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About fredjchavez

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    Walnut Creek, CA
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    PCA (Porsche Club of America)
  • Present cars
    68 gto, 01 e46, 06 CS
  1. I have porterfield ceramic pads. Zero noise and Zero dust. The only thing i'd say is to be careful until they come up to temperature!
  2. I have found that the computer is optimistic to the tune of 10 or 15%. Ignorance is bliss i suppose! :)
  3. I had the exact same hankook tires. I could not stand the noise from the rear. Porsche specs out lots of negative camber on the rear (maybe expecting everyone to corner like a mad man?). The titanium edition has option 20" turbo tech staggered wheels so I could not rotate them!!! :( The rears were half worn and I decided to replace them with yokohama. My other porsche buddies kept ribbing me and saying I had bad wheel bearings every time they rode with me!
  4. agree...the wheel angle sensor has to correspond with the steering wheel. If the angle sensor is off far enough, you will throw a warning. The shop will adjust the tie-rods such that they aree with a perfectly straight steering wheel (which they lock into place).
  5. look for loose tie rod ends (inboard mouting underneath the plastic ribbed covers).
  6. the best combo is the one where you get the widest footprint and can run low tire pressure w/o busting the bead! for sand, wider is better!
  7. Wow...a "platinum" policy does not cover the piping? Is there a platinum plus policy? Or maybe there is a triple platinum policy? This is getting rather ridiculous especially because particular coverage was requested per customer above. One of the things to think about or a point or argument with these warranty vendors is in asking them to state the maintenance schedule for the plastic pipes or at least sight a factory document that calls for an inspection and procedure for inspection (shame on all of us if there is a coolant pipe inspection procedure). If the manufacturer "intended" the pl
  8. Check the tie rod connections where they attach to the steering ram. Another symptom of a loose tie rod is tire feathering cause by too much toe in.
  9. very interesting...i went for the hid lights simply because of my experiences. i have another brand, and not a single ounce of problems in almost 9 years. on top of that, simple to adjust (thumb wheels you turn while the head lights are burning). the stealer swore up and down that my cayenne hid's could not be height adjusted. they claimed that the reason everyone was holding up their hand to their rear view mirror at night was because hid lights are so bright and people arent used to them. if it doesnt make sense, then it isnt true! thanks to forums, i figured it out on my own and love r
  10. there are two allen head screws...one for up/down, and the other for right/left. if you watch carefully, you can see the hid lens move so you will know exactly which is which.
  11. Any resolutions here? I found this psuedo random play issue after burning my first mp3. I would not have done this had the factory system supported the A2DP bluetooth profile. At this point, I would be hysterically happy if I had any bluetooth w/o laying out major cash. I'm really bothered that $25k cars have bluetooth as standard items. I do not mind flipping 130-150 slong mp3 cd's but I do not wanna loose settings everytime I power down...:( I very much doubt the dealer will know squat about any of this...or maybe they will plead ignorance (viable tactic I have found through personal exp
  12. Very good points. I have been shopping for chains/cables for my 20's but might wind up buying a new set of 18's with tires that offer better clearance with a regular chain. As I understand things, so long as the chains are tight and dont move around, they will be fine so long as their is at least an inch+ clearance on the sides, and 2+ inches on the tread. I only use chains once a year or so on when I get caught in show and have to get home but I've noticed that the damage is normally caused by loose chains and/or people driving too fast with them. Loose chains if you watch them will actually
  13. For those in the east bay and only want to pay 120 or so, I have a great shop that I've used previously. He actually tells you the as-found settings and then sits down to discuss changes. Although I still maintain that if everything is tracking ok and the steering wheel is off center, the steering wheel should be removed and reset. Nonetheless, I'll probably have things checked at the alignment shop...120 dollars is low compared to the downside of quickly wearing expensive tires! ;)
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