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Had another car come in from Boys Town (only one guy will get that joke) to take care of some noise from the rear of the vehicle. It also had a CEL light (P0105 and P0128) on with a couple of faults. The P0105 can pop on due to a dirty throttle body or a bad MAP sensor. Since cleaning the throttle body is free.99, I decided to yank it and take care of that. The P0128 is a coolant …

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964 Finished

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After buttoning up the 964 yesterday, a brief check of the running systems found an alternator that was charging at 19 volts, which is not good. Normal charge is somewhere around 13v, and over charging can lead to electrical problems in the car. The voltage regulator on the back of the alternator is what regulates the charging voltage, so that is what was needed. Unfortunately, on the back of the alternator, means a lot of stuff has to come apart, …

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Parts came in while I was out of town for our 964 project which had the internal distributor belt fail. I got cracking early as I knew it would be a long day. First thing to do was the replace the hood and hatch struts so they would stay open. The back of my head is always thankful for new hatch struts. mmmmm, fresh struts. After sneaking into the back of the engine bay, both sides get replaced. Then it …

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Early Thursday morning we loaded up and started the 8 hour trip to High Plains Raceway outside of Denver for the Porsche Club Race. HPR is about 60 miles east of Denver right outside the middle of nowhere. Imagine Dances With Wolves……plop a race track right in the middle of it, and there you go. Bison, Antelope, Deer, Prairie Dogs, you name it, HPR has it. The 15 turn track is 2.55 miles in length, and has about 70 feet …

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Having someone qualified to perform a PRE Purchase Inspection BEFORE you buy is always a good idea. Being able to spot potential or current mechanical issues, previous accident damage, etc is critical when buying a car, so you can have an idea of what repairs you may be facing in the future, Ie, money out of your pocket. Unfortunately, I end up doing a lot of POST Purchase Inspections after someone had purchased a car, and they never really enjoy …

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Porsche introduced the Cayenne SUV in 2003, which later became it’s #1 selling vehicle. The model shares the same platform as the VW Touareg, and thus shares a lot of the same issues. One of those issues in the 03 and early 04 models was a driveshaft carrier bearing that would fail and cause a knocking, thumping, or as many describe it, a “wummering” sound. It can happen under hard acceleration, light acceleration, when there is an old lady crossing …

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Picked this car up from a customer to inspect and get into top running shape. As soon as I loaded the car in 3rd gear, I could hear and feel the detonation happening in the engine, so I was pretty sure I knew what that was going to be. First thing to do when I got home was to check out the airbag light. Looks like a crash sensor was throwing an error, so I cleared the code and it …

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Had a blast this weekend hanging out with good friends at the track. It was a brutally hot weekend, though we did have some rain (and even some slight hail) to cool us down a little. 17 or 18 teams started the race on Saturday, and by Sunday we were down to 7 cars in the last hour. The key to the chump car is not having the fastest laps out there (though that does help, lol), but more so …

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Tomorrow I will be heading out to HPT for the Chump Car Race. We watched the 24 hour race at Newton, IA and it was a hoot, so this should be a blast as well. Hopefully the heat stays at bay for us 🙂 I will be helping in the Pits for “Car 54 Where are you” as they take the win 😉 Couple local teams and good friends will be racing tomorrow: Car 54 Where Are You: Porsche 944 …

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Last weekend was spent instructing with the NASA Central Region at MPH in Hastings. We had a blast, and I think the central region is on their way to being a great organization for race and HPDE in the area. Hastings is always a fun trip. The locals are supportive, the track is fun and in great shape, and the entire experience is great. Blog has been a little slow over the last week or so. Little projects like oil …

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