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Posts posted by captzoom

  1. Have seen/heard comments that the emergency (donut) spare wheel/tire from Boxster or 996 was not suitable for all-wheel drive 997.

    Thx for quick reply and good advice. I could live with a small cargo space loss, but am reluctant to add yet another piece of electronic gear to my traveling collection. Guess I'll take my chances with AAA and Porsche road svc.

    Dumb idea to not supply spare with the car.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 fabricat


  6. 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.

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