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About 9552T500

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  • Birthday 06/10/1975

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    Santa Clara, CA
  • Porsche Club
    PCA (Porsche Club of America)
  • Present cars
    2002 Porsche Carrera 4 Cabriolet lapis blue (Proud owner of a Porsche with truly DIY hand-built engine from scratch - Commute & AX car:) )
    2006 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S grey
    1997 Audi Cabriolet blue
    Monowheel (you sit inside....)
  • Future cars
    ... Air-cooled Flat-six and electric P-car; One-wheeled sports car...
  • Former cars
    2002 Porsche Carrera 2 Coupe (Gone, as I was really up for a project when I got into the 911's - but great commuter & anytime again)
    2005 Porsche Cayenne V6
    1989 Dodge Ram
    1994 Dodge Caravan
    1991 VW Jetta
    1996 VW Caddy (lowered & wide-body

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  1. thanks for all recommendations ! The complete list with approved tires as well as knowing there are cheap alternatives too is very helpful. I will likely avoid the khumo’s ( i had the chance to test such when i got those along with a set of spare rims for my 911 , and found traction aweful ...). The p-zero’s seem a good alternative to me now. Bridgestones were installed on my CTTS prior i got it (the first owner had all work done at p-dealer, and i assumed they installed approved tire- and which the tsb seems to confirm). The main reason i wanted to stick to bridgestones is due to good traction, very good wear behavior and good price ( ~250 @tirerack before they stopped selling them in sept) ). however, thanks once more to all for your input!
  2. For my 06 cayenne turbo s, the p-recommended was so far the bridgestone dueller hp sport 275 40 r20 106y . However, it is discontinued by bridgestone , and it becomes increasingly difficult to find new old stock. if sb. here could share some experience with alternative tires for this car , this would be very helpful. thanks , ilja
  3. The RHS rear window regulator on my 02 C4 Cab broke last week too. Above posts were helpful to get this thing out and in quickly. My remaining problem was that I had that quick replacement for the broken regulator was not as simple as I thought (not much supply on intact used items, and rebuilds will take at least a few days back & forth). Short on patience, I analyzed the technical problem itself it turned out that the upper roll and rear string guide were compromised ((cracked in two pieces and missing at all resp.)). I ended up making a custom roller and guide from some old in-line skate-type rollers (yes, including one ball bearing) and another Polyamid block for the guide. The rest was some filing / cutting (I had a lathe to cut the string grove , but otherwise I used hand tools), and after about two hours later, I had the roll-arch-drive back to life assembled. The drive runs very good, and I think the bearing is a real upgrade to the drive, and possibly will outlast many other bits on the car. Since it was really no big deal to get this fixed much quicker that ordering anything- here a few pictures for those who may consider a DIY - fix of the drive parts as well. iH
  4. thanks sswong98. i think the starter issue is tackled by installing a new one. still waiting for pump and motor mount, and meanwhile working myself through replacement of misc vac lines now as long as the intake is off. Currently struggling with the T-piece to the intake vent (circled red below). Seems next to impossible to remove the whole piece w/o taking engine out.... Trying to cut out the press-fitments to the metal tubes & replace with alternative design tee. Pretty low pace at this moment ( 15m /day....)as wife started to like driving the 996 (i am worried about that a bit...), but i really want to get the 955 pig out of the way in the garage for more exciting garage projects....
  5. guess this noisy starter problem would go with brushless drives ... But likely this would never get mainstream or even cheap , when the ICE engine has no future anyway.... The rolling chassis was essential on the coffee table for easy move around during cleanup. Two rollers static, two steering wheels. could be hidden better, but i did not want to spend time to overengineer things....
  6. Thanks nerdtalker! The squeaking is a good point. i got this randomly , and somehow always attributed to either belt or water pump. good to know, that the starter swap can fix this too:). thanks also for the offer on your starter. I will think about. Fyi - The only use for a used starter coming to my mind is not for automotive use at all - My last engineering travesty involving starters was an electric bathroom flush ( attic-mounted tanks , actuated through starter solenoids from some car ( whatever i could get at auto store) , a timer circuits for dual flush functionality and all powered by battery and solar cells to charge.). ...The more stuff i have , the more likely the crazy use.... ( this is how the hull of the donor engine for my dyi 996 engine rebuild ended up as coffee table in the living room):)
  7. Thanks for the note - RFM. I know, and I gave up on a quick fix this afternoon after attempting to get sth. from two stores (Autozone / Napa; one rep did not even know what a graphite brush is...), I just ordered a rebuilt OE starter from Pelican, along more hardware, accessible w/ intake already off (vac/ water lines./ H2O pump, thermo/ belt. ...) since I have to wait a few days anyway, and the car needs this sooner of later (now @120k). The rush was mainly as wife needs a car during week. Currently only the 02C4 remains running, and which one she just does not feel too comfortable driving sheer by size and being a much rougher ride. I will enjoy the bike/train commute this week and hope no more car issues come up this week :)
  8. My 06 cayenne tts did suddenly refused to start during wife’s friday grocery tour ( ending up on fladbed back home). diagnostics indicated bad starter , and further digging this morning - gone two out of four graphite brushes. Pelican would have a proper replacement, but since this would take a few days i thought to put some other brushes in. Does anybody know whether there are any compatible replacement brush kits i could get from a local auto store? thanks ilja
  9. Hi


    Grateful if you could advise what essential tools I should purchase to rebuild my porsche  996 engine tools.


    thanks heaps



  10. Hi Tony Z- thanks for the comment! Let me give you some input on your questions: I think it would be worth to get the workshop manual in German (Myself as a German would say the translation to eg. English is sometimes misleading/requiring to cross-check/study more context), but if it comes down to dimensional specs, torque, tightening sequences http://workshop-manuals.com was fully sufficient to me. It is a BT1800 cleaning system made by Omegasonics (18 Gallon / 1KW/ heated, variable frequency controller up to 40MHz )... https://omegasonics.com. Not produced anymore (got mine back in '08) , but the current model of comparable spec is BT1900. One of the best investments I ever made for my garage (originally acquired for my passion for collecting and restoring VMX motorcycles...). The M96 crank case was the very limit in terms size, and I had to flip it over to complete the cleaning. Sonic cleaning restored all parts and surfaces of lubrication channels pretty much to as close to original state as it can be. It is the level of cleanliness which, I think makes a big difference to success for such a project.
  11. Sure- i like the british way very much! As a german - i am possibly just generally more for boring facts and not too much up for endless chat :( . I do find though the concept “paying it forward” reflecting my personal attitude. I document all my projects anyway in depth for myself, and have the desire to share when a physical solution can be much simpler and cheaper and often much quicker then often discussed. i have also no doubt it was eventually discussed. it is just not easily searchable ( at least at a place where you would expect - like here on p-cars and dominantly diy-ers)
  12. thanks for the comment lewisweller. i think there is nothing wrong to answer a question after having it figuring oneself, when prior either keyword search on a forum did not show results, or couple of days pass wo any suggestion to some problem stated. Reading all posts seems super inefficient, but a search function , blocking typically after 1-2 queries suggests that this is desired here. However, vapor of a leaking engine as root cause makes totally sense - especially for a 120k engine. i will keep this in mind for the next more serious engine work down the road.
  13. problem solved and lesson learned. cabin filters can be as important as the respirators for the crew of eight under the hood, and might need as frequent attention:) Wonder why nobody came up with a suggestion, and searching by keywords for air condition smell does not yield any results. However, Just clening out makes a big difference. new one on the way....
  14. Hi - on my 06 CTTS, over the last few months I noticed occasionally awful smell inside the cabin while driving. My research so far indicates that it is emitted from vents when AC system is on. Believe it smells like sth. burned, and is not present when I switch AC system completely off. Did anybody experience this before on a 955 Cayenne, Turbo or Turbo S ? Thanks in advance. PS.: side note. It may be coincidence or completely unrelated, but as far as electrical problems I am noticing for about comparable amount of time that the horn is dead (silence when pressing the steering wheel center...).
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