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    Boxster 3.2S 987-1 2005
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  1. Here’s the story: Boxster 987S 2005. The battery was flat one morning so used jumper leads from another vehicle battery to get a start. Unfortunately I was fooled by the red tab on my earth lead and connected the jump leads the wrong way round for about 5 seconds. There appear to have been no ill effects, with all systems electrical systems still working, except that the radio and phone module is completely dead. I checked all fuses in the footwell fuse box and none were blown. Next step was to slide out the radio unit and check the 10A fuse at the back. This was found to be blown so, in expectation that all would be ok, I fitted a new fuse and refitted the radio. However, IT IS STILL DEAD! Have I killed the radio or is there anything else I might try?
  2. Try fitting a new coolant temperature sensor.....
  3. Thanks Richard, i'll get back to you via a PM once I have a look at the back of the unit. It might take a while as I'm very busy at work right now.
  4. Richard, thank you for the info and the photograph. The specialist I spoke to seemed to indicate that there was no camera input option on whatever the PCM model is on the Boxster 987-1 and that a later PCM edition would be required. I'm no expert at auto electrics and would prefer a specialist to investigate and fit, or at least a tutorial from someone who has managed to make it work. I will try to look at the back of my unit to compare it with the photo you supplied. I'm nearby in Ascot, by the way.
  5. I have been thinking about fitting a reversing camera to my 2005S. I don't want the clutter of an extra screen so would like the image to appear on stock nav screen. One specialist has advised that this is not possible without upgrading the screen to a later specification and quoted a large sum to do it. My question is, has anyone installed such a set up on their car and would be willing to post some information here?
  6. Still no starting problems after 30 months, but worried about potential IMS bearing failure now....
  7. I have owned a 987-1 from new (June 2005 delivery) . Can you please provide a link to the Guardian warning system JP? Thanks!
  8. Latest: Faultless starting, hot or cold, during past 2-3 months.
  9. Just to update my situation. The water temp sensor fail indications returned, along with the 'engine cranks but won't start' problem. I bought a new sensor from Porsche ( about £19) and fitted it in less than 15 minutes. All the warnings have now disappeared and over the past three weeks the car has started instantly, whether hot or cold, and my confidence in the car is restored. For what its worth, when I had the no start problem there was always a very strong smell of fuel after a short period of cranking and I'm guessing that the engine management system might have been sensing a very cold engine each time and was massively overfuelling, leading to the no start situation. This was a quick and easy fix and might be the first thing to try if you are having starting problems.
  10. Well, I learned a lot about engine access, particularly that you can get at the front of the engine (giving access to drivebelts and water temp sensor) via the cover which is on the bulkhead behind the seats. Just flip up the carpet and remove the 6 10mm bolts and 2 10mm nuts and you are in. I also opened the top engine cover for good measure. The engine was quite dusty, so gave it a clean and 'tweaked' every sensor I could see. I also entirely removed the temp sensor, rather than just disconnecting the plug, by accident. If you pull out the green plastic retaining clip, both items come away as a unit, followed by a torrent of coolant. There is a rubber sealing ring which also gets washed down onto the lower engine cover. I cleaned everything, especially the connections within the plug, and then reassembled. The result was one 'temp sensor failure warning' within a few minutes running, but none since. I have made several journeys, both long and short, which included about a dozen hot starts. So far, the no start problem has not recurred, the engine firing up immediately each time. Whether that is just perverse good luck, or if the problem is fixed, remains to be seen as I use the car more.
  11. Sorry to read about your problem and the attempted fixes. You may have saved me a lot of wasted effort. I have the same problem with my 2005 UK 987S and was about to make a start to fixing it today. The history with my car began with intermittent water temperature sensor failures which were coincident with an increasing reluctance to hot start, just as you described with your car. The engine would spin over but not fire up for several protracted attempts. A a short time later it would start normally. The latest incident stranded me as there was no start at all, and this time a yellow engine symbol came on during each start attempt and a message advising to take the car to the dealer. I called rescue to trailer the car home, but 30 minutes later it started normally and I got myself home. I'm thinking, as a first step, of opening the engine compartment to examine the sensor wires and connections. I'll advise you if it makes any difference.
  12. I'm wondering if you found the answer to the intermittent coolant gauge and oil level sensor? The same problem has just started to occur on my 2005 Boxster 987 S
  13. I now now have this problem too. How do get to the horns to fit a replacement?
  14. Specify the parking sensors first. You will use them every day and regret every day that you did not fit them.........
  15. Today I contacted my Porsche dealer to ask if I could buy an updated navigation CD for my PCM system. My car was supplied in June 2006. I was not entirely surprised, but so disappointed, to hear that in the UK a new CD disc would cost more than 400 UK pounds ( $800 USD) I have deferred a purchase for a year or two. Meanwhile, has anyone tried to copy the latest Porsche nav CD and might make it available?
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