We have been trying to nail down a bunch of leaks on this little 964. Each items makes it a little better, but the valve covers just wouldn’t seal up correctly. Pretty common for the lower valve covers on 911’s to warp, and replacement gaskets won’t do any good as the covers are no longer true. Years ago, we developed a solution to this problem in the form of aluminum valve covers. After pulling the exhaust, you have access to …

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This little bug came into the shop this week to replace the driver side window regulator. Pretty straight forward job, and it is nice to have working windows 😉 It also got new window switches which had come apart. As you can see, the regulator cables have broken and turned into a mess of wires and pulleys. The replacement regulator comes with an entire new door card which makes replacement a snap. The speaker needs to be swapped over to …

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Had this 996 come into the shop this week for a power steering pump replacement. It is a pretty straight forward job, but there are a few things that can fight you a little, including the rear power steering line. 180k miles 🙂 Another issue….notice the left exhaust tip. Engine mounts are shot and sagging, so I will replace those as well. Buried on the motor is the power steering pump. Not impossible to remove, but time consuming. AC compressor …

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This little Boxster came into the shop this week to clear up a fairly significant oil leak and a check engine light. After some investigating, I found the car had quite a few issues, all contributing to the problem. The bellows was torn on the oil air separator, causing the CEL. The oil fill tube and spark plug tube seals were also leaking, and they can also cause an air leak and contribute to the CEL. Passenger side was the …

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Had this award winning 944S2 cab towed into the shop this week for engine problems. The car was running at idle, shut off and wouldn’t turn over. I found that we could turn the crank over by hand until it would hit a stop, and then could turn it backwards until it hit a stop. Not good. I wasn’t sure if there was going to be a bad rod, broken cam tensioner or what. I pulled the cam cover to …

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This last weekend our “Car 54 Where Are You” team made the 2200 mile round trip for a Chumpcar race at Watkins Glen. 94 cars registered and over 400 drivers made for a potentially crowded track. After having an overheating issue at Hallett last month, I dropped in a replacement motor and trans that we had for spares and we loaded the car without any testing and headed out! We met up with our good friends from South Dakota (Chump …

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We’re going through another set-up from another shop that just couldn’t get the Webers right. Trying to do all the carb work on the car with homemade stuff won’t work.  But if you are looking for a quick baseline before deciding where to go with the car, or making changes to fresh carbs, these tips can help.  As always check plugs, cap, rotor, timing, compression, fuel pressure and valve adjustment before try to put a good tune on the carbs. First change we had to make to these were the …

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When you suddenly can’t open your door from the outside on an X5 the typical issue is that the mechanism that the outer handle goes into has broken.  When this one came in that is what we found. Remove the door panel, somebody had been here before and broken nearly all of the clips When you fix this it’s important to get the BMW style clips with the rubber bushing on them if you want the panel to stay snug. The two screws to …

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As an authorized tech shop and instructors for the NASA central region, we have a limited number of $300 vouchers to be used towards any upcoming NASA event this year. If you are interested in participating in a NASA event this year, whether it be HPDE, Time Trials, or Racing, and have NEVER done an a NASA event before (this is for NASA virgins only), contact us for information on getting a voucher. This is a low cost way to …

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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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