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About jthailer

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    2003 Boxster S
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    Cayman or 911 or Race Car
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  1. Basically the strap is used to keep the glass top out of the way when the top is in the service position. With the top in the service position pull the strap around the top and put the loop around the tab in the frame of the roof. The tab is the part that fits into the windshield frame when the roof is fully closed. I think the 2003 and 2004 owners manual shows the use of the strap.
  2. I am not a mechanic, but I wil give you my two cents. Leak from in between transmission and engine could be an RMS leak or an IMS leak or both. I purchase a car that had the same kind of leak. Leak was found when performing PPI. RMS was fixed by the seller before I took possession of the car. You have a great opportunity to have the RMS fixed, have the IMS bearing replaced and put a new clutch in at the same time. My IMS seal was not leaking so the shop told me not to replace the bearing, I wish I had, just for the peace of mind. They were right there already, transmission off, flywheel off. Would have taken them another 1/2 hour to replace the IMS bearing.
  3. Since no one else has chimed in, I have a similar rattle, but have been unable to reproduce it while the car is not moving. Probably something loose that we can't pinpoint. I am wondering if it is something rattling around in the catalytic converter.
  4. Glad to hear about your recovery and that your car has recovered as well. Nice to know another one of these cars was saved from the junk yard.
  5. Any update on this? I am thinking of trying the IMS upgrade myself.
  6. Have you thought about replacing the IMS bearing while you are in there? Or at least checking the bearing?
  7. I was able to take apart the switch and cleaned some of the contacts with fine sandpaper. There are a lot of small parts in there so be careful if you attempt this. As one post said above, I am not sure if opening the switch and cleaning the contacts was the trick or just the fact that I disconnected the switch and reconnected it, but now the Litronics light up on the first try every time. If someone attempts this in the future, first try disconnecting the switch from the power and the reconnect it and see if that works. I bet it will buy you a few more years of trouble free operation.
  8. Are there instructions on how to remove #27? Should it just slide out once the nut is removed? #27 seems to be in there very tight almost as if it is glued in. Is there a way to push it out from the back? There seem to be a couple of tabs on the back.
  9. I am having trouble removing the switch from the vent. Does the front race (switch plate) need to be removed? Bentley manual says to slide the switch plate forward in the vent about 5mm. I am unable to slide it forward. The instructions here say to turn the switch clockwise, is that while facing the switch as if it were in the dash? Bentley manual says to turn the switch slightly couter clockwise. Thanks Loren 2003 Boxster S
  10. I still stare at my car in the garage. Sometimes I will just sit in there and read the paper. Do yourself a favor and sign up for a Driver Ed or Autocross event through your local PCA. You will have a whole new appreciation for your car.
  11. I had a similar thing happen on my 2003 Boxster S. Soon after changing the belt I started getting a squeaking sound after the car was warm. I took the new belt off and put the old belt back on and the noise went away. Now I just keep the new belt in the spare tire pouch just in case the old belt fails. It seems like the new belt is just a little bit wider and must be rubbing against something. It is a Porsche belt that I purchased.
  12. Thanks for the information everyone. I am in the market for a 996 (possibly 997 for the right price). Does anyone know of a dealer in New York they would recommend? Also, once I get a car, are the warranties worth the paper they are written on if they are not a Porsche certified car? European Motor Car on Long Island or High Marque Motor Cars in Morristown NJ.
  13. I went on Howstuffworks.com and they had a very good explaination. I think I understand now. Interesting that the traction control seems to act like a limited slip differential. Thanks for the reply.
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