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About DaveFL76

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    PCA (Porsche Club of America)
  • Present cars
    '99 996 C2 Cabriolet

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  1. I just got the Schnell CAI kit + BMC air filter for my '99 996. When i installed the kit I noted that muffler box inside the airbox and it stands to reason that it gives air coming through the far side of the filter a significant obstacle to run around, and it seems like it'd be a freer path for incoming air if it wasn't there. Has there been any more thought on pros and cons of getting rid of the resonator/muffler box and capping the hole since this thread was last active? I can't seem to find any recent info. Thanks!
  2. Just wanted to bump this thread to the top. I'm planning on getting under the car this weekend. Are there any checks I can do to see what sort of shape my inner tie rods are in? What should I be looking out for? thanks!
  3. You should be aware that this is an extremely typical SCAM... You may be replacing two perfectly good parts. What tire shop..? Oh, your lifetime alignment package probably doesn't apply since you will be "intentionally" mis-aligning the car. It's Tire Kingdom, a pretty well-known place around here and they've seemed pretty trustworthy in my past experience, but ya never know... What should I be looking for on my inner tie rods to see if they're in good shape or not? thanks!
  4. Hey folks, Woke up this morning with a screw in my tire so I took it to my local tire shop to get it patched. I also bought the Lifetime Alignment package from them so I asked them to throw it on the alignment rack for me. I got a call back from them saying that they'd rather not do the alignment b/c my inner tie rods are worn and loose. Not dangerously loose, they said, but loose enough to undo the alignment in short order and something I should get fixed. Looks like PelicanParts sells inner tie rods for $52 each. Unfortunately my tire shop won't put on parts that I bring them, so they
  5. Here's a completely unscientific, statistically unsound indicator of how common (or uncommon) a 996 engine failure is: I just read through all 155 posts. This thread has been viewed just shy of 69,000 times so far and 10 people have reported failures that resulted in a new engine. Granted, not all 69,000 views were different people but it should give us a gut feel for the rate of failure. Can moderators get a good idea of the number of unique users have 996s or have viewed this thread? Might make it a little more statistically relevant.
  6. Where is the motor number located on the 996? thanks! Nevermind... found it. The info is on this thread in case anyone else is looking for the info:
  7. If you don't see the tire pressure chart around the driver's door, check under your frunk lid. That's where mine is on my '99. I'm in Florida (it gets hot & muggy here, too!) and the factory PSI's seem to work fine for us.
  8. If he wants a European car how 'bout a few year old VW Passat or Audi A4? There's no reason to put a 16 year old guy in anything terribly exciting or expensive. A $25k budget for a first car? Wow. I was thrilled with my $300 Datsun 210 when I was 16.
  9. Cool, thanks for the info. I did a little research on the ATE Super Blue and found that it's BANNED in Florida! The ATE Gold is legal; they just don't want blue brake fluid in the State. I'm glad to see my lawmakers are focusing on the really important stuff instead of violent crime or welfare fraud.
  10. Thanks, yeah I found that DIY already. Awesome writeup; actually that's what gave me the confidence to want to do it myself. I'm a bit hesitant to go to the dealer and get fluid that's probably 2x the price of something comparable that I can get online or at my local parts store. I was hoping folks could chime in with some fluid recommendations... EDIT... just looked up ATE mentioned in the instructions... didn't realize it was a brand name. Now it all makes sense!
  11. I figure it's time to flush the brake fluid in my '99 996, as I've had the car for a year and have no idea how long the fluid's been in there. The Motive brake bleeder pump looks pretty nifty, so I'm going to invest in one of those. I guess my two questions are: 1) What's a good fluid for a daily (spirited) driver and occasional autocross car? (hope to take the car to a PCA track day or two this year, also) 2) How much fluid do I need for a total flush? thanks! Dave
  12. I've got the same issue, but haven't tackled the problem yet. My understanding is that the insulation is a seal from a flap or door in the console that opens and closes to direct air around. I don't know anything more than that, but if the stuff acts like a seal and yours is missing, it stands to reason that you wouldn't have as much air flowing out of your vents as you once did.
  13. A general question for you guys.... Short of seeing the oil pouring from your mount, how does one know when he needs new engine mounts? What are the symptoms? thanks! You did nothing wrong. These fluid filled motor mounts usually fail at 60 ~ 120K miles regardless of how you lifted your car. Good thing is that you were aware when it failed so you can replace them, rather than the mounts failing on the road and you not noticing until the NVH from the rear end starts getting annoying. Make sure you replace both of them. It is a very easy job, 2 bolts and a nut on each side, just
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