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deMort
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:57 pm    Post subject: A day in the life of a poor Porsche Mechanic Reply with quote

Soo

First job a 1972 911 .. fire under the dash ..

Light switch had burnt out .. i suspect the windings for the dimmer (dash lights ) had over heated .. switch was pretty burnt but wiring ok .

Fitted new switch , the only one available .. didnt work properly ..

Nothing new here with older cars , its been modified so now im left with trying to figure out how to get the lights to work properly with it .

Diagrams .. head scratching .. disconnected the dip beam wire to find it was back feeding .. long story short it now works ok .

Next was a 986 with the roof fabric closeing the wrong side of the roof .. the .. well there are plastic guides that locate it , these were broken one side and pulled out the other .. so much easier on a 987 .. then its just a case of sowing in new elastic .. this was a new job for me but about 2 hours later new plastic guides fitted and roof shuts fine .

next .. 997 turbo cab .. water leak , rear control unit flooded .. fitted and coded new CU .. roof still didnt work .. Doh !

Rear CU on these have to be coded one bit at at a time or it forgets and defaults back to nothing .. sat there and coded each option one at a time .

Calibrated roof .. checked everything along with clearing some 50 fault codes and all ok.

Removed center consol . handbrake and gear lever to remove wet carpet .. its now hanging up to dry .

next its onto help a collegue with an eml fault .. if you top up the oil then please refit the oil cap properly .. its not an obvious fault to us so a bit of looking at values on a tester to figure out whats going on before we realised Very Happy

Help a collegue bleed brakes on a jeep of all things .. customers have not just porsches and like us to cater for them as well .. versatile aint we !

Back onto the coolant pipe job .. in another thread on here .. nothing comes undone on this car ,, geting tired of bolts snapping and having to drill them out .. crank angle sensor . all i wanted to do was make sure it can be removed with the engine in for the future .. bolt snapped .. sensor was seized solid .. cut .. hammered .. drilled and still had to remove the torque convertor/ gearbox to get the bits out .. sometimes i hate my job !

Tryed to do the front cross over pipes .. front diff bolts seized .. cant undo so trying to drop subframe with diff .. not much access this way .. gave up and went home .. a job for tomorrow Very Happy


Then i came here .. Floor
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Legend! worship thumbsup
 
  
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like a busy day!

Its good to know that even you Pro's dont have a magic wand to make seized bolts fall out... That's brought a little bit of happiness to my heart!

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I kin hate seized bolts, how come when you have four to remove the first three you go at are fine, it' s always the last one that gives you grief Confused
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frenchmeister wrote:
I kin hate seized bolts, how come when you have four to remove the first three you go at are fine, it' s always the last one that gives you grief Confused


You should always undo the seized one first, I thought everyone knew that Very Happy Get Me Coat
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers Kris, next time around I will start with the one I was going to take out last and work back should be a doddle, you learn something every day !


Oh and pigs fly Grin
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frenchmeister wrote:
Cheers Kris, next time around I will start with the one I was going to take out last and work back should be a doddle, you learn something every day !


Oh and pigs fly Grin


Better still when you get a siezed/snapped bolt, take the car to my local garage who have no concept of time and money, they spent best part of a day drilling out my Boxster manifold to backbox bolts, including buying carbide drills, and charged me £65 Grin
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alex yates
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're a lucky man Iain! What a great day, some members on here would pay to do that..........


.........and then after such a rewarding day, you get to come home, have a fag and a drink whilst supper's made and help folk out on here.

You're nothing more than a legend living a legendary life!!!!! thumbsup worship thumbsup


Now how's our 911uk fund raiser doing for buying this guy the car of his choice?

AND I'M SERIOUS ABOUT THIS! WHY DON'T WE ALL CLUB TOGETHER AND BUY THIS MAN HIS VEHICLE OF TRANSPORT?

I'm deffo in, whether it's a bike, car, van, motor home - the choice is yours mate thumbsup
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

alex yates wrote:
You're a lucky man Iain! What a great day, some members on here would pay to do that..........


.........and then after such a rewarding day, you get to come home, have a fag and a drink whilst supper's made and help folk out on here.

You're nothing more than a legend living a legendary life!!!!! thumbsup worship thumbsup


Now how's our 911uk fund raiser doing for buying this guy the car of his choice?

AND I'M SERIOUS ABOUT THIS! WHY DON'T WE ALL CLUB TOGETHER AND BUY THIS MAN HIS VEHICLE OF TRANSPORT?

I'm deffo in, whether it's a bike, car, van, motor home - the choice is yours mate thumbsup


I believe a 981 Boxster S would be Iains weapon of choice, I would throw a few quid in the pot for sure Thumb
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll deffo do a 3 figure sum (not including pence).
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Iain , your a star mate truly , My day consisted of coffee and a bacon butty sitting outside the cafe at Sandbanks watching the world go by ...... in Porsches, Fezza, Bentley 4x4s ,lambos etc inc several Wags in range rovers lol. Next time you scrape those knuckles on a broken or siezed bolt, down tools get on the trusty steed and head to Sandbanks where I will gladly buy you a bacon butty and a cold beer and we can have a chat and sort out the worlds problems mate while deciding which premiership football players wife has the nicest bum . Floor Floor Floor
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:35 am    Post subject: Re: A day in the life of a poor Porsche Mechanic Reply with quote

deMort wrote:
Tryed to do the front cross over pipes .. front diff bolts seized .. cant undo so trying to drop subframe with diff .. not much access this way .. gave up and went home .. a job for tomorrow Very Happy


I have only ever needed to remove bolts from my front subframe twice, the first time that many bolts snapped it was easier to buy another subframe and refit, the second time was the other week when removing the fuel tank and luckily only two snapped so was able to do thread repair's this time. I do think every bolt has now been Copper Greased on the front so I should never have the same issue again...hopefully?
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2004 Porsche 996 Turbo

PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I managed to pull the front diff and drop the the front subframe on on my 198k C4 with no trouble. I appreciate that that doesn't help you. They aren't all difficult.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phil 997 wrote:
while deciding which premiership football players wife has the nicest bum . Floor Floor Floor


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HSC911 wrote:
Phil 997 wrote:
while deciding which premiership football players wife has the nicest bum . Floor Floor Floor


Useless


Indeed, that and a list of proposals.

Or we could just have a 'rear of the year' thread (is that even legal?).
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deMort
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blimy a lot more replys than i was expecting !

It was just to give you lot an idea of the sort of things us guys do .. its pretty varied with old and new cars alike.

Alex , Kris .. bless you but i dont come here for reward , i just enjoy helping out and all of us do that not just me .

Rag .. your right young man .. we have the same problems as everyone else .. the only slight advantage is a bit more equipment to help out when it all goes tits up ... i still hate snapped bolts though Very Happy

The 997 pipe job is a bit unusual in that its been a coastal car and is far more corroded than most .. ive dropped god knows how many front diffs on these and never had a problem ..

This one i undid the 15mm nuts but couldnt get the stud out .. i needed to do that to seperate it from the subframe.

The idea was to have the diff on a stand and lower the subframe giving me access .. managed it today though but with limited access .

Heres an unusual couple of problems from today ..

Car has had a gearbox repair , been road tested and was being cleaned ..it then failed to start .. much panicing as the customer was on the way to collect .. at the same time another car in for a speedo waiting job and the customer came back in saying it doesnt start ..

BOTH jobs at the same time had a failed starter relay !!!

I rarely see 1 in maybe a year .. 2 at the same time Surprised

When it rains it pours as i was trying to fix both at the same time lol .

Other than that a boring day back on the 997 which is pretty much done now ..

Btw if acf50 smells better than waxoil then i want to use it .. my eyes are still stinging after the second can !
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