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May 31, 2006

How to tow a Porsche 996

Here's my FAQ for towing a Porsche 996.


This wiki page documents my complete setup.

May 31, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Replaced rotors and pads


My first proper DIY service item. I switched my rotors and pads to Frozen rotors and Hawk HP Plus pads over the weekend. I spent about 5 hours doing wheel 1 and then about 45 minutes per wheel after that. It wasn't that had to do in the end and saved myself a kilo buck I reckon.

May 31, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Low engine oil


I had my car serviced a couple of weeks ago (250 miles ago) and today the electronic engine oil level sensor said I was below minimum. The dip stick agreed. Bugger. I added 1.3L of 0W40 to it and phoned the dealer. No oil on the garage floor and 1.6L is a lot of oil to go missing. I'm hoping that the tech just underfilled it but that would be too easy.

The dealer said to bring the car to MAM over the weekend and keep an eye on oil, then phone em on Monday. Time will tell...

May 31, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

May 28, 2006

Tow hooks installed

They are on. The front was easy. There's a bolt which screws in to the frame. Unscrew it, put some lock tite on it, bolt it back to 88ft/lbs with the hook attached. It certainly felt a lot less than 88 when I was unbolting it. The instructions are not clear for how to 'angle' the hooks. The text says 45o to center which implies a 45 degrees to the cars side to me but the two pictures show different angles. I settled for the hook at 0 to the side. You can see in the shot below, they are in the same plane as the wheels.

The rears were another ball game. The bolts are just under and behind the sway bar. So, they are tricky to get at. I unbolted from the other/front side using a wrench with another wrench on the other side. The attribute of the hooks is fixed on the rear but the problem is retorqueing them. My long torque wrench won't fit under the car on jack stands. I bought a 3/8' sears torque wrench then which fits but it wouldn't click and in the end I was afraid to try tighten it more. It may be just the awkward angle means it feels tighter than it is.

Anyway, they are on for now, they look pretty nice. My only worries are:

  • The torque for the rear bolts.
  • The correct angle for the front hooks.



May 28, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (2)

May 20, 2006

EBC RedStuff Ceramic Brake pads, not recommended

They basically wear too fast and seem to be hard on rotors despite that. I think they were cooled just fine given the Porsche 996's excellent brake system. Trying Hawk HP Plus with Frozen Rotors now.

I posted the information with final pictures on the final review at http://www.trackpedia.com/forums/showthread.php?t=398


May 20, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (2)

May 12, 2006

Porsche intermediate service cost

Got my car back today. My frozen rotors are arriving next week and I'll swap em and put stainless brake cables on also.

Costwise, seems to be getting cheaper. Here's the details. This was basically that I decided to bring it to the dealer for an alignment, tech inspection, and oil change. I had a check engine light and I needed new pads.

  1. Oil Change 97.29
  2. Oxygen sensor (P993-606-118-01) 475 including labor
  3. Brake pads (P996-352-949-03 and P996-352-939-03) 157.38 + 125.93 = 283.31. Cost to install would have been 730 including parts.
  4. Brake pad sensor cables 38 each (seems expensive, pelican have them for 12)
  5. Reset my airbag light for free
  6. Free tech for HPDE on the car.
  7. Free car rental
  8. Wheel Alignment 149.95
    Everything was fine except for right toe in was off. This is the second alignment I've done and both times this has been off.

So, tax included, 773. My Repair Master warranty paid for the sensor after my 200 buck deductible. Still very happy with the dealer (MapleWood Imports). I'd recommend them easily.

May 12, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

May 10, 2006

New oxygen sensor and rotors

So I brought my Porsche 996 to the dealer this morning.

The P1117 was the oxygen sensor. 450 dollars including labor for that. The warranty (Repair Master)  covers it (minus my 200 buck deductible). I didn't have to fix it, every thing works but the cats would run below efficiency and the check engine light would stay on which is a major pain.

The rotors on the front were down to 2mm and grooved so the EBC RedStuff Ceramics are pretty hard on rotors I think after 6 track days. The rotors had 36k on them and about 6mm before I put the pads on but still, the pads have finished em off. Rotors would have been 160 a wheel from the dealer.

The dealer wanted 730 dollars to switch to stock pads all around including labor which seemed high to me so I told them to just send me the pads for 280 (159 on front 130 on back)

Their rotors were priced the same as pelican parts so that was cool but I'd bought the Frozen Rotors yesterday so I'll put them on myself.

The bill from today will be 120 for oil change, 150 for alignment, 280 for pads, 450 for oxygen sensor. I spent 830 on rotors yesterday. I bought pad sensors and the rotor holding screws from Pelican yesterday too for 50 bucks. A tough month on the wallet.

I'll start doing work myself from now on. I'll save 400 dollars for the pad install, and oil changes I can do also for probably 40 bucks with parts.

Anyway, still cheaper than my Ford Windstar to run and it didn't have any track days. The rotors and shocks have worn out on the minivan in 60k miles. I still reckon the p-car dealer is cheaper than the Ford dealer.

The car had misfires also so the 4.5k new lifters and 2k new DME installed last winter (dealer paid for the DME) didn't fix the misfire problem I'd had last year. The car would misfire when I lifted to let people pass (holding 6k+ RPM) But, so far, no adverse symptoms. The dealer service person has changed and she asked if I'd like em to look at the misfires but I said no, they'd already spent a month and 6.5k on it already and I didn't see them finding anything new.

I'll still happy with the dealer. They were charging a lot for the pad install but they have gifted a fair bit of work last year also, so it's a wash in the end.

May 10, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

May 09, 2006

Brainerd again


I went to a track day at Brainerd yesterday. And my rear brake pads went after 16 laps. Bummer, no spares with me. Sucks.

So, I had my wheels off today to spot which wheels had wear patterns and my rotors are looking thin. The fronts especially. We're doing another 8 HPDE days this year so I figured, don't let this happen to you again. So, I bought new rotors today (Frozen Rotors) that was 840 dollars for all 4 wheels. I'll buy 2 sets of Pagid Orange pads also, thats going to be expensive also.

The car threw a P1117 CEL at me yesterday driving home. Looks like a oxygen sensor temperature problem. The car is with the dealer tomorrow for new stock pads, an oil change, an alignment, this CEL.

Going to be an expensive month. I figure the rotors I had coming anyway and the frozen ones will last 3x the porsche ones (they are Porsche ones that have been frozen). I'll buy the pads between now and the next event in MAM in June.

My black box showed I was miserable on the track but I knew that before getting home to look at the data. Better next time.

May 9, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)