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About Bruce999

  • Birthday 10/04/1965

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    99 Boxster

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  1. OK, I replaced the belt. Checked all the pulleys for play. None had any play whatsoever, except just a very slight play in the alternator pulley, so I am relieved to see the are no obvious issues with the compressor. Go the new belt from NAPA and it worked out perfect. The issue is still there, but maybe (and I say maybe) just slightly less shudder. I start the engine with the A/C on, then the engine surges (as it does normaly), then drops to 500 RPM or so momentarily as soon as the DME detects that the A/C is ON, then picks up again. At 500 is when I get the momentary shudder. Worked on the truck this weekend so I will set a weekend in the near future to clean the throttle body and iddle control motor. B)
  2. OK... looks like I just had to brush it a little harder... After using convertible top cleaning solution and a nylon brush, I rinsed and let dry twice. Top is much more grey now! Will try to post pic. I ordered some RaggTop scotchguard and treated top. So I suppose it was the original top color all along, just that it was dirty and/or faded, so the vigorous brushing probably just removed the dirt or top layer of UV degraded canvas. Just in time for the Monsoon season here is AZ! Thanks for all your help :thankyou:
  3. Again, thanks Maurice. Yes, it did not look right to me, but I couldn;t figure out what the function of that sheet of vinyl was. I'll look at it more closely next time. Right now, I'm not too worried, it's 110 F and 5% releative humidity here in the desert with no rain in sight!
  4. Thanks Maurice. My picture does not show the real color very well, but yours looks definitely Graphite Grey, mine is more Tan. So, the top color must be fading because I scrubbed the heck out of it and did not change color (not dirty). I don't mind it all that much, just that it doesn't match the interior color. How hard is it to do a die job? Should I die before I Scotch Guard it? What is that grey material hanging from the gasket? When I worked on mine, it was just laying on the carpet...
  5. Here's a better picture. It's actually more tan than it looks in the picture here. If you look closely, it fades a little where the roll bar is.
  6. I believe the top color options on the '99s are Graphite Grey, Metropol Blue, and Black. Since your car has a grey interior I'd lean toward the Graphite top. If it's showing a tan color then the top color is fading. A pic may confirm. there are products out there for dyeing the top, that others have used with varying degrees of success. A good soak 'n' scrub with car soap and a microfiber mitt may help pull out any contaminants that mask the factory color, so I'd start there first. Porsche and others make top protectants and conditioners with UV protection to help keep the top in "tip-top" shape. Mark I bought some Convertible Top cleaner and tried spraying it, then rubbing the area with lintless cloth, then soak it up with a damp clotch, but did not see any change in the color. Do I need to use a horse hair brush to get the embedded dirt out? Or is it just the color fading... Here's a picture, althought the sunlight distorts the color a little. I'll get a better pic tomorrow since it's dark out. It's definitely not graphite grey.
  7. Thanks for your replies. I had thought about replacing the accessory belt since the cars is 11 years old. I just replaced the MAS and fuel pressure regulator last weekend... :D
  8. Thanks for all of your responses. When I bought this car, I planned on keeping it "for my son" that is 9 years old, and figured this would be a classic in a few years. I am a mechanical engineer that designs industrial machines, so I truly enjoy great engineering and love to drive this car. Good point on the IMS/bearing not being specifically mentionned in the covered parts list. Point also taken on putting in the aftermarket upgrade for it. I will sleep better tonight :renntech:
  9. Hi folks 99 Boxster 2.5, 5 speed, 39K miles. Here in Mesa, AZ, it's hot and when I start the engine in the morning or after sitting a while, the engine lopes and car shudders for a little (with A/C on only). Was told by a friend who has a BMW 7 series that this is normal. Anybody ever have this happen? Thanks
  10. 99 Boxster, 5 speed, Arena Red, light grey interior. The top on it is more of a Beige color. I wonder if this is the original, but doubt it since I believe it came with the light grey color color top. How can I tell? Or, is it just dirty? Thanks
  11. Was pricing out an extended warranty for my 99 Boxster 5 speed (39,000 miles) today. Auto Protection has one for $3,500 4 years/50,000 that covers pretty much everything. They also have a motor, transmission, transaxle and a few more things (basic) for $1,900. None covers the convertible top and mechanism. With all the IMS failures I hear about, I'm a little nervous. BUT... how likely is this failure (or other major failure) likely to happen to me within the next 50k miles? I won't take it to the track and I drive it fairly easy... but push it sometimes. I've had the car for 2 months or so and it drives like new, engine runs very smoothly, shifts precisely. How likely is it I may experience this failure? An, if I do, will this cost me a new engine? How much would that cost? Do I benefit of a higher resale value if I do purchase it? Your opinion is valued. Thanks
  12. New to my 99 Boxster. Replaced the MAS, air filter and fuel pressure regulator this morning, and found the dreaded broken plastic ball joint on the right convertible top side mechanism. What is the soft material that clips to the rear? Is it just supposed to lay like this?
  13. I was working on my 99 Boxster today and noticed the right hand side ball joint on the top mechanism was broken. Here's a picture. The top had been working (and still is) correctly. I'm sure the other side would fail given time. :eek:
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