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Everything posted by stumpjumper

  1. thanks Mike and Loren, I'll be sure to check those out myself before I bring the car to the shop, and have them check it as well I understand the concept but what kind of diminished value could I prove? I mean, it's a 4 year old Boxster S with 20k miles
  2. now with pics some the dent on the lower half of the bumper was caused by her bumper, the scarring was caused by her headlight, and the hole was caused by the sheetmetal of her fender, I can't picture how her bumper went below mine, speed was so low that braking wouldn't have dropped her nose that much and I hadn't braked hard enough to drop my nose either
  3. last night driving home in traffic, driver behind decides she wants to go into the lane to my left except traffic in front of me was stopping... so I was stopping, she floored it and cracked her passenger side front into my driver side rear bumper cover is ruined, a plug too, the heat sheilding on the rear was pushed in far enough that it touches the exhaust between the muffler and the cat, bumper cover was maybe 3/8 of an inch from the same spot, wheel well liner is pushed forward (pics won't be available till batteries charge) :) so I've got a great, very reputable body shop to go to, so I'm not worried about their work, but more the woman's insurance messing around with what they will and won't replace, I'm willing to put up a fight to get everything done correctly and with OEM parts I just don't want to miss anything (oh, and much to my chagrine the pontiac was much worse for wear than the boxster)
  4. since the ground loop isolator is just a passive pass-through there should be no differences with it plugged in or not if your radio is saying PHONE I'm guessing you cut into the phone power cable and need to check that wiring, a short there could make your radio think the phones is on, or worse yet cause a fire (I know that the isolator and the phone power aren't physically connected, but given how tight it is down there I've got to beleive you bumped or tugged the power tap)
  5. I have my Sirius antenna instsalled above the cabin filter, as high as possible in the plastic indentation, and my results are mixed depending on the direction you're traveling you can have either perfect or horrible reception, the frame around the windsheild blocks a the signal a lot more than I'm happy with but I've got to guess this will depend on where you are in the world :) me being in the north east my signal is terrible when I'm traveling in a south-east, or eastbound road I've also been toying with the idea of finding a nook in the roof to place it, in between the headliner and canvas may be a pretty good spot
  6. 1st guess is bad hand brake micro switch
  7. weird, I thought that only kicked in when the cats were cold, the only times I've heard this sound was when the engine was hot and I got stuck in traffic not moving so I thought it was something like what 0586slb mentioned
  8. I've heard this twice now, both times stuck in traffic and idling in neutral, it goes on for a minute then goes off again, seems random to me :) I'm just wondering what it is :) (02 S, 6spd by the way)
  9. seeing the new approval list had me thinking about moving off of it or trying the pricey Motul stuff, but I just today read a Mobil announcement that the 5w40 was supposed to arrive state side this month, with the 0w40 ending up on my garage floor and considering how loud the damned lifters are I wanted to use 15w50 like you're doing but I'm unsure how that would effect my warrantee and I felt foolish asking :)
  10. I'd seen this stuff before, and forgotten about it until a post by Chris_In_NH regarding the cleaning. I'd been using Plexus and Flitz (a metal polish) for a long time and figured I'd gotten my window as clean as it would ever get after the P.O. had mistreated it... so last month I get a good scratch because I was careless scrubbing the canvas so I ordered the 1-2-3 kit and it came, the rain in NE finally lets up so I wash the car, dry it, and go to work on the window starting with #2 (the middle abrasive) I see how well it can do, after 5 minutes of rubbing and letting it dry I wipe it off and **** 95% of all the previous scratches are gone and my mini-gouge is mostly gone... good enough that I don't bother with #3 because I don't see the point went over it with #1 which seems very much like the Plexus I'm used to, then I went over the inside with #2 and #1 again the window is so damned clear now that I can see my finger smudges on the lexan windscreen between the rollbars, I can see dust specs in the carpeting of the engine cover... this stuff is amazing now to use it on my Audi's headlights! (thanks Chris for mentioning it)
  11. these guys work magic, and they're all over the place http://www.dentwizard.com/
  12. I thought they were different in my 02 at first but it turned out the back of the passenger seat was back just far enough to prevent the seat from going down the last notch, once I adjusted it it went down to the same height
  13. that sounds promising, with luck that means they fixed the window seperation problem
  14. the lights should flash when it arms, but it will only beep when it thinks something is open (usually the glove box) but could be the front or rear hood or either doors
  15. ever see Ferris Beuller's Day Off? I'm interested too, but I wouldn't run the car on jack stands
  16. hell I can feel my AVS sports overnight here and it's only 50 out
  17. it's a biodegradable cleaner, it's green and smells nice, but read the directions as it's sold in concentrate and needs to be diluted, it'll cut through most any grease with ease, it'll take wax off quickly too :) great stuff to have around simple green it comes in gallon jugs too
  18. My understanding is that the glass window tops will not work with the "02 top frame...if there is one out there that does, I'd sure like to find out about it. both GAHH and BAS make one, it's not a Porsche part, but an aftermarket one with a window the size of the 2003+ here's a link to a thread about them :) http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?s...184entry22184
  19. i found this when I was looking at their site yesterday (I was trying to figure out if it could open the psm valves for bleeding, had to email them, it can't yet) 1997-2004 Porshe Boxster(986) Module Read Codes Reset Codes Actual Values ECU Information DME (Engine) Yes Yes Yes Yes Tiptronic Yes Yes No No Airbag Yes Yes Yes No ABS 5.3 Yes Yes Yes No ABS 5.7 Yes Yes Yes No Alarm System Yes No No No Air Conditioning Yes Yes No No Seat Memory Yes Yes No No
  20. for the cupholder problem, I've been using a pair of "ultimate cupholders" ( www.ultimatecupholders.com ) since a tragic coffee spill left me with 2 hours of detail work, I don't even use the stock ones anymore, to the point that I'm going to get a gt3 console delete and pull them out completely
  21. I can't comment on the Cayanne specifically, but for Audis that's how it works on the A8 and RS6, the air suspension works the same way on the allroad but it doesn't have active dampening
  22. if I remember correctly, you're actually talking about two different pieces of the suspension, the air spring which controls height, and the electronically controlled hydraulic shock absorber, which controls bound and rebound by opening and closing internal valves my understanding is that it's the shock absorber that's adjusted in those situations, the same as it would be in normally spring adjustable suspensions
  23. the self dimming mirrors are nice, with the top down the regular mirror can reflect the sun into your face hours before dusk because of the way the mirror works (I don't know the technical term for the dual reflectivity) the same way the mirror can put sun in your face, if you flip it up because of somebody's lights bothering you you'll see nothing but sky during the day it's bothersome enough to me that I'm going to retrofit the self dimming mirror
  24. Yes mine has been in storage too for the winter. Were you able to get rid of it permanently? DaleE I've gotten this about 2 gallons into a tank that I've put fuel additive into when you stored it did you put sta-bil in the fuel? if you did I'd expect it'd clear itself up once you run that tank down and put fresh fuel in it
  25. bondo in a tube, filler putty I think it's called, works very well for that
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