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Everything posted by geoff

  1. 2008 Cayenne S, making noise diagnosed by mechanic as needing a new transfer case based on the noise made under hard acceleration. New transfer case ordered from Porsche late 2018. When I stopped by the dealer to check on status of the order yesterday, I was told it's on indefinite backorder. Are there any alternatives? Does a VW Touareg or Audi Q7 transfer case work exactly the same, and are they equivalent and available? So frustrating
  2. My date stopped displaying late last year also (2008 Cayenne S). Same thing happened to my wife's 2005 Carrera (older PCM version). Both with satnav, which is where time and date come from. Now my Cayenne also displays the wrong time at start up, but then corrects (presumably once the GPS updates the clock) I have a Mobridge unit on the Cayenne for Bluetooth, but not on the Carrera, and both stopped displaying the date. Is this a Porsche conspiracy to get everyone to upgrade to newer vehicles?
  3. After researching many options here with search, I found the following: TSB 3/99 2015 "Fuel tank hose modification" may have some suggestions. Since the TSBs don't seem to be available any more, has anybody read this and can tell me the gist of what it says? One of my old posts in 2004 from my 30K service talks about having the same problem, which was solved under warranty when the dealer replaced a valve. Now I need to track down my really old service receipts. I had totally forgotten about this (I still can't remember it), but Search is a wonderful tool More to come. I wan
  4. First thing the mechanic did was find a quiet place and check for the click when pushing his finger in the fuel filler opening My Boxster is easy to fill about half way with fuel. Then it's a fight with the pump to get it to about 4/5 full. Then I give up
  5. Sunset's parts department response was basically "don't know, and we can't tell from the VIN". Three different charcoal canisters, prices are $165 (08 suffix), $256 (07 suffix) and $692 (03 suffix), not interchangeable, and all are for OBD2 and ORVR. They sell a lot more bleeder valves (996 201 143 01) ($103) and tank valves (996 695 203 01) ($58) than charcoal canisters. So now the problem space has expanded. My mechanic said when they've had this problem before with the car not taking a full tank, replacing the charcoal canister has solved the problem. The BS factor is low, s
  6. Pelican listed the part as OEM, plus they are in Los Angeles, CA. Sunset is in Oregon. My mechanic at my local Porsche dealer got the $800 part quote from the dealer parts counter guy, and they have my VIN. But for giggles and grins instead of arguing, I'll call Sunset, since I would buy from them anyway, and see what they can figure out for a California car, then post back here But this doesn't help me figure out what the difference is between the charcoal canisters
  7. Not hearing anything back from anyone on this yet, I decided to call Pelican Parts, for the simple reason they are in the same county, and I figured they would be able to figure out which charcoal canister i need. Apparently there are 3 different canisters, but it's not quite so simple. The 09 suffix was replaced by the 08 suffix, which was then replaced by the 03 suffix. The 06 suffix was replaced by the 07 suffix. When I gave the Pelican Parts person my VIN, she looked it up, and both the 03 and 07 versions popped up in her computer, but she was at a loss as to which one I need
  8. My 2001 Boxster has had trouble getting anywhere close to a full tank at every fill up for a few years, so when I had it serviced yesterday I asked the mechanic to look into what is going on. Symptoms are the fuel fill shuts off frequently, and it's impossible to get a full fill up at the gas station (I've tried numerous gas stations). The mechanic pulled the right front fender liner by the filler out, checked all the fittings, relays, etc, and said the likely cause is the charcoal canister inside the wheel well. Some go bad, others don't, but once they get filled up with fuel, gunk and other
  9. About a month or so ago we drove from the coast up to Sequoia National Park, going from cool at sea level, across the central valley (and fueling up) with outside temperature about 103 at decent highway speeds, then up into the mountains (up to 7,000 ft) often stuck behind slow moving cars. Once inside the park, and climbing from about 2,500 ft to around 6,000 ft, my '08 Cayenne S started stumbling (driving about 25 MPH), more pronounced in the turns, with RPMs dropping from about 1800-2500 down to about 800, then the engine kicking in. Gas tank was about 3/4 full. The higher the altitude th
  10. All the M96/M97 engines with the IMS design are susceptible to IMS failure (as well as plenty of other parts failing prematurely), including the latest and greatest ones. I am operating on the assumption it is very unlikely (but still possible) my new motor in the Carrera will fail. For my Boxster with the LN bearing, even though their IMS bearing is much beefier and better designed than the OEM, there's also a chance it will fail at some point in the future, too. It hasn't been out long enough on enough cars to have a statistically significant feel for the failure rates, but I am assuming
  11. The engine was toast. Two years almost to the day out of warranty (6 years after we first bought the car). Porsche picked up a new remanufactured engine and labor. I paid for the diagnosis. New engine in the Carrera included everything attached to the engine as well, like water pump, fuel injection, AOS, etc. It runs better than new and has all the latest engine upgrades, such as bigger IMS bearing bolt. Very unlikely this engine will fail
  12. I've been told the active sway bars can make a banging noise when they kick in. Does the sound occur when you're going around turns?
  13. I just went through a similar experience. Last month my wife's 2005 Carrera with 65K miles decided enough was enough and the IMS sheared apart. I took this as a wake up call for my 2001 Boxster and decided to have the IMS bearing replaced with one of the LN Engineering improved retrofit bearings. Since the car is 10 years old and everything was apart, I did the following as well: replace water pump (which turned out to be a good thing, as it wasn't spinning smoothly and was starting to leak, which the mechanic didn't notice until he pulled it out), installed LN Engineering lower temperature
  14. My mechanic at the Porsche dealer told me to order the bearing extraction tool along with the retrofit bearing (and low temperature thermostat). The LN pro tool kit comes with cam locking tools which are functionally equivalent to the factory Porsche tools but not as nice, and my mechanic used his. You should check with Charles Navarro about alternatives for the bearing extraction tool, but I suspect it's part of the price to play. As more and more of the bearings are replaced, mechanics will have the tool, but until then I expect just ordering the extraction tool is the fastest and most re
  15. Besides the suspension items you listed, it could also be the front trunk lid. If the front trunk doesn't close very snug after all the miles on your car, you could get a squeak that's noticeable at low speed
  16. Details are at http://www.lnengineering.com/ims.html According to the web site, you have the single row bearing, which is US $519. You'll also need the tool to extract the bearing, lock the cams, etc, which is another US $167. While everything was being done, I also replaced the RMS seal to the latest version which is less prone to leaks and got the lower temperature thermostat from LN Engineering and replaced the water pump. For me, labor was the significant cost, so I figured for a 10 year old car replace a lot of the wear items when access was easy and the mechanic was already in there
  17. Several weeks ago my wife's 2005 Carrera made a horrible noise. It had about 65K miles and I've always had the oil and filter changed every 7,500 miles. The car was driven regularly. She had it flatbedded to the dealer, and the diagnosis was failed IMS bearing. The dealer (where I bought all three of our Porsches and have all maintenance done) went to bat with Porsche and got Porsche to goodwill a replacement motor and labor, even though the car was two full years out of warranty. The bolt end of the IMS bearing that snapped off is a joke, and it's amazing more don't fail. I took this a
  18. Get one of the laser infrared thermometers and see what temperature your seats get up to on each setting. Then go to the dealer and try the same thing on a similar Cayenne they have sitting on the lot. If your seats aren't as warm, as shown on the thermometer, it will be much easier for them to identify and fix the problem. Harbor Freight has them for about $30-35
  19. Unless you have the stock size wheels (17" on a Boxster S), dropping down from 18" to 17" wheels should soften the ride somewhat without changing your suspension. You'll have more sidewall rubber to take up the bumps. If someone put non-stock 19" wheels on your car, you'll really notice a difference
  20. Check the tension on your front hood latch. Mine was making a squeaking noise like you described and after several joy rides with the mechanic he figured it out. He increased the tension on the front hood latch and no more noise ever since, although it is a little harder to close the trunk. Also an '01 with a little over 60K miles on it
  21. I had the same problem getting N-rated Michelin tires for my Cayenne a little over a year ago. In the end, the only place I could get them was my Porsche dealer. Apparently they have first dibs on any Michelin tires. Porsche dealers in the US get Michelin tires from the commercial side of TireRack, not the consumer side you and I deal with. Since then, America's Tire/Discount Tire has worked out a deal with Michelin to get higher priority than before, and they have better insights into Michelin's ordering system. If none of your Porsche dealer, TireRack or Discount Tire can get the tire,
  22. If you have an '01 and Porsche is offering to replace your motor, it's a no-brainer to go for it. My wife's '05 Carrera just had the engine self-destruct almost 2 weeks ago and Porsche stepped up to goodwill the engine replacement with labor (exactly 2 years out of the original warranty, but always serviced at the dealer, and I've bought 3 Porsches there). The new motor has all the latest upgrades and beefed up parts, so the likelihood of another failure is greatly reduced. My mechanic and service advisor at the dealer said don't expect it to happen for anything as old as my '01 Boxster.
  23. Phillip - take a look at Jim Hall Kart Racing in Oxnard. I did two of their basic cart classes and learned a lot about driving and control. Easy to get up there for you for the day, without even hitting warp factor 4 on the 101! I keep getting emails from them about various specials, so things must be slow for the winter. You will be exhausted at the end of the day and your Turbo will feel like a fat pig!
  24. My Ctek cigarette lighter plug had a little red ring on it. I think if you pull out the red ring it might fit the Euro-sized cigarette lighter socket better. I lost the little red ring on mine and it was loose in my US spec Porsches and Ctek doesn't sell just the red rings. It was easier to just buy a generic cigarette lighter plug and solder it on to one of the unused connectors that came with my Ctek charger, and I found it fit better than the stock Ctek cigarette lighter plug. If it's a plug fit issue, you might want to just take one of your unused Ctek comfort connectors and splice in
  25. If your dash lights start looking like a Christmas tree all lit up after driving a while, your alternator is probably going bad. The alternator on my '01 Boxster went bad at the 5 year mark. Remanufactured Porsche Boxster alternators are a lot more expensive than you would expect, so you might want to get it checked before it fails and look into having it rebuilt. Search here for more alternator threads Have you checked your maintainer on another car/battery to see if that's the way the maintainer works? The original Porsche maintainer takes a long time to bring a battery to full charge,
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