Sunday, 5 July 2020

Porsche 996 Boxster Centre Console Hinge Repair

The hinge on the centre console of the Porsche Boxster and 996 is made of plastic and prone to breaking if the lid is opened too far. Porsche charge £35 for a replacement hinge kit but I fixed mine with a £2 hinge from eBay. You'll need a 2.5"/63mm hinge with 5 equally spaced elements

Porsche 996 centre console hinge repair

I used a Dremel to remove the centre part of the hinge so that it would fit and replace the plastic part on the car. You can see the full process on YouTube here

Porsche 996 997 Quad exhaust tips

My 1998 Porsche 996 had been fitted with a C4S rear bumper at some point in its life. I wanted to get it back to standard so also needed to replace the exhaust muffler system to enable the standard bumper to fit as the exhaust exit locations are different in the different bumpers.

When removed I found that the exhaust tips fitted to the car are shown as 997 parts so could have been from a later car. 

Sunday, 14 June 2020

New and Old Bumper for 996

The new bumper is now sitting on the car, I still need to sort out the exhaust exit points and adjust so the tips are correct but it's getting there.
The old c4S bumper has been sold and is all packaged up for collection tomorrow so I'll have some space back in the garage again! I've used up 3 rolls of tape to get to this packaging. It's got 3 layers of bubble wrap and air pockets all over so hopefully will arrive safely

Monday, 8 June 2020

Fitting Rear Bumper to Porsche 996

I've now bought a replacement bumper for my 996 and did a test fitting this evening to check how it lines up with the bodywork.
The main problem is that the exhaust pipes don't line up with the holes in the bumper. 
In order to fit the bumper I needed to remove the exhaust tips so that they weren't blocking the space. Once the bumper is sprayed and ready to finally fit I'll need to get the pipes adjusted to match the bumper.

Saturday, 6 June 2020

Porsche 911 Rear Bumper Replacement

I've previously posted about the C4S bumper fitting to a narrow body C2 996 that was on my car when I bought it.

I've wanted to get it back to standard and already replaced the front GT2 replica bumper. I've now acquired a genuine early 996 rear bumper to switch that back to original too.

This is the c4s bumper fitted where you can see the way it doesn't sit flush with the lights

New bumper awaiting test fitting and then paint

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Porsche 996 Oil Filter Change - Cheap Removal Tool

I need to change the oil on my 1998 Porsche 911 and the Porsche specific tool to remove the oil filter housing is £25. On the off chance I checked the filter removal tool for my VW Golf TDI and it fits perfectly so I don't need to purchase a new one.
I bought this from eBay so it's worth looking if you want to get a cheaper alternative for changing the oil. Even better if like me you have a VW and can use the same tool for both cars.

Monday, 25 May 2020

Rusted Heat shields on my 911

While replacing the coil packs on my 996 I had to remove the heat shields that protect them. On one side the heat shield was seriously rusted but on the other it didn't even exist. Presumably at some point in the past it had rusted so much that it was rattling or fell off because the holes had corroded. 

I bought new heat shields from 9apart and have now fitted them, good to see shiny parts on the car when a job is finished!