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97Boxsterian

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    1997 Porsche Boxster
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    Porsche Boxster 987
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    BMW Z3
  1. I need part # for the rear bumper bolt, spacer and speed nut for my 1997 Boxster. #7, 8, & 9 from the attached diagram. Thanks!
  2. I just received my new push rod with white plastic ball joint. I pushed the ball into the ball joint but the ball joint is not holding the ball firmly. It doesn't require any force to push the ball in. I feel like my old broken red plastic ball joint holds the ball better. I install the new push rod in and it disconnected from the ball all the time. Do I need any special tool to snap the ball into the ball joint? please advice! Thanks in advance.
  3. Part number is 986-561-279-02 (same for driver and for passenger side) and no, they don't sell the cap only. The new rod arms now come with white plastic ball cups ("caps"), which are more durable and less prone to becoming brittle, etc. The rod arms are about $40 to $75 each depending on where you buy. There is someone selling a replacement part for the ball cups only that is made of metal, but it is generally not recommended as the plastic ones are designed to break before some much more serious damage occurs to the top. See Tool Pants' recent post on these metal ball cups. Regards, Maurice. Thank you! :)
  4. The red cap on the pushrod's end was broken as shown below: Anyone has the part number of it? Can I replace the cap only or the whole pushrod? Thanks in advance.
  5. I checked the handbrake switch again, it is connected, but the "BRAKE" light was not on when the handbrake is pulled up. I tried to unplug it and plug it back again, the "BRAKE" light was on for a short awhile and it was off again. I hold the cable and then the the "BRAKE" light works again. When the "BRAKE" light on, I close my soft top. Everything parts of the tops work fine while the "BRAKE" light on. I guess the cable of the handbrake switch was bad, it seems like it is a "touching" problem between the cable and the switch. Do you have the part number of that little cable? I want to replace that Handbrake cable with switch. Thanks a lot!
  6. Thank you Tool Pants. You are right. The handbrake switch was loose out. Yesterday, I connected it back and my top works. Unfortunately, it works for 1 day. When I lowered the top today, I heard a "click" noise while the top is totally down and then I stop working and I couldn't close the top again. The Handbrake light wasn't on again. I check the handbrake switch and it is firmly connected. I doubt if the cable or the switch in the back loose out or broke. My top is completely down now and I can't access to the motor or transmission to check all the connection. Do you know a way to manually disassemble the top and get access to the motor? Thank in advance again.
  7. question - were you cycling the top and while the top was moving it just stopped? you mention the top indicator light on the dash was not on. was it on while you were cycling the top, and when the top stopped moving, the light went out? was the parking brake dash light ON when you were doing this? depending on when and how this happened, it could be a few different things. situation 1: you were cycling the top and it stopped in mid-cycle. situation 2: you went to cycle the top and it just wouldn't move. if it's #1, i would concur with ToolPants, check the relay. if it's #2, check that the dash parking brake light is on, and that when you unlatch the top, the windows drop a few inches from their full-up position. this will rule out the handbrake microswitch and the top latch microswitch. if both microswitches are OK (you have a parking brake dash light when setting the parking brake, and your windows drop when unlatching the top) then check the relay. as ToolPants noted, there is only one 'motor', but people confuse the terms 'motor' and 'transmission'. so technically he is right, there is only one 'motor' (located by the 3rd brake light) connected via cables to 2 transmissions (one on each side of car). Answer: I think my case is more like situation 2. My top doesn't move and the handbrake dash light doesn't even on when I pull and lock the handbrake. Any clue? Thanks in Advance.
  8. Thanks for clarifying motor and transmissions here. I found the motor above the center brake light and it seems dead. It doesn't spin when I press the "open top" button on the console. I check the switch and it isn't loose. One thing I found interesting is my "PARK" light is not on when I pulled up the handbrake. I tried to find the handbrake switch in the technical manual but I couldn't find it. Can anyone show me where the handbrake switch is? Where is the top relay/control unit? I have a hardtop and I haven't used the soft top for awhile. Does the motor die because I don't use it? I suspected the problem is not about the motor but something about the handbrake..... Any thought? Thanks in advance.
  9. The soft top of my 97 Boxster stopped working today. The motors just stop working, and the top indicator led on the dask wasn't on. I checked the fuse and all electronic connectors and they look fine. It looks like both motors are dead. I am surprised that both motors died at the same time. I doubt if that is true. Does anyone have similiar situation before? Thank in Advance.
  10. I have a after-market CD changer installed behind the passenger seat. A screw which mounts the CD changer was screwed in one of the coolant hose. Porsche Dealer charges $1,700 to fix that coz it needs lots of labor. They said there are lots of coolant hoses underneath the car and they need to remove the fuel tank in order to get into the leaking spot of the coolant host. Is that true? Is there a cheaper solution? I just bought the car for about 1 month, I think the CD changer has been installed for awhile. Thanks.
  11. What is the proper steps to cleaning MAF? Do I need to disconnect the electrical power first? If so, how do I find out the code for my audio? I have a Kenwood audio but I don't even know the model#. Should I use rubbing alcohol or other cleaner? Anyother things I need to be aware of when I clean the MAF? Thanks.
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