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    mountain climbing, sailing, Porsche, BMW, kitty kats, the great outdoors, driving with the top down, whoo hoo...even when it's cloudy or at 6AM!

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    2014 911 Porsche Carrera 4 Cabriolet (Dark Blue Metallic or Lapis Blue)
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  1. Condition: no dust, oil or dirt. The head is painted gloss black ~1/4 of the way from the top and is in perfect condition.
  2. Excellent, thank you. You belief me decipher my engine serial number a couple of years ago and I remember now that you told me that my engines was made in 2005. I don’t think they put it into the car until 2010. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. How? What is the key to each of the numbers? Thx! Julie Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Hi there, A few questions: - What year is your 996? - Is it a Carrera 4? - Convertible? - Where are you smelling the fuel odor? - Is the dealership Porsche or...? - Do do you have a Bentley Service Manual? - Curious if you checked out what ‘356to996’ had to say... “Hairline cracks in the nylon top of the Fuel Sending Unit are often the source. The unit is located under the battery (easy to access) and when mine cracked I had strong odor both inside the trunk and outside at the fuel filler.” Check out your local Porsche Club of America Chapter and/or word of mouth for excellent Indie shops in your area. I have had excellent luck here in the Pacific Northwest with Chris’ German Auto. They are awesome! Chris Powell is the owner and a superb technician. You can’t go wrong by hooking up with a local shop. This site is also is a great resource and has helped me numerous times. Definitely check out suggestions from the 996 owners as they won’t steer you wrong. I just did a quick search online and there are quite a few threads regarding fuel odor issues that might help you out. Maybe you have already checked them out, don’t know. I think we need more info. What I do know is that when you buy your first 996, it sometimes feels somewhat daunting... Please let us know what find you out. Julie
  5. Hi there, where is the odor coming from? Do you smell it inside the cab? I have owned a 2003 911 Carrera 4 for four years. I have never had a gas odor. There is sometimes a vacuum problem and I can’t get a full tank of gas dispensed, but never an odor of gasoline. Do you have a local Indie you can go to? They might be able to help you better than the dealership. I have always found dealerships difficult to deal with especially because my car is getting on in years. Good Luck! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Maybe a silly question, but has it ever worked? Did it display before the battery work was done?
  7. JFP, if my engine is an 'AT' engine, which it is and we (my indy) suspect it was done in 2005 based on the low numbers (M096/03AT66566540) (M96.03 /hp 320/2005 665 501 > 60000 from the table that Loren supplied). How long is the Porsche warranty? I am guessing the warranty is over, I am just curious who did the work... And, I actually tried to find the warranty through Porsche and could not nail it down. It definitely is an 'AT' engine so, it should be catalogued somewhere. If not with Porsche of NA, where/who? Any ideas? Sorry if this is off topic. I wasn't sure. Thank you, Julie
  8. Hi there, I have a simple little question. Have you looked at your engine serial number yet? You might be surprised at what you find, I know I was. I found out that the engine in MY 2003 911 Carrera 4 Cab had a ~2005 new engine installed with the larger bearing. I found this out when I took my car in to have my bearing replaced. Just a little more information in your back pocket as you start your project. You won't be able to know about the bearing per se, just whether or not you have the original engine. When I was shopping for my Porsche, I did a PPI on every single car I was interested in other than on the one I actually bought. I lucked out and it ended up being a really good car. Everything about it is almost perfect. I was a little stunned about the new engine when I found out, but I think it is okay. There are a couple other things you can do to put your mind at ease before you change out the bearing, but flipping it out and actually knowing what you have and using the LN Engineering solution should put your mind at ease so you can finally enjoy your car. I completely understand the angst and worry that you are going through and I think it is valid. Best of luck to you on your project! You should start enjoying your car soon because it is meant to be driven and enjoyed! Julie
  9. dporto, you are right about that. It was $140.00 when I bought mine...sorry about the typo. They are now at $165.00 to $219.00. Worth the money, though...
  10. Do you have access to the Bentley Porsche 911 Carrera Service Manual? Pages 50-4 through 50-7 cover the drains and how to access them. You can pick one of these books up for about $14.00 bucks on Amazon.
  11. Someone sent me a schematic in PM and I have to look for it. Maybe someone else has it at their finger tips from the factory manual. In the meanwhile, here is a link that provides a picture (albeit, crappy): http://rennlist.com/forums/996-forum/542352-cabrio-water-drains.html Julie
  12. There is a drain system and there are drainage channels and reservoir which takes water from the roof and windows down through the body and into the valve under the wheel arches. You need to especially be careful on the driver's side because there could be a security/ignition module under the driver's seat (depending on the year of your car). Clear the drains, replace those that are broken. Take the back seat out, take the carpet out and dry your car out with a de-humidifier. Let your car dry out. Clean the carpets with an anti-bacterial/fungus type cleaner and you should be good to go. Julie
  13. Thanks Loren! You are awesome. I have wanted to know the answer to the same question for quite some time. Thank you for everything you do for RennTech. Seriously, you are such a valuable asset to this forum, no matter what year/make/model and, you take the time to give to others which is especially kind and generous. Julie
  14. Hello all, Thank you so much for the replies and the advice. I appreciate it as it gave me some great talking points when I met with the guys that are doing the work. There are a couple of reasons I am going for a simple IMS bearing replacement solution. I will never drive my car on the track. I drive my car in the city and haven't and don't plan on any long road trips in the near future. The Jake Raby LN Solution with DOF is over kill for me. My understanding is that I am getting a replacement with ceramic bearings and it will take the high temperatures and lack of lubrication much better than the existing bearing. The other of course is money. If I had $3 or $4,000 dollars, I would buy myself a different car (see below). The thought that my beautiful Porsche could potentially become a lawn ornament has haunted me for over a year now. The guys that are doing the work told me they consider the bearing a 'replaceable' part and the replacement will last for about 50,000 miles. This is for 'normal' wear and tear of my Porsche. I think it will be sufficient. If any of you think I am making a horrible mistake, please let me know. I think it will be okay. I had the AOS flipped out last year, but they are going to replace it again with this job. They will also look for any leakage/issues with my water pump, they will look at the flywheel and clutch which was replaced last year and has ~11,000 miles on it. It seems to be working fine, but we will see. I don't hear any whining from my transmission and it doesn't pop out of gear. It shifts smoothly with no issues. I am curious about the intake and the throttle body work. I don't have any issues now, but will be looking for the types of things that may be indicators of trouble ahead. And, I trust they will let me know if anything else on my car needs attention. As far as all of the other items noted in your replies, the car was very well maintained when I bought it and I have continued to have it checked out and have updated parts as necessary. I don't feel like I need to do a major over haul at this time. I do appreciate the note about the radiators, I will keep it on my wish list as well as my exhaust system (I do have a small problem there...). I try to stay ahead of everything that should be replaced and taken care of. I have never had a CEL and for that I am thankful...knock on wood. I am only doing the IMS for preventative reasons and for peace of mind. I love this forum and I appreciate being able to ask what might have seemed like a silly question. It wasn't. Your feedback was quite helpful. btw...when I was at the shop, I saw a beautiful early 2000 CarreraS Turbo, midnight blue/grey. The curves on that car were absolutely stunning. If I decide to trade in my car, I definitely know the direction I would go. Not only is it fast, it is exquisite. Thanks all! Julie
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