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About ckellum84

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    Porsche 996 Carrera (1999)
  1. Today I fixed my broken sun visor flaps. Mine were broken in both places, ie.the pins that hold the flap in place broke so they fell off completely, and the metal spring horseshoes broke off so the flaps won't stay up when open. I only replaced the hinge pins as the springs are too far gone. Will use tiny velcro pads to keep the lid open for the time being. Below is the steps I took to fix the hinge pins. I took some steel nails (1.5inch) and cut down to a small pin size. Then cut half the nail head off to make more of a semi circle shape. This was all done with some metal cutters. Pliers also. Next I drilled small holes in the plastic where the old pins used to be. The new nail pins can now be inserted from the rear and into the lid to keep it in position. Best to put the lid in place first and then instert the pins. Last I used a small glue gun to keep the pins from falling out. Job done. All in all took about 30mins.
  2. Today I removed my front bumper to fit my new drivers side condenser. It certainly looks like I am the first person to remove the bumper and clean away the dust dirt and leaves, but luckily there wasn't much lodged behind. Nothing compared to some other cars i've seen on these forums. I think the car has always been kept in a garage during it's life so this may have helped. The old condenser was in fairly good condition and didn't show any visible holes where the leak may have come from. I did notice the rubber o-rings were perhaps a little perished and stiff. These rings connect the pipes to the condenser. I swapped it for the shiney new one and fitted the new rubber rings. I also replaced the two o-rings on the passenger side condenser. I will be taking the car for a gassing next Saturday. Fingers crossed. When I disconnected the passenger side condenser, some oily liquid dribbled out of it. Only a small puddle. Does anybody know what this if for and if should be there? Also i'm interested to know what the yellowy coloured hose that runs to the centre of the car then connects to the black hose is? See my front image, right in the centre under the metal bumper. Thanks.
  3. Following on from my initial post i took the car to have the air con gassed. The pressure test revealed a leak on the driver side under front bumper. I have ordered a new condenser which i will fit this week. Hopefully the air con will then blow cold when gassed. Doubt this sort out the issue of lack of hot air though. Not loosing coolant so no leak in matrix. Strange.
  4. I have recently purchased my 996 (1999) carrera about a month ago and have noticed the whole heating and cooling climate control system seems to be having issues. I live in the UK so this is quite a big deal. To sum up, it won't blow cold or hot. I drove the car for around an hour at the weekend and could not get any real heat out of the system, Cranked it all the way to the highest temperature but only felt the breeze of the fan blowing round. I tried with the snow flake button on, then tried with it off, no difference at all over a period of at least half an hour. On the other hand the temperature won't blow freezing cold. I imagine that perhaps I need to take the car to have some gas added to the system. If it is raining outside, it is almost impossible to clear the misty/ foggy windows and windscreen. My only hope is to turn the fan speed to max and crack open the window slightly. My first thoughts were perhaps I need to replace a heater matrix, but despite many hours searching on the internet it certainly doesn't seem like a common issue for 996 or boxster owners. I imagine it is a very similar climate control set up in both cars? Thanks for any help here, Driving will become even more fun when I can remove my coat and scarf in the car.
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