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Everything posted by roger_mck

  1. When I was getting those it turned out to be an air leak in the AOS area.
  2. Hmmmm...well, the headlights are working, and so are the fog/parking lights. I feel like something is shorted. Something else that is happening is that when I have the headlights on, I can hear a buzz in my speakers. And there is an clicking noise in the speakers whenever I am moving (headlghts on or off). Not that it helps but my '99 has a similar problem. Oddly the chime sounds one time only when the light switch remains on or the key remains in the ignition. Doesn't sound at all for an unbuckled belt. I figure the ol' gal just got tired of complaining. Good luck!
  3. I will try cleaning up the interlock switch first - Perhaps some gunk has just made the switch operation a bit spotty. Thanks for the advice.
  4. Thanks for the info, I'll start looking at both the battery and starter motor more closely. This seems different though - It is definitely not a slow start however, it's a no start for the first 30-60 seconds. Then we're fine.
  5. Just curious if any has experienced a similar issue. This last winter on a couple of occasions my '99 failed to start on the first try. It would however start on the fourth or fifth try. It was clear that this only happened on the coldest days when the car had been sitting outside. Cold Florida days to be exact, somewhere below 50f. It has happened a few more times since, and now recently when the outside temp was 80 degrees. So this is getting worrisome. Fortunately after a 'few' tries the car has always come to life. When it fails to start all is normal except for the lack of abs
  6. The smoke residue is oily so as Geoff remarked you must wipe down all of the interior surfaces. Any proper cleaner that also remove oil/grease will do.
  7. Great job! Did you find it a difficult repair? For $90 this must be a DIY correct?
  8. You'll find that many of us have had to replace the latch - I seem to recall a price of around $165 - at least it is a really simple repair. It is a combination hood latch (metal) and sensor (plastic) and in many cases the plastic simply fails after awhile and things go south from there. I would say that if yours is more than 7 years old you're ahead of the game. Try a couple drops of oil and be gentle!!!
  9. It's been awhile but I installed this kit a few years ago. You can find a couple great write-ups around here somewhere. You'll need a Dremel type cutting tool and some hot glue - other than that the install is a breeze. NOTE that if is the exact same kit as many of us have, it does NOT produce what you would call 'hi-fi' sound. It adds more of a surround effect - quite nice for my tastes!
  10. I'll head out and get a bulb - and some car wax. Then it's off to saturday night darts!!! A priority. Thanks guy. BTW do you know of anyone that sells an 'enhanced' air intake for the drivers side? You know, a (more) extended lip like the later modlels?
  11. When you take the key out of the ignition, with the headlights switched on, the lights dim to sort of a 'glow'. My problem is that only the passenger side does this, no light from the drivers side at all. Just started the other day. Otherwise, the lights are frine. I switched both bulbs from, from one side to the other. Still no light on the drivers side. Need help from someone who has been there before! Could this be the light switch? Thanks - Roger - 99 daily driver
  12. All of the posts have been quite interesting - as I have recently been tracking my gas mileage using lower (cheaper) mid-octane fuel. I am not recommending this to anyone, but as for me, the change has been quite surprising, probably due to oddities in the fuel system (timing?) unique to my car. Anyway I have a '99 non-s and have historically gotten around 21-22 all 'round mpg. The car has also had rather poorer acceleration at proper running temperature, a bit better when the engine was cold/warming. No dyno tests, just seat of the pants observation. With recent high gas prices, I fi
  13. blue's right, no PSM on '99. as for ease of rotation, this only occurs when you're at or near the limit of adhesion. it's not like you'd be driving around town, lift, and spin the car. for track use, though, when you're at the limit, you want to be able to easily steer with the throttle. more gas should push you wide, less gas should tighten the line / rotate the car. the M030 sways really improve this. as for the PSM, it's my understanding that it really doesn't kick in until your slip angle is high and still increasing. i don't think it would upset the car. Just thought I'd jump
  14. Thanks! I definitely appreciate your advice, there are several suspension upgrades available and I am not an expert in the field! But it will be a stretch for the pocketbook. Such problems - new leather couch, HDTV, or suspension for the Boxster... Can anyone enlighten me as to the theory behind 'coilovers'? Looks like a spring and strut combo that allows you to keep the existing springs in place as well?
  15. Yes, starting in 2000 the 2.5 became a 2.7 for the base model through a slight increase in crankshaft stroke. The 2.7 was evolved into a 3.2. Both using a new DME 7.2.
  16. I just had the clutch replaced on my 99 2.5 Boxster. The mechanic that did the work told me that he had ordered a 2.5 clutch (which was too small ) and had to return it in favor of the 2.7. Since the 2.7 clutch is a bit bigger this is great, but now I'm confused. Why would this car have the larger clutch? Is the an artifact of the cross over in 99 from 2.5 to 2.7? The car was manufactured in April 1999, Finland. I am not the original owner.
  17. I have a '99 Boxster with about 94k miles and it is time for new struts in the rear, probably it is best to replace all the way around. Does anyone have suggestions as to a good/stiffer strut that I can use for better cornering performance? I also am not sure if I may need to get new springs to compliment the stiffer strut. Don't have lots of $$ to spend, so any advice is most welcome. If I can get 80% of what I am looking for with just the new struts then I'll be a very satisfied driver!
  18. I just bought four of the Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3's and they're performing great for me in both wet and dry conditions. Much better than my old Conti's. Check out the tread pattern on these and you will see why they do so well on wet roads. Tread life is rated at 280 which is very good for a performance tire.
  19. I did try cleaning the MAF, but to no avail. I wish I knew what the proper air flow reading should be for my car at idle speed. I saw somewhere that it should be around 4.8g/s, my MAF is reading about 3.8 or less. But the readings could be accurate if there is an air leak somewhere downstream of the MAF. For now I'm assuming the MAF is OK, it's less than one year old. I don't really know how to test either it or the idle control valve. I'm wondering if the ICV might be failing to hold a steady position.
  20. I have been getting codes 1124 and 1126 recently in my 99 Boxster. I replaced the fuel filter which did seem to help the engines performance, but the codes came back. I took it to a local mechanic who couldn't find any vacuum leaks, he suggested replacing the MAF. Well, the MAF was already replaced about 10 months ago and I presume it's working OK. To help diagnose what is going on I purchased the ISO version of Car-Code an OBD-II scanner. The MAF readings with a hot engine at idle are around 3.5g/s which I understand to be low. But the readings do remain pretty steady and increase w/t
  21. After some investigating I see tht this is part of the air injection system - I belive it's a vacuum reservoir.
  22. The part I'm looking at is more towards the front of the engine - and underneath the intake manifold. It's shaped like an oil filter with a slot cut into it.
  23. Could someone tell me what the cylindrical thing is in the pic below? This is a 99 Boxster 2.5 base engine. It's hard to tell what you're looking at in the next picture, but it is a close-up of the base of the cylinder. It has a small amount of oil leaking from around the tube that's connected there. The arrow then points to a...? Thanks everyone! I'm learning...
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