Yes it’s true. I’ve decided to let my old 911 go to a new home. I hope the new owner has the time, garage skills to bring this old beauty back to life.
After owning the 911 for well over 18 months now, I’ve realised that my pipe dream of spending weekends and evenings renovating a classic 911 just isn’t going to happen.
This dad-of-four barely has time to shave let alone spanner.
So, I’ve been looking at various options – Do I sell privately? Do I sell to a trader? Do I part exchange it with a package deal including the Cayenne and get my dream 993 Cab?
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:
So, I stumbled across this series of videos on Youtube called #ProjectStork. This chap is chronicling the resurrection a 1977 911 that has been sitting in a garage since 2002. Sounds familiar huh…
Manuel Carrillo III begin the process of resurrecting the 1977 Porsche 911S that belonged to his father. It’s the car that brought him home from the hospital. Who said restoring a 1977 Porsche 911 S was easy? No one. That doesn’t mean someone with limited mechanical ability can’t tackle such a restoration. It simply means anyone who attempts a Porsche 911 restoration needs to be emotionally prepared for one part blood, one part sweat, and five parts tears.
The rebirth process has been sponsored by Hayes (you know the famous workbook peeps), CTEK chargers and Borla are designing and building a new exhaust system for it. Colour me jealous.
Only three episodes so far!!!
I wish we had longer and more detailed episodes. /me loves stuff like this
It’s inspired me….
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.