Monday, 12 September 2016

Goodwood Revival 2016 Jaguar D-type Ready to Race

I visited Goodwood revival yesterday, a great day out with the family. In keeping with the revival theme I shot this short video clip in black & white

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Fixed Broken Sunroof Porsche 944 - Sunroof Now Opens and Closes!

After some testing of various combinations and finding that the sunroof opened but didn't close and closed but didn't open if the relays were swapped, I ordered some brand new sunroof relays from Porsche.

Once fitted the sunroof now operates perfectly!

The original relays have a date code of 4/86 on them. As the car was registered in June 1986 I'm assuming these are the original relays fitted at the factory so they've lasted well to go for 30 years!

Monday, 11 July 2016

Step by Step Guide to Replacing electric mirror motor Porsche 944

If the wing mirror motor breaks in your Porsche then unfortunately the dealer is only able to supply a complete mirror unit rather than replacing the motor itself. However the electric mirror motor is a standard part shared with other manufacturers so can be replaced separately.

The tools you will need are:

  • Small flathead screwdriver
  • Pz1 Philips crosshead screwdriver
  • 8mm socket
  • Soldering iron
  • Electrical tape
  • Replacement mirror motor

Start by removing the mirror glass to give access to the motor. Video below explains how to remove the mirror glass.

Remove the backing plate by undoing the three 8mm bolts so mirror motor unit can be removed from the car.  Unplug the mirror wires from car and place motor unit on a flat surface.

Guide to Replacing electric mirror motor Porsche 944
Guide to Replacing electric mirror motor Porsche 944

Remove old mirror motor by undoing the 3 Phillips screws. Lift motor out and check new motor matches the fittings and size. Also check that the mirror glass can be secured onto the motor and that the 4 locking pins line up.

Using the soldering iron remove the 4 wires from the motor making a note of the colour that is attached to each terminal. The new motor may only have 3 terminals so one wire on the centre terminals will be surplus and need to be taped up.

Again using soldering iron attach the wires to the new motor in the order noted from the old motor.
The sleeves for the 3 Phillips screws on the new motor may be too long so these can be removed from the old motor and replaced by using screwdriver to push them out. You may also need to slightly adjust the back cap of the motor as the wires may not exit in the same location. I found I needed to reuse the old cap to fit the sleeves as they wouldn't fit the new rear cap.

Replace the rubber cover over the rear of the motor and refit the motor into the housing using the 3 Philips screws ensuring that they line up flush so the motor doesn't move against the housing.
Once the motor is secured you can refit the housing to the car and reconnect the plug supplying power to the unit. Before refitting the mirror glass I tested the motor to make sure it was moving in each direction so I could resolve any issues before final fixing.

The total cost for the job was £9.99 for the mirror motor from eBay which was a massive saving on the £190 I'd been quoted for the mirror unit from Porsche or the cost of a mirror from a Porsche 911/996 at £50.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Porsche 944 Classic Car Weekly June 2016

The Porsche 944 was featured in Classic Car Weekly, 29 June 2016 edition.

Liked the headline "It's great fun to drive, solidly built and prices are on the up after years in the doldrums"
Porsche 944 Classic Car Weekly June 2016
Porsche 944 Classic Car Weekly June 2016

Cheap Porsche 944 Wing mirror motor replacement

I'll do a full video later but over the moon that I've fixed my electric mirror that had broken. The plastic part of the motor had snapped and Porsche had quoted £180 for the replacement unit which included the motor as the motor wasn't available separately. I'd seen some motors available on Ebay for £10 that looked identical but obviously it doesn't show sizing etc.

The good news is they fit perfectly. I now have a working mirror again and it only cost me £9.99 for a brand new motor. I think I need to do the other side now as it's so much smoother with a new motor!

Cheap Porsche 944 Wing mirror motor replacement
Cheap Porsche 944 Wing mirror motor replacement

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Video Removing Mirror Glass Porsche 944

The video shows how to remove the mirror glass from a Porsche, this was done on a Porsche 944 but would equally apply to a 924, 968 and probably Porsch 911 with the same design of mirror glass.