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  1. Hi Everyone, I dropped the car off at the dealer today. They told me the clear oily fluid in the front is condensation from the A/C. (I'm still puzzled because the fluid was oily like a clear vegetable oil). Now the bad news is that they told me that in the back I have a RMS leak. The previous owner of the car had the RMS fixed under warranty in 2007 by the dealer. Could the RMS fail in another 4 years? My heart just dropped agfter hearing this from the dealer because of all the RMS/IMS posts I've read on the forums. I don't know what to expect. Worst case scenario, how much does a RMS repair cost? Just wondering how much everyone else paid to get the RMS fixed. Also, I am thinking about doing the 45K service from the dealer. The car has 39500 miles right now but I don;t really drive it that often. They said the 45K service is about $950. Is this also about right? I've never owned a Porsche before and so far in the last 1 1/2 years I have had it, I have had no problems and the car has been a dream. Thank you, John
  2. Thank you Everyone for your replies. I haven't had access to my computer to see the responses until today. It definitely has me baffled. It has since stopped leaking and there is only a little bit that drips towards the rear driver's side. (almost above the rear axle). It is clear and looks like vegetable oil or corn oil. It has a slight lemony smell. (Couldn't think of anything closer). I haven't had a chance to check the brake fluid tank but I did notice the anti freeze tank is below the low mark. I am going to check the brake fluid reservoir tonight. I am new to the car and I am not sure if Porsche fluids have different colors when compared to other vehicles. (My other car is an Acura). I just wanted to ask you guys here before I go to my local dealer and receive a pleasant shock if you know what I mean... Also, does anyone have a independent shop they would recommend in northern NJ area. I currently bring my car to Town Motors Porsche in Englewood. I haven't been to anyone else and I am kind of scared to without any referrals. Thank you for all your help. John
  3. Hi Everyone, Everyone has always been super helpful in the past so I wanted to ask before going to the local dealer for service just so I know what to prepare for. I bought a 2002 996 Carrera 4S last year and I drive it maybe every other week on weekends. The other weekend, I drove the car and turned on the a/c for the first time. After parking the car, the next day I noticed a clear oily fluid (kind of looks like vegetable oil) that had leaked on the right front in front of the passenger side front tire (near radiator) and also the same fluid toward the back near the rear driver side rear wheel. In the front, the leak was more and in the back the leak was less. I noticed after also that the anti freeze level had dipped below the low mark but I didn't see a trace of any anti freeze on the garage floor. (Unless the anti freeze is clear?). I am new to Porsche and really do not know much and I am still learning. I just wanted to get an idea of what it may be before I bring it to the dealer to find out that it is a major $$$. Thank you in advance. John
  4. Hi Guys, Everyone has been so helpful here. I posted a post previously about my rear spoiler on my C4S and everyone had great recommendations. The problem ended up being a bad instrument panel so had to shell out money for a new instrument cluster $$. I have a question and I've been a little worried. One day I was in 3rd gear entering the highway and revved the motor to 6000rpm (WOT) and then a huge white cloud formed behind the car from the exhaust ( I mean enough white smoke to slow everyone behind me). After that the car still ran fine though it felt like it hesitated a little in gear. Right after wards the car seemed to run fine and I haven't floored the accelerator since but now that it has been about 3 months of regular driving, everything seems fine and I get no smoke when I start the car or anything. I've been reading through the forum regarding the AOS problem, oil leaking into the engine, etc... I am not sure if I have a problem I need to worry about or if I should get this checked out at the dealer. By the way, it never happened again. Also, any good Porsche independent shops anyone can recommend in NJ area? Thank you, John
  5. Also, as soon as I can I'll try to upload a photo of my C4S. I must say that this forum is really great. Thank you again. JP
  6. Hi Loren, Thank you so much. I am going to give that a try. I've never had a Porsche before and reading through these forums gets me a little scared about what I got myself into but the car is a blast to drive and I understand why people get addicted to these cars. It's funny but the friend that sold me the Carrera 4S has a 1987 911 turbo and he actually likes the older ones a lot better. I used to have only Saabs since the old whale tails of 1987. They also had their share of glitches but they were a blast to drive also. Thank you again and I'm going to give it a try and see. -JP
  7. Hi Everyone, I am new to the forum and new to Porsches. I just bought a 2002 Carrera 4S from a very good friend and he had the rear spoiler mechanism replaced because it used to make a grinding noise. Now, the spoiler works fine but does not go down after it goes up at high speed and the rear spoiler failure light keeps coming on. The dealer has already checked and replaced the mechanism again and they cannot seem to find the problem. When operating manually, it does go up and down okay. I've checked online and there have been many instances of the rear spoiler failure but I haven't found any that helped. Any ideas or suggestions would be great. JP
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