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    New England
  • Porsche Club
    PCA (Porsche Club of America)
  • Present cars
    03 Cayenne S
  • Future cars
    15 Targa (please arrive soon!)
  • Former cars
    91 911 Turbo
    98 911 Turbo
  1. Hi all, I've seen older posts on the this topic and only recently have repaired mine on my 03 Cayenne S. The sound indicators in the car began to weaken and then finally stopped altogether. I have driven it almost a year without the sound. I've found a company that actually sells the same speaker for replacement, so no soldering in a new speaker that may or may not fit. It's plug and play. They sell just the speaker, or the full kit (with tools). Worked GREAT. Here's their site: http://www.motolegends.us/instrument-cluster-speaker-repair---complete-kit.html The official Porsche instructions for removing the cluster aren't quite complete - these guys have a guide with photos that walk you though the removal. Seems a bit daunting at first because you have to remove some trim and move some dash pieces out of the way, but if you take your time and don't break anything it was quite easy. Jeff was great - quick email, quick ship, even quick follow up. Good luck all.
  2. Hi All, I've got a 2003 Cayenne S which I've owned since new. I just recently had a blowout (first flat tire ever with the car) and now need a new set of summer tires. Since the flat, I'm more aware of the existence of run flat tires, since this car does not carry a spare. However I have no experience with them. Specifically, my biggest worry is to have a flat and not be able to move to a safe place on the road to repair it without damaging the wheel. With the blowout I was lucky to get over quickly and safely, and my tires had a very good sidewall that protected the wheel. I swap summer/winter tires and yes, I am a spirited summer driver. Gentlemen, is a RFT a 'must have' for my situation, and are these tires as quiet / gripping / durable as others? Any experience? Thank you all, I value your input. Ken
  3. Hi all, Was on the highway yesterday about 75mph when the road felt a little rough (they have been redoing the road so didn't think it was too odd) then within an instant felt like a flat tire and somehow I got over very quickly and came to a stop right at an exit. As I stop, I look out my passenger window and see the bulk of my right rear tire roll past me. Can't believe I didn't damage the wheel (20" turbo wheel). So here's the background and a question: I have 20" for summer, 18" for winter, and I was running Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza SL P275/45R-20. I actually put them on the car ('03 Cayenne S) in March of 2006, however they have about 40k on them and not at tread bar yet with still good tread - I was getting one last season out of them before replacement next spring. Since the rubber was near 8 years old, did they just break down? Should I consider age as well as tread ware when considering replacing tires in the future? Appreciate your advice all... Ken
  4. Thanks for the responses gentlemen. I too,suspected the parking brake however that wasn't it. Apparently when I removed the rotor and the parking brake grabbed it, the muscle I used to pull it off actually bent the metal protective cover that's behind the rotor - it also holds the spring anchors for the parking brake pads. Essentially, I pulled it forward and the rotor was rubbing against it. Crazy. Didn't know my own strength apparently and I didn't hammer or bang on it at all... so hopefully everyone else will be aware. In order to replace the metal cover, you actually need to remove the knuckle there! Again, crazy. So, some careful and patient 'peening' on the metal piece put it back into operable shape. To Clarsongli: I used your post as a guide - thank you very much. Ken
  5. Job has been more than this 'amateur' had bargained for. Just completed rear rotors and pads on my 03 Cayenne S. First wheel, difficult for all sorts of reasons, second wheel a breeze. HOWEVER, the first wheel (right rear) has a horrible noise coming from it as I drive... I thought it was the parking brakes engaged too much. I readjusted the parking brake to virtually open, and the sound is still there. So then I thought maybe the metal cover behind the rotor was rubbing - I checked it out and doesn't appear to be an issue. So, when I pulled the old rotor off, the parking brakes were tight. I hadn't loosened them enough and essentially then just muscled it off. I then 'clicked' them completely loose, and putting the new rotor on was a breeze. I also checked everything out - the three spring clips that hold them were all in tact and it didn't appear I caused any problems. However, could this have done something? Anyway, I am about to just give up and take it in to really pay for my errors... unless anyone has any ideas? Amateur Ken.
  6. Thanks for the response. Like everything, and fortunately with minimal scratching of the caliper, it came loose. Only then to have my emergency brake hanging on for dear life to the rotor during removal, as firm as my passengers when I take my favorite off-ramp in either one of my cars! The heat gun was next, 04TurboCab... thanks, Ken
  7. This is such a 'rookie' question, but I just started the job of replacing rear rotors and pads on my 03 Cayenne S. I haven't replaced even the pads on the back in at least 5 years... and the dang pin (with the cotter key) is CEMENTED in there. I have scraped, WD40'ed (maybe a no-no?) banged, hammered, and sledged on the thing and it won't spin or move at all. I've been at it for (no joke) a couple hours! I know perseverance is a virtue when working on cars, but this is plain frustrating! Anybody have any magical tips? I've never had this type problem before. I thought maybe something was putting tension on it, and I've clicked the emergency brake over, made sure the clips weren't too tight, scraped and scraped! Any idea or method is welcomed. Thanks, Ken
  8. The article from Loren is very good... of course I now question whether I broke them in correctly, if this horrible winter is causing additional transfer of materials, etc. I DO keep my foot on the brake too long after starting - I probably have imprints, which I will be able to check that out when I get back home next week and get the wheels back off. I am going to try to use the paper he suggested in the article to scrub the rotors before I replace it all... if it works I'll share out. Thanks again everybody, in all my years with Porsche's (and others for that matter) I have never experienced this. Ken
  9. Put new front rotors on my 03 Cayenne S about 15k miles ago, and now I have a warping problem (cause: shimmy when braking at higher speeds). Confirmed with mechanic buddy. I put on ATE slotted rotors... and here's the question - should I be blaming the rotor or are there other causes? Something I did/didn't do? Thanks for your thoughts on this... I'm putting OE back on. Ken
  10. (I posted this at end of string - not sure it showed as a response though) A heads up to you: I replaced my front brakes and rotors about a year ago, and decided to put aftermarket parts from tirerack.com. I didn't buy cheap stuff, (rotors were $300, pads were $450), but now I have found that the rotors have warped and I have a horrible shimmy in the steering when I brake. Beware what parts you use, in fact I will only be putting Porsche approved parts on from now on... expensive lesson learned, so beware when you make your choice. Also, my local Porsche dealer would charge me $1,350 for front brakes, rotors, sensors, labor. Porsche NA apparently has a 20% off coupon through March 31, and my dealer told me they would give me 20% off labor, too. You may want to check this out. Best of luck, Ken
  11. A heads up to you: I replaced my front brakes and rotors about a year ago, and decided to put aftermarket parts from tirerack.com. I didn't buy cheap stuff, (rotors were $300, pads were $450), but now I have found that the rotors have warped and I have a horrible shimmy in the steering when I brake. Beware what parts you use, in fact I will only be putting Porsche approved parts on from now on... expensive lesson learned, so beware when you make your choice. Also, my local Porsche dealer would charge me $1,350 for front brakes, rotors, sensors, labor. Porsche NA apparently has a 20% off coupon through March 31, and my dealer told me they would give me 20% off labor, too. You may want to check this out. Best of luck, Ken
  12. Thanks Rock... I guess I always knew the right answer but was hoping for an epiphany! Thanks for the response... 4 new on the way. Most experts will likely indicate that all four (especially on an AWD vehicle) should be the same exact tires for safety. That said, if you do your best to install tires that have similar tread attributes and similar tire characteristics (treadwear rating, load range, compound, traction and temperature rating, total circumference, aspect ratio) you should be fine. That will depend on your comfort level however. If you can get four exact, always better and safer, but do what you need to do and best to get them as close as possible.... Good luck...Hope that helps. DC
  13. Put my winter tires on today, and two of them need to be replaced (long story about having a friend do the alignment a few years back and ruining two tires). Apparently the tires I have on it aren't produced anymore - Dunlop Grandtrek 235/60 r18. Are there any risks in running two different manufacturers of tires? The two that don't need replacing were bought 2 years ago, I think - and they are in very good shape. Other than possibly looking like cr**, if the diameters are the same, do I run any risks? Thanks, Ken
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