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Posts posted by bigmds

  1. Hey all

    The top dudes at Autostrasse have fixed it! :D

    The guys replaced faulty radiator cap (£10.65)

    then they fixed the offside radiator resistor pack which needed replacement (£51.52)

    then there ran it for a bit and there was still clouds of steam

    then they found the reservoir had a leak, so I got a spanky new one (now with an overflow pipe) (£145.94)!!

    (I know, I know, you all told me so!!!)

    so, phew my fears of a bust engine were unfounded...

    Thanks everyone for all your help and interest


    PS. The AA added water, autostrasse added anti-freeze, so whats the issue with not using the right coolant?

    Anyway my next question :P is I want to put on a sports exhaust, something throaty like the PSE only cheaper.. Fabspeed? Janspeed? any suggestions anyone?

  2. Thanks all, a couple of points in response

    to 1999Porsche911: Actually I get coolant blowout only above 91'C ie when the thermostat is open, there are no symptoms when the engine is colder.

    to phillipj: I have always (since 2001) had a little "pancake batter" or "mayo" in the oil refill tube, your comment - "she is dead" - means what? - new gasket?, piston linings?, engine? car?

    anyway I'll check for intermix....

  3. Hi

    Have owned car for 8 trouble free years. Last Saturday I noticed there was coolant leaking by the cap when i was topping up the oil. By the time I got home there was a huge and dramatic cloud of steam.

    I called out the AA, they tested the cap (was blowing at right pressure). Topped up coolant, They plugged in the diagnostics, everything was fine, until the temp got to 91'C (when the thermostat opened?) then it started to blow out again.

    Hope its something cheap and simple (yer right!) , but surely its blowing thru the head gasket or similar.

    Engine has always had a little mayo in oil pipe but i thought it was condensation.

    What do you all think? any tips on getting it fixed? What do I ask <_< :renntech:


  4. The handbrake shoes are inside the rear rotor hubs. They can be adjusted with a screwdriver by rotating the adjuster wheel through the rotor.

    I don't understand how they got tighter (they should get looser)... unless someone at the dealership ( OPC) messed them up after inspection.

    Funny you should say that, thre is some history to this.

    The car rolled off the handbrake, then went 5meters into a post.. I had complained to the dealer...

    nowadays I park it in gear

  5. How to remove the radio

    If you go to the central locking/alarm control under the left seat the Black/Brown wire (connector 1 pin 36) should be switched +12 volts . The Red/Green wire (connector 2 pin 7) should be unswitched +12 volts and the Brown wire (connector 2 pin 1) should be ground.

    Thanks, if I get the radio out can I route the telephone output through the speakers, add mute, get power, add ipod input... via the socket at the back of the unit?

    Is there a desciption of the pin layout pls?

    also there are many references to other articles in the forum eg. "How to remove the radio", are these listed somewhere


  6. The easiest place in the phone prep plug in the center console - but I'm not sure that UK cars get that as standard. Do a search here for "phone prep".

    If you don't have the connector then post again and I'll have a look at the schematics.

    Crickey that looks the business, I'll go and have a look....

    (some time later...)

    i dont seem to have it

    how do I get powered up?

    also how do I get the radio out?

  7. I love my silver 996, but I think the "fried egg" lights are the weakest feature. I have an idea, an improvement on those stick-on light surrounds you see on ebay.

    What do others think, of a perferated vinyl in body colour covering the whole of the fried egg cluster except the main light. But the indicator would still work (see through perferations)

    I suppose I have to get a template and find a supplier... what do you'll think.

  8. You said

    The only thing they will fail you on are litronics rigged up without the harness to control the beam directions.

    what are these



    beam directions?

    Also did you mean the dealer left it on the loud setting and still pass the MOT?

    I went to my OPD today and they are going to talk to Porsche about fitting a PSE without any valve gear. Perhaps a 3rd party exhaust is calling me....

  9. Emailed Das Shild and got a reply:


    Thank you for your interest in our liners. We are currently shipping parts from Switzerland. Total S&H is $65.(US) You may order on-line if you agree to the additional $40. charge for S&H. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance, and thank you for your inquery.


    Corrie L

    Customer Service"

    Does this mean the liner is made in Switzerland I wonder?

  10. I am also thinking of getting a PSE for my MY99 C4 but still trying to get to the bottom of this whole setup.

    The PSE is put into "quiet" mode at certain speeds or rpm? With the switch installed in the cab can this be overridden or is that fixed?

    Is the PSE UK street legal if the switch is not installed, or will I find the car failing the yearly MOT on noise levels?

    I am torn between getting the Porsche PSE full set (£2K) or half a PSE (£1100) or a third party kit (£900). At the moment I think the PSE half setup is the best.

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