Finished up the 323i throttle body install the other day. Pretty straight forward going back together, except that we tossed the crappy old torn rubber intake boots in favor of new boots. New throttle body ready to go on. TB installed with new rubber intake boots. Since the car came in on a flat bed, I didn’t really know the condition of the car. Once it was running, it was discovered it had a large oil leak and a significant …

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Got a call Sunday night on the way back from Hastings about a stranded 951. Car lost all it’s coolant and started to overheat. Monday morning the tow truck showed up to the house with it and I checked it out. Pretty typical failure, the plastic coolant port on the radiator had broken and coolant had sprayed out of the radiator under pressure. You can just make out the piece that is broken on the end of the small hose. …

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Had a mystery coolant leak in this 951 🙂 Typically when a you start finding coolant on the driver’s side or around the front of the car on a 944, there are a couple of quick (and likely) spots to check. The first one is the coolant port on the radiator for the small expansion tank hose. This is just a screw in fitting with a paper gasket. Over time the gasket will shrink, or the plastic will become brittle, …

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I’ve been slacking. Actually, I have been trying to cure myself of a typing error of many years. It appears that you are no longer to put 2 spaces after a period anymore due to the advances in computers, lol. I’ve hit that spacebar twice for the last 20 years or so. Not sure if I will be able to break the habit, but i’ll try. In the December 2010 issue of Excellence magazine, there was a great article about …

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Knocked out a 60k service on a Cayenne today. Pretty straight forward: Oil change, serpentine belt, air filters, spark plugs, cabin filter, bleed brakes, etc. Also had to release a jammed storage tray and replace the rear cigarette lighter flip down lid that was broken. First, I had to make sure the lift could handle a Cayenne, so I did a weight test. If it can handle Tia, it can handle a Cayenne: Looks like my test was foolproof…. The …

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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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