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Posts posted by zokman

  1. Mama Mia, this was a project! It almost beat the band. If it hadn't been for your excellent post, I think I would be out about $1,200 plus the $550 for the pipe kit. Your warnings about the screws and connectors proved to be very valuable. I avoided the pitfalls you described, only to be bitten by the rear rigid hose on the intake manifold. Somehow I messed up the connector and had to purchase a new venturi line. Couldn't just buy a connector, got to get the entire line, $80 and thank you very much form the Porsche store.

    I am still in the middle of this project. All pipes have been removed and everything is cleaned up. I am now waiting for the parts to arrive from Suncoast and will begin the installation. Maybe they won't come until Friday and I can have a day off. It's getting a bit warm in Dallas.

    One question. Why did you fill the system with 50/50 instead of the coolant spec'd in the upgrade kit.

    Thanks again for your post and the time it took to create it.


  2. casharp got U in the right direction,,,,

    measure at the starter terminal first, if that is OK U can eliminate the starter relay / ECU.

    If not, we need to go backward.


    It was the f**king key chip. After batteries, jumped clutch switches and a new ignition switch, it appears my problem was a faulty key chip. I tried my spare key and the car started.

    go figure.


  3. casharp1,

    not sure if I can be any help. but you need to check with a meter if the starter is getting the correct voltage when your trying to start the car? what is the voltage across battery? what is the voltage across the battery when you are trying the start the car? Does the starter click like it is trying to start? how did the problems start, little bit at a time or all at once?

    Voltage across battery is 12.5V, voltage during starting attempt is the same, no fluctuation. The starter does not click.

    The problem started when I replaced the battery, about a month ago. After the battery replacement, the car started OK 3 or 4 times, about 3 days between each starting event.

    The last time I attempted to start the car the ignition turned on as normal, but when I turned the ignition switch to the start position, nothing.

    I checked the battery, almost totally drained. I charged the battery and tried to start. nothing.

    I replaced the ignition switch. ( this will be the 3rd time over the last 8 years) Nothing.

    I replaced the battery. (Interstate battery bought at Sam's, replaced under warranty) Nothing.

    I jumped the clutch interlock switch. Nothing.

    I have swapped around the interchangeable relays in the relay block, but not the starter relay. This part is on order. No change

    I am going to take a look at the immobilizer this morning and see if I can see any obvious problems there.

    any other suggestions are welcome.



  4. I am still wrestling with the starting problem on my 97 boxster. censored.gif I have replaced the ignition switch and battery. I have bypassed the clutch interlock switch. When I turn on the ignition, all warning lights come on, radio & headlights work. Absolutely no power to the starter motor. censored.gif Unless there is another fuse or relay in the starter circuit, I am starting to think replacing starter motor is the only option left. I just want to be sure i have explored every option prior to changing the starter motor. As Little Richard would say......Hep Me, Hep Me, Hep Me Pleeeeeeeeeeease!! helpsmilie.gif


  5. I replaced the battery in my 1997 Boxster a couple of weeks ago. I attempted to start the car after it had been sitting for about a week and the battery was dead. I charged the battery and the car still would not start. It appeared the starter motor was not getting any juice. I just replaced the ignition switch, still no start and the battery is now drained to abut 50% after sitting for 4 hours. Is there another switch or relay in the starter circuit that could be blown? Any assistance will be appreciated.


  6. I have just replaced the a/c module on my 2004 cayenne. the replacement was simple, but now i have a flashing display for about 10 seconds after the engine is started and the controller does not appear to be functioning correctly. The dealer says the master computer needs to be reset. can i do this myself?

    Probably not - you will need a PIWIS tester.

    So, find a shop or dealer with one.

    Thanks for the information. Is there an aftermaket tester available?

    You can check with the folks at Durametric - but I do not think their software does this yet.

    I went to the dealer, got the computer fault codes reset and everything works except the side vents. I have seen a couple of posts about actuators. Could this be another problem with my system?

  7. I have just replaced the a/c module on my 2004 cayenne. the replacement was simple, but now i have a flashing display for about 10 seconds after the engine is started and the controller does not appear to be functioning correctly. The dealer says the master computer needs to be reset. can i do this myself?

    Probably not - you will need a PIWIS tester.

    So, find a shop or dealer with one.

    Thanks for the information. Is there an aftermaket tester available?

  8. Loren,

    Thanks for the reply. I think i have addressed the restricted air lines. I will do a vacuum test tonight. After that I'm not sure where to go. I hate to throw parts at this machine hoping for a good result.

    I have been considering buying the Durametric OBD software, do you know if this software has the capability of detailing the fault in this system or do I need the PST-II?

    Can you tell me where the relay you refer to is located?

    Thanks for your assistance.


  9. Loren:

    You are right. I did not read the secondary air system valves failure message here. Got that on one PPBB.

    I also got the error codes mixed up. I was the lucky winner of two codes, 0420 Cat efficiency below threshold (bank1), and 0410 secondary air system malfunction.

    do you have any ideas on how to remedy the 0410 malfunction? I have inspected all hoses for leaks and crimps and found none. I removed the output hose from the air pump and blew out the line and pump chamber. When i turn on the ignition on a cold engine, the pump does not come on and I hear a buzzing noise coming from under the intake manifold on the passenger side. After looking at the exploded view, my guess is the electric change over valve has gone south, but that is just a guess. Any insight you have on my little problem will be greatly appreciated.

  10. Has anyone changed out the valves in the secondary air system. I am having trouble passing inspection due to a fault code:0420 Secondary air system. I have read that the valves in this system go bad at 100,000 miles and need to be replaced. I have done a number of repairs on this car and always used the instructions i got on this website. Here's hoping someone has done this one and can guide me through it.

  11. I have read numerous posts on the secondary air system and its parts. I have inspected the system on my '97 Boxster. When the ignition is turned on, I hear a buzzing sound from a source under the intake manifold. I am guessing this is the electric change over valve. The air injection pump does not come on.

    Does anyone have a step by step procedure for replacing the valves in the sec. air system? it looks like the passenger side manifold needs to come off, but I'm hoping that is not the case.

    Any assistance will be appreciated.


  12. Well guys have the car booked into Porsche for a check up on Mon next, but think its maybe pointless,

    I think they are just going to tell me what i all ready know, & give me a report.

    So I will bring it back to the garage where I got the car 4 months ago.

    It's like this, I bought the car 4 months ago for €70k with 66400 miles and a (3 months 6000 miles warranty)

    Then less than 650 miles & 4 months later BANG the engine's gone...

    Was I cheated...

    I'm really dishearten with Porsches all together, back in Feb 07 I got my first Porsche a Boxster

    which was noting but trouble always in the garage, had it for only 6 months, then I decide to get the big daddy,

    the icon 911, & it dies after 60k something miles, rubbish, these cars are only made for the weekend, I dont care what,

    everybody say they are NOT everyday sports cars, & they are NOT of a good Quality build (for a German car)...

    So now I will have to get a another car & as much as it hurts me to say it I dont think it will be a Porsche,

    I'm looking at a 2003/2004 Black Merc. SL350 boring, I know. I would love to get an other beautifully Porsche but I just dont think

    people can trust them, they will only break your heart, (bit like women)

    Plus I'm too embarrassed to tell my friends I got a 3rd Porsche in 1 year...

    So there I said it... I will keep you's all informed of the situation...

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