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How do i replace the cable from the alternator to the starter ?


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Hi. 'been plagued by a low voltage problem and want to replace the cable from the alternator to the starter. How do i do this and where can i find the part number for that wire (2000 996 C2 Automatic, engine serial number: M96/04AT66Y66622). I know how to remove the alternator, but couldn't see the starter from there.

Any help is appreciated.

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I just replaced mine ('03 C2 manual transmission) so yours may be a bit different. You can check with Sunset Porsche or Suncoast Porsche for the latest cable for your car based on your VIN.

I didn't need to remove the starter and the following steps worked for me:

- remove the airbox, drive belt, then the alternator

- remove cable from alternator

- peel back the thick rubber sleeve on the starter +ve terminal then remove the connection nut using very long extension

- remove the throttle body

- unscrew the power steering fluid reservoir cap then rotate (not remove so no fluid loss) the reservoir anti-clockwise to make room for a/c compressor removal

- remove the a/c compressor (3 bolts. Bolts will stay on the compressor. One bolt at the back that can be seen by an inspection mirror. Remove the engine compartment temp sensor with the rubber grommet between the 4&5 intake runners and put an extension there). The compressor only needs to come out slightly to create clearance for the bulky jump start terminal to pass

- there's a plastic bracket in the middle of the cable that snaps and locks onto a palstic tab which in turn mounts on the engine. Cut the old plastic bracket with a pair of dikes but make sure you don't damage the tab the bracket locks onto.

- cut the zip tie that's in the middle of the cable

- remove the cable from the left of the engine bay

Install is the reverse except snap the plastic bracket onto the tab only at the final step because it's virtually impossible to disengage it once it's locked in, except destroying it.

Edited by Ahsai
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