This Cayenne Turbo is currently on the lift due to a leaking torque converter seal. You might call it a post purchase inspection as well! The torque converter seal leak is one of the big things to watch out for not only when purchasing a Cayenne, but also as an owner. The reason the seal leaks is due to coolant contamination from the coolant pipes on top of the engine that like to break. We have covered this numerous times …

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Cayenne Week

Last week was Cayenne central around here. Never fails that I tell a customer that we don’t see a lot of Cayennes in for service because they just don’t break…..then I have 5 Cayennes show up in one week, lol! Most of them were routine service, but this one had a bad oil leak that turned out to be the valve covers leaking. We’ll start seeing a lot of these soon as the gaskets were so rock hard it was …

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It’s been Cayenne week here for some reason. I was just telling someone we don’t see a lot of Cayennes because they typically don’t need much….then boom, he comes in a few days later and I have 4 sitting here, lol. If you are getting an AWD/4wd error light on the cayenne, it is very often due to this stepper motor/servo. Luckily it is found on the transfer case externally, rather than in the case itself. Looks expensive…..and is! And …

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Seems like we will work on just about anything around here, lol. I dunno, the Porsche projects have been fairly repetitive, so there hasn’t been anything we haven’t seen on the blog a dozen times before. Had the new Cayenne Turbo in last week for an Escort 9500ci radar system install, along with some secondary cat bypass pipes. New radar detector head and dual laser shifter heads installed in the grill. Rest of the integrated system I forgot to take …

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Had this pair of Cayenne Turbos come in to swap hand controls around for the owner. Old one is getting traded in, and the new one, straight from the dealer, needs controls, so swap from the old to the new, and done! The hand controls allow the owner to operate the vehicle without the use of his legs. It is a very simple system, push on the hand control for brake, and twist the throttle like a motorcycle for the …

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Had this little Pepper limp into the shop yesterday with a bad primary fuel pump. The 955 has dual fuel pumps, one on each side of the tank. Often times the primary will die, causing stalling issues with the vehicle. Pumps are located under the seats and under the carpet. You actually have to cut a hole in the carpet to access the pumps, but Porsche was kind enough to draw an outline of where to cut 🙂 Following the …

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Many people thought the leaking coolant pipe issue of the early 955 Cayennes was a thing of the past and that the newer DFI motors did not have this failure. Well, yes and no. While the pipe design has greatly changed, there is still one plastic pipe under the intake, in addition to a plastic coupler for the coolant distribution housing. Unfortunately, this coupler is known to leak due to the plastic/oring setup. Same presentation. Coolant leaks in the valley …

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We shove a lot of Cayennes through the shop for maintenance, but I know there are a lot more out there that need our help! They are really good vehicles in general, a few issues like coolant pipes and drive shaft carrier bearings, but overall, they are really solid gas slurping pigs. This one came in for some light maintenance which we were able to take care of quickly. First thing to do was the replace the various lights that …

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I will admit, the blog has been suffering lately. We changed the format awhile back to draw more hits from Google etc, and I kind of lost interest in posting the same repetitive jobs….blah. So ‘F’ Google and their search result algorithms, I’m putting on my tin foil hat and going back to having fun with my blog. I’ll probably make people laugh, make people cry, and possibly even get placed on a hit list or three. So i’ll start …

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Had this little Pepper come in for a check engine light indicating a couple of misfire codes on different cylinders. There are a couple different things that can cause misfires, one being the spark plugs, and the other being the ignition coils. With modern cars, most vehicles use a separate coil pack to fire each spark plug. In the old days, you had a distributor with a cap and rotor and spark plug wires running to each plug, along with …

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