Had this Boxster limped over to the house the other day for a shifting linkage issue. The shifter was floppy and hard to get in gear. Typically when the newer Porsches loose shifting, it is due to the cup linkage at the bottom of the shift lever. The symptoms of that though are usually a freely moving gear shift lever and you are either stuck in neutral or in the gear the bushing broke in. Once I got my hands …

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Knocked out the 105k service on this boxster earlier this week. Filters, oil change, inspection, brake flush, the usual. On the inspection, I found a torn CV boot on the driver side, so we decided to pull all the axles and replace all 4 boots and re-grease the joints. It is a pretty big job on a boxster since the subframe shield and exhaust need to come apart in order to drop the axles out. Since the car has a …

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Had this nice little 99 986 come in today for front brake pads. I noticed when I pulled it in that it also had a CEL and airbag light on, so those would need to be checked. A slew of codes wasn’t what I was expecting, but I cleaned some sensors and we will monitor it for a few weeks to see if anything changes. A day of blurry pics. Old stuff comes off. And new pads, rotors, and sensors …

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Nov 06 2011 wes Boxster 2 Comments

Karl is actually working on the engine of this Boxster.  I could hear him but didn’t see him… Still nothing.. Really?  inside a Boxster engine bay? I couldn’t do that if the engine was missing!

Had a Boxster come through that was throwing some engine codes and running rough. Read down the codes and had a couple of possibilities for causes, so we started looking around. Fueling issue was the first thing to check, so I got the stethoscope out and listened to each injector. 5 had a distinct fast “tick tick tick” sound like normal, but the #3 cylinder had a “thunk….thunk……thunk” sound to it, which told me we probably have an over fueling …

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Pretty standard repair around these parts. A little white smoke out the exhaust, some odd running issues due to a vacuum leak. Meh, not the end of the world. Side of the engine gives you access to part of the OAS. And the top is the other part. And out of the car……..and because we can, we cut it open to inspect the innards. Which has a nice tear in it. Back together with a new OAS and we should …

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Had this poor little Boxster come in with a broken top. These cars are known for weak convertible top transmissions and cables, and this one decided to let go with the top up…..right in the middle of the nice weather we are having here in KC no less. There are a couple failure modes on these transmissions. Sometimes you get lucky and just the cables let go, other times the transmissions lock up and take the cables with them. This …

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Ok, obviously we are having a glitch in the system.  This is the 2nd time I have created an entire post, only to hit Publish, and it posts a blank entry and deletes my written post.  Grrrrr…..   This Boxster came in this week with a slow coolant leak the owner couldn't find.  The coolant expansion tanks in the 996 and Boxsters are known for cracking and causing a slow leak.  On the 996, it will leak down off the …

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This Boxster S showed up yesterday for a few needed repairs. A host of lights on the dash, including the check engine light, ABS light, and brake sensor light were all lit up like a Christmas tree. First thing to do was to go after the brake issue. The front passenger side harness connector was shattered where the ABS sensor and the brake wear sensor plug in. All that was left is a bundle of wires. A quick call to …

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After I got the alternator done in the Boxster, I got a call on another Boxster that was having intermittent start issues. I packed up some tools, grabbed a spare ignition switch, and headed north. And the patient tucked safely in it’s garage. And the culprit….the notorious ignition switch. Older 944 and 911 owners always keep a spare DME relay in the glove box for imminent failure. Boxster and 996 owners should carry a spare ignition switch, lol. New switch …

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