Had this little Audi TT come in the other day with a running issue (bad stumble) and a misfire check engine light. The owner had diagnosed the misfire and put in a couple new coil packs with spark plugs, but there was no change. A lot of times these Audi’s can have issues with low voltage, so I put the charger on the battery to see if anything changed, but the battery was in good shape. I did find a …

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Had this 2.7L Boxster come into the shop the other day on the tow truck. Engine started knocking, so the owner and a friend with some mechanical know how pulled the oil pan and apparently found chain tensioner material in the pan. This car had already had the LN bearing upgrade on the IMS, so we were confident that was not the issue. I thought tensioner pad material in the pan a bit intriguing, but they wanted to go ahead …

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I’ll save you the carnage though, it isn’t a big failure that we see on the Boxster, but instead a fairly minor one. This problem is also seen on the 996 cabs as well. The Boxster came in with the complaint that the top was not opening. When there isn’t anything happening, typically the parking brake switch is bad. That was indeed the case. After pulling apart the center console, you can get to the switch. In our case, the …

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So I read in a couple different manuals that the rear wheel bearing in a miata is not serviceable by the home mechanic.  I disagree.  Here is a little DIY without even pulling it off the car.  There are different sides and different cars in the photos because I didn’t think of doing a blog post until I was halfway through the last one.  I had to go back and find whatever photos I took of previous jobs. The last …

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Another good 356 turned dirty girl. After a bunch of cleaning we are still here, so total tear down and soak is needed. better, but all that stuff came from somewhere, when we looked in the tank the rust was terrible on the inside, a little on the outside too. So the tank is cleaned and coated inside: and out: Fuel smell in the cabin is corrected by rebuilding the petcock. How to get the retaining ring out: Looks and …

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Jun 01 2012 wes Editorial 2 Comments

This 2000 M5 is just friggin cool. V8 engine and manual trans.  Comes in with rough idle and CEL showing open circuit bank 2 vanos. Bank 2 solenoids are behind this cover. with the cover off we can see the oil leaking into this housing so new “square” o-rings are installed onto the solenoids after they are pulled and open circuit found a bit back That takes care of that, this weekend I’ll install another solenoid in line with the oil …

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Had to drop the pan and rear crank bearing to do this rear main seal, and look what came in the kit: Maybe I am late to the party but this was my first time seeing these.  Screw em in, pop the pan gasket over, then slide the pan up and everything is in place.  Put in the other bolts, unscrew these, pop in last 4 bolts and you are done. wish those came in every kit!

Had this awesome GT2 come into the shop today for basic service. A good checkup and a fresh oil change and she was out the door ready for the summer! It’s hard to beat a morning of working on GT2’s and race cars! If you are a boost junkie, then this is about as good as it gets 🙂 This is where dreams are made. Hard to tell from the picture, but the GT2 door sills are illuminated. I didn’t …

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Odds and Ends

Random postings from around the shop. Over the last couple weeks, Wes has been busy playing with BMW M5 Vanos systems, Mustang Transmissions, and Cobra Engines! He doesn’t take many pictures because he loves working on these cars so much that he just can’t put down the wrenches for even a second! That’s dedication! In preparation for the club race at Hastings, we needed to add some weight to the 964 C4. We added a bunch back in by adding …

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Last week we took some time to get some progress made on the chumper. Got the new car 54 decals put on. And the bumpers pulled front and rear. Then I added some mesh to protect the radiator from debris. And we knocked out the back window as required by the rules, and got the brake lights working. No pictures, but this weekend Wes and Donavon got the rear hoop section of the rollbar fabbed up and installed. A lot …

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