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Message started by 944s_ct on Jan 14th, 2014 at 5:24pm

Title: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Jan 14th, 2014 at 5:24pm
Hello Guys!

A little history on how i got this car.
So My father ran across a deal he couldn't refuse.
All original 1966 Pontiac GTO
1987 Porsche 944s
1995 Lexus 250

All bought for $5500.

He gave me the Porshe as a fun project car build since the other two cars are worth the value paid!

I just took delivery last week. Here are a few pics:
How it sat:

Taking her home:

Interior:

At Home in my garage:


Now so far what ive noticed/Done so far:

- Replaced hood and hatch struts
- Replaced Battery
- Engine turns over and there is spark
- Original spare tire great condition
- Original Porsche tools
- Porsche cigarette lighter air pump
- Lights flip up and work

Bad:
- Sunroof Gears are stripped
- Dont hear fuel pump priming
- When i tried to pump fuel from the tank with a hand pump i didn't get any fluid (gas gauge when car is on is showing empty
- When i tried to ADD fuel to the tank it LEAKED
- When i turn the car to the ON position i don't hear the fuel pump prime
- Ebrake is not holding


Ive been on this forum reading and reading and will be trying to jump the DME relay to see if the fuel pump even works.

Once i get the fuel issue sorted, This is whats next:

- Cam Tensioner guide will be replaced
- All belts checked
- Clutch checked
- Oil/oil filter change
- Air filter change
- Trans oil checked
- Replace shifter (its a bit sloppy)
- New tires

Any one have any other recommendations on the fuel issue and or things i should check?

Thanks!
-Nate

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by Joe Sharp on Jan 14th, 2014 at 6:37pm
Nate,

Now that was a good price -free

Sounds like you have a good head start. I will let all the mechanics on the site help you out - and they will.

Your 944 looks to be in pretty good shape!

Welcome and GOOD LUCK.

and he got a 66 GTO?

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Jan 14th, 2014 at 6:59pm
Yep 66 all original GTO.. Been sitting in a garage for 25 years untouched!  :o

YEP and you cannot beat free! I was expecting the Porsche to be in rough shape. When i picked it up i was actually pleasantly surprised.

From some investigation it was a one owner Porsche. The guy i got it from bought it but never registered it after he obtained it from the first owner.

I really want to get it running so i can get it on the road!


Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by Joe Sharp on Jan 14th, 2014 at 7:26pm
Okay, now I'm really really jealous.

A friend of my youth, his parents bought him a brand new red 66 GTO hardtop. What a nice car, I was only 13, but I did drive it.

:D :D :D

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by mrgreenjeans on Jan 14th, 2014 at 7:48pm
Nate

Congratulations.

Nice appearing car, and all within easy fix. It may cost a few hundred here and there, but you know what ?

THAT is ALL its costing you, the repairs.
HOMERUN any way you play it......

Fuel leak ---

Where ? Is it in back by the fuel pump ?
May well be the pump itself or the connections.

How long has it been since run ? Look for an oil change sticker to determine this as a first clue.
The car may well only need a new fuel pump and new connections. The tank may well be jelled up inside and you don't want any more of that crud going into your fuel rail and down to the injectors.... little blobs of gel that will plug you up solid.

The first thing I would do would be to ascertain this end of it.... the fuel pump is a couple hundred bucks for a Bosch. Don't mess with anything less, and don't even think of putting it in till the fuel is flushed clean out the bottom of that tank.
Fuel filter is next to insert.

Well, you can take it from there as long as you are reading this stuff here and in the FAQs and trouble shooting guide Ian has supplied here, you are well on your way. Get your parts from the board that supports this Forum endeavor, they are guaranteed and come with volumes of years of service and kind eloquence. A helping hand in need..... how can a guy go wrong ?

BEST wishes on a really GREAT start to an enjoyable life with one of Porsche's best sports cars ever made.
The S is a low number car and has peculiar mechanical quirks that need special attention over a Normal..... but then each model does vary in small ways. Its the job of the owner to ascertain those issues, deal with them, live with them, and appreciate the cars for what they are.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Jan 15th, 2014 at 3:09pm
So last night while i was waiting for someone at work, i got thinking on the Porsche..


I have the alarm/security system (i believe it works):



Does this "alarm" if its on kill the power to the fuel pump until its "disengaged"?

If anyone has any experience with it let me know!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by Grandpa#3 on Jan 15th, 2014 at 4:47pm
Nice looking car and the price can not be beat. Change out the Cam and Balance Belts as it is cheap insurance against bent valves IF the Cam Belt breaks. A Rule of Thumb on the belts is 30k miles or 3 years, whichever comes first. The Cam Tensioner Pads should be inspected and/or changed. The Alarm System on these old cars are more trouble than they are worth. Nearly all have been disconnected and by-passed to prevent a NO START condition.

http://www.944online.com/cgi-bin/forum/forum.cgi?board=944engine;action=display;num=1294429355

http://www.clarks-garage.com/shop-manual/elect-23.htm

Cheers,
Larry :)

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Jan 16th, 2014 at 4:25pm
Just put in an order Ian for intake boot/Fuel filter kit and shift lever!

Also got more things coming. Some work to commence this weekend!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Jan 19th, 2014 at 10:40pm
So I was finally able to drop the fuel pan.  Check this out:

Guess I know where my leak is now!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Jan 27th, 2014 at 5:25pm
Was able to spend some time on the car this weekend. Got the old fuel pump out. Tried to test it and it is completely locked up. I'm glad i ordered the new fuel pump.

I cleaned up the fuel protection pan from all the years of debris that made it into the pan (as you can see in the previous pictures.

Old pump on left, new on right:


Just have to get the rubber boot off and on to the new pump and get it in!

Both intank fuel filter and external fuel filter are replaced as well while i was down there.

Also installed the new shifter. Simple easy process. What a difference it made!

Awaiting last intake boot part from Ian. Should be arriving today.

Once fuel pump is in, car should be able to start. Once it successfully runs, then i will begin ordering parts for maintenance.

Ordered "recieved"/Next up:
-Chain tensioner pad replacement
-Valve cover gasket
-SunRoof hinges

Then next in line to order:
- Oil/Oil filter/Air Filter
- Gear oil for trans flush
- Spark plugs and cap and rotor
- Sunroof gear replacement
- Trunk lock gasket

Then check/Replace:
- Wires behind steering pump
- Clutch
- Ebrake not working
- Replace head unit
- Check why only passenger speaker is working (possibly replace)
- Window washer fluid not spraying
- Dash lights
- Plastic cap at end of trunk cover broken, need to find replacement cap
-Dry rotted tires


I am so excited that i finally have a project car again! Its been way to long.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by speedysprocket on Jan 28th, 2014 at 4:59pm
First, the fuel pump doesn't work like other cars you may be familiar with.  The DME does not turn the fuel pump on until it senses engine rotation.  So there is no priming when you first turn the key on.  
Also, might as well change your belts and rollers right off the bat if you have no history on them.
And completely disconnect the wires to the power steering pump.  It was an S model thing and an after thought for Porsche, so it's an unprotected circuit that is known to fail and burn up your wire harness.  
Finally, at the very least, check your cam chain pads.  Preferably, replace them immediately.
Don't ask me how I know this stuff...
Otherwise, good looking car!  S is fun!  Enjoy it before you get the itch for more power...

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Jan 28th, 2014 at 5:08pm
speedysprocket:

The fuel pump i supplied direct power to from the battery after i removed it out of the protection pan and it still did nothing.

Im hoping i can get some time to work on it this up coming weekend.

Cam chain pad replacement kit i have already. Thats next up once i get all the fuel lines set!

Next up is also checking that wire behind the power steering pump.

Thanks!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Feb 3rd, 2014 at 4:35pm
So after an eventful weekend, i finally got the car running!

http://s15.photobucket.com/user/95integraLS003/media/IMG_1094_zps22ada305.mp4.html

Not bad for sitting for 3-4 years!

Ordered/Next up:
-Chain tensioner pad replacement
-Valve cover gasket
- Oil/Oil filter
- Sunroof gear replacement
- Replace head unit & Speakers (Free hand me downs) Ordered speakers

 
Then next in line to order:
- Gear oil for trans flush
- Spark plugs and cap and rotor
- Trunk lock gasket
-Dry rotted tires
 
Then check/Replace:
- Wires behind steering pump
- Clutch
- Ebrake not working
- Dash lights
- Plastic cap at end of trunk privacy cover broken, need to find replacement cap


Done:
- Replaced fuel pump/Fuel filters/Cleared lines
- Air filter
-SunRoof wind deflector hinge for passenger side since drivers side is discontinued
- Window washer fluid spraying but only with a direct line from pump into reservoir

Im getting excited now! Cant wait to get her out on the road.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Feb 13th, 2014 at 3:03pm
So i took the car for a drive around the neighborhood. Overall runs great!

I need to fix my ebrake. That a concern because once i take it out id really like to be able to engage it.

Also have another issue, driverside windshield wiper does not wipe the lower part of the window, its like the arm doesnt have enough strength to push it against the window.

Hopefully i can work on it some this weekend.

Ordered/Next up:
 -Chain tensioner pad replacement  
 -Valve cover gasket  
 - Oil/Oil filter
 - Sunroof gear replacement
 - Replace head unit & Speakers
 - Trunk lock gasket  
 - Front license plate holder
   
 Then next in line to order:
 - Gear oil for trans flush  
 - Spark plugs and cap and rotor  
 - Dry rotted tires
   
Then check/Replace:
 - Wires behind steering pump  
 - Ebrake not working    
 - Plastic cap at end of trunk privacy cover broken, need to find replacement cap
 - Reverse lights not working
 
 
Done:
- Replaced fuel pump/Fuel filters/Cleared lines
- Air filter
-SunRoof wind deflector hinge for passenger side since drivers side is discontinued
- Window washer fluid spraying but only with a direct line from pump into reservoir (fixed)
 - Replace windshield wipers

Title: 944S Restoration/Rebuild/Cleanup
Post by 944s_ct on Feb 19th, 2014 at 7:09pm
After being able to spend a bit more time i was able to get a few things hammered out.

Sunroof gears were SUPER easy.

In the process of doing the sunroof gears, i noticed the driverside rear sunroof drain is not connected. Ill need to get that reconnected, almost looks like there was a small hose that was removed between the upper and lower lines.

Also the internal button for the trunk release is not working. All the fuses checked out good. When you press it, no noise is coming from the release mechanism. Wondering if it has to be rebuilt or maybe its locked up?

The tail light drain tubes, where are those suppose to be routed to? Mine were just hanging out in the trunk, not sure where they go to.

Quick update status:

Ordered/Next up:
-Chain tensioner pad replacement
-Valve cover gasket
- Oil/Oil filter/Oil filter wrench
- Replace head unit (Friend will be installing since the stock wiring is all hacked up) & Speakers (gotta figure out how to swap the rears)
- Gear oil for trans flush
- Spark plugs

Then next in line to order:
- cap and rotor / Wires
- Dry rotted tires

Then check/Replace:
- Wires behind steering pump
- E-brake not working
- Plastic cap at end of trunk privacy cover broken, need to find replacement cap
- Reverse lights not working


Done:
- Replaced fuel pump/Fuel filters/Cleared lines
- Air filter
-SunRoof wind deflector hinge for passenger side since drivers side is discontinued
- Window washer fluid spraying but only with a direct line from pump into reservoir (fixed)
- Replace windshield wipers
- Sunroof gear replacement
- Trunk lock gasket
- Front license plate holder

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Mar 14th, 2014 at 1:38pm
Currently how the car is sitting:


Just need Doc Brown to get it to hover on its own ;D

Radio was installed by a friend who does it for a living. Wiring harness was HACKED up good. Its all fixed now.

Car has been insured and registered!

My concern currently is the ebrake. Trying to adjust it with a screwdriver beneath the caliper and the adjustment seems to be frozen. Calipers and Rotors have to come off then.

Also once the car was jacked up, turning wheel fully left to right, i hear gurgling and the power steering fluid if dripping from the passenger side. Just another thing to take care of!

----------------------------
Quick update status:

Ordered/Next up:
- Chain tensioner pad replacement
- Valve cover gasket
- Oil/Oil filter
- Spark plugs

Then next in line to order:
- cap and rotor / Wires
- Replace Dry rotted tires - I am going with Falken Azenis AST 225/50/15 - $81 a tire.
- Rear Driverside rubber on bumper falling off

Then check/Replace/Remove:
- E-brake not working
- Plastic cap at end of trunk privacy cover broken, need to find replacement cap
- Reverse lights not working
- Remove Hood insulation (Its falling apart)

Done:
- Replaced fuel pump/Fuel filters/Cleared lines
- Air filter
-SunRoof wind deflector hinge for passenger side since drivers side is discontinued
- Window washer fluid spraying but only with a direct line from pump into reservoir (fixed)
- Replace windshield wipers
- Sunroof gear replacement
- Trunk lock gasket
- Front license plate holder
- Replace head unit (Friend will be installing since the stock wiring is all hacked up) & Speakers
- REGISTERED & INSURED!
- Wires behind steering pump - One was removed already, i pulled the second one and they are taped and tied off.
- transmission oil change

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Mar 17th, 2014 at 3:18pm
Had some spare time last night and banged out the trans oil change.

Not to difficult to do, having the right tools helps so much!

Next up i would love to do my chain pads, all the valve cover bolts are locked in good. Is it ok to use a hammer screwdriver with the 5mm hex on the end on the head studs or could i potentially strip the threads?

-Nate

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Mar 21st, 2014 at 3:23pm
New tires bought and mounted!

YUM!
Kumho Ecsta AST - 225/50/15's


Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Mar 26th, 2014 at 3:22pm
Since i got the rear speakers swapped last night successfully..

Next up i just ordered:
- Spark plug seals (got the valve cover seal already forgot to order these - this is to do the chain tensioner)
- Power bleeder and brake fluid
- interior cargo light (my interior one shattered and falls out of the hole)

So close to be able to take her out on the road. Im excited.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by Kev on Mar 26th, 2014 at 5:28pm
Just wanted to pop in and say I'm enjoying following your progress~

:)


Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Mar 27th, 2014 at 9:34pm

wrote on Mar 26th, 2014 at 5:28pm:
Just wanted to pop in and say I'm enjoying following your progress~

:)



Thanks Kev!

Does anyone know if there was a cover over the battery or was it exposed through the cowel to the elements?

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by Joe Sharp on Mar 28th, 2014 at 3:04am

944s_ct wrote on Mar 27th, 2014 at 9:34pm:


Thanks Kev!

Does anyone know if there was a cover over the battery or was it exposed through the cowel to the elements?

I've always wondered if there was a battery cover too, never actually seen one.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Mar 30th, 2014 at 4:50pm

wrote on Mar 28th, 2014 at 3:04am:

I've always wondered if there was a battery cover too, never actually seen one.


Link here:
http://forums.pelicanparts.com/porsche-924-944-968-technical-forum/684011-battery-box.html

I think there is one under the 944/1 parts area here but not sure if it fits all models.

Now next question. On my seat there are two controls front control works back one doesnt. Anyone able to tell me what each one does?


Thanks!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by Kev on Mar 31st, 2014 at 2:39am
The one closest to the firewall raises and lowers the front of the seat bottom..

The other one raises and lowers the rear of the seat bottom.

I typically have the front all the way up, and rear all the way down
with the seat back adjusted for good arm position / distance on the wheel.

I'm 6 feet, 210 and that position gives me some support under my thighs..
Comfortable on a long drive..


Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by Aaron-71 on Apr 4th, 2014 at 12:37am

wrote on Mar 26th, 2014 at 5:28pm:
Just wanted to pop in and say I'm enjoying following your progress~

:)



2X on this. Just haven't said anything yet. Been enjoying the reading :)

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Apr 5th, 2014 at 3:07pm

Aaron-71 wrote on Apr 4th, 2014 at 12:37am:


2X on this. Just haven't said anything yet. Been enjoying the reading :)


Thanks!
Other things I bought that just arrived yesterday:
- dual sprung windshield wiper blade arms
- rear seat belts

Arriving next week: (ordered from Ian/Steve)
- power brake bleeder unit
- brake fluid
- valve cover gaskets (to do chain pads)
- interior light cover (broke my interior light checking the bulb)

I was also able to scrape off my old hood insulation. Easy to scratch off, glue is going to be a pregnant dog.

More to come this week!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by Joe Sharp on Apr 5th, 2014 at 3:33pm

944s_ct wrote on Apr 5th, 2014 at 3:07pm:



- rear seat belts



?
You either have kids or are trying to outdo Redgolden!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Apr 5th, 2014 at 4:35pm

wrote on Apr 5th, 2014 at 3:33pm:

?
You either have kids or are trying to outdo Redgolden!


I have a 3 month old son. Also my nephew LOVES the porsche. Need something back there for when their old enough to go for rides.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Apr 8th, 2014 at 2:52pm
Another thing recieved and fixed:
Driverside wiper blade was not able to push the blade down on the window, it would leave a streak across the center. Fix: 968 dual sprung wiper arms. FIXED the issue


Maybe some of you can shed light on these issues:

Ebrake cable bolt - having a hard time tightening it a bit to make the ebrake grab.
Ive tried to adjust the nuts behind the rotor but it seems like those might be locked it good. Maybe have to take the brakes and rotors off to clean it up back there and loosen that nut.

Brake light is on until car is moving: Bad?


Driver and passenger seat back pushing apart?
Can this be fixed?


What is this arrow in the RPM gauge for?


Thanks guys!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by Joe Sharp on Apr 8th, 2014 at 4:24pm
Arrow tells you when to upshift. Later discontinued, I always go by sound anyway, didn't need it.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by Kev on Apr 8th, 2014 at 4:35pm
Just to elaborate a bit..

The arrow lights up when the car feels you should shift to get the best economy
based on your current speed and throttle position.. If you are in third gently accelerating
and the light comes on around 3,000 rpms, and you instead give it more throttle
and accelerate harder, the light goes out..

My wife hates the light.. she's a 'rule follower' and feels pressured to shift when the light
comes on, even if she didn't want to shift yet LOL..  I told her she really needs to relax about it.


Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Apr 8th, 2014 at 5:50pm
Thanks Joe and Kev on the response on the upshift light.

How about the brake pad light? Is that bad that its on?

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by Kev on Apr 8th, 2014 at 8:04pm
Well..  it should come on when the key is turned forward to show you it works..

Once the car is started it should go off..

If it stays on, you either have a need for brake pads, or a need to diagnose the sensors~


Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Apr 10th, 2014 at 1:17pm
Got it.

So Kev, the seat back pulling out.. is there any way to fix it?

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by Kev on Apr 10th, 2014 at 5:02pm
I don't think so without taking the leather off the seatback frame..

I've only done replacement seat covers once on a 944, and the
original seats were in worse shape so I wasn't concerned about
being careful taking them off.. I cut part of them to make removal easier..

The new seat covers were easy enough to install..
If it was me, and I wasn't going the full restoration route, I'd
be tempted to just leave it alone..and maybe spray some black dye
on the grey that is showing to make is less noticable.

If I was trying to bring the interior back to super nice, I'd
do seat covers again or find used seats in great shape.


Here's the 944 seats I did..



I'm no expert so I couldn't get those wrinkles out, but the end result
was way better than what was in there.. I think the covers were under
$300 for the pair.. and they even made me a sport seat cover for
the drivers side and a regular for the passenger since I had just
one sport seat in the car.. It was years ago and I don't remember what company I got them from.


Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by mrgreenjeans on Apr 10th, 2014 at 5:52pm
Nice progress on the project so far.....

The e brake sometimes falls a bit out of adjustment at the handle. Can you just touch the brake handle a bit and see if lite goes out before moving the car ? If so , its in the handle adjustment range.

If you haven't thrown away the original blue Bosch fuel pump, take it and soak the innards in a can of carb cleaner for a week or so. Sometimes the gunk inside will free up and the pump can be reused, at least as a back up spare. When testing it on a open battery , be quite careful should you spark it and cause a fire. Do it outside somewhere on the concrete. A forward and backward testing with reversal of the power supply will break that pump free sometimes.

The original battery, a VARTA installed by Porsche,  had a black plastic cover cap installed that was a snap fit attachment. As it pretty much only fit replacement batteries, and of the Porsche or VARTA brands, you can about guess what happened to the originals....... they pretty much all got chucked.

I have been able to locate some on occasion thru swap meets or online auctions, to replace some on my recent second hand purchases, but the original snap fit battery cover is as scarce as the proverbial hen's tooth.


Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Apr 13th, 2014 at 3:50am
So i decided to take on replacing my chain pads today.

Everything was going as planned.
-Valve cover came off without any issues
- bolts for jtube came loose pretty easily
- for the bolt on the chain pad itself the top washer was stuck to the bolt and the bottom washer was stuck to the chain pad. Got all that out carefully seperating.
- Bottom one i removed the bolt and thought i saw the washer stuck to the bolt. carefully started pulling the jtube and i hear a CLUNK.

I checked the bolt and it did not have the washer. Bottom washer was still on the engine.

While trying to take the jtube out, the top washer (i swear i didnt see it) hit the cam and fell down the long dark hole to the abyss.

So i just got the chain pads back in and need advise on next steps.

Do i have to drop the pan to find this washer?
Do i order another one to at least get the valve cover back on and sealed?

I still cannot believe it. I even read to stuff SOMETHING in the hole.

Ive tried to use my little camera to see if i can fish it down to see the washer, but the head on the thing cant fit down the hole.

I tried bending a piece of wire i had in a hook shape to go fishing. 2 hours and no luck. I know i was able to get it all the way down to the oil pan so the washer may be hanging out down there.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Apr 15th, 2014 at 2:31pm
I FOUND THE WASHER!

Now its just fishing the washer out. Hopefully i can do it tonight.

Maybe ill record the adventure of where its sitting and getting it out.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by Joe Sharp on Apr 15th, 2014 at 3:51pm

944s_ct wrote on Apr 15th, 2014 at 2:31pm:
I FOUND THE WASHER!

Now its just fishing the washer out. Hopefully i can do it tonight.

Maybe ill record the adventure of where its sitting and getting it out.

That is great news.  wishing you lots of luck fishing it out!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Apr 16th, 2014 at 3:35am

wrote on Apr 15th, 2014 at 3:51pm:

That is great news. wishing you lots of luck fishing it out!


Thanks! After about an hour.. The washer is out! Everything is all bolted back together for the chain pads.
Pictures to come tomorrow.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by Kev on Apr 16th, 2014 at 11:33am
I absolutely relate to your excitement..  I changed mine last week and dropped an allen wrench down in to the abyss..

I also was fortunate while fishing with a cobbled together magnet tool and retrieved it with relative ease..

I was very worried the pan had to come off, or the motor had to come out~


Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Apr 16th, 2014 at 1:46pm
Thanks Kev.. Im just glad it was somewhat easy to retrieve.

My digital inspection camera helped SO MUCH!

So a few pics:
New chain pads in!


Old chain pads. They are worn down pretty good. Grooves in the top pad were deep:



Also my valve cover has some weird bubbling going on. Any recommendations on cleaning it up?


Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by Kev on Apr 16th, 2014 at 3:41pm
My cam cover is even worse..  I washed it, scraped off loose paint and painted it wrinkle black..
Then I filled in the PORSCHE with red using a small brush..  Looks "OK" but certainly isn't awesome.

The grooves in my pads were not near that bad.. But they were dark orange..

(My car only has 96K on it)


Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Apr 16th, 2014 at 9:12pm

wrote on Apr 16th, 2014 at 3:41pm:
My cam cover is even worse.. I washed it, scraped off loose paint and painted it wrinkle black..
Then I filled in the PORSCHE with red using a small brush.. Looks "OK" but certainly isn't awesome.


Yea i really don't want to use the wrinkle paint.
Its going to be hard enough to sand the paint down so you wont see the chips and such.

Any pics of your Valve cover?

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Apr 18th, 2014 at 11:37pm
So need recommendations..

For the valve cover:
Silver powder coat with porsche lettering in red
Or
Hydrographic carbon fiber with porsche lettering in red

Thoughts?

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by Kev on Apr 19th, 2014 at 12:02am
I went the cheapest way possible to make it look better than it did..

Rustoleum spray black, and some silver Testors model paint applied with a little brush.

Still not awesome, but better~



.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by mro763 on Apr 19th, 2014 at 1:04am
The black and silver looks good!

Here is mine.


Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Apr 21st, 2014 at 7:18pm
Valve cover has been dropped off.

I got a MAJOR discount, company is just getting into hydrodipping, i offered up the Valve cover as a test subject. Gave me half off!! Cant wait to see its outcome.

Also,
Last night when prepping the head to get dropped off, when i was pulling out the valve cover screws.. Found one that broke in the head. It was the one in the very back towards the firewall.
Just bought a extraction kit. Will need to order more things from Ian. Yay! :)

One step closer to getting the VC back on, put oil in her and shes road worthy with what i wanted to do this year!

Also while driving at work, some guy had a BEAUTIFUL 944 turbo in East Hartford CT. Clean, clean clean! Wish i snagged a pic of it.

-Nate

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Apr 29th, 2014 at 11:22pm
Had to share this.
Just picked the valve cover from Competitive Edge Coatings here in CT. Awesome!


Now i just need the time to put all remaining items back together and she is road worthy!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on May 1st, 2014 at 3:37pm
Items completed this morning:

- Put in new spark plugs. (Thanks Ian/Steve!)
- Started cleaning and prepping the valve cover bolts.
- Put the Black caps back on the valve cover
- Put the cleaned phone dials and new tires back on the car

Now next time i get a chance i should be able to put all the pieces together, slap the valve cover back on, lock her down, add in the oil and start her up again. Then she can be lowered and taken out for her first voyage! I am excited.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on May 3rd, 2014 at 8:51pm
All back together!
Tomorrow i get to take her for a ride!


:D

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by Joe Sharp on May 3rd, 2014 at 10:55pm
Go! Have nothing but fun. 8-)

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by mazdaverx7 on May 4th, 2014 at 6:40pm
Your car has really come a long way!! You are doing a really nice job on everything!! Keep the pics and the progress coming!!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on May 4th, 2014 at 9:15pm
Took the car out today..

Overall the car feels great!

Things I noticed,
Bad:
-suspension felt sloppy.. That needs to be added to the list of things to replace. Bumps felt harsh.
-thermostat is stuck open. Once car shut off fans kept running and running
-odometer is not working
-rear passenger taillights keeps going in and out
-I think exhaust is seeping in the rear hatch. Felt light headed when I got home.

Good:
-added some more gas, gas gauge is working
-sunroof works great
-car runs and feels great
-no odd noises detected on the 40 mile trip

Can't wait to drive her more!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on May 10th, 2014 at 12:19am
So guys,

My passenger rear tail light seems to go in and out. It works sometimes and sometimes it doesn't.. is there a connector or should i just use a little di-electric grease on the bulbs themselves?

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on May 16th, 2014 at 4:19pm
Some updates.

So my fans are constantly running when ever my battery is hooked up. So i bought a new temp sensor. That will be replaced soon.

Also when i took it for a drive, hit the switch for the rear wiper and all of a sudden it was hanging off the side of the car, wiping the air.. Pulled the hinge off to find this:

I guess someone didn't care to be sure it was on good before me and the thread lines are stripped that hold it in place. So ill need to replace the wiper arm.  :-/

Another issue is my d**n reverse lights.
When i first got the car, i replaced the reverse bulbs, driver side was on, passenger side reverse light wouldnt come on. I played with the light on the passenger side, and the drivers side went out.

I checked all the grounds i could see, cleaned them and such, all other lights are working, but the reverse lights i just cant get them to come on.

Do the reverse lights have something to do with the cargo light?

-Nate


Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by Joe Sharp on May 17th, 2014 at 1:00am

944s_ct wrote on May 16th, 2014 at 4:19pm:
Some updates.

So my fans are constantly running when ever my battery is hooked up. So i bought a new temp sensor. That will be replaced soon.



My fan kicked on by itself last week, it was the relay, put in the one from my '86 to test it, now running correctly.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on May 17th, 2014 at 12:03pm
I really hope its not the relay! Relay is $200+..

Im going to test it today just plug in the new sensor see if the fans stop, if it does.. great, if it does not.. Well then i follow next steps..

If the thermostat was stuck open, would that cause the fans to constantly run? Or is it only the sensor and relay that trigger the fans?

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on May 25th, 2014 at 8:51pm
Update:

Since i had time today, i had already ordered a replacement rear window wiper arm. It has been replaced and works perfect.

Next, i finally decided to tackle the reverse light sensor replacement. 10 minutes later job is done, reverse lights work perfectly.

Because the reverse light switch was so quick to replace, i decided to tackle the thermo fan switch replacement. Right now i have it loose (was able to do it with a 1 1/8th socket and wrench). Its loose and draining the coolant slowly. Ill let it drain until it stops and replace it. Figure tomorrow AM will be perfect to just get it done.

I think these are the last remaining items before i can fully enjoy her without having to worry much. :D

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on May 27th, 2014 at 12:56pm
Thermo Fan switch was replaced successfully. I was able to do it without removing the fans. Its nice to have it all connected now, connect the battery and no fans are constantly running.

Now ill need to check her daily to be sure that nothing is draining the battery!

All she needs now is to make sure the coolant level is full and bled.

Wash/Scratch remover/polish/wax, clean the inside good and she is ready to rock and roll!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Jun 9th, 2014 at 1:44pm
Car is running great!

One thing ive noticed, when i drive it for an extended period of time, i get a bad headache.

Windows down and sunroof open it still seems to happen, so i dont believe its exhaust in the car.
I almost think its how the front glass is curved, i feel like it messes with my eye.

Anyone have a similar experience?

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by Joe Sharp on Jun 9th, 2014 at 5:11pm

944s_ct wrote on Jun 9th, 2014 at 1:44pm:
Car is running great!

One thing ive noticed, when i drive it for an extended period of time, i get a bad headache.

Windows down and sunroof open it still seems to happen, so i dont believe its exhaust in the car.
I almost think its how the front glass is curved, i feel like it messes with my eye.

Anyone have a similar experience?

You are not cruising the highways at high speeds and looking out for police are you?
That will increase anxiety, which can lead to headaches.
Being serious here.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Jun 9th, 2014 at 8:48pm

Joe Sharp wrote on Jun 9th, 2014 at 5:11pm:

944s_ct wrote on Jun 9th, 2014 at 1:44pm:
Car is running great!

One thing ive noticed, when i drive it for an extended period of time, i get a bad headache.

Windows down and sunroof open it still seems to happen, so i dont believe its exhaust in the car.
I almost think its how the front glass is curved, i feel like it messes with my eye.

Anyone have a similar experience?

You are not cruising the highways at high speeds and looking out for police are you?
That will increase anxiety, which can lead to headaches.
Being serious here.


I was way more anxious in my Turbo Integra (400HP) driving that alone then i am with the Porsche. Never had any issues in that thing.
Maybe ill get a CO detector just to check if it is fumes.
Unless its some smell in the car where if i sit in it for too long, it starts affecting me?

Like i said.. Strange, just very strange. 

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Sep 13th, 2014 at 9:00pm
Just picked these up!


Does anyone know what year this cluster is out of?

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by jack77 on Sep 15th, 2014 at 4:09pm
The MPG gauge on that cluster is a clue.  My 88S doesn't have it and I cannibalized an 87na that did.  Tells me it's older than an 88 and newer than an 85.5.  Good luck, Jack

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by Joe Sharp on Sep 15th, 2014 at 4:26pm

Done wrote on Sep 15th, 2014 at 4:09pm:
The MPG gauge on that cluster is a clue.  My 88S doesn't have it and I cannibalized an 87na that did.  Tells me it's older than an 88 and newer than an 85.5.  Good luck, Jack

my 86 na has the mpg gauge
the 87 i owned did not

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Sep 17th, 2014 at 4:21pm
Can you swap gauge pods in the 87 for the one with the mpg? Or is there a difference in the harness?

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by Bmw on Oct 10th, 2014 at 8:57pm

Kev wrote on Apr 8th, 2014 at 8:04pm:
Well..  it should come on when the key is turned forward to show you it works..

Once the car is started it should go off..

If it stays on, you either have a need for brake pads, or a need to diagnose the sensors~



Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by Bmw on Oct 10th, 2014 at 9:09pm
The brake pad sensor have a "loop" inside, and when the pads are worn to the end, this loop will be brouken. This will light up the brake pad warning light. You need to replace the pad sensor and pads.This Porsche 944 are little strange and need some service to work well. On my 944 S, I take all calipers out and rebuild they totally, then the brakes works well. At the same time you do some servise on parkingbrake system who is inside the rear brake rotors.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Oct 25th, 2014 at 2:03am
So i was able to mount the rear diffuser. Loving it!




I need to snag better pictures. Next up is figuring out something with the rubber on the rear bumper. They are both peeling back and its starting to drive me nuts!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by Joe Sharp on Oct 25th, 2014 at 2:34pm

944s_ct wrote on Oct 25th, 2014 at 2:03am:
So i was able to mount the rear diffuser. Loving it!




I need to snag better pictures. Next up is figuring out something with the rubber on the rear bumper. They are both peeling back and its starting to drive me nuts!

Shave them off like mine were. Creates a nice clean look!

http://i1317.photobucket.com/albums/t633/jmsharp58/IMAG0340_zps9cd338d4.jpg

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Oct 30th, 2014 at 2:55am
How did you fill in the holes?

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Nov 21st, 2014 at 7:03pm
Anyone have any suggestions on replacing the odometer gear without breaking the gauge cluster?

Since i have this second gauge cluster im going to try it out with that one, my concern with it being so old is that when i go to replace it, i will just end up breaking more things..

Gotta love vintage items, right? ;)

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by mazdaverx7 on Nov 22nd, 2014 at 1:52pm
You must completely disassemble the cluster and remove the speedometer unit as a whole. Feel free to pm me and if you want we can exchange numbers and I can walk you through the process or give you some tips as you go through the cluster. I recently my entire speedometer unit.


Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Nov 22nd, 2014 at 4:02pm

mazdaverx7 wrote on Nov 22nd, 2014 at 1:52pm:
You must completely disassemble the cluster and remove the speedometer unit as a whole. Feel free to pm me and if you want we can exchange numbers and I can walk you through the process or give you some tips as you go through the cluster. I recently my entire speedometer unit.


You have a PM!

Also made some progress and get the rear rubber bumpers off the car..


MUCH BETTER!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Dec 8th, 2014 at 1:53am
Spent a little more time on the car this weekend. Shampooed the interior to try and get rid of the musty smell. It helped some but something inside the car is still smelling. I'm wondering if it's the pads in the seats. Anyone have any ideas?

Also, does all 944s have a o2 sensor?

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by mazdaverx7 on Dec 17th, 2014 at 12:28am
I do believe that all U.S. bound 944's had an oxygen sensor originally.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Dec 17th, 2014 at 2:22pm
Thanks mazdaverx7!

Just some Eye Candy.. After a wash and wax, here are new pics and a walk around video of it running..






Quick Walk around video:
http://vid15.photobucket.com/albums/a371/95integraLS003/20141216_110715_zpsiryd3rtk.mp4

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by mazdaverx7 on Dec 19th, 2014 at 5:28am
Really is looking nice!! Did you get the cluster apart and rebuilt? I love your rear garage door. That's really slick!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Dec 21st, 2014 at 9:00pm
I have the second cluster that I'm running through the process with so I don't mess up my cluster. Hopefully sometime in January I'll try it.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by CVR_Rally on Dec 27th, 2014 at 12:29pm
Sent you a PM!  I have gotten my 87 S back on the road and will continue to sort out the problems to get it to a DE next year. 

Chris

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by mrgreenjeans on Dec 27th, 2014 at 5:00pm
This has been a truly spectacular rebuild thread and the car is really looking great..... Hearty congratulations.

Have your tried a professional upholstery shop for leather interiors that can help make that back insert work better for you ? I had another older sports car ( non Porsche ) I brought over to a well regarded guy who did primarily motorcycle seats and a few high end hot rods. He was able to take off all of the skins and re-sew or re-glue everything within a very short period of time and it was well under 100 bucks. It transformed the interior for small change. And if left unchecked, would have only gotten worse with time.

Have you made sure there isn't some moldy stuff under the carpets or rear seat indents where moisture from the sunroof got in and made a mess ? You may have to remove and replace some of the affected carpet pad or seat pad to deal effectively if it's moldy.

And tell us more about the C/F look applied to the valve cover. How were they able to dip it and not get that stuff on the inside ? Or did they remove that afterwards ? I know there has been a fair amount of concern about he 'flaking' off of the original material into oil galleys, and some have removed all of that product right down to raw aluminum to avert that from contamination of the oil.

How well does that product hold up to heat and oil ? Is it impervious to seepage ?

On the deal with noxious eye burning, consider looking at putting in a C02 detector. Sometimes these cars can get exhaust into the air exchange / ventilation box from a leaky exhaust manifold or also from  entry of fumes from a poor sealing area around the rear hatch. Check to make sure the seal is in good form and the 'gap' right over the trunk lock where the two rubber seal ends meet is pulled together tight. Smeared with rubber sealant or dum-dum and a piece of fabric tape on the joint, as this is the way they were constructed from new. Sometimes this opens up or the rear hatch isn't pulled down tight against a good seal and the 'suction' of going down the road pulls in noxious vapor from outside into the cabin. Opening the sunroof or side window only seems to exacerbate the problem.

I bought a 944 in New Mexico and drove it back nearly 1800 miles with a rear hatch that wasn't sealing well and I fought with that for the whole drive. At times with certain wind direction I felt almost nauseous. Stopped numerous times to fiddle with it until I got within several hundred miles of home. A bad seal.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by dockevinb on Dec 29th, 2014 at 2:53am
Well, have been away from the forum for quite a while.  I just took the time to read this entire thread.  Has motivated me to jump back into my 87 S.  All that's left to do is everything.  I have the motor out and disassembled as far as it can be disassembled.  Have the box from Ian full of everything needed for the lower end rebuild.  Have the head sealed in a bag having been professionally rebuilt.  I just need to get going on reassembly from the bottom up. 

Thanks for the motivation.  Dr. B :>)

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Dec 29th, 2014 at 3:00pm
mazdaverx7: The rear garage door is awesome. So far i know a few people who have seen it on my house and have actually done the same thing at their house. For my house the need is there because you cannot get a vehicle into the backyard any other way. Comes in handy and its nice to be able to open all doors mid-summer get a nice breeze flowing through and stay shaded while working on the cars.

CVR_Rally: Sent you a PM back.

mrgreenjeans: Ill have to check my area see if there is anyone who can re-upholster. I dont know if ill get away that cheap but maybe i can find someone to do it for a reasonable price.
As for the smell, i do want to investigate further. Now that my sons birthday is all done (we held it in the garage, i couldnt tear anything on the car apart because it had to be moved out) Now i may be able to dig in a bit further)
The CF overlay was hydrodipped by a shop near my house. I asked them if they wanted to use the valve cover as a "test subject" and they were actually quite excited that i offered. The inside actually stayed clean, there was only one tiny little spot from what i recall on the inside of the VC that material was left over. I tried scratching it of, but it wasnt coming off. The top was clear coated so i think that should seal the top from anything happening on that side, seepage etc.
The place i had it done has this posted on their website:
http://www.competitiveedgecoatings.com/pages/hydrographics.php
Ill keep an eye on it though, i appreciate the input!

dockevinb: Im glad i have got you excited about your car! These cars are amazing for what they are. I still cannot believe that they are overlooked by most! I cant wait to get it to where i would like it to be, it will be a fun weekend car, with some Auto-x thrown in on occasion. Get on that Motor and post some pics!  ;)

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by mazdaverx7 on Jan 12th, 2015 at 8:28pm
Any updates with the car or has winter put a hamper on working on the car?

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Jan 15th, 2015 at 6:39pm

mazdaverx7 wrote on Jan 12th, 2015 at 8:28pm:
Any updates with the car or has winter put a hamper on working on the car?


Part winter and part work.. Being the only network engineer supporting a whole data center migration, supporting 40 plus sites as well as customers is wearing me out.

Looking forward to getting back to wrenching on her though..  :D

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Feb 9th, 2015 at 12:26am
All this snow is driving me crazy! I just want to take the car out!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Mar 10th, 2015 at 3:14pm
Just placed an order with Steve/Ian. Odometer gear, led gauge lights and stuff. Must be the 45+ degree day today!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Mar 14th, 2015 at 4:36pm
Couldnt wait to get the odometer fixed..

Old Nasty gears (The cracked broken gear was in my cluster -Bottom- the other inside gear stripped -top- was in the backup cluster i had)



Took me about 3 hours total taking my time from yesterday to today.

I also put in LED for the lower gauge lights.

Haven't updated my to do list in a while..
Lets see..

Next up:
- cap and rotor / Wires

Then check/Replace/Remove:
- Plastic cap at end of trunk privacy cover broken, need to find replacement cap (anyone know if ANYONE has this?)
- Trunk release button not working (Anyone know a way to test to see if the switch is broken?)

Eventually:
- Gas line replacement
- Timing belt, tensioner and rollers
- Coolant system flush
- Change brake fluid
- brake pad and rotor replacement
- New Shocks/struts
- Oil pan seal (can this be done without removing cross member?)
- Clutch

Done:
- Rear Driverside rubber on bumper falling off (REMOVED)
- Reverse lights not working (fixed) switch in trans was bad
- Remove Hood insulation
- Replace Dry rotted tires - On the car: Falken Azenis AST 225/50/15 - $81 a tire.
- Chain tensioner pad replacement
- Valve cover gasket
- Oil/Oil filter
- Spark plugs
- Replaced fuel pump/Fuel filters/Cleared lines
- Air filter
- SunRoof wind deflector hinges
- Window washer fluid spraying but only with a direct line from pump into reservoir (fixed)
- Replace windshield wipers
- Sunroof gear replacement
- Trunk lock gasket
- Front license plate holder
- Replace head unit (Friend will be installing since the stock wiring is all hacked up) & Speakers
- REGISTERED & INSURED!
- Wires behind steering pump - One was removed already, i pulled the second one and they are taped and tied off.
- transmission oil change

:o Didn't realize how much i've done so far!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by youngNold on Mar 17th, 2015 at 4:34pm
sweet 944s bud 8-)

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Apr 9th, 2015 at 2:54pm
Thanks youngNold.

So one more thing taken care of.
Bought these:


The old one is on the top, the new grommet is on the bottom.
Got them installed this AM. Now the hatch when you turn the key pops on on its own! FINALLY!! Not bad for a $20 worth of parts..

Next up:


Adding in the second tail parking light. Hopefully i can get to this before the weekend. Trying to bring the porsche to the Uconn car show on sunday.  8-)

SHWING!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by cory on Apr 15th, 2015 at 3:20pm
Were you driving on Hebron ave in Glastonbury on Sunday?

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Apr 15th, 2015 at 7:50pm

cory wrote on Apr 15th, 2015 at 3:20pm:
Were you driving on Hebron ave in Glastonbury on Sunday?


No was not me. Car has been in the garage on jack stands.
You live in the Gbury area?

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by cory on Apr 15th, 2015 at 9:29pm
Not currently but I used to. I was at my dads getting ready to take my 944S out when a red S that looked similar drove by. If mine had a working clutch then I would have pursued haha. Your S is looking great! I got mine last year and only got one summer out of it before the clutch failed  :'(

http://i1049.photobucket.com/albums/s400/corylurk89/PORSCHE%20944%20nile%20green%20metallic.jpg

Absolutely cannot wait to get it back on the road next week. :D

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Apr 16th, 2015 at 1:16am

cory wrote on Apr 15th, 2015 at 9:29pm:
Not currently but I used to. I was at my dads getting ready to take my 944S out when a red S that looked similar drove by. If mine had a working clutch then I would have pursued haha. Your S is looking great! I got mine last year and only got one summer out of it before the clutch failed  :'(

http://i1049.photobucket.com/albums/s400/corylurk89/PORSCHE%20944%20nile%20green%20metallic.jpg

Absolutely cannot wait to get it back on the road next week. :D


Let me know when its back up and running and if you go to a car show so we can meet up.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Apr 17th, 2015 at 1:48am
Found another issue:
Old underseal shift boot.
It was really stiff, made shifting 1st to second tough because it would bind. Also had holes in it (put blue rubber gloves through it to better see them)


I purchased a new boot and BOOM 100% better.

I also added in cup holders. Tired of not being able to put something down when driving and needed a place for my cellphone too.

Also added in the second tail light. Took less then a half hour.

Took her out for a nice 10 mile loop today. Running like a champ. Love it, wish i could drive it more!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Apr 23rd, 2015 at 3:11pm
So i started on trying to figure out why my trunk button wont cycle my trunk release actuator.

I pried apart the button and tried cleaning the contacts. The button LOOKS like it functions as it should but i still dont get the actuator to function.

I checked the fuse. The fuse lists as a 15 Amp fuse and the original owner had put in a 30Amp fuse (DOHH). Put a 15 in there and still nothing.

Anyone know how to test the fuction of the truck actuator outside of the car, as in apply 12v power to this point and it should fully cycle?

Want to test before i just jump on a replacement.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Apr 30th, 2015 at 7:49pm
So spent some time trying to figure out the trunk unlock.
Got a spare motor to test with, still was not able to get the button to trigger the motor.
Was able to fully process my thoughts and during my testing i plugged in my original motor.
- started car
- tried to press switch (nothing)
- cleaned the grounds
- tried to press switch (nothing)
- pulled switch out
- looked at the switch and how it triggers

- with the switch out i put my flat head screw driver on the red/blue on the wires hanging from the car - hatch motor started turning. (phew - not the wire harness)

i believe my switch is so corroded that its not triggering the motor. I tried cleaning the switch again and still nothing.
Awaiting a spare switch now.

The things you can figure out if your given a chance to..  ;)

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on May 5th, 2015 at 5:01pm
Finally got my replacement trunk switch. Hoping to test that today.

This weekend i was able to stretch her legs on a 100 mile trip.


Top off, windows down, don't care!  :D

She is running great.

One thing was when i finished the trip the car was spitting out coolant from the reservoir. Either i have some air in there or i put too much in over the winter. Will have to bleed it to be sure.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on May 7th, 2015 at 3:18pm
Got some time last night to install and test switch. Plugged in the replacement switch. BOOM opened the hatch on the first time.

http://vid15.photobucket.com/albums/a371/95integraLS003/20150506_235631_zpse39on9kk.mp4

Now One thing i did want to ask, if you look at the hood closely you will see what i believe is the paint faded maybe hard water? Not sure if i can detail that out. Anyone else have/had something similar on their car?



Next things i want to investigate:
-Cruise control: does not engage. I think its the "brains" of the unit under the driverside. With how bad the old trunk switch was (corrosion) i think something similar must be happening with that.
-AC: I press the button light comes on, cant tell if the clutch on the condenser engages. No cold air at all. Pressure seems good.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on May 11th, 2015 at 1:10pm
Guys,

So i have about $500 that i can put towards something on my car.

Any recommendations?

-Nate

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by Joe Sharp on May 11th, 2015 at 3:53pm

944s_ct wrote on May 11th, 2015 at 1:10pm:
Guys,

So i have about $500 that i can put towards something on my car.

Any recommendations?

-Nate

Depending on where you live, I'd get the AC fixed.
other than that, just save the money for when something comes up that it really needs.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on May 11th, 2015 at 3:58pm

Joe Sharp wrote on May 11th, 2015 at 3:53pm:

944s_ct wrote on May 11th, 2015 at 1:10pm:
Guys,

So i have about $500 that i can put towards something on my car.

Any recommendations?

-Nate

Depending on where you live, I'd get the AC fixed.
other than that, just save the money for when something comes up that it really needs.


Thats actually on my list "to do".
Still waiting on my father in-law to bring home some of his tools to run tests on it (pressure checks)
In minor tinkering, i dont think the compressor is kicking on. You press the button, light turns on in the car but no cool air at all.
All fuses are good. Havent really check the wiring on the compressor yet.
Any other place to check?

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on May 19th, 2015 at 3:46pm
So i was going to order more "fun" stuff for the car. BUT i got home from a 3 day vacation, go to open one of my garage doors and the door makes a strange sound and doesn't open.

My garage door opener has plastic gears that strip (sounds like our Odometer gears..). I replaced the other doors gear about 4 years ago. Now i am in the process of doing this one.

Still trying to decided between the Momo Prototypo steering wheel and the Devil one.. Anyone have either of these in their car? If so post a picture.. please! ;)

Steve/Ian, does the Devil one come in Black or are they all silver?



Also, i found where the exhaust was backing into the car.
First spot: ripped shifter boot. Replaced.

Second spot/s: water drain tubes from the hatch latches where not in the holes in the rear trunk. They were held up on the sides. I believe this is where most of the exhaust would back up into the car. Once the hoses were put in their proper places. I have had no issues since.  8-)

-Nate

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Jun 15th, 2015 at 2:26am
My car is an enjoyment piece for the little ones.


Have not had a chance to touch it since the last time.
Next will be work on the AC and cruise control.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Jun 19th, 2015 at 8:53pm
Alright Back to it.

Spent some time on the car. Cleaned/Refurbed the window switches. MUCH better now



Popped open the Bottom section on the drivers side to find my HVAC plastic clips broken.
Put in an order to Ian/Steve to replace those! Thanks guys!

Next up is investigating the AC. The other day it SEEMED to get cold but when i press the AC button i would figure you would HEAR the compressor kick on/rpms drop a bit, i hear nothing.. RPMs dont budge.
MUST INVESTIGATE.  :o
If anyone else has any "tips" or links to other detailed posts for AC fixes let me know!

-Nate

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Jun 29th, 2015 at 8:07pm
Since i was home sick today..

I replaced all the broken HVAC plastic clips. Now everything under the kick panel operates as it should.
NEXT..
My wire to my parking brake light switch on the drivers side was broken. Figured out a way to connect it back up:


Then it was on to the AC.
Noticed that when the AC button was pressed the ac clutch wouldnt trigger.
So after some research i jumped the AC pressure switch as a test
(white switch below driverside headlight)
Voila now the clutch engages. So pressure is low. Since its R12 im not sure if i should have it replaced with the R134a or just try to find a can of R12..

Now its relaxing time for a bit: 8-)

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Jun 30th, 2015 at 5:49pm
Just took and passed my EPA 609 Technician Certification..

Now i need to look for some R12..  ::)

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Jul 8th, 2015 at 6:03pm

944s_ct wrote on Jun 30th, 2015 at 5:49pm:
Just took and passed my EPA 609 Technician Certification..

Now i need to look for some R12..  ::)


Hrumphh.. At this point im looking at recovering all the r12 in the system and switching over to R134a. R12 is just a pain to find now an most of whats left seems to be R12a which is different.

Anyone suck out their r12 and replace with R134a?

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Jul 16th, 2015 at 6:18pm
Was prepping to go on vacation. Decided to take the Porsche out to do some errands. Ended up stopping down by the connecticut river for a few pictures.





Every time i drive it, i'm smiling ear to ear! :)

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Aug 30th, 2015 at 6:37pm
Alrighty.. Its been a while but was finally able to source some r12.

I also purchased the following:
Pittsburg AC manifold gauge set
Pittsburg Vacuum pump

Borrowed: Can tapper

So i prepped the Manifold gauge set. Quickly connected everything and noticed something strange. The low side was reading 100 PSI and low side would drop to 0 on the gauge set.


After banging my head for a while, i ended up catching an article on rennlist of someone explaining the low side is ON THE COMPRESSOR and the HIGH SIDE is what you see under the hood.

Once i corrected the low/high hoses:


Gauges read MUCH better now:


And watch the vent temps drop:




Much better.. Now seeing the bubbles in the dryer glass.
Now she can be used in warm weather!

Next up, putting the stickers overlays on all of the switches on the interior so you can then tell directions and what each one does.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Sep 4th, 2015 at 1:29pm
Took her out for a nice 150 mile round trip to golf at Mohegan sun!

Curvy roads.. (where that car is coming from is a bank right down hill curve.. no stop signs..)


Meeting a new friend in the parking lot

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Sep 6th, 2015 at 9:48pm
Guys, need a recommendation.. almost lost my glass on a side mirror. Has anyone reglued the glass successfully? What product did you use?
:(

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by Paul1185 on Sep 9th, 2015 at 2:00am
I used 'Granville Clear Silicone Sealant' for mine with great effect.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Sep 9th, 2015 at 4:45pm

Paul1185 wrote on Sep 9th, 2015 at 2:00am:
I used 'Granville Clear Silicone Sealant' for mine with great effect.


Thanks for the recommendation Paul.

I actually had 3M double sided tape from eyelids i had put on my Subaru.

Put that on after i scuffed the back a bit.. Back on and rockin..

Now i just need to figure out what to do next..
Maybe ill just enjoy her for the rest of this year and start the next project for her next year.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Sep 10th, 2015 at 3:21pm
Forgot to add. One thing i was trying to figure out why i couldnt get it working Cruise Control..

Bought a soldering iron and solder sucker.. before i could take things apart, on my long drive to Mohegan Sun, put it in 5th gear and started messing around with it.. ITS WORKING.

So the current running log list:
Next up:
- cap and rotor / Wires

Then check/Replace/Remove:
- Plastic cap at end of trunk privacy cover broken, need to find replacement cap (anyone know if ANYONE has this?)
- Rear end sag (Maybe new shocks would fix?)

Eventually:
- Gas line replacement (Still OK for now)
- Timing belt, tensioner and rollers
- Coolant system flush
- brake pad and rotor replacement and change brake fluid
- New Shocks/struts (Unsure of Age, not blown but would love to refresh)
- Oil pan seal (can this be done without removing cross member?)
- Clutch (Still feels OK)

Done:
- Cruise Control - WORKING
- AC Recharged
- Trunk release button not working - FIXED was the switch itself that needed to be replaced.
- Rear Driverside rubber on bumper falling off (REMOVED)
- Reverse lights not working (fixed) switch in trans was bad
- Remove Hood insulation
- Replace Dry rotted tires - On the car: Falken Azenis AST 225/50/15 - $81 a tire.
- Chain tensioner pad replacement
- Valve cover gasket
- Oil/Oil filter
- Spark plugs
- Replaced fuel pump/Fuel filters/Cleared lines
- Air filter
- SunRoof wind deflector hinges
- Window washer fluid spraying but only with a direct line from pump into reservoir (fixed)
- Replace windshield wipers
- Sunroof gear replacement
- Trunk lock gasket
- Front license plate holder
- Replace head unit (Friend will be installing since the stock wiring is all hacked up) & Speakers
- REGISTERED & INSURED!
- Wires behind steering pump - One was removed already, i pulled the second one and they are taped and tied off.
- transmission oil change 


Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by CVR_Rally on Sep 26th, 2015 at 12:10am
I am only 20m from Mohegan Sun so you must have come very close.  I must say I am not as picky on my S as it will be getting on the track next year.  You need to join PCA and join us on a day tour!

Chris

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Oct 13th, 2015 at 2:19pm

CVR_Rally wrote on Sep 26th, 2015 at 12:10am:
I am only 20m from Mohegan Sun so you must have come very close.  I must say I am not as picky on my S as it will be getting on the track next year.  You need to join PCA and join us on a day tour!

Chris


Ive been wanting to join.. and i just should. Just the timing of some of the events/meetings conflict with work. Been trying to cut my hours back to 48 hours a week from my current 60+ hrs.
So with the membership, you get the monthly magazine and being able to attend the meetings/cruises. Any other benefits?

-Nate

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by CVR_Rally on Oct 13th, 2015 at 4:20pm
Check out www.cvrpca.org. ;  We do a lot of different things.  The people we meet have been great too. 
Chris

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Oct 25th, 2015 at 8:02pm
Spent more time on the car today.

Switch overlays - Done




I also fixed some wires in the trunk for the defrost.

I think I'll be ordering up the sway bar reenforcements and a strut bar as a early holiday present for myself.  ;)


Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by gpcdistr on Oct 27th, 2015 at 12:10am
Pulled torque tube to replace bearings and the flex buffer is ripped. These are about 800-1500 would I be finacial better to stripe car and sell parts

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by CVR_Rally on Oct 27th, 2015 at 9:31am

gpcdistr wrote on Oct 27th, 2015 at 12:10am:
Pulled torque tube to replace bearings and the flex buffer is ripped. These are about 800-1500 would I be finacial better to stripe car and sell parts


???  What part are you talking about?    :-?

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Oct 27th, 2015 at 8:10pm

CVR_Rally wrote on Oct 27th, 2015 at 9:31am:

gpcdistr wrote on Oct 27th, 2015 at 12:10am:
Pulled torque tube to replace bearings and the flex buffer is ripped. These are about 800-1500 would I be finacial better to stripe car and sell parts


???  What part are you talking about?    :-?


I think he meant to start his own thread.
Unless he is asking me if he can strip my car and take the money. Id say no..   :D

Does anyone else have the strut bar and sway bar reinforcements? Looking at how much they help for the price before i buy..

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Nov 8th, 2015 at 1:30pm
So I finally did it. I am officially a PCA member.  :)



Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by CVR_Rally on Nov 8th, 2015 at 4:38pm

944s_ct wrote on Nov 8th, 2015 at 1:30pm:
So I finally did it. I am officially a PCA member.  :)


Awesome!  See you soon!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Nov 9th, 2015 at 1:33am
I see that there is a linear throttle cam for throttle response, but its only for the 944 NA (no S or S2).

Is there anything similar for the S or does the S not need this?

Also, Under the hood i noticed these. They do not look stock to me.


Im thinking i should replace those lines especially the blue one to the clutch..
Are these stock (The white and Blue lines)?

Disregard the red ones. I made those to cover bare electrical wires.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by noahs944 on Nov 9th, 2015 at 2:45pm

944s_ct wrote on Nov 9th, 2015 at 1:33am:
I see that there is a linear throttle cam for throttle response, but its only for the 944 NA (no S or S2).

Is there anything similar for the S or does the S not need this?

Also, Under the hood i noticed these. They do not look stock to me.


Im thinking i should replace those lines especially the blue one to the clutch..
Are these stock (The white and Blue lines)?

Disregard the red ones. I made those to cover bare electrical wires.


I was wondering about the throttle cam also!

The fabric coated lines are factory. Blue is for your clutch (master to slave (I think) and the others are lower stressed vacuum lines (emissions related?).

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Nov 16th, 2015 at 2:58pm
So i put in an order to do this..
http://www.pcarworkshop.com/index.php/993_-_Converting_a_switchblade_remote

The light on my keychain hasn't been working. So upgrade to an LED seems like the best measure.

Also, had a buddy swing up on saturday, he has a boxter. Let him take the 944 for a spin, he was quite impressed. He thought everything felt great, but in my normal way.. more things will be done (brakes/suspension/clutch/timing belt) haha 

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Nov 24th, 2015 at 6:09pm
So got all the supplies. 10 minutes later BOOM.. Lights working!


Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Dec 21st, 2015 at 4:59pm
So the other night when i took her for a ride, i realized the trunk cargo light isn't lighting up.

I tried replacing the bulb. I don't think its even getting power. Will be checking that more this weekend.

Any one know if there is another switch that feeds the trunk cargo light?

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Dec 31st, 2015 at 9:32pm
Got bored today since i was home early, decided to tackle the sway bar reinforcement pieces that i bought from Steve/Ian (Thanks Guys!!)

Install on Drivers side took a little bit to loosen the bolts and get it all in place. Its locked in and we are good to go on this side.


Passenger side, bit of a different story.
I believe from the Power steering leak i have that it has destroyed the bushing. I have never seen anything push out of the clamp like this.



Compared to Driverside up close:


Big difference. Think i may have to replace the bushing in the process on the passenger side.  :(

Also have not been able to check into the trunk light yet. Thats on the to do list.

Happy New Year to all! Enjoy and be safe tonight!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by CW 951 on Jan 6th, 2016 at 1:41am
Yes, the power steering fluid swelled/distorted the rubber bushing.  Petroleum products are very destructive to rubber parts.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Jan 19th, 2016 at 8:48pm
Anyone have any recommendations on a good degreaser for under the front of my car?

Ive been crazy busy at work, we are in the process of moving to a new building. Looking to do the bushing and sway bar reenforcement at some point. Maybe take a day off when my companies move is all finished.  8-)

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Feb 14th, 2016 at 2:02am
Finally got a chance to order the remaining sway bar bushings for the front. BIG THANK YOU to Ian and crew!

Will be tackling that at some point. Got myself a gopro style camera so i may start creating how to videos on these items. Depends on time and difficulty to edit and upload the vids online.

Also, i tried to plug a phone charger into the cig lighter in the 944. Seems that it doesn't want to hold in the plug into the lighter.. is there a spring or something that can be adjusted? Or is it just so old that these cig lighers arent made for the newer charge cable units that are made these days? ::)

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Feb 24th, 2016 at 3:51pm
Was able to get started yesterday on the sway bar bushings:



While i had the wheels off i noticed a red wire on the brake sensor wasn't connected to anything. After some back and forth, it was the ground wire. Took it off, cleaned and re-terminated it and reattached. Lets see if my brake light on the dash will turn off now!



Also does the 944S have only one brake sensor or does it use two? It looks like it has the slots for two but only one is connected.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by CVR_Rally on Feb 26th, 2016 at 11:30am
There is only one per wheel on my 87.  I also just taped up the exposed wires and that has held pretty well.

Chris

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Mar 1st, 2016 at 3:31am
Thanks Chris.. Know of any way to test or check the sensors to see if they are still good?

Today i was able to swap the bushings on the sway bar and install the sway bar reinforcement brackets. Here are some comparisons of old vs new bushings:

New ones are already pressed in:


New left and old ones right:


New outside old inside:


Was in serious need of replacing: (new left)


Completed sway ready for reinstall:


After seeing these, i will be checking my rear sway and possibly replacing those as well..  :o

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Mar 6th, 2016 at 9:59pm
And so i dont have a rear sway bar.. Maybe that was optional? Seems like all the mounts are there for it..

Also looking into my brake light being on all the time and turning off on occasion while driving, i pulled my front sensors..



:o That could be the problem.

Tried to pull the back sensors but the seem locked in place.

Email off to Steve for the price on a whole brake kit.. figure better safe than sorry! ::)

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Mar 23rd, 2016 at 4:24pm
So after finding the sensors were shot, did a bit more investigating. Seems that the PO used to just replace the brake pads and not bother with the rotor. The rotor has a metal lip on the outside. I think when the brakes are pressed it was forcing the pads down, bending the pins that hold the pads in place.

three of the 4 front pins came out without a problem, one i had to cut and bang out at different angles to get the thing out.

The edge:


Whole unit:


Cut Pin:


Ordered new rotors/pads/sensors/pins/ebrake pads/ebrake springs!
Should be here end of week. Then i can get to work.
Thanks Steve!!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Mar 23rd, 2016 at 11:35pm
So trying to prep the car before parts arrive. Get to the rear pads tonight.. And there is no brake pad left.. Thank god i decided to do this now.. Now i really wonder what the hell the PO did on this car.. just replace the front pads? thats it?  :-/ Thank god she is in my care now.



And one of my brake springs broke apart when i took it off the car. Looks like ill be calling Steve tomorrow for brake springs...  ::)


Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Mar 28th, 2016 at 12:20am
And this is where i am glad i chose to do ALL brakes including ebrake pads..

How she sits at the moment:


Rear ebrake horror:


Fronts all in place. Waiting for pins and springs from Steve.


New rear ebrake pads going in. Decided to stop here for the night:


All the times i took it out and drove it hard. Im lucky the car even stopped..

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Apr 8th, 2016 at 2:55pm
Brakes are all done. Ebrake feels as good as new! No more brake warning light on the dash.. AAHH makes me feel much better now.

If anyone pulls up on their ebrake and it goes ALL THE WAY UP and does not really hold the car in place.. REPLACE your ebrake pads. three clicks and im locked solid now..

Slowly the car is beginning to feel like new again  :D

Will be taking her out to seat the brakes this weekend.

Then its relaxing for a bit before figuring out whats next.  ;)


So the current running log list:
Next up:
- cap and rotor / Wires
- remove seats and fix adjustment motors (clean carpets underneath as well)

Then check/Replace/Remove:
- Plastic cap at end of trunk privacy cover broken, need to find replacement cap (anyone know if ANYONE has this?)

Eventually:
- Gas line replacement (Still OK for now)
- Timing belt, tensioner and rollers
- Coolant system flush
- New Shocks/struts (Unsure of Age, not blown but would love to refresh)
- Oil pan seal (can this be done without removing cross member?)
- Clutch (Still feels OK)

Done:
- brake pads, ebrake pads/springs, rotors and new sensors also change brake fluid
- front sway bar bushings
- switch control overlay installed
- cracked rubber line replacement to evap under hood
- light fixed on keychain
- rewire rear window defrost
- Cruise Control - WORKING
- AC Recharged
- Trunk release button not working - FIXED was the switch itself that needed to be replaced.
- Rear Driverside rubber on bumper falling off (REMOVED)
- Reverse lights not working (fixed) switch in trans was bad
- Remove Hood insulation
- Replace Dry rotted tires - On the car: Falken Azenis AST 225/50/15
- Chain tensioner pad replacement
- Valve cover gasket
- Oil/Oil filter
- Spark plugs
- Replaced fuel pump/Fuel filters/Cleared lines
- Air filter
- Sunroof wind deflector hinges
- Window washer fluid spraying but only with a direct line from pump into reservoir (fixed)
- Replace windshield wipers
- Sunroof gear replacement
- Trunk lock gasket
- Front license plate holder
- Replace head unit (Friend will be installing since the stock wiring is all hacked up) & Speakers
- REGISTERED & INSURED!
- Wires behind steering pump - One was removed already, i pulled the second one and they are taped and tied off.
- transmission oil change 

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Apr 19th, 2016 at 4:16pm
After all the brakes were done, Decided to take her out for a nice long stroll..




With the headlighs up:


She felt good..  :)

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Apr 23rd, 2016 at 11:46pm
So today i went to take her for a spin.. Sun roof only goes down but not up.

Did some troubleshooting. Started with cleaning the contacts on the switch.. still goes up, no down.

Do some research. Microswitch on roof is the issue. will have to order a replacement.

When i had my switchs open, i happen to notice there was a number 4 line with no switch.. Was this the security system? Did they put it into all even if the car didnt have the system installed?



Just strange..

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on May 19th, 2016 at 3:13pm
Alrighty! Much progress..

Sunroof issue was micro-switch. Having trouble finding out how its routed to swap it out. Have a temp fix in place for now.

Added a washer to the shifter to reduce play. Much Much better now! Its tight on the front.. whats remaining must be the rear (which isnt much)

Attended my first PCA meeting! Great times. Also while getting ready to leave.. figured out BOTH brake lights were out. Top trunk one still operated but both lowers did not. I got drivers side working. Couldnt get the passenger side working. I think the contact is dirty. Next thing to check.

Fuel lines replaced.
Out with the old:


In with the new:



So Looking back here is my latest check list:
Next up:
- Sunroof microswitch
- tail light issue
- cap and rotor / Wires
- remove seats and fix adjustment motors (clean carpets underneath as well)

Then check/Replace/Remove:
- Plastic cap at end of trunk privacy cover broken, need to find replacement cap (anyone know if ANYONE has this?)

Eventually:
- Timing belt, tensioner and rollers
- Coolant system flush
- New Shocks/struts (Unsure of Age)
- Oil pan seal (can this be done without removing cross member?)
- Clutch (Still feels OK)

Done:
- Gas line replacement
- brake pads, ebrake pads/springs, rotors and new sensors also change brake fluid
- front sway bar bushings
- switch control overlay installed
- cracked rubber line replacement to evap under hood
- light fixed on keychain
- rewire rear window defrost
- Cruise Control - WORKING
- AC Recharged
- Trunk release button not working - FIXED was the switch itself that needed to be replaced.
- Rear Driverside rubber on bumper falling off (REMOVED)
- Reverse lights not working (fixed) switch in trans was bad
- Remove Hood insulation
- Replace Dry rotted tires - On the car: Falken Azenis AST 225/50/15
- Chain tensioner pad replacement
- Valve cover gasket
- Oil/Oil filter
- Spark plugs
- Replaced fuel pump/Fuel filters/Cleared lines
- Air filter
- Sunroof wind deflector hinges
- Replace windshield wipers
- Sunroof gear replacement
- Trunk lock gasket
- Replace head unit (Friend will be installing since the stock wiring is all hacked up) & Speakers
- REGISTERED & INSURED!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by CVR_Rally on May 20th, 2016 at 10:33am
Hi again Nate!

A couple things.  You should really change the timing belts as soon as possible.  If you know when it was last changed milage wise you could have a better idea but I believe 30k is all you get out of these. 

On the oil pan gasket yes you have to remove the cross member and steering.  It's a bit of a PITA.   I've de-powered my rack so if I have to do it again the time would be cut in half (plus the experience of having done it once already).

Glad you took my recommendations (I think I mentioned it) on the fuel lines...all that work you don't want going up in flames!  :)

If you would like to do a test run with the car for one of the CVR tour routes let me know and we can make an outing of it. 

Chris

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on May 22nd, 2016 at 12:16pm
Thanks Chris..
Timing belt is still on my mind. Looking to do that come Fall time. Need to collect all the tools and study up how to replace it.

Latest.. Clutch line replaced!

Yuck!


New hose looks like the small piece on top.
This hose was a PITA to replace.. Just glad its done. After seeing the color of my brake fluid, I will be flushing all the lines as well.

Recommendations needed: When I go to flush the brake lines should I replace the brake bleeder valve when I do it?
or
Should I be good with breaking them loose and reusing. Ive heard both arguments. Wondering what most other 944 owners do.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Aug 11th, 2016 at 1:41pm
So I ordered up a cap and rotor.
Also ordered the correct rear hatch strut so the light in the trunk will hopefully work once it goes in.
I also ordered a rebuilt steering rack to fix the leak issue I have on my passenger side.

One thing at a time!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Aug 14th, 2016 at 2:25pm

944s_ct wrote on Aug 11th, 2016 at 1:41pm:
So I ordered up a cap and rotor.
Also ordered the correct rear hatch strut so the light in the trunk will hopefully work once it goes in.
I also ordered a rebuilt steering rack to fix the leak issue I have on my passenger side.

One thing at a time!


Cap will be shipped to me this week. First part was the wrong part.
Rotor Received but will wait until i get the cap to swap it out.

I feel like i cheated with this steering rack. Just need to order up tie rod ends from Ian and bushings for it.



Cant wait to get this thing in!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by Catellus Engineering on Aug 18th, 2016 at 1:55am
Awesome progress, glad to see a fellow 944S owner jumping into the fray!

Not to be a buzz kill, but if you have any doubts about the status of your timing belt and its rollers/idlers/pulleys, please please make it a priority!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Aug 18th, 2016 at 1:45pm

Catellus Engineering wrote on Aug 18th, 2016 at 1:55am:
Awesome progress, glad to see a fellow 944S owner jumping into the fray!

Not to be a buzz kill, but if you have any doubts about the status of your timing belt and its rollers/idlers/pulleys, please please make it a priority!


You are not being a buzzkill. Car is not being driven daily. Reason for Steering rack was to have it stop spewing steering fluid on my garage floor. Timing belt is on my list. It still looks good from the top hole but i know is beyond the 3 year mark of the typical replacement time most talk about.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Oct 15th, 2016 at 2:12pm
Cap and rotor replaced. Steering rack I may do on my day off in November. Time to work on the car is tough with new baby being here.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Oct 25th, 2016 at 7:33pm
Found these in my area..

Cup wheels. Only thing i dont like is the 16x6 front with 16x8 rear.  Thats a pretty sizable difference.

Yay or Nay?


Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by ramius665 on Oct 25th, 2016 at 8:06pm
Those are wheels off of a 964.  You want the 968 wheels, 16x7 and 16x8.  That's what I run on my 944S with 225/50/16 Conti DWs.  No complaints. 

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Oct 25th, 2016 at 8:57pm

ramius665 wrote on Oct 25th, 2016 at 8:06pm:
Those are wheels off of a 964.  You want the 968 wheels, 16x7 and 16x8.  That's what I run on my 944S with 225/50/16 Conti DWs.  No complaints. 


Thats what i needed. Thanks!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Jan 23rd, 2017 at 9:11pm
Just got a package with another fun part to add to the 944!

More to come..

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Apr 1st, 2017 at 5:28pm
Alright..
Got around to doing another portion in the car..
First was the privacy cover:

Out:


Retracted:


You can also see the 18mm rear sway bar i picked up. Has to be cleaned up and painted before it goes on.   :D

Next up:
Still in the process of replacing the leaking steering rack. Wow what a mess this is/creates. I have the old one removed. Waiting on a few pieces from Steve/Ian which should arrive next week.

Need to clean up the old pieces before i put it all back together. Man i really wish i had a parts washer for these things.

PS bracket:


Currently how the car is sitting


PS old and new racks


My almost finalized workspace. Need to finish setting up the PC and put it under the workbench.

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on May 26th, 2017 at 2:00pm
So NOW i know what people talk about with replacing the steering rack.. what a PITA!

First rack i got was the WRONG SIZE.. it was about two inches short overall.. Returned it for the correct one. The new one didnt come with the tie rod arms, had to buy those separate.
Those Tie rod arms came with the tie rods, so the one i purchased now is wasted $$.. Frustrating.

So at this point, New rack is back in car, mostly everything is buttoned back up but i am having a bit of trouble with the power steering return line not sitting nicely on the lower frame rail. Once thats fixed i can fill the PS fluid, bleed the system and hopefully no leaks.

This has been 6 months of nothing but headaches!

On a side note..
-Got my KLA Strut bar. Mounted and locked in place. Pictures to come this weekend
-Got a rear 18mm sway bar, in the process of cleaning it up. Will be mounted once the PS rack is in and all set.

So i've been actively looking for a steering wheel replacement.. Was looking at one of the Momo wheels and hubs. Anyone know a good site that sells the items as a combo? I do not believe Ian/Steve still have them in the 944online store anymore.

I REALLY want to drive the car again. There is someone at my Job (new job i just took) that drives a SUPER clean 914.. ill need to grab a picture next time he drives it in.

More to come!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Jun 7th, 2017 at 2:13pm
Not far from the power steering rack being done. Just finding the time these days seems to be getting harder.


Other things completed:

18mm rear sway. Cleaned and on!


KLA front sway is on:


Because i was tired of the dirt and grime on some of the smaller parts.. ive been using this to clean the parts up..

First run of the PS bolts and brackets.. had to run it several times and clean some of the harder grime by hand but what a difference!

So hopefully within the next month ill be able to get the PS lines done and torqued, fill, bleed system. Then its off for alignment!

Another item on order too, more to come on that.  :D

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Jun 29th, 2017 at 2:51pm
I just noticed that my door handles on each side of my car are different.. the Passenger side has the script in it and the driverside is plain.. This cannot be normal..

Will be posting updates this weekend on progress!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Jul 4th, 2017 at 3:04pm
Alrighty! Car is back on the ground and aligned at least to go straight for now! Will be bringing to Shop to have it fully aligned soon.

Next up:
Momo Race Steering wheel Installed:


I had the same horn issues everyone else is having and after some investigation.. i know WHY everyone has issues. Will be doing a write-up on it when i can get to it.

From the Inside:


I also bought a new trunk seal. If you have not replaced it.. you should. Nice and tight and also now the trunk has enough spring to lift on its own!

I also bought the sunroof seal which im hoping i can tackle today.

Took her around the block and everything seems nice and tight.

Happy 4th everyone!

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Apr 25th, 2019 at 4:39pm
Almost 2 years without posting.. shame on me!

Well ended up building a new house. The 944 got its own 12x20 bay. A little small for my liking but its workable.

Upon moving the car to the new digs (pictures to come) the fan seems to only turn on when its set to 4. I've read that the resistor needs to be cleaned.. Anyone have any recommendations on best way to do this?

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Oct 13th, 2019 at 11:07pm
Need some help with a battery drain issue, think I traced it down buttt.. maybe the brains here can help delineate it faster..

Ok so If I keep the car off with the battery hooked up, after a few days, battery is stone dead..
(Mind you that I just replaced the battery about 2 months ago. - Old battery lasted about 5 years before it was toasted)
If you jump the battery all is good.

Heres what I noticed.. After you shutoff the car, if you open the drivers side door, you can still roll the windows up and down even days later..
BUT
If you open the passenger side door BOOM it kills all the interior controls..

Ive replaced both the drivers side and passenger side door switches and still experience the same issue.

What the heck can it be? Its driving me nuts that I can't trust if its going to start after a long period of sitting and I don't trust taking it placed I want to, in fear that it just won't start..

Help? I want to trust this car but I don't..  :-/

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by JBCB944 on Oct 14th, 2019 at 2:02am
Have you tested the fuses to see where the draw is originating from? Just a thought, have you replaced the door switch in the lower a-pillar of the door aperture? That little one that turns on and off the interior light when the door is opened or closed. 

Title: Re: New Owner of a 944S
Post by 944s_ct on Oct 14th, 2019 at 10:24pm
Just replaced both door switches on driver and passenger side.. even replaced the rubber around them. I need to spend more time with my multimeter, but I think with things not turning off when the driverside door is opened is causing most of not all my issues..

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