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Hi Luke, After all my questions and doing research and going back and forth in my head I decided to go with Motul 8100 X-cess Synthetic 5W-40. I bought the oil in the 5 Liter jug in a case of 4 each jugs which will allow for 2 oil changes. I purchased it through Amazon and paid $144.94 U.S. for the case of 4. I am going to change my oil every 6 month regardless of miles as I do not drive the car 6,000 mi in 6 months so that should be fine. Regards, Brad
Luke, Thanks for the great feedback and explanations as to what you use and some others as well. My car like many 911 sees a considerable amount of garage time as I typically drive my Tundra to work which is all of a 20 mile round trip 5 days a week. So in one respect I do not get a lot of miles on my two vehicles and thus change oils a lot sooner then by mileage, no harm no foul just how it is. Oil is cheap, 911 engines are not. Appreciate your great inputs! Thanks, Brad
Thanks for the replies to my question as to Mobil 1. Another product comes to mind that I have found, Amsoil "European Car Formula 5W-40 Synthetic Motor Oil". I have used Amsoil synthetics in my previous Toyota truck for years with good success and am thinking about running it in the 997 as it gets the Porsche A40 approval. I just do not feel comfortable running a 5W-50 weight when 40W is spec'd in Porsche's manual. Feel for raps or replies.
Bk4205 posted a topic in 997-1 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 2S, Carrera 4S)I just bought a 08 Carrera and had an 02 before. I used Mobil 1 0W-40 European Blend before but since I live in Northern California where temps are not too low I could use Mobil 1 5W-40. Only issue being I can only find Mobil 1 5W-40 in the Diesel variety? Any comments as to that. Thanks, Brad
Bk4205 replied to Bk4205's topic in 997-1 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 2S, Carrera 4S)JFP, Thanks for your very informative and in depth reply, much appreciated. My garage has a 12 foot ceiling height and a 6 inch slab with rebar in both directions. I have been told that I will need to have a concrete compressive rating of 3,000 psi as well. I don't think there will be any issues with that but am concerned about the hanging suspension issue more than anything else as I do not want to cause damage to the car over time by improper storage as well. I really like the idea of being able to work on the car elevated with wheels off and the two post non obtrusive approach is great as well. I guess I could also use jack stands on a ramp version? Have looked and Bendpak four post and Challenger two post as well, both nice lifts. I guess I will ponder this more? Regards, Brad
Well I have a situation that many folks might share, a two car garage and three cars that need to be housed inside. I have been looking into purchasing a car lift for my garage and always get to the same juncture, two or four post? I know that the four posts have ramps to drive up on and are more stable for car storage. Two posts take up less space but give the ability to lift the car and remove the wheels, etc. Main function of the lift would be storing the 08 997 Carrera so that my girlfriend can also park her car in the garage as well. The 997 would be stored with all wheels off the ground at full down or extended travel for days at a time. Can anyone think of any issues that this might cause to the suspension system or the like? I think the Asymetrical two post would be the most versatile as I would also use it for oil changes, etc. Getting too old to lay under cars on jack stands.
I have just made a purchase of an 08 Carrera with 14K miles on it , a one owner car. I purchased an 02 Carrera my first Porsche (68K miles) in June of last year and traded it and some $$ for the 08 which I am picking up next week out of Southern CA from a small Import car dealership. I did a lot of work on the 02 and of course will not get the money back that I put into it which is just a reality check in the exotic car world. I am going to purchase a 4 year 50K mile warranty when I pick the car up to maybe protect my investment? I plan on doing oil changes and general maintenance like 2 year brake fluid flushes, etc myself. I also want to remove the plastic Porsche oil filter housing and install the LN spin on filter adapter and Napa Gold 1042 spin on canister filter which as most know allows for a full flow and full filtration system unlike Porsche's current system which bypasses some oil without filtering it before sending it back to the engine. My question to the membership, has anyone had experience as to warranties and performing work on their own vehicles? I only see the oil filtration upgrade as an improvement to preserving the life of the engine due to better filtration, Porsche might have a different opinion?
I am purchasing a 2008 997 Carrera out of the Laguna Beach CA area in a few weeks and have been looking for a good service manual for the car but see none available? I now own an 02 996 which I have the hardback Bentley Manual for and is chalked full of torque values, disassembly procedures and the like, a really good book for me. I am basically looking for the same type of Shop or Factory Service manuals for the car as I will perform most of the maintenance to the car. Regards, Brad
Bk4205 replied to Bk4205's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)XMAC, Thanks for the great post, much appreciated. I have a cloth material head liner in my Carrera and believe that I am going to let my family friend at the auto body shop deal with this issue. They said it is a piece of cake for them to do this. Going to have a "boomerang" Stainless Steel front bumper skid plate protector installed at the same time to protect my new bumper from low driveways and the like. Bought this car used and have been going through it installing new Bilstein shocks, Michelin tires, wheels refinished, brake fluid changed out, Tiptronic tranny fluid changed out, spark plugs changed (not a fun job), new coils when spark plugs changed out, v-belt and idler pulleys new, LN Spin on oil filter adapter and LN magnetic oil plug as well. I still need to pull the alternator as I have a cracked oil fill tube and cannot get to the two Torx screws that hold the tube to the top of the engine block, should be fun! I have found the car pretty straight forward to work on but think I will leave the headliner to the autobody folks. I really have never liked working on cars but find working on the Porsche very rewarding and gives me good piece of mind knowing that the work was done to my satisfaction. Thanks, Brad
I have lately developed a rattling noise in the headliner of my 996, it appears to be coming from a flexible support rod that is located just behind the aft portion of the sun roof opening. Every time I hit a bump in the road it starts this obnoxious rattling sound and will not stop until I reach back with my hand and push up on it slightly. Mind you I have the sun roof closed when this occurs. I believe that I will have to have the headliner removed to get to this support. Have any of you out their had this issue with your 996 Carrera's?
Bk4205 replied to Bk4205's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Hi Creekman, You are exactly correct with what you stated as to saving the bumper from being torn off. Yes, as you say it will keep the spoiler from getting scuffed when coming in contact with asphalt and or concrete. The forum has been a really wonderful spot for help and comments from others, really nice to hear from you with your comments as well. Take care of that C4S, thinking of maybe adding a Cayman to my 1 Porsche fleet? Take care, Brad
Bk4205 replied to Bk4205's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Hi JFP, You pointed me to the exact item that I saw awhile back and is exactly what I needed for this issue of scraping the 911 nose on low depression out on the road. The "Boomerang" was found at AutoAtlanta.com for $336. Really appreciate your time to answer my question. The forum has been good to me once again. Best Wishes, Brad
Bk4205 posted a topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Hi to All, Probably all 911 owners have pondered the idea of a front end skid plate to protect their plastic bumpers from damage after scraping them on a street/driveway juncture. I did a much worse incident on the first day that I purchased my 2002 996 Carrera. I was driving back from Southern California to Northern California where I live after picking up the car in L.A. I learned about low cars the hard way when I pulled into a diner several hours up the coast from L.A. When done eating we pulled out of our parking space not knowing that the front bumper had quietly slid over a concrete parking bumper. When backing out the plastic bumper hooked two pieces of re-bar that were sticking up atop the parking barrier about two inches, you can guess the rest! The bumper tore vertically in half but remained on the car, needless to say I was pretty bummed. Luckily I was able to get the bumper back into place and actually fasten it down with one of the mounting screws and continue the rest of my journey home with the damaged bumper hanging on. $2100 later I had a new bumper back on the car, quite a lesson. I am now looking for some form of a skid plate to mount on the underside of the bumper and or chassis to prevent asphalt/concrete abrasion to the underside front. Does anyone know of such an accessory. Thanks for any info regarding this topic. Regards, Brad
Hi, I happen to be relatively new to the whole Porsche car thing and have been a long time fan of the 911 since I was a youngster. I purchased a used 2002 Carrera with the Tiptronic tranny last June and have loved the car's drivability and ease to work and service the car as well. I have recently become rather fond of the Cayman model but know nothing about them and their ability to be worked on by a home garage kind of person. As I said the 911 has been pretty easy to work on and parts are relatively ok to access. My question goes out to any Cayman owners as to their experiences as to getting to the engine and other peripherals on the car and working on its systems and the like I also am just a hair over six feet tall and have the seat all the way back in my 911 and cannot quite stretch my left leg out. On a long drive I have to get out of the car and take a little break after several hours due to this and was also curious as to the Cayman's room with no back seats built into the car and the adjustability of the seats? Any comments are welcome as this Porsche thing has become a great hobby and passion. Regards, Brad