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986 Camshaft solenoid replacement


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A creature has chewed threw the wires that come out of the camshaft solenoid 1-3. Is it possible to remove the solenoid by removing the 2, 10mm screws and will the solenoid slide out? Is it possible to repair the wires once the solenoid is removed. All that's left is a 1/8 of an inch of wire to work with. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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A creature has chewed threw the wires that come out of the camshaft solenoid 1-3. Is it possible to remove the solenoid by removing the 2, 10mm screws and will the solenoid slide out? Is it possible to repair the wires once the solenoid is removed. All that's left is a 1/8 of an inch of wire to work with. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

It is possible, but with that little wire left you may be better off just replacing it with a new one. The two screws are all that is holding it in.

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Just to be clear. There are 2 screws on the camshaft cover holding the solenoid are these the only screws securing the unit? Also, how would you suggest removing the unit once the screws are removed? I've removed the 2 screws on the camshaft cover but I can't seem to break the solenoid loose.

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Just to be clear. There are 2 screws on the camshaft cover holding the solenoid are these the only screws securing the unit? Also, how would you suggest removing the unit once the screws are removed? I've removed the 2 screws on the camshaft cover but I can't seem to break the solenoid loose.

Correct on the two fasteners. Believe it or not, Porsche has a special tool to get them out; but we use a small set of channel lock pliers to pop them loose. Just don't get overly ambitious as the cam cover is irreplaceable, so you don't want to damage it.

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I can not exactly remember me but is noth that on a MY 99, the camshafts should be removed in order to remove the solenoide?

Almost correct, the cam cover has to come off:

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I think the two fasteners that the OP may have been referring to are the seal O-ring cover that bolts to the cam cover.

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My boxster is a 99 2.5. w/88,000 miles. If I have to remove the cam cover to remove the solenoid I should also consider doing a little maintenance. Any suggestions? Maybe chain rails or tensioners?

Yes, the chain rails between the cams are a good option. You will also need specific cam holding tools to remove the covers with out risking damage.

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