Yesterday a good friend (and my shop supervisor babysitter!) called up and said she was having stalling problems in her Nissan.  She had taken it to the shop, and they weren’t really sure what was wrong with it, but recommended starting with a tune up (mileage was about 125k).  Correct diagnosis and correct plan of attack IMHO.  The kicker, was the tune up was going run almost $500 to replace the spark plugs, cap, rotor, and clean the throttle body.  …

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A friend of mine has acquired a new to him 993TT which is in excellent condition.  Very low mileage, well taken care of, but the previous owner installed a set of Fabspeed mufflers a few hundred miles before selling the car, but the problem was, the tips just wouldn’t line up straight.  While we could get them somewhat close, it was still like the tailpipes had walleye vision, with one tip pointing one direction, and the other rotated and pointed …

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Ooops, I said it, the dreaded IMS issue of the boxsters and 996’s.  This weekend we tackled upgrading the IMS bearing in a buddy’s 1999 996 C2.  The IMS issue is the main cause of failures on the engines found in the early boxsters and 996’s.  The early design was a dual row ball bearing, followed by the later design of a single row bearing.  Typically failures are seen on lower mileage cars that are driven sporadically.  The theory for …

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Is your brake pad light on? Car making odd grinding noises, worse when you hit the brakes? Weird fluid seeping out underneath one of your wheels? Might want to get your brakes checked! This is from a BMW that came in yesterday.  I have never in my life seen a rotor this bad, it was so bad the piston actually popped out of the brake caliper because it was over extended!  No wonder the car didn’t stop!  Seriously, brakes are …

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One of the major issues of the 993 is clogged secondary air injection ports in the cylinder head which causes a dreaded CEL light.  The thing is, the SAI system is only active on start up, and really is only an emissions thing to prevent excess hydrocarbons on initial startup.  The nice thing, is that the 95’s are OBDI and do not have a CEL light to trigger.  So most likely the majority of 95’s are running around with clogged …

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Last time the car was in we noticed some cracked spark plug wires, and really had no history of a full 60k service, so we decided to take the plunge and get it done.  Picked up a set of wires for a song, and we will reuse the old boots since they are in nice shape. First up was to install a front bumper bar to prevent some curbing. Right side muffler off, going after the spark plugs. Top side …

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We had a coolant port blow out on a GT3 this weekend at Hallett.  Dumped a little coolant everywhere, but other than a mess, nothing was hurt.  Tore into it tonight to see what it was.  I still can’t believe Porsche glues this port into the housing.  Hopefully parts will arrive soon. Port hides behind the alternator The offending port. And out of the car. Glued?  Seriously? Where this thing should be stuck.  We will replace it with a factory …

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Finished an inspection on a 951 last week getting ready to do the upcoming Audi DE event at Heartland park.  A quick brake bleed, inspection, and replacement of a few missing door check bolts, and it was ready to rock!

Last weekend we spent at Hallett Raceway down in Oklahoma.  Had a blast.  Had some rain on Saturday, but Sunday turned out to be a great day.  The usual antics followed. Most of the crew.  Where is Anker?  Thanks to Bob for the pictures, lol! After getting those dang St Louis guys out of our garage.  Maybe we accidentally kicked Anker out with them? Wes flew to Dallas to pick up a new S2, then drove straight to the track.  …

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Had a buddy bring in his 993 today for an install of an Atiwe steering wheel.  The install took some trial and error since what little instructions came with the wheel weren’t for our model car, and they were in German, lol.  Eventually we got it figured out though: Using a t-30 torx, remove the 2 screws on the back of the wheel holding the airbag on (disconnect the battery for 20 minutes before removing airbag, yada yada). Unplug the …

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