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About jamiepstewart

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    Philadelphia, PA
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    Cayenne GTS (6 SPEED!)
  • Future cars
    Future Cars? Really?
  • Former cars
    Porsche Cayenne TTS
    993 C4S
    2008 Cayman
    911 SC
    Audi S4
    Audi TT Coupe
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  1. I would love to hear the opinion of others on the Transmission fluid to use. I am partially inclined to keep it OE... but with higher mileage, it may make sense to use a 'pure grade' synthetic rather than Mobil 1 - such as Swepco? Redline? Please feel free to add any suggestions.
  2. Thanks Loren.... Just as I suspected. Very straight forward. Now the next big question...which Tranny fluid to use... :)
  3. Hi CaptJim... I have not found an answer to this yet. My assumption is to replace the fluid, it is the same as other manual transmissions; drain from the bottom and top it off through the fill plug. I may buy a service manual for this answer (and many others). If you find anything, please let me know.
  4. I brought (via tow truck) the P!G to my favorite P-Car Indy to have a look on Saturday. The tech quickly scanned it and thinks its a ground or something electrical. Its in surgery right now, fingers crossed its not the worst case possibility. As soon as it's out of the OR, I provide an update and the diagnosis.
  5. Quick update... I pulled the accessory belt off and checked all the accessories attached to the belt. They all freely moved. The water is actually new, so I can rule that out. The flywheel teeth looked in good shape when I pulled the starter. Next stop is Durametric. Downside is I cant start the car...so who knows what magical codes I will find all the failed attempts.
  6. I am going to double check codes... would the crank or cam sensor prevent the engine from turning over? Neural safety? This i am not aware of. Drinking may be a good option.
  7. I need YOUR help! This could be our worst nightmare as Cayenne owners...I am hoping im wrong. I should mention I am very mechanical (Master level weekend wrench turner, not professional). The bullet points of the scenario: 2008 Cayenne GTS, 98K,Manual Transmission, well maintained, in excellent shape and runs (or ran) flawlessly. 1. Thought battery was going dead due to engine not turning over quickly. 2. Replaced battery, Engine did not make any change... in fact, was getting worse. Would barely turn even a little bit. 3. Hooked up battery to charger to be 100%, no change. The battery would nearly drain completely after a few turns of the key. 4. Replaced starter with new Bosch. Replaced plugs for maintenance. 5. Absolutely no change. The car clicks, tries to turnover, it wont budge. Battery drains very quickly after a few tries. No major codes on Durametric. Although maybe I am looking in the wrong place. I can only surmise the worst case scenario. Please, any insight or help would be greatly appreciated.
  8. I need a second opinion. For the past 5 or 6 months, in the hot or cold, my Pepper would struggle to turnover, but only sometimes. I was convinced the battery was on its way out. I replaced the battery with an Interstate, then I hooked it up to a trickle charger to make sure it was fully charged. Turned the key and the exact same problem. It got much worse over the past few days (prior to the new battery install). Its now in my garage, thankfully, and when I turn the key, it almost seems like the starter is seized and wont turn-over even the slightest bit. It clicks for a second then seems to suck all the life from the battery and nothing. I cannot think of any other culprit other than the starter. I've been the 'Valley of Coolant' before, so its not a major worry to get at it. Just want a second opinion. Oh, and anything else I should update / mod while I have it apart? I have a new thermostat, (water pump is already new), plugs, coil packs will be done when I have it apart. Thanks!
  9. I need to replace the fluid in my MANUAL Cayenne GTS transmission. Does anyone know of a DIY for this? I have changed the fluid in my old TTS Automatic, which was a 'good time', but I cannot find anything for the Manual transmission. Thanks!!!
  10. I bought the replacement drive shaft from Vertex... taking my time it took maybe two hours. Its an easy job, but do follow the instructions in the DIY section. Quite satisfying too. If you have average mechanical skills, it should not give you much of a problem. I chose this path over the support bearing fix since I wasnt sure if the bearing itself was on its way out. Alll is good after maybe 5000 miles.
  11. I wonder if anyone reads these.... I am hopeful. :) I have a 2008 Cayenne GTS with an awesome manual transmission. I can not find much of anything on when to replace the transmission fluid... nor how to replace the fluid. I am quite familiar with the automatic transmission fluid change (in my previous CTTS), there is next to no documentation on the manual GTS. I have searched google and the forums for some answer or clue.... nadda. So any help would be greatly appreciated.
  12. Having done this job in an 06' Turbo S... I actually used 4 gallons! I mixed it 50/50. So two gallons of coolant from Porsche and two gallons of distilled water. Although, i used a shop vac to suck as much coolant from the system as possible. The reason behind my logic was to minimize coolant from spilling into the valley below the pipes and adversely affecting the starter motor. I cut my plastic pipes in half with a dremel multi-max and kept the shop-vac near the cut. Once i had them all cut, i slid the shop-vac hose over each pipe and sucked, sucked sucked. Plus I also sucked all the coolant from the water pump/thermostat housing. It was near bone dry when I was done. One benefit of sucking all the coolant out... is that youll have all new coolant in the system, which makes for a happy Cayenne. I strongly recommend replacing the water pump and thermostat while you're in there. Cheap insurance. The plastic impellers on the water pump will fail at some point. When they fail, plastic pieces could cause blockage in the coolant channels...and that is, well, very bad. And the thermostat is cheap enough to swap out. Good luck. And Godspeed.
  13. I have a 2008 Cayenne GTS (6 SPEED) I am pulling my hair out trying to find a suggestion for a direct speaker replacement for the 8" door speakers. My current 8" speakers are cooked. The rest of the speakers sound as they should. However.... The entire system is not powered by the Bose amp. The headunit is a Kenwood DNX571, Amp is a Pioneer. The amp is pushing sound to all the bottom end speakers and the headunit is powering the high end frequencies. I want a non-factory direct replacement (or close to it) for the 8" door woofers. HELP... Thanks in advance.
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