If you have a Boxster or 996/997, there is an excellent chance that one day you will exit the car, press the remote to lock the car and hear a terrible noise coming from the right front fender. This will be one of those “finger nails down the chalkboard” kind of noises. The noise is made by grinding plastic gears and rods screaming for mercy.  Continue Reading

(Clean air for you and your car)

When most Porsche owners obtain a new vehicle they spend an excess of time cleaning and polishing their new acquisition. After the car is so clean that the glare becomes a danger to oncoming traffic, and water beads off the owners hands, we usually see the next step in the condition, known as “new owner fildle-i-tous”.

The next level in “fiddle-I-tous” is more of a hands on phase of the condition. However, in the case of 996’s and Boxster’s, there is very little that you can actually get your hands on. The 996 engine bay is well filled and the engine lid is extremely small! The boxster is even worse with its “childproof” sealing of the engine compartment. Continue Reading

While Porsche has gotten along with air-cooling for their sports cars for the past 50 years or so, it has come to my attention that all Porsche models are water-cooled, and have been since 1999. The reason for this new-fangled water-cooling is that it maintains a more uniform control over cylinder head temperatures. Air-cooling was much simpler and best of all, never suffered from coolant leaks. Or always did, but that was OK as well. For better or worse water-cooling is here to stay, so we better get used to it.

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