Mobile service calls again.  Had to get the car ready for MAM this Friday. Started by changing the oil….. Unfortunately, when I got underneath the car, this is what I found.  Dried coolant everywhere. The culprit.  A loose hose clamp under the intake manifold.  It was so loose, that either it was not tightened from the factory, or someone else had been in the motor in the first 3k miles of it’s life.  The hose is stuck between two pipes, …

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Yup….electrical issues.  Joy.  There is nothing cheap about paying someone to diagnose an electrical issue.  I had a 944 come in today which the owner had just purchased.  It is a nice 60k mile, 1 owner car, but it has sat for the last 5 years.  The windows didn’t work, the blower motor didn’t work, the sunroof didn’t work, etc.  Another shop had diagnosed it as a bad ignition switch.  The problem, is that it is really rare for an …

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So you have damaged the threads in something really important and you need to fix it.  What do you do?  Probably the number one answer you will get is to install a helicoil.  A helicoil is a spring like insert which you install in the hole which provides for new threads that the bolt can catch when installed.  In my honest opinion, the fix will last about as much as the helicoil costs….not long.  Helicoils are notorious for pulling out …

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Recently I heard a rumor that a good friend of ours was too busy to fix his broken 951, so a group of buddies decided to pack up and show up on his door step to help him with his problem, lol.  The only issue, is he holds South Dakota residency 🙂  Friday night myself an a couple of buddies loaded up and took off on the 4 hour trip to SD. Saturday morning we were ready to go 🙂  …

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After the Donkey left on Saturday, a few more rolled in.  I had some quick work to do on our 997TT project to get it ready for Hallett next Saturday. Then came in a 996TT (also headed to Hallett) for a clutch accumulator and a brake fluid flush.  I should take stock in 996TT clutch accumulators.  This will be the 3rd one this month. If you didn’t catch my update on the previous accumulator job, the bulb in the accumulator …

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It’s been a long couple of weeks of work on the Donkey, but it finally left on Saturday.  Usually the 25 year old cars require more time as parts are harder to get and take longer, but everything went smoothly. Fuel injectors back from witchhunter cleaning service.  Fuel line kit from 928sRus.  No offense, but the fuel line kit consists of absolutely nothing special…..about 2 feet of 5/16″ fuel line, a foot of 3/8″ fuel line that i have no …

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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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