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texanz71 replied to Jvc300's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Why are the 1999 & 2000 models not considered part of the group that is susceptible?
To close out this thread: I removed the mounting plate completely to figure out what was going on. It turns out nothing was broken, but I did strip the end of the 5mm clamping bow. I was able to shave it down temporarily, until I can order a new rod. The mounting plate was pushed too far back, thus not allowing the clamp to engage properly. After a lot of time spent with alignment of the mounting plate, I finally got the light back in place. For others who might come across this issue; the headlight does need to be pressed inward as much as possible, but the locking clamp should not feel like too much of a struggle. Check the alignment and try again!
Thanks Loren, I think there may have been an issue with the mounting plate. I played with it so much that I ended up breaking the locking mechanism!! So new question: Does anyone know what I need to change and how to go about install?
Thanks for the quick reply... I have seen this video but it does not actually demonstrate the replacement. I am looking for someone who actually knows the alignment and trick to get them to lock in.
2000 Porsche C4 with Litronics... I removed my headlights to replace some of the bulbs; now I can not get the headlights to snap back into place. Is there a trick to this? I reviewed the owner's manual instructions and I have been trying for almost 2 hours. I was able to get the driver side to snap into place, but I don't know how I did it. I am still stuck on the passenger side. Please help, I need to drive the car tomorrow! Thank You.
I just had my top replaced after a collision. Finish Line in Santa Clara came highly recommended to me and they did a great job. The top looks and folds perfect. I even had him put in a tinted vinyl window which I always wanted. http://www.finishlineinteriors.com/
texanz71 replied to Drpest's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Did you try unplugging the radio completely and seeing if it starts up?
texanz71 replied to Drpest's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Did you try jump starting just to rule out a weak battery? It could be a faulty switch or somehow the key chip is not being recognized. Do you have another key to try?
texanz71 replied to keytohwy's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)You need to press the side tabs in and wiggle it out at the same time. I found it helps to stick a finger in the tape slot and use it for leverage to pull!
Loren, Thank You for clarifying. I can't understand why they would use an indicator light like that. I am glad to hear there are no issues with my car.
2000 Porsche Carrera 4 Cabriolet I am having a consistent problem with the rear engine compartment lid indicator light. Each time I turn the car on, it stays illuminated. After I place the vehicle in drive and drive forward about 20 feet, it turns off and stays off. It seems like it would be the rear latch, but here are what I've tried that are confusing me: 1) When the rear engine lid is shut, the instrument cluster light displays as stated above, however the cabrio top operates as normal. 2) When the rear engine lid is ACTUALLY ajar, the cabrio top will not work 3) I tried unplugging the wire that connects to the lower latch mechanism. There are only two wires, so I tried shorting it out to see if it would turn off the indicator light. With the two wires in both the open and shorted position, it did not change the indicator light. (This makes me think it is something other than the lower latch microswitch) 4) It was annoying me so much, that I even tried pulling the bulb from the instrument cluster. When the bulb was removed completely, the cabrio top went into safety mode and would not operate at all. Once I replaced the bulb, the cabrio top worked normally again. Has anyone experienced this? How many sensors are there for the rear lid? I know this isn't a huge problem, but it is annoying to see a false indicator light each time. I bought the car used and have been fixing all the little problems; this is the last piece before it is 100%! The members on this site have been a huge help. Thanks in advance for any advice.
Autozone let's you loan tools free of charge; I think for about 1 month at a time. I loaned a set of these once and they worked well: http://www.autozone.com/autozone/accessories/OEM-MacPherson-strut-spring-compressor/_/N-26gi?itemIdentifier=70135&_requestid=856323 This is the main page showing all tools available for loan: http://www.autozone.com/autozone/accessories/Tools-Garage-and-Equipment/Loan-a-Tools/_/N-26vd
texanz71 replied to 911mike99's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Yes, my first suggestion is to diagnose the MAF by unplugging the connector from the air intake and starting up the car to see how it runs. Second, If you have an OBDii reader I would also suggest seeing if there are any fault codes present.
texanz71 replied to 911mike99's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Did you try starting it up with the MAF disconnected? That is a way to test for a bad MAF. Are you getting any OBDii codes?
The first time taking it out takes some patience, and took me about 30 minutes. You just have to work slowly so you don't damage any of the bezels or dash. The leather dash areas are very sensitive and many people have left permanent marks on their dash!! Do not pry against any leather surface when removing the bezels. You must be very careful between the steps of pulling the cluster out and disconnecting the harnesses. It is too easy to let it rest on the dash area in front of the steering wheel. Just remember to wrap everything in thick bath towels and use several. Do not let any piece touch the dash without two layers of towel!! These are the best step-by-step instructions I've found There are two types of bulbs used in the instrument cluster. You cannot find them at an autoparts store and the dealer wants to charge almost $20 each to special order them! I ordered mine from pelicanparts.com; these are the bulbs: 1.5 Watt bulb for the larger displays (This is the one you need) You might want to just change all 3 large display bulbs while you have the cluster removed. 1.2 Watt bulb in case you need to change any of the warning indicators