Had my buddy Mark bring in his 997 the other day for a little sound upgrade 😉 He had already done the fister/lpmm/gundo bypass mod, but wasn’t happy yet with the sound. On the watercooled motors, the bypass mod on the mufflers just doesn’t provide the deep throaty sound like it does on the 993’s. Instead, the best solution for these cars IMHO is to get rid of the center muffler using a bypass pipe. In this case, we are …

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Had this little C4 in the shop this week to fix a couple of nagging oil leaks. One of them was a leaking oil line from the reservoir tank to the thermostat. A real bugger to get out actually. Then we had a nagging leak from the main oil line from the case to the reservoir. The old style line was rubber crimped, which ran right next to the hot exhaust. That doesn’t work over time. The downside is that …

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Had a little speedster come in from the west coast last week via Intercity Transport. When the transports come through, it is always fun to see what is on them. It is usually a mix of neat cars. Unfortunately, there are very few Porsches where I don’t look up in the trailer and just kind of ….”meh” Seen a hundred of them. Occasionally you’ll come across a Carrera GT which are pretty cool. A modified 997TT and a 993TT didn’t …

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Had this 996TT in this week for an HPDE inspection and to fix a few minor issues he was having. He was having a clunk under the rear of the car at times, and a quick inspection found the captive nut on the strut to be broken loose, which was fixed quickly. The owner had done a spark plug change and was having trouble getting over .5 bar boost. He had changed the F hose and diverter valves as well, …

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Plugging along as parts arrive for the 964 C4 project. Pulled the distributor so I could replace the belt. I noticed once I got the center pin out that someone has replaced the belt at some point, and miss drilled on the pin. The easy way to avoid this is to drill from each side, then pop the gear off once you have drilled past the gear body on both sides. Once that is off, then you can punch the …

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Thought you guys might enjoy seeing this GTS that came into the shop today. It is pretty cool the range of models we have coming through the door, especially when they are the lesser seen models. Getting ready for a track day at HPT. Service was due, so went through that fairly quickly, but concentrated on the oil change and brake fluid flush specifically for the HPDE event. It is very important to have fresh brake fluid in the system, …

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If you have a modern car and like a tidy engine bay, wipe it down by hand.  We had this SVT Cobra return after service (plugs were changed) with a check engine light and a miss in the engine. After popping checking for a faulty coil pack, we realized something was amiss. See that glint of light at the 12 o’clock above the spark plug?  That is water reflecting the light.  It is very hard to shoot a picture inside …

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At a track event this SC customer came to me with a screaming loud alternator and no charge.   I gave it a band-aid to get him through the weekend and this week she came to the shop for the correct fix. The old external regulator alternators can be hard to get and pricey.  So that he can grab one anywhere he is if there is another problem at another track we are doing the upgrade to the newer style internal …

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So this little Audi ran great, got parked for a bit, then wouldn’t start. After some looking found that the crank sensor, knock sensor and TPS were not communicating.  Looking up from below you see: Looks like a mouse moved in under the intake. The Little guy really did some damage. Here’s some of the stuff removed: So after repairing all those wires he had eaten up and replacing a knock sensor and the crank sensor we are back on …

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With the big race this weekend, and our local HPDE next weekend, we are busy prepping cars for the events. Had some brake and tire work to do on the C4, so I got that up in the air and ready to go. A new set of front brake pads, and some replacement rear rotors that we have laying around should get us through the weekend. Like sheep, all the tires head over to the tire machine. A well trained …

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