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Question though....... On my previous Boxsters the intake on the driver's side, looking in you could see the "runner". On my 09 this "intake" appears to be closed off so there's been some change. Anyone know what? Also I don't think (could be wrong?) the cooling fan blows "out" but draws air in. Be kind of hard to blow air out at any kind of speed.
Got the EBC Redstuff for all four corners of my 09 Boxster S. Checked the part numbers against several online databases/dealers and they're the correct part number, DP32029C & DP31208C. The front pads will accept the wear sensors but not the rear pads. I know I can just tie wrap them in place but I'd really like to do it the right way. Has anyone modded the rear pads for sensors?
Any particular grease or stop squeal special mojo you guys like for the backing plates? Just picked up an 09 Boxster S with 15K miles and will be putting on EBC RedStuff pads all around. I know they'll squeal where the compound meets the rotors for 500 miles or so but I'll suffer that vs the OEM dust. Just want to minimize the back plate / caliper pistion noises. FWIW: I got a PDK car and absolutely LOVE it! Shifts are SO fast and smooth! Of course the other 20K in options don't hurt the experience! Either someone wanted this car loaded up or it was one of the "Introductory" cars. I know that's not what they called the cars they sent to the dealers to introduce the new models (the word escapes me right now), but you know what I mean. They were loaded and mine is one of the color combinations they sent, Ruby Red Metallic with the lighter (tan?) brown interior, 19" Carrera II Wheels, Sport Chrono +, Extended Nav, Heated and Ventilated Seats, Rain Sensor and Automatic Wipers, Bose 10 Speaker Stereo, Bluetooth, Audio Interface, Dual 12 Way Power Seats, Headrest Crests, XM Radio....and a lot of little stuff I can't remember right now.....
Well the $4500 might be a little easier to swallow if the car is worth $45K. It's a completely different matter on a 03 Boxster S worth 20 ~ 25K (on a good day!) I's NEVER see the $4500 back........... Also it's not like the tranny is toast and I HAVE to do something.
Yeah I thought about that. I think a Boxster S with a 5 speed might be a pretty hard sale. I'd like to sell the car right now but I'm afraid of the uninformed buyer who thinks a small 2nd gear grind when cold means the tranny is screwed. All it means is that it's a 6 speed Boxster with 70K on the clock. Quite typical. If I was keeping the car I'd definately look into the G Box Rebuild. Any idea how much their "typical" customer lays out?
2nd gear problems, grinding etc are WELL documented on all 6 speeds. The gears do not align perfectly until the car has warmed up and the gearbox has received some heat transferred from the engine block. There are no known permanent fixes for these problems. Even a costly rebuild will only lessen the problems for a while. A gear detent from G Box is a band-aid for a bullet hole. My next Boxster/Cayman will be a 09 or newer with PDK. No 2nd gear problems, no RMS problems, no IMS problems. Minus those alone are almost worth the price of admission...............
Sorry if this has been discussed, the search wasn't working for me. Anyone done this swap? I don't like the 1st to 2nd shift problems and from what I understand it's about impossible to make the go away 100%. So.....I'm not a track guy and I don't need to keep the car at 6500 RPM coming out of turn three.....all I need is smooth easy shifting and the ability to hit 2nd gear hard when I feel like dusting off the kid in the Civic. What parts other than the tranny would I need?
JFP..... I'm seeking additional input or better ideas in troubleshooting the MIRROR problems................ let's not hijack this into a Durametric discussion...... I know what the Durametric Matrix SAYS it does. I just don't think the console lid was enough of a "violation" to merit a stored code. BTW: Went to Sears and got a combination 1/4 and 3/8 drive Torx Tamper-Proof Socket Set. So if I run into any Tamper-Proof fasteners I can deal with them too!
Well the console lid was the cause. good catch JFP! The power mirror switch is receiving the 12V power. I put the meter on the switch and it seems to be distributing the voltage out when the joystick is moved around so that means the power isn't making it to the mirrors. I went into the door to see if there was a plug there and it seems the power mirror wires just go into the door harness which is fed to the Jamb Plug. I remember on the earlier Boxsters these Jamb Plugs would sometimes get wet with rain, corrode and cause problems. Don't know if that was still a problem in 03 or not...anyone? But, in order to inspect inside the plug I'm going to need and 90 degree Torx, like the Allen Wrenches but with a Torx end. Anyone got any better ideas?
Finally got this fixed. Took the lights out and wanted to switch components from left to right to eliminate some possibilities. Also bought the LED parking light bulbs so wanted to get those installed. Anyway....inside the right headlight the four wire plug going to the Litronic Control was VERY loose. So I had a broken front linkage, both Litronic plugs to headlight units unplugged and a loose plug inside one of the units. Cleared all codes and they stayed clear. Seems as though the headlights level on car startup, is that right? On my Lexus they level when you turn the headlights on, NOT the car... Glad this is over, now if I can just get my stupid power mirrors fixed,
Good info. I was in the console and probably didn't get that closed all the way. Kind of in a hurry as I had about 30 minutes to do some basic troubleshooting on the mirror problem before I had to get to my office. Thanks!
Well, another day another problem... Bought my 03 S about a month ago. Noticed during the test drive the power outside mirrors weren't working right. The only command they would respond to was down. They wouldn't come back up or go left or right. So I figured it was the switch since both mirrors behaved identically. Got the switch from Sunset for $85...ouch! Plugged it in and both mirrors worked fine. Went for a drive today and the mirrors won't respond to ANY command. Not up, down , left or right. Pulled and re-seated the switch, checked the fuse (no fuse guide or puller present, THANKS A LOT PO!, so I had to go to the Bentley), swapped the fuse position B5 with another 7.5 amp fuse and still no go. B5 is backup lights too so I tested those and they are coming on, so I know I have power. I sure hope I don't have a problem that's killing switches at $85 a pop! Any ideas or advice? Thanks guys! FWIW: One of the other 7.5 amp fuses I pulled must have been the alarm. I used to have turn signal flashes (only) on lock and unlock. Now I have a horn beep too! Guess this is a dealer set option...right?
Loren....good stuff...thanks a lot! But....Here's a thought..... Why not swap components from Left to Right? If the problem moves it's the components. If not it's wiring or control unit.............THEN get out the meter????