Blimey! It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged anything in the motoring world. I’ve been far too busy with that distracting thing called the real world: I’ve moved house, working hard on webdesign for an exciting new WillMonkey ‘Online Wills’ project, video streaming for Uncle Daves Project Management Training site and the occasional waffley technical blog… all makes Mr MotoLimey a very busy chap. But I digress…
My trusty old Porsche Cayenne S 2008 finally clocked into the 180k miles territory. Still without any major problems (apart from the drive shaft thingie and a regular patches like a new battery, brakes, oil changes etc). But it developed a dripping little leaking from the front steering rack, the last service told me it was due a major service which was going to touch the $3k margin plus it needed new brake rotors all round. So, facing a garage bill in the realms of $4,000+ I came to a painful decision.
So, living the sunshine of Nevada – what do look for?
I stumbled across this rather lovely 2013 Audi A5 Premium Cabriolet. It’s a 2.0 Turbo engine, drives like a sleek shark wiggling through virgin olive oil, pulls like a bull running down a Pamplona side street wearing comfy shoes and when the roof is down – makes my hair ruffle like a sea anemone in heat.
Currently in day 2 of ownership – Big thumbs up so far.
Of course I took some video of trading in the Porker and will upload that later this week.
And get back into doing some more regular blogs.
And finally get my bloody American Motorcycle license and start riding the old Yellow Peril around the desert.
It was a quick fling. Nothing else. Honest!
While my trusty (and I say that loosely) old 2008 Cayenne Truck was for a freebie recall (new airbags and a revised engine management software upgrade) at Gaudin Porsche of Las Vegas — I had a little fling!
They kindly gave me a loaner while my car was being prodded and poked. A white 2017, nearly new, Cayenne S.
Lots of things that I really liked about this car but also a handful of things that irritated me. Notably the climate and fuel consumption friendly “turn off at idle”. Damn that’s annoying. The constant stopping starting drove me crazy.
Apart from that… very nice… have a few minute of driving around and lots of artless mumbling and waffling here:
Wet carpet on drivers side?
The story so far – I had a drip-drip-drip onto my drivers side carpet. I didnt think too much about it. Until the car died with a massive electrical brain fart which turned out to be caused by the gradual buildup of moisture under the carpet. This moisture eventually corroded some wires hiding down there and caused an electrical nightmare.
This is my first try at fixing it – which didnt solve the dripping carpet problem but did find and unblock some other water drain holes. Definitely something I would recommend to any Cayenne owner – it’s easy and just took a few minutes to do:
After a bit of trial and error — I finally solved the wet floor mat problem. Mine was caused by a blocked AC OVERFLOW VALVE but my first attempt at finding it (this video) was cleaning the other drainage holes. It’s a quick easy fix so check it out here https://www.motolimey.com/solving-the-wet-cayenne-carpet-conundrum/
Need to do 2 things (1) clear the rubber draining holes and (2) clear the air-conditioning evap tube (next video)
or in the words of the Donald… “drain that swamp”
I’ve had this little drip-drip-drip on the front floor of the Cayenne for about a year.
It only seemed to happen after hot weather and lots of aircon use.
It never seemed to be a problem.
Just goes to show how wrong I am at times.
hashtag epicly wrong.
Long Story Short
The occasional drip drip (onto the drivers foot and also sometimes passengers foot) slowly soaks into floor mats. Overtime this is trapped under the floor mats in the hugely spongy underlay.
This leads to water damage and corrosion of some electrical wires under there. These corroded wires will eventually (incorrectly) send bad signals to the engine computer which then lights up the dashboard like a Christmas tree and scares you half to death: warnings of Brake Proportioning, ABS Failure, Key not recognized and some others.
But don’t panic – help is easy for anyone with some basic tools and the urge to fix it themselves (rather than the $1800 I was quoted by Porsche)
It took me a lot of trial and error to find these culprits but it’s done and I managed to video each part. I will edit a video together showing how to do it. It’s really very simple. This definitely seems to be a design flaw from the Porsche Peeps and hopefully my solution will help some other folks out…
UPDATE – I found the DRIP DRIP DRIP and fixed it.
Is there a midget with a hammer hiding inside your Porsche Cayenne (or VW Tourag) gearbox? Does light acceleration make your car twitter like a flock of angry birds? Chances are it’s the Porsche Cayenne Drive Shaft support failing – This part is basically a rubber support that is in the middle of the driveshaft. This is a well known piece that wears out on Porsche Cayenne (and VW Tourags) at around 100k miles. On mine it suddenly wore out quite spectacularly, while pulling away reasonably hard into traffic there was a loud *BANG* and then *KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK* which sounded like it was coming from inside the gear box housing, or where the gear change lever is.
I was quoted $2000+ to fix this from a local Porsche Dealer so decided to do it myself. I’m a noob mechanic and this is the first mechanical thing I have ever undertaken with this car.
This “Porsche Cayenne Drive Shaft” fix was a simple procedure (even for a mechanically inept buffoon such as myself) and took me about 40 minutes, and that is including reading instructions, trying to records this nonsense and (obviously) spending many minutes trying to squeeze my fat belly under the car….
I don’t work for Vertex nor do I have any interest – but it fixed the problem and was easy for a fat fingered mechanically inept gray haired old fart like me to install!
You can buy the part from VERTEX and will need to buy some ramps (about $40) and an angle grinder (also about $40-50) and then a few basic tools (couple of spanners, some wire snips and a razor blade to trim the old rubber off the center support on the drive shaft).