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  1. Had a chance to look a little further tonight. I opened up the back of the housing - all the wiring looks good (no cracked insulation or anything like that). I also checked and cleaned the connectors with De-oxit. No help, but I also noticed that occasionally if I use my left turn signal with the hi beams turned on both headlights cycle up and down in time with the flasher... if I turn the hi beams off and then turn them back on and hit the directional again, it just doesn't work - the headlights won't cycle up and down... rather bizarre behavior, but it definitely points to some interaction w
  2. This problem has plagued me for quite some time, though I'm just getting around to trying to fix it now. My low beams work fine, and when I switch to high beams the sheilds do the right thing. The problem is that the drivers side halogen (high beam) bulb actually dims. Also, with the high beams switched on, my left turn signal no longer works. Has anyone else experienced this same scenario? Seems almost like there's a crossed connection somewhere that's causing too much resistance - just not sure how to go about trouble shooting it...
  3. A little background to start. I've never had a problem with this before and I've had 2 other alignments. I recently did some more suspension work (adjustable lower control/coffin arms in order to get my negative camber within spec) so brought it in again for an alignment. They had a bit of difficulty getting everything within spec as several parameters are interactive. In any case they got it close, but the steering wheel wasn't centered. Instead of adjusting the tie rod ends, I think they just popped the steering wheel off and moved it a few splines. Would this mess up the steering angle sens
  4. Not a small project and not a very common problem with these engines...
  5. A new Porsche branded axle is between $500 - $750. Servicing the CV is a smelly/messy job but also pretty simple. The joint itself just pulls apart, then just clean up all the old grease. You'll have to pull the inner race (star thing) off the axle shaft to get the new boot(s) on (you may as well do both while you're there). Here's a good video to help you get the inner joint back together... Good luck
  6. I wouldn't ever describe the noise made by timing chains as a "knock"... more like a "rattle", which is quite normal as the hydraulic chain tensioners get old and leak down over time. A "knock" is all together different and will be timed with the engine turning. Generally speaking these "knocks" are caused by the connecting rods on the crankshaft or the pistons ("piston slap") as they rock in the cylinder at the beginning of the up/out stroke... While these sounds certainly aren't the same as each other, they would be more consistent with a "knocking" sound as opposed to a "chain rattle"... S
  7. Use some degreaser to clean up that area good before you start to run/drive it - otherwise it'll make it difficult to see a weep/leak (unless the oil is dripping out).
  8. ^^^ But only if the install was registered by the installer ^^^
  9. You need to use a gear puller to get it off the end of the shaft (I just did one of mine the other day, so I speak from experience) - it's a pretty tight press fit - used a very simple two jaw puller (but you have to take the outside part of the joint off so you just have that inner portion left on the shaft)... Good luck
  10. Yes, there is an actual product - should be near the end of the thread. It is developed by a guy on Rennlist (Porschetech3) he is having them made and marketing them himself. It utilizes the stock AOS but moves the diaphragm (the part that actually separates the oil from the air - hence having to seal the stock unit) to a location in the engine bay which makes it a easily serviceable/affordable part. The diaphragm itself retails for between $20 - $75 - depending on brand. He's bought and tested several different units and done comparisons.
  11. Always a good idea to replace the AOS if you've got the engine out (fairly cheap part and extremely difficult to do with the engine in). There is a new product available from a guy on Rennlist called "the Ultimate AOS" (UAOS). The "Ultimate AOS Solution" - Rennlist - Porsche Discussion Forums RENNLIST.COM 996 Forum - The "Ultimate AOS Solution" - OK, I promised the Ultimate AOS Solution that would eliminate replacing the Factory AOS, but still function as designed. I will show the process here. I have even enhanced it further with a couple more sm
  12. Just turned 160,000 mi. (on the chassis that is...) New Motor (FSI 3.8 stage II build 4300 mi. ago).
  13. You are correct sir! You'll need to remove the heads - I'm pretty sure (but not positive) you'd need to drop the engine for that. Head cracks are somewhat common for the M96 - much more common than your oil cooler/heat exchanger. I didn't realize you were in Dubai until now... That could have a real effect on how to deal with this problem. When properly repaired, the chances of the head cracking again are extremely thin. Do some reading here : Hoffman Automotive Machine (706)769-3783 – Where's Your Head? NEWSITE.HAMHEADS.COM M96 cracked cylinder he
  14. Have you had the head(s) diagnosed & repaired yet? If not, I think you're chasing your tail...Putting your cart before the horse etc... etc... etc... Just because you haven't gotten coolant in the oil YET, doesn't mean it's not going to happen. Every time you heat cycle the engine, the chances of that head crack opening up/getting worse increase. You have to fix the problem, not just treat the symptom - it's not going to get better by itself. Good luck
  15. 👌 It sounds like you're staying on top of it. Good for you! You'll find that there are lots of little annoying things, that if not taken care of, turn into big expensive annoying things. Obviously, the drive-train, power-plant, brakes and suspension take precedent over the aesthetics - keep them operating properly and everything else becomes "fix 'em as you can"...
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