Just got back from our annual trek to Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI.  Finest racetrack in America 🙂  If you have never been, you don’t know what you are missing!  We had a total of 13 cars come from Kansas City and South Dakota to the Nordstern Region event.  Not too shabby.  We made our annual stops at Fiesta Cancun on the way up, The Paddock in Elkhart Lake, and Stefano’s in Sheboygan.  Next year we will shoot for …

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Knocked out a couple of cars today.  Had a Boxster come in for bank 2 oxygen sensors, which were replaced quickly, and it was back on the road.  Then it was off to save another stripped wheel lug thread on a buddy who was switching track tires for a trip to MAM. Then I had a 996TT come back in from last week so we could do some more work.  The clutch hydraulic accumulator had failed which causes a really …

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Had a buddy drop off his 996C4S tonight for an oil change in preparation of a trip.  As soon as I started the car, I noticed a rattling coming from the engine.  Immediately IMS jumps into your head, but I didn’t think it could make that much noise and keep running, lol.  The quick diagnosis…..shut the car off and close the driver’s door…….rattle.  So definitely something not related to the motor.  My initial thought was the baffles had come apart …

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Saturday morning I knocked out an oil change on an 05 Boxster right away after PCA breakfast, and then had a buddy bring by his 996TT that was having some erratic suspension behavior when it would hit bumps.  The kit had been adjusted previously to try and stop this behavior before it came to me, but they were definitely adjusted incorrectly.  The rear settings were at full soft or the “9” position (pss10’s are opposite).  This was causing the car …

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Time to get rid of the living room furniture and put it to use, lol.  Finally go the mounting hardware kit for the rollbar and did the install today. Since it was a nice day…..it was a driveway install 🙂 Pulling the old seats out. Old seatbelt bolt out.  Since this GT3 had seats and a rollbar in it previously, I was pretty sure at least one of the bolts would be knicked up a little from install and deinstall. …

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LOL, never ending project it seems like.  Or maybe it is the little puppy that lost it’s way.  The downside of working on the older cars is that the parts supply is much smaller and takes longer to get stuff as it is not regularly stocked.  ……Tackled the vacuum lines in my spare time and pulled the last FPR off to prep that for replacement and new lines.  I got most of the vacuum lines done that I could reach …

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Got a little further on the Donkey tonight.  Got the front end torn down, waterpump replaced, spark plugs, wires, cap and rotor replaced.  Unfortunately I ordered the wrong tensioner arm for the timing belt, so I will have to wait for that.  We are also waiting for the fuel line kit to come in as well.  When the 928 came out, it had the longest timing belt of any production vehicle.  Not sure if it still holds the record, but …

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One problem that is popping up in the 996/986 owners is the display unit on the climate controls going bad.  Sometimes parts of the numbers do not illuminate/burn out, or you get a half moon or bleeding of the  LCD screen.  The solution use to be replace the control unit which ran about $350 plus install.  There is now a cheaper solution of just replacing the LCD screen.  This boxster had an issue with part of the numbers (temperature) not …

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Started tearing into a 951 today with no real good previous records of maintenance, so a round of timing belt/waterpump was due. The shop supervisor sets up shop.  Oddly enough, management always is in the way when you are trying to get something done. The really cool part about this car……rare sunroof delete 🙂 The surgery. Waterpump replaced.  This car will get all new rollers, pump, and belts.  I can’t quite put my finger on the history of this car.  …

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Replaced a turn signal switch assembly today on a friend’s 964 today.  The turn signals stop canceling after making a turn, so something internal had broken in the switch assembly.  Luckily I got it done before the sun melted the surface of the earth today.  Since the garage was full, I had to quickly use the rapidly disappearing shade, lol. Disconnect the battery….. Annnnnd jump ahead to the dash in pieces.  Unfortunately the lower dash unit needs to come off …

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