What do you do if you are travelling cross country and when you are in Kansas City your 1999 BMW 528i starts making a horrible engine noise?  Find a good independent shop to take care of you. The owner thought the front of the motor was coming apart and at first it sounded like he could be right but dropping the serpentine belt made the noise stop, much better news. The PS reservoir was dumping into the alternator so a …

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We’ve always been PCA/NASA/or Chumpcar guys but last weekend we had a chance to come support one of the best guys we know in his return to SCCA racing.  Mike Lyle rolled the Honey Badger (sporting an updated look) out at Heartland Park after a shakedown at Hallett.  The car really lives up to the name.  Mike was running in GT2 and ran in front of everyone he should have been close with and a few he didn’t have any business beating. Weather was great and …

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This is a 964 that I did a clutch job on last year. 180k+ miles are on the clock, and it had come in for a routine valve adjustment. Unfortunately when I pulled the lower valve covers, I found 3 broken head studs! Not good, and it really put us in a pickle. The owner is in love with the car and drives the heck out of it. A full engine rebuild soup to nuts was going to run about …

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Had this 964 C2 come in for some electrical issues (alternator) and a few other minor things that we have seen before. What I haven’t blogged about before are the shift tube bushings in the tunnel that can fail. I’m not sure how he was able to shift this car as the shift knob was all over the place. Up in the air to remove the center tunnel belly pan. With the tunnel pan removed, we can see the issue. …

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Yea, yea, I know. My camera was broken. 3rd time is a charm right? Actually I have been working on some other potentially big publishing projects currently, so that has taken away from the blog a bit. Had the GTR in this week to fix a slight leak from the aftermarket secondary oil cooler that sits right in front of the driver wheel. After pulling the oil cooler down to look at the fittings, I found we were very close …

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Be there………We need racers! Don’t disappoint our nationally recognized grid crew by not showing up. Seriously, what an amazing venue and fun track to drive. The surface is brand new….the infield course is brand new (and will include an extra chicane on the back infield straight for the race which is not listed on any track maps currently)….and the Kansas City Region Porsche Club will be the FIRST and ONLY non professional race organization to race the oval/infield course at …

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Haven’t blogged in awhile as we have been slammed trying to get cars through the shop. We have been doing a ton of A/C work with the weather turning nice, in addition to some big and small projects. A 993TT in the shop for a really stiff clutch pedal. Since the clutch was replaced a few years ago, that points us to the slave and/or hydraulic accumulator. After trying both with no luck, the only other option was to drop …

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We have been so full at the shop lately, that a few projects have followed me home. This 996 was in for basic oil change, etc, along with needing a window drop issue fixed on the passenger side. It was wiggling a little, but not dropping the full 1/4″ when opening the door. Since this car is a 16k mile car, and did not have a magnetic drain plug installed yet, I cut the filter open to make sure there …

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We got the replacement motor on Friday, so this weekend I prepped the motor for new parts before installing. New belts/waterpump/clutch/etc slated to go in. All in all, it looks like a well maintained motor. Tearing down the front of the motor for new front engine seals, waterpump/belts/rollers/hall sensor/ etc. on the back of the motor, a new rear main seal and pilot bearing before the clutch goes on. Using special tool to set the correct depth of the 944 …

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Had this nice 928S4 come into the shop this week for a noise in the rear end and an oil leak on the motor. First thing I noticed was torn CV boots on the rear axles, so I removed those and cleaned, regreased, and rebooted both axles. Then it was on to the noise in the right rear. Typical wheel bearing noise, so that hub had to come apart. And the new bearing installed. Much quieter! The oil leak turned …

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