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Everything posted by shark715

  1. How very touching that you would give up something that you obviously love so much for the person that you love...
  2. Unless there was something to clearly indicate that they did something wrong with the original repair. More likely it's just an unfortunate coincidence. We are talking about parts that are 13 years old and things wear out and break and leak. I take it that you are a Four Winns boater? Me too :-)
  3. We have an '04 C4S cab with factory installed PSE. I modified the relay (using the instructions another forum member posted years ago) so that PSE is default on. I rarely turn it off (top down or top up) unless I'm leaving the house super early in the morning so as not to disturb the neighbors. Just love that sweet music coming from behind us, especially above 3000 rpm, and especially with the top down. Is it too loud? I would say 98% of the time, no. I'm under the impression most of the aftermarket systems are louder. I've been asked many times by other 911 owners what aftermarket system I have as they seem to like what they are hearing and don't realize it's an OEM system.
  4. I think they may be different. In the hydraulic fluid DIY, Izzy mentioned the plug was a 5mm hex head, and I have a 2004 and the plug is a 4mm hex head.
  5. Unfortunately this is an all too common required repair on 996 and 997 cabrios. Has anyone tried replacing the O rings themselves versus exchanging for rebuilt units or sending them out to be rebuilt? Here's someone selling a DIY kit on Ebay. Anyone have experience with this? http://www.ebay.com/itm/271688190195
  6. I have an '04 996 C4S and mine also has the pump and reservoir horizontally like Wkoperwhats. I've attached a photo. The hex plug on mine was 4mm, not 5mm. I was not so lucky. I did successfully fill the reservoir, but I can now see I'm going to have to replace the seal on the right side actuator. After filling the reservoir, the telltale hydraulic fluid is on the garage floor just in front of my right rear tire.
  7. Thanks. I did try signing out and then resigning in with the same result.
  8. Thanks for responding. Neither the box nor the icon are there. Only seems to be a problem in DIY Support Topics. As you can see I had no trouble responding in this thread.
  9. For some reason I am unable to post to any of the DIY Support Topics. The "Reply to This Topic" button does not appear. Thanks in advance for your help.
  10. Aftet trying several different pressure combinations, I ended up settling for the OEM specs (36 front/ 44 rear) despite the tires not being OEM size. Seems to be the best combination of handling versus ride quality.
  11. I needed new tires for my '04 C4S Cab, and had a strong desire to install Michelin Super Sports as I have those tires on 2 other cars and think they are absolutely terrific. I find them to be very grippy (at least at warm temperatures) with good turn in, but without a bone jarring ride. Unfortunately Michelin does not make Super Sports in my rear OEM size, 295-30-18. I was going to go with Michelin PS2's instead as I've had good results with them in the past, , but no one had them in stock, and everywhere I called said they would likely not be available for at least a month. After reading some of the other 996 posts here regarding tires, I decided to go with 285-35-18 Super Sports, but to keep the tire diameters the same, on the fronts I went with 225-45-18's rather than the OEM 225-40-018's. Everything seems fine so far, but I'm wondering what pressures I should be using with the larger tires. I did some calculations based on the maximum load of the OEM versus installed tires, and based on that I'm at 30 psi in the front versus the factory specified 36, and 40 psi in the rear versus the factory specified 44. Again, everything seems fine thus far, but what pressure would everyone suggest I should be using? I don't track the car, but on occasion I like to have some fun in the twisties and on entrance and exit ramps. 95% of the time the car is driven rather sedately. I'd like to minimize the tire wear (despite occasionally playing Rodney Racecar Driver) and ride comfort is a priority too. Thanks in advance for your help.
  12. Had a dead battery today on my '04 C4S cab. I kick myself for not realizing that the old battery was 7 years old and proactively replacing it before now, especially given all the time the car sits unused in the garage. I know better. I have always made it a habit to go with the highest capacity battery that will fit in all my cars, and I decided to go with a Group 49. I found a 900 CCA Duracell that had a July date code at Sam's Club for $106.87. I's made by Deka in Pennsylvania. Sam's also had a AGM battery for $150 that was 50 CCA less, but I'm not convinced it's worth it. I had no reasonable way to avoid disconnecting the power to the car's systems, and I figured if memory was going to be lost it had already happened as the old battery was showing only about 8.5 volts. Guess I got lucky...there was no battery in the car for a good hour while I used a M14 tap to thread the last hole in the battery tray plus enlarging the hole in the battery hold down bracket..but I see no problems..radio did not lose the presets, the one touch feature on the passenger window did not work for a few window cycles, but then it seemed to correct itself. The only other things I noticed was that the tripometer reset to zero, and the engine ran rough for a few minutes. I assume that was the engine computer "re-learning". The fuel gauge shows the same 3/4 tank level that it showed before the battery failed.
  13. It appears I got lucky and figured out the apparent fix. This problem would happen only on occasion, so I never took the car into the shop to be looked at. Then a couple of weeks ago I was experiencing the same issue, and was able to close the top only after several attempts. When I got out of the car after the top has been successfully closed, the lid gasket had come entirely off and was laying on the rear of the car! (Lucky I noticed it, or I could have driven away, and it would have falIen off and been lost, and I never would have known) I re-installed it...and no more problems since then! It appears that the loose gasket was somehow interfering with the operation of the top, but I never saw it as it would be "hidden" when the top was fully opened or fully closed. I'm not really sure exactly how the loose gasket was interfering with the top closing, but if anyone experiences the same issue, one thing to check is that the lid gasket is not peeling off.
  14. The top on our '04 C4S will not move from the open position. The clamshell opens as it should, but then the process stops...no hydraulic motor sounds or otherwise from the top itself. Can anyone recommend a repair shop here in northern or central New Jersey who you would trust to do this kind of work? Thanks in advance for your help.
  15. I had this happen the other day after the car had been sitting for two weeks and it was scary (before i read this post) as it was loud and did not disappear until the engine was thoroughly warmed. The good news is that there has been no noise on subsequent cold starts when the car sat only overnight.
  16. I bought the Hankook Ventus V12 tires for my '04 C4S Cab because of the all the positive reviews and bargain price. Initially I was positively impressed, but after only 11,000 miles of non-aggressive driving I had to replace the rears. There was plenty of tread left, but they had become very noisy and were vibrating pretty severely. There's a private garage nearby that does top notch work and has a Hunter 9700 Road Force balancing machine. He said the tires were shot and could not be balanced because the belts had slipped on both of them. I replaced them with the same Hankooks again so they would match the tires on my front axle, but now I'm not so sure about these tires. Is this a case of "you get what you pay for"? What have others experienced as these tires have accumulated miles? I'm wondering if it's perhaps an issue limited to the very low profile sizes? Thanks in advance for your input.
  17. Has the exact same issue with my C4S with the same two sets of tires, and once I put matching Hankooks on the front axle, the problem went away.
  18. I have Hankooks on my '04 C4S. I replaced the OEM Conti's on the rear first, and with 11k miles on them, there's still plenty of tread left on the rears, but I typically don't drive the car hard. Until I replaced the Conti's on the fronts, I was surprised how easy it was to activate the stability control. I had read the warnings about mixing brands of tires, but I didn't expect to notice the issue when not driving the car hard . Now that I have Hankooks on both axles, and that issue is gone. I would be difficult for me to compare the handling as it's been a while since I had the OEM Conti's on both axles, but I have no complaints about the handling now. I will say that flatspotting may be a bigger issue with the Hankooks versus the Conti's, but with the huge difference in cost I think I made the right decision,
  19. I’m fairly certain it’s time for me to get the tires/wheels re-balanced on my '04 C4S cab as I’m getting a pretty good vibration at highway speeds, and I hear the howling noise coming from the rear tires that’s been described on other posts. I have Hankook tires with 11,000 miles on them, and they have plenty of tread left as I generally don’t drive the car hard (although I can see that the inside sections of both rear tires are wearing faster than the middle and outer sections as mentioned on many other posts, but even the inside sections still have ample tread left). There’s a local shop that I trust that has the Hunter GSP9700 “road force” balancing machine that’s highly recommended by Tire Rack, but one of the Porsche TSB’s regarding tires and wheels says “use only the Porsche center clamping set for balancing”. Does this mean I need to have this done at a Porsche dealer? Thanks in advance for your help.
  20. I have the exact same issue, moving toward the rear only. Anyone able to post DIY instructions/ photos on how to make this repair? I don't mind doing this work myself, but I would attempt it only with a good set of instructions. I'm a bit concerned that without the proper lubrication, eventually something will break at the least opportune time. Thanks in advance for your help.
  21. I've been shopping for an '09 or '10 GTS or Turbo. My wife absolutely wants the Panoramic roof, so there's not many units out there to choose from. Any common issues with these model years that I should be on the lookout for? Are Turbos more troublesome? I'd prefer to find a CPO car given the warranty, but I'd also be happy to find a private seller with a unit that has been meticulously maintained and not abused. Thanks in advance for your help.
  22. Thanks, would a typical alignment shop know how to check the steering angle sensor, or is that going to be a job for a dealer and/or Porsche specialist?
  23. Does my '04 C4S Cab require any unusual equipment for an alignment, or can I expect that any decent shop with modern alignment equipment can do the job correctly? Thanks in advance for you help.
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