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My 2002 996 "renovation" thread

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My 2002 996 "renovation" thread

Post by b3freak » Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:55 am

This is the second day of ownership. Car drives strong and shift smoothly. When we inspected the car, we concentrated on the motor and tranny instead of the cosmetics and electro gizmos. Fortunately, the motor is running strong with none of the tell-tale M96 signs of a rolling nightmare.

The car only has 45K miles on it, but most of the problems that I see are from sloppy upgrades -

1. faux carbon fiber stickers - those will be removed and dash pieces repainted to graphite grey. I'm not sure about the console, I may want to paint it to match the exterior black paint.
2. custom installed radio - there was a sub woofer behind the back seat that wasn't included with the deal. (see pictures) Seller did not have the original rear carpet and rear seat parts. Ugh! Maybe you can help me find the correct replacement parts. The rear seats WON'T current lock without the rear hardware. Help! I don't even think the radio work properly. I'm not excited about pulling it out because more than likely, the custom radio people probably cut the OEM wiring. Eeeeeek! Apparently, the swapped out the door speakers but left something loose inside because it rattles going down the road.
3. Rear hood/frunk locks sensor is not working even though both are shut properly. The car still thinks they're open and display a MIL warning on the gauge cluster. Any ideas guys?
4. The brakes/rotors are shot and the giving a "wear pad" warning. No problem there but it will have to wait until $$ comes in.
5. Wheels are cool, but not my style. It looks like the rear have spacers or incorrect offset. I won't know until I remove them. Stay tuned.

Overall, I'm overly happy with the car. The only concern I have about the motor is that the previous owner has the coolant flushed and they put the "green stuff" in it. It was clear, but I couldn't believe it. However, I've seen this a few times on the used 996. Should I be concerned? Just drive or have someone flush it immediately?

Thanks for all your help!!!

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Re: My 2002 996 "renovation" thread

Post by b3freak » Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:42 am

Anybody got a couple of these bolts? They are used to lock the rear seats.
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Re: My 2002 996 "renovation" thread

Post by DTMiller » Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:42 am

Do all fluids. Get the car to a known baseline.

There's a dismantler in Georgia that should have interior odds and ends to get your interior back in shape.
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Re: My 2002 996 "renovation" thread

Post by trailbrake996 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:45 am

On #3. Spray some electrical contact cleaner in the lock mechanism on both the engine compartment and the frunk. Clean these up well and ensure there's no grime in either mechanism. This may get the microswitches behaving correctly with little effort.
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Re: My 2002 996 "renovation" thread

Post by b3freak » Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:18 am

trailbrake996 wrote:
Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:45 am
On #3. Spray some electrical contact cleaner in the lock mechanism on both the engine compartment and the frunk. Clean these up well and ensure there's no grime in either mechanism. This may get the microswitches behaving correctly with little effort.
Perfect! Thank you man! I'll do that. Once cleaned out, should the lock mechanism be lubricated?
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Re: My 2002 996 "renovation" thread

Post by b3freak » Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:21 am

DTMiller wrote:
Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:42 am
Do all fluids. Get the car to a known baseline.

There's a dismantler in Georgia that should have interior odds and ends to get your interior back in shape.
Thank you DT. Any guesstimate of what the cost would be to have an indy flush all fluids minus oil change? :) Ok... I'm holding onto my seat.
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Re: My 2002 996 "renovation" thread

Post by DTMiller » Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:58 am

No idea. I diy like a real gearhead.

Here's the place I was thinking about: http://www.dcauto.com/
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Re: My 2002 996 "renovation" thread

Post by trailbrake996 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:51 am

b3freak wrote:
Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:18 am
trailbrake996 wrote:
Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:45 am
On #3. Spray some electrical contact cleaner in the lock mechanism on both the engine compartment and the frunk. Clean these up well and ensure there's no grime in either mechanism. This may get the microswitches behaving correctly with little effort.
Perfect! Thank you man! I'll do that. Once cleaned out, should the lock mechanism be lubricated?
It really shouldn't need any lubrication. Lube just attracts dirt and grime which is the likely cause of your issues. I really like this stuff from harbor freight. Both mechanisms are fairly shielded from the elements. Keep 'em clean a few times a year and you should be good to go for the life of the car.
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Re: My 2002 996 "renovation" thread

Post by Dgi 07 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:28 am

Don't lube external latches with WD, ,etc. Use graphite powder. Doesn't attract grime and dirt like liquid lubricants would.
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Re: My 2002 996 "renovation" thread

Post by b3freak » Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:29 am

Thank buddy! I'll go grab some. Which brand would you recommend?
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