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Carlton Bale

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    Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  • Porsche Club
    PCA (Porsche Club of America)
  • Present cars
    1999 Porsche Boxster
  • Future cars
    Porsche Carrera GT (yeah right!)
  • Former cars
    Merkur XR4Ti
    Acura Integra
  1. Thanks for the info on the iCarsoft. I've been trying to get my Durametric cable to work with my 1999 Boxster without success. There is a known issue with it connecting to modules on the K-line 2 bus, which is used by the Airbag, ABS, HVAC, and a few other modules. All I want to do is clear my airbag light, but it won't connect. Durametric is aware of the issue and is working on it, but it's been quite some time and issue still persists.
  2. Just to add my 2 cents worth: pretty much every enigne in the world rotates in the same direction except for 1990s and earlier Honda 4-cylinder engines. They finally caved and now their four cylinders rotate in the same direction as everyone elses. Interesting about the boring of the 2.5L up to 3.8L. Same block so it makes sense. Would be easier than a transplant for sure. Any idea on exact price and if anyone in the US is doing it?
  3. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, I did replace the plugs. I thought that would solve the hesitation at high engine speeds, but it did not. The O2 sensor was the major culprit. Thanks for everyones help!
  4. Don't you hate it when people never report back what the problem was?? The occasional white smoke was from oil in the intake. I thought it was a bad air/oil separator, but it turned out to be the oil pan was over-filled with oil by "a few" quarts. Not sure exactly how many, but probably 3 or 4. This was the cause of oil in the intake. I still had somewhat of a low-power issue after fixing that though. It was mostly hesitations above 4000 RPM. The O2 sensor finally tripped a fault and the hesitation and low-power issue was resolved. So, don't let anyone overfill your oil pan and neve
  5. Looks like you have the optional P69 Sports Design Interior, which uses a very unique sliver / black fleck paint. This will be very difficult to match. Anyone have any idea where to get this paint??
  6. Here is a guide to de-snorkleing: 986 De-Snorkle -- from the PPBB Archives
  7. I stand corrected; I removed 1 and 13 as well. It's been a while so I guess I'd forgotten. I agree that the compartment is still sealed and does not pull air from the engine compartment at all. Given the volume of air that passes through that tube, the incremental temperature rise would be minimal, even if it has a slightly higher surface temperature than the snorkel would have.
  8. Yeah, I didn't even think of the smoke being related until I saw mention of it on PPBB. I've only experienced "the smoke screen" about three times. However, I'm now guessing that oil has been passing in smaller quantities for quite some time.
  9. No, there are no faults at all. I'm pretty sure I'm getting oil in the intake but I guess I should have confirmed it first. Another symptom, that I didn't think was related, is that going from high engine speed immediately to closed throttle causes the engine to stumble a little. As soon as the throttle is depressed again, lots of blue smoke out the exhaust. So far, it only happens under this scenario, but it will probably get worse. I'm hoping that a new crankcase filter, new plugs, and a cleaned intake will solve the problem. The car has a little over 30,000 miles on it. I plan on
  10. Sorry for the confusion. 93 Octane via the (RON+MON)/2 method.
  11. I've always used 93 Octance gasoline, so I don't think that is it. The air filter was just changed a couple of weeks ago and I'm using the stock filter, so I don't think that is it. Over on PPBB, I found out that the Oil / Air Separator (Closed Crankcase Ventilation) system is a likely cause. They apparently go bad and deposite large amounts of oil into the intake. I ordered a new separator and spark plugs. Still concerned about the MAF, but I'll wait to replace that. Any idea on how to convert the Closed Crankcase Ventilation into a Positve Crankcase Ventilation system? I'd rather
  12. I also agree with Skibum. There is no way that removing the snorkel is going to increase intake air temps. Not unless the air is cooler at the upper middle of the side intake than it is an inch lower at the middle of the side intake. Air is not being pulled from inside the engine compartment, with or without the snorkel. To be clear, the snorkel is part 13 in the picture, not the tube leading up to part 13. My guess is that it is there to decrease noise.
  13. I purchased my 99 Boxster new in 1998 and haven't had any major engine-related problems. However, recently, it just seemed to be really sluggish, especially compared to my Infiniti G35 Sedan. So I took a stop watch and a windshield-mounted G meter and measured 0-60 times. After about 6 tries, the best I could do was 8.5 seconds on either (estimating the speedometer delay). I know the 2.5L engine isn't exactly powerful, but I should be getting much faster 0-60 times. I figure there is probably a sensor problem, rather than a major mechanical problem. The car runs well otherwise. Any idea
  14. Any recommendations on where to purchase 7mm / 14mm spacers and bolts? Thanks!
  15. Sounds like a decent deal, but not as cheap as the old $700 price from Cabrioworld. How may people have shown interest? This looks like the current lowest price.
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