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About Scarpoolla

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    06 Cayenne S (Mine)
    05 BMW 530i (Wife's car)

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  1. The starter is located in the valley of the engine which also happens to be where the two knock sensors are located. I know from experience that if you damage the wiring or connectors to one of those knock sensors you will have all sorts of problems with fuel/aire mixture and the engine running rough and idling Like crap. If the knock sensors are damage, the car should throw a code for it.
  2. I changed mine last weekend to Redline 75w90. Here is a little tip though...The front fill plug is a bear to get to because you have zero clearance to get a normal external torx socket bit in there to unscrew it. So I bought an extra external socket bit, used my 3" high speed cut off wheel and cut the bit where it fits into the socket and then used the closed end of an 8mm wrench with some masking tape wrapped around the bit and wrench to hold the bit in place. This homemade tool was a perfect fit. The drain and fill plug are both the same size. It's either a T-55 or T-50.
  3. Would you be willing to find out where they buy their screens from? They might not be willing to tell you straight up, but by asking some indirect questions you might be able to figure it out though. I would like to have another one as a back up.
  4. That who is I purchased my new screen from. They had just happened to of bought a brand new Cayenne S Cluster and sold me the screen out of it. They currently have no where to source just the screens from at this time.
  5. I had the right rear wheel bearing go bad on my 2006 CS at approx 94K miles. This job is pretty difficult for the average DIY to accomplish as you will need to drop the front end out and use a press to remove the bearing. These bearings cannot be repacked and must be completely replaced. Most places are going to quote you at least 4-5 hours of work. I would suggest getting the bearing kit that includes a bearing made by F.A.G. the bolts the rose axel nut and the retaining clip. You will also need to do a realignment when the job is completed as this tends to screw with the alignment. Get this replaced ASAP, you never know when those things might blow. I got my replacement kit from Vertex Auto, it was priced very good when I bought it. I think around $100US
  6. wvicary, Thank you, I am really pleased with the results and hopefully will be able to track down a place to order the screens soon. The transformer modules that are being marketed for Cayennes are a complete joke and waste of money. The Cayenne's instrument clusters are made by Bosche. Those modules are made to fix a problem that occurs on instrument clusters made by VDO in their 220 series. These clusters are more commenly found on late 90s early 2000s Mercedes. I noticed that you reside in Canada. The colder climate defin preserves the screen for longer life. I'm not 100% positive, but it appears Porsche started using a different model series screen for the 2008 facelift. So maybe this corrected the issue as well and the problem is isolated to 2002 -2006 models.
  7. Please read my postings at the link below for background on the issue http://www.renntech.org/forums/topic/29382-multi-function-display-fades-out/page__st__20 I swapped my screens out yesterday, the results were flawless. It can be done! The new screen came out of a brand new Cayenne S cluster that was bought by a company for parts.I got lucky enough to get my hands on the screen to try this out. Hopefully the new screen has better longevity it hot florida sun. Before... After...
  8. Hey Odix, I looked at my spare cluster again today, and there would be noway you could fit the Turbo LCD into the standard S cluster. There are to many things different, mainly that the guts are not the same shape to fit the screen and there is not a connection for the LCD screen anywhere on the S's circut board to plug into. Also the black face of the guages does not have the pass through for the turn signal led lights. That turbo screen is pretty high quality though. I saw a post on the 6 speed cayenne forum where a guy was able to get his audio shop to route the DVD video to the cluster's screen it looked pretty decent. If I was about 12 years younger and had more money than I knew what to do with, I might have taken this mod on. http://www.6speedonline.com/forums/cayenne-955-957/36041-new-video-extras.html
  9. Odix, That's a big let down from the Italian company. I thought that was our best lead for the community. On another not, I just scored the luckiest find possible. One of the US based cluster repair companies that I contacted, got back with me last night and said the owner of the company had purchased a 1 brand new cayenne cluster to use for parts. He is going to sell me the brand new screen for $125. This one has the number 3d24-40 on it. Seems like the "-40" is the only common number on both of the screens. Also, another cluster repair company I have spoken with that is based out of Canada is in contact with their chinese supplier. After I switch my screens out, I will send my old screen to him so he can ship it overseas to his supplier. Based on conversations he already has had with them, they are going to try reverse engineer it as they have done this for the audi monochrome displays. The displays are very similar except for the ribbon cable. If that doesn't work, our last option to buy a brand new screen would be to buy it from the German Cluster Repair company for over $300 http://www.tachopix....1/pagetype.iav/ Click the british flag in the upper right hand corner to read it in english.
  10. Yes I have, they do not source the LCD screen. I have basically emailed every VDO repair that I can find in the USA by doing a google search. I then started emailing the ones in other countries as well to get to the point I am at.
  11. Let me start by saying that I have been researching this problem for a long time and finally have some information to report. I do not have a fix, but my hope is that when this post is pooled with the collective knowledge of the rest of the Cayenne Community that the problem can be solved. Personally I believe the fading problem is twofold. The multi-function Mono Chromatic LCD display screen (or driver information display) is going bad, and the LEDs behind the display that illuminate it are also going bad. If problem includes the LEDs, this repair might fall out of the domain of DIY due to the leds being soldered to the main board. If it only involves the screen, then we are going to save ourselves a lot of money when compared to replacing the whole cluster. Daylight shot of my screen before it completely fades away with the heat. Night shot of my screen with fading beginning to occur. Kind of blurry, but you get the gist Since I did not want to experiment on the cluster in my 2006 Cayenne S, I purchased ($170) a used cluster off of eBay to tear apart and figure out how it works. The actually disassembly of the cluster is quite easy as it only involves torx bit screws. The LCD screen is NOT soldered in place and the ribbon connection is held to the main circuit board by a plastic piece that puts pressure on the ribbon to keep it in contact with the cluster circuit board. The screen is held in place by a metal bracket that clips into place. Picture of the Cluster with front casing (glass dial covers) and back casing (just a white case with port holes) removed and LCD retaining bracket removed. I removed the metal bracket by depressing the legs with a screw driver and pulled the plastic retaining pin on the back of the cluster out in order to free the ribbon connection. The ribbon from the screen is partially behind the black dial face and snakes over the top of the cluster to the back circuit board. Next I carefully lifted the LCD screen out of place. I noted that my screen had the following numbers printed on it with no quotes "5621-40 207". I have googled the numbers hoping it was a part number, but I did not find anything. It appears this defect occurs more often in warm climates. This cluster came from a cold climate and had around 35K miles on it. I held the LCD up to the light and all the pixels appeared consistent. This might be my last resort if I cannot find a replacement screen. Connection for the LCD ribbon and the ribbon from the LCD screen that slides into in the circuit board on the back and is held in place by a plastic piece. End of LCD ribbon and the plastic connection piece. The handwritten number was already there when I opened her up. Ribbon plastic piece sitting on top of the circuit board connection, with the ribbon removed. Full Shot of the LCD screen. Height in inches Width in inches Back of the cluster. The white boxes contain the gears to turn the needles. Notice the white ribbon connection point above the blue terminal. In regards to the picture above, I have come across the replacement transformers for the instrument cluster that repairs the failing LCD screen when searching for parts, but I have no idea where they would go or be placed. As there is nothing that "Fat" on the circuit board. It is very thin, and the biggest things attached to it are the gear houses for the needles. To access the backlight LEDs there are two filters that you have to remove. The first one is colored orange and the second is white. Do not touch these with bare fingers as the oils on your hands stick to them and cannot be removed. Orange filter that sits underneath the LCD display. There is a plastic bar that creates that nice separation you notice in the display. The filter fits into a cut out slot. The white filter is beneath the orange one. White filter removed. Notice how the box is separate into two distinct areas. Those little rectangles are all LEDs. This picture shows where the leg of the metal LCD retaining bracket would clip into place. The biggest problem I have with the repair is being able to source the LCD screen from a US supplier. Currently I have made contact with a instrument repair company from Germany. They have the screens in stock and will also make the repair. I contacted them asking to only purchase a screen, here is their reply in italics. Thank you very much for your request! The display costs 250 Euro net. + shipping (registered letter for 15 Euro). However, we cannot give you any guarantee for the display because you will install it by yourself. We cannot tell you what is the reason why your instrument still does not work, because we would have to inspect it first. You can send it for inspection and repair. We will sublimit you a non-binding offer after inspection, but the repair will cost at least 399 Euro including VAT. You can find the offer and description of the problem with picture on our website here (please click on the English flag for English version) http://www.tachopix....666/language.de You can send us the instrument for repair anytime. If it is a standard problem then will repair it and send it back on the same day when we receive your parcel. The shipping with DHL to the US costs about 60,- Euro net if you transfer the money in advance into our account, UPS is faster but costs about 100 Euro. If you decide to send us your instrument for repair, please fill out our form, print it, sign it and put it into the parcel. You find this form here:http://tachopix.de/repair/nav.399/subnav.10541/pagetype.page/ In case of any questions contact us anytime and we will be happy to help you! Best regards, Kamila Pilarski Digital Tuning Service GmbH Nordring 9, 30163 Hannover Tel.: +49 (0)511 6766970 Fax: +49 (0)511 67669727 info@tachopix.de www.tachopix.de The price is kind of steep, but it might be our best shot at actually getting a screen. MAYBE, we could work out a group buy if we have enough interest. I currently have an outstanding email with no replay that is asking questions in order to dig for more information in order to find out who supplies these **** things. They gotta have a **** supplier! I discovered another company that is out of Italy who's sole purpose is supplying these kind of parts to fix instrument clusters for audi, VW, MB, BMW, and etc. I have not contacted them yet, but there website is www.mte.net They might be our best hope for finding this screens at a reasonable cost. They even sell remanufactured Cayenne Turbo color LCD screens. SO why the hell not Cayenne S! Please feel free to contact me about any questions or suggestions. Hopefully this posts gets some attention and we as a community find a fix for this lousy problem.
  12. I live in Destin and can attest that the Destin Porsche dealer is horrible. I have had only negative experiences there and do not trust them to even wash the brake dust off my wheels. I had a wheel bearing go bad last summer and found this indy shop called Marks Autowerks in Ft Walton Beach. His number is 850-244-9989 address 84 Beal Pkwy NW FWB. Mark is a super nice and VERY VERY knowledge Porsche mechanic. Plus he is a former Cayenne owner and knows the cayenne very well. The guy is basically a renntech forum with all the knowledge and answers he has when I ask him questions from time to time before embarking on DIY repairs.
  13. I was having the same issues with my left headlight assembly, however my issues also included turn signal, dip beam, cornering lights, highs and low beam). I was able to narrow the problem down to connections issues with the rear of the headlight assembly and the wiring harness that is situated at the back of the headlight tray that holds the headlight into place. I was able to finally fix the problem by doing ALL of the following: Clean all the contacts with a good contact cleaner. I sprayed the contacts (male and female) and let that sit. I next took Q-tips and sprayed them with contact cleaner and then scrubbed the male end contacts on the headlight assembly. I next coated the male and female contact ends with dielectric grease via a Q-tip to ensure each male and female end had some on it. I also bought a new turnlight bulb holder and new turn bulb. (I was having the most trouble with the turn signal from previous attempts to fix before I did everything detailed in this post). I also took a small wire brush and scrubbed the contact leads that touches the bulb holder when twisted in place. Also put a slather of dielectric on those contact leads as well. I replaced the headlight gasket with a new one. Mine was falling apart and I felt this might help the assembly hold itself in place when locked into the headlight tray.
  14. I have an 06 CS with the normal suspension (no airlift). As far as Sensotronic, i'm not sure as I have not seen this as a feature when I decoded my vin number. I have Toyo Proxes ST 275/40R20 tires, basic street performance tires. The alignment is correct and the tires are balanced. The tires also have around 65% life as calculated with the tire depth gauge I have. Basically the same symptoms as deilenberger except with more tire tread life.
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