for your assistance.
  3. Replaced the alternator, a bit of a pain coming out but the new one is installed and the original problem is still there. The voltage is up to 14.2 and it is steady after 10 minutes. I did notice the cycling of the lights is slower by about half. Ideas appreciated.
  4. The alternator failed a load test so a new one is on the way. Will update when I get the new one installed.
  5. Thank you for the ideas. I cleaned the body grounds, the one by the battery and the other above the engine. The ground attached to the engine block is a serious project to get to it. Anybody have the best way to do that? I checked the alternator for 10 minutes. It started at 12.75 and was at 12.45 after 10 minutes. Going to remove the alternator for a trip to the store for a test. Will post the results. Thank you for the help. Jim
  6. Thank you for the ideas. As the battery was 4 years old, I installed a new one. Same issues. The battery voltage, measured at the battery terminals, in the off position is 12.4 vdc, running at 2000 rpm is 13.6 vdc. Are there more charging tests I should make? Jim
  7. I went out to the car this morning and everything works fine. I cleared all of the error codes, went a mile and all of the problems returned. I took a look and the error codes are: Engine -1601 Porsche Fault code 660 CAN Timeout Instrument Cluster - 9101 CAN Drive bus 9110 DME Control Unit 9111 PSM/ABS Control Unit 9112 Tiptronic Control Unit Actual Values - Supply Voltage 13.25 Engine Temp 86 C Engine Compartment 70 C Tried Activation for the engine compartment fan and received Send Command Failed Engine Fan stage 1 activation did not start any fan, stage 2 started the engine fans. I did some searching and cannot make any sense of the codes. If the Supply Voltage is the alternator output, it is .3 volts out of the range given in the service manual. I am going to check the compartment fan as maybe the problems are caused by something in there overheating. Than you for the comments. If you have any more it would be great. I will post the results of the fan check. Jim
  8. I have 1 2003 Boxster and in addition to the spoiler going up and down, the check engine, PSM off, ABS, Brake, Cruise Control, Temp and Fuel lights are flashing and all of the gage needles drop to zero and return to their normal level. I recently changed the ignition switch and the battery is 4 years old. Other than all of that the car runs fine. I have a Durametric tester and have a bunch of failure codes but I think that may be because I had the battery disconnected. It does show the Catalytic converter efficiency, Fuel tank ventilation, Secondary air system, Oxygen sensors and Oxygen sensor heat status all fail. Any ideas would be appreciated. Jim
  9. If the problem is on the inside of the lens, removal of the lens is possible. I did it by heating the assembly to 200 degrees for 30 minutes in my oven. The finesse part is prying the lens off without scratching the underside of the lens. I did some searching and found some instructions that helped a lot. I cannot find the link I used. I did the open and closing about a year ago and have not had any moisture problems. I used some automotive sealant to reseal the assemblies. I wish you well.
  10. Does any one have or know where I might find a photo of the Tiptronic steering wheel switch with the rocker removed? My left switch rocker got caught in the sleeve on my coat and it came loose. I cannot get the plastic rocker to set back in place. I was going to order a new rocker but I can see no difference between my rocker and the photos of the new one. I am thinking I may have broken the switch side of things but cannot see any cracks or dammage to the switch. Or maybe I am just not putting the correct pressure to reattach the rocker. Any thoughts would be appreciated. I was going to take off the right rocker and look at switch but if I make a mistake there... Jim
  11. Am I right in thinking I have a "sound package connected" and therefore do not have the GAL capability? I also do not have the Bose sound package so AP is also not available. That means I get to turn the volume up and down the old fashioned way using the volume control. Thank you!
  12. According to my Optional Equipment code M490, I have the MJ 01 SOUND SYSTEM, MJ 02- SOUND SYSTEM HARMANN ANALOG. According to the Page 6 of the instructions I should be able to activate GAL by repeatedly pressing the sound button. GAL never appears. Any ideas would be appreciated.
  13. I have a leaking CV joint. The leak is at the wheel end of the joint and is from under the end of the boot. I think it is just a clamp that has come loose. How do I repack the joint? I am planning on getting replacement clamps for both ends of the boot and then somehow packing in the grease. Any ideas would be appreciated. Jim 2003 Boxster, Tiptronic After talking to the auto store mechanic, I removed bot metal clamps, pulled the boot back to give me clearance to the joint, cleaned out the old grease as best I could and used a pump grease gun to force as much grease as would stay in the joint. Used cable tie wraps to clamp the boot and so far, one 10 mile trip, everything is looking good.
  14. I checked the cap and the "o" ring is cracked so a new cap in on the way. Thanks for the help! The "o" ring is $6.30 and the cap is $8.84.The Fuel Tank Ventilation error is gone.
  15. The bolt has a groove that matches the washer with the markings which has a key in its center. You cannot turn the bolt without turning the washer. I replaced my control arms and was able to get a wrench on the head of the bolt to remove the nut.
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