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  1. Have seen/heard comments that the emergency (donut) spare wheel/tire from Boxster or 996 was not suitable for all-wheel drive 997. Does anybody know if this setup will work OK with my 2007 Targa 4? Would appreciate quick response due to upcoming long trip through remote areas. Thx
  2. Not yet, still trying to find a way around paying $67.50 for five minutes of "work"...
  3. Thanks to all for the info and advice. I am assuming the electrical connection referred to is not the connector for the center console or the PCM unit, but is probably around the steering column and under pax seat...
  4. My airbag warning light is on. I took the car by the local Porsche dealership and the service manager explained to me that this could happen if my battery was discharged below 8 or so volts. I had been working on the car a few days ago and the doors were open for several hours. The battery was discharged to the point where it cranked very slowly before engine start, so I probably passed the low-voltage threshold while starting. The service manager said they could reset it, but would have to charge me 1/2 hour labor because Porsche would not cover this under warranty. This seems a high priced penalty to pay, and would also be incurred by anyone who let their car stay in storage for a long time, left an interior light on overnight, had a battery cell go bad or many other possible scenarii. I don't want the bags to detonate while I'm driving down the road, or fail to detonate if I am involved in a crash, and since the warning lamp is non-specific about the problem it seems like a situation like this could be a liability issue for Porsche if anything like that should happen, especially in the USA courts. The old black plastic tape fix seems inappropriate for a car under warranty too. Is there a way to reset the airbag warning light without the Porsche dealer's computer or other specialized diagnostic/reset tool? Anybody had any success dealing with Porsche about this problem?
  5. Forgot to mention that the way you access the signal from the audio interface is to select FM (on the PCM) and scan or search the frequencies until you come to "AUX". You can then set "AUX" as a memory into one of the PCM station memory keys by holding the key down until you hear an audible beep. I set mine to the "0" key. I have the manual that comes with the audio interface package, but it is not much help beyond what I have described.
  6. I just completed installation of the Porsche Audio Interface in my 2007 997. This is the option that gives you the two jacks in the center console compartment, one "AUX" and one "i-Pod". It functions as an FM modulator to deliver signals to the PCM from the audio device that you have plugged into the jacks, blocking out input from the FM antenna when a signal from your external audio device is being received. Works OK, but not as well as one of the expensive "bridge" device interfaces which go directly into the fiber optic inputs of the PCM. It functions more like a high-quality FM broadcast, without background interference. The i-Pod adapter cable that comes from Porsche with the package has a DIN (round) connector that plugs into the "i-Pod" jack with the flat Apple connector for i-Pod on the other end. I think the cable you have is for a newer i-Pod/i-Phone that charges through a USB connector, and possibly is designed to also work with older i-Pods and the i-Pod Touch that use the flat style connector. The Porsche-supplied adapter cable charges the i-Pod through the flat connector, but doesn't adapt to those with a USB port. There is a way to get your PCM to tell you what model it is, but I don't remember how to access it.
  7. Thanks for the reply, Andrew. I have already completed the project. See the tutorial I posted under Carrera I DIY.
  8. How to hide radar detector and sat antenna wiring Lacking any comprehensive instructions about how to remove the a-pillar trim to install hidden wiring for radar detector, GPS and XM antennae, I studied the parts book exploded view (not much help), then just gutted up and attacked the problem. My car is a 997 Targa, but the coupe should be similar and the procedure should be approximately the same on either side of the car. In my car, this technique has allowed me to install a GPS receiver antenna and a satellite radio antenna on a fabricated mounting bracket, along with the radar detector, in a location ahead of the rear view mirror where they are out of my line of sight and without any unsightly antennae marring the exterior of the Porsche bodywork, yet keeping the wiring hidden on the inside. This will also allow the vehicle to be returned easily to its stock configuration if desired. Here’s what worked for me: Note: I first made prying tools to use for popping out the panel fastener clips. These took the form of wedges cut from HDPE plastic stock, about 3/4" thick. Using a screwdriver or the fork type metal prying tools designed to remove door panels could damage the Porsche trim components. 1. First, loosen the coat hook on the b-pillar (at the rear of the door). Do this by moving the shoulder harness adjuster to its lowest position then gently prying inboard at the top of the bezel surrounding the hook; tilt and slide the bezel down and inboard to remove it. Remove the Phillips-head screw holding the hook to the body. This will allow you to pull the coat hook inboard enough without needing to completely remove it. (#1 picture) 2. The trailing edge of the trim piece that runs upward from the base of the a-pillar at the windshield and over the top of the door will now be exposed. Starting from this end and working forward, begin prying the trim piece away from the underlying body. The spring clips holding the trim to the body metal will each let go with a snap. Just get them each to snap loose at this point, without trying to remove the trim piece. The section of the trim piece above the door is flexible enough to bow inward sufficiently that its trailing edge can just be disengaged from behind the coat hook (at least it was on my car, but be careful not to exceed the flex to the point of breakage). If flexing this piece worries you, you will need to remove the shoulder belt anchor point so the hook can be pulled clear, The remaining clips above the door can now be pulled clear of the body. Pull inboard and down, twisting the trim piece slightly as you go forward. Note that the outboard side of the trim piece will also disengage from the rubber door seal molding as you do this. (#2 picture) 3. Working your way forward and down the a-pillar, you can rotate the entire trim piece inward and away from the roof and windshield frame of the body. (#3 picture) Note that there is a plastic tab at the lower edge of the forward end of the trim piece, take care not to rotate the trim piece too far since you could possibly break this tab off. (#4 picture) The tab will insert into a slot in the end of the dashboard (#5 picture) when it is being reassembled. As you rotate the trim piece inward, lower the rear end of the piece while lifting the front end of it clear of the dash pad. This will completely remove the trim piece, which can be set aside. Be certain that you have all of the metal spring clips. Some of these may have bent upon removal and will need to be spread apart so they will firmly remain in their slots in the plastic trim piece when reassembling. (#6 picture) 4. Remove the sun visor, which is held on by two Torx screws, one at each hinge. This is an optional step, but will make it easier to press the wires deeply into the space covered by the trim piece that runs along the top (header) of the windshield. You are now ready to hide the wiring for your radar detector or satellite antenna. 5. Position the device you are wiring and begin pressing the wire into the gap between the windshield gasket and the windshield header trim piece, working your way toward the a-pillar. As the wiring comes past the end of the header trim piece bend it to the rear and down the a-pillar ahead of the slot for the spring clip at the top of the door frame. (#7 picture) Note the wiring in the black convoluted loom seen in the picture is possibly associated with the Targa top and may not be present in a coupe. Wires can be routed inside the hollow black metal structure (the “deformation element”) but should be protected by a plastic split loom or other covering. (#8 picture) 6. Remove the dashboard end cover plate by gently prying its trailing edge out until the clips release. (#9 picture) The rubber door seal must be pulled away from the body in order to remove the end cover plate. This is done by gently pulling the door seal outboard in the area of the end cover plate, the seal merely pulls away from the body pinch seam in this area by pulling it toward the rear. (#10 picture) This will allow the end cover plate to be rotated down and outboard for removal. (#11 picture) Feed the wire(s) downward through the opening between the end of the dash structure and the a-pillar while guiding them by reaching through the hole exposed by the removal of the dashboard end cover plate. Wires can then be routed behind the carpeted kick panel or across the bottom of the glove compartment to where you need them. 7. Reassembly is the reverse of the above procedure. Visually align the spring clips with the body slots they are to clip into and bump them into place with the heel of your hand. Author captzoom Category Carrera (997-1) - Accessories Submitted 12/20/2010 12:28 PM  
  9. Lacking any comprehensive instructions about how to remove the a-pillar trim to install hidden wiring for radar detector, GPS and XM antennae, I studied the parts book exploded view (not much help), then just gutted up and attacked the problem. My car is a 997 Targa, but the coupe should be similar and the procedure should be approximately the same on either side of the car. In my car, this technique has allowed me to install a GPS receiver antenna and a satellite radio antenna on a fabricated mounting bracket, along with the radar detector, in a location ahead of the rear view mirror where they are out of my line of sight and without any unsightly antennae marring the exterior of the Porsche bodywork, yet keeping the wiring hidden on the inside. This will also allow the vehicle to be returned easily to its stock configuration if desired. Here’s what worked for me: Note: I first made prying tools to use for popping out the panel fastener clips. These took the form of wedges cut from HDPE plastic stock, about 3/4" thick. Using a screwdriver or the fork type metal prying tools designed to remove door panels could damage the Porsche trim components. 1. First, loosen the coat hook on the b-pillar (at the rear of the door). Do this by moving the shoulder harness adjuster to its lowest position then gently prying inboard at the top of the bezel surrounding the hook; tilt and slide the bezel down and inboard to remove it. Remove the Phillips-head screw holding the hook to the body. This will allow you to pull the coat hook inboard enough without needing to completely remove it. (#1 picture) 2. The trailing edge of the trim piece that runs upward from the base of the a-pillar at the windshield and over the top of the door will now be exposed. Starting from this end and working forward, begin prying the trim piece away from the underlying body. The spring clips holding the trim to the body metal will each let go with a snap. Just get them each to snap loose at this point, without trying to remove the trim piece. The section of the trim piece above the door is flexible enough to bow inward sufficiently that its trailing edge can just be disengaged from behind the coat hook (at least it was on my car, but be careful not to exceed the flex to the point of breakage). If flexing this piece worries you, you will need to remove the shoulder belt anchor point so the hook can be pulled clear, The remaining clips above the door can now be pulled clear of the body. Pull inboard and down, twisting the trim piece slightly as you go forward. Note that the outboard side of the trim piece will also disengage from the rubber door seal molding as you do this. (#2 picture) 3. Working your way forward and down the a-pillar, you can rotate the entire trim piece inward and away from the roof and windshield frame of the body. (#3 picture) Note that there is a plastic tab at the lower edge of the forward end of the trim piece, take care not to rotate the trim piece too far since you could possibly break this tab off. (#4 picture) The tab will insert into a slot in the end of the dashboard (#5 picture) when it is being reassembled. As you rotate the trim piece inward, lower the rear end of the piece while lifting the front end of it clear of the dash pad. This will completely remove the trim piece, which can be set aside. Be certain that you have all of the metal spring clips. Some of these may have bent upon removal and will need to be spread apart so they will firmly remain in their slots in the plastic trim piece when reassembling. (#6 picture) 4. Remove the sun visor, which is held on by two Torx screws, one at each hinge. This is an optional step, but will make it easier to press the wires deeply into the space covered by the trim piece that runs along the top (header) of the windshield. You are now ready to hide the wiring for your radar detector or satellite antenna. 5. Position the device you are wiring and begin pressing the wire into the gap between the windshield gasket and the windshield header trim piece, working your way toward the a-pillar. As the wiring comes past the end of the header trim piece bend it to the rear and down the a-pillar ahead of the slot for the spring clip at the top of the door frame. (#7 picture) Note the wiring in the black convoluted loom seen in the picture is possibly associated with the Targa top and may not be present in a coupe. Wires can be routed inside the hollow black metal structure (the “deformation element”) but should be protected by a plastic split loom or other covering. (#8 picture) 6. Remove the dashboard end cover plate by gently prying its trailing edge out until the clips release. (#9 picture) The rubber door seal must be pulled away from the body in order to remove the end cover plate. This is done by gently pulling the door seal outboard in the area of the end cover plate, the seal merely pulls away from the body pinch seam in this area by pulling it toward the rear. (#10 picture) This will allow the end cover plate to be rotated down and outboard for removal. (#11 picture) Feed the wire(s) downward through the opening between the end of the dash structure and the a-pillar while guiding them by reaching through the hole exposed by the removal of the dashboard end cover plate. Wires can then be routed behind the carpeted kick panel or across the bottom of the glove compartment to where you need them. 7. Reassembly is the reverse of the above procedure. Visually align the spring clips with the body slots they are to clip into and bump them into place with the heel of your hand.
  10. Thanks, Loren... you're quick! I have prowled the 996 and 997 Forums and have looked at the parts catalog pages. I would like some more detailed advice about how to actually get this thing off without breaking something. Is there a PIWIS TSI or similar document you could point me to? If I knew where and how to release the clips and all that was left holding the piece was the double-sided tape I would feel better about pulling on it. The Boxster guys have detailed it pretty well for their machines but that's not applicable to the 997. All help and advice is appreciated.
  11. Would like to run wiring for radar detector and GPS antenna inside the right a-pillar/windshield interior trim of 2007 Targa 4. Anybody know how to remove the plastic trim without destroying it? Would appreciate advice or reference to accessible tech info source.
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