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Old 06-13-2014, 04:39 AM   #1
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What do you do when you are waiting for parts?

- Borrow your wife's/GF's car
_Take it to Porsche and say call me when it is done and try and get a loaner? Heaven forbid!
- Go to the pub and cry in your beer. After all you have no car so you cannot drink and drive.
- Take a bus or walk.

First time this has happened in 3 years when my Box is sitting and I won't drive it. It has a steady CEL light on.

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what OBD2 code did it show?

A steady CEL is not as bad as a flashing CEL! ... so maybe it isnt bad enough to not drive ... possibly just an non functioning O2 sensor ....

to answer your question ... whenever Im waiting for parts and not driving ... i start looking for the next projects' parts ... its a never ending recursive loop.
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You need a back up car especially if your a DIY and the Box is a daily
You need time to diagnose, wait for parts to ship and then install.
Otherwise if the wife's car is the only other transportation, then that's your answer
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clean clean clean. I just completed a month of engine work to my 928, it was in many pieces. I took the time to really clean the engine bay, underneath, all over, while waiting for parts. Makes for a much better job to put things back together, and it looks great too. The Boxster is next!
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Old 06-13-2014, 05:23 AM   #6
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what OBD2 code did it show?

A steady CEL is not as bad as a flashing CEL! ... so maybe it isnt bad enough to not drive ... possibly just an non functioning O2 sensor ....

to answer your question ... whenever Im waiting for parts and not driving ... i start looking for the next projects' parts ... its a never ending recursive loop.
Thanks for asking. It is code P1341 which according to my indy shop is the variocam actuator bank 1. I have ordered the camshaft position sensor which two parts guys say will fix the problem. I am going to let my local low cost indy shop fix it(the owner does have a Boxster as well). If he is not up to it I will take it to a higher cost indy shop that does good work.

I just received a brand new water pump(plastic impeller) from Pelican Parts yesterday even though the current one is not broken. 13 years old it is time to change it. Of course the CEL light steady came on after I had ordered the first set of parts.

Do you agree that I should not be driving the 2001 base Box with this fault on?
Do you agree with the fix of the code?
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Thanks for asking. It is code P1341 which according to my indy shop is the variocam actuator bank 1. I have ordered the camshaft position sensor which two parts guys say will fix the problem. I am going to let my local low cost indy shop fix it(the owner does have a Boxster as well). If he is not up to it I will take it to a higher cost indy shop that does good work.

I just received a brand new water pump(plastic impeller) from Pelican Parts yesterday even though the current one is not broken. 13 years old it is time to change it. Of course the CEL light steady came on after I had ordered the first set of parts.

Do you agree that I should not be driving the 2001 base Box with this fault on?
Do you agree with the fix of the code?
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How much is it to fix this, there is local Craigslist car for like 5k with this problem, maybe I could make a buck off of it.
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How much is it to fix this, there is local Craigslist car for like 5k with this problem, maybe I could make a buck off of it.
I paid around $120 us for the part. Not sure how long it is going to take the indy shop to do it.
I am not too concerned because my local indy guy is fairly cheap. However the part camshaft position sensor is not specifically mentioned in the 101 Projects Boxster book/project 16. The parts required change according to the engine year.

The engine runs pretty well. Slightly rough idle though. Here's hoping this part will fix the problem. Another week before the part arrives. I will let you know how it goes.
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Article 26 covers many/most of the engine sensors including the cam sensors:

Pelican Technical Article: Boxster Engine Sensor Replacement - 986 / 987

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Old 06-13-2014, 06:55 AM   #10
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Article 26 covers many/most of the engine sensors including the cam sensors:

Pelican Technical Article: Boxster Engine Sensor Replacement - 986 / 987

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Thanks Steve. I missed that. I was looking in the camshaft section!If this is all it takes then it should be a pretty easy fix.
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Since the Box isn't my daily, it isn't an issue. It's only an issue if the E320 is down, too.
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Drive my Civic hatch.

It handles like a go-kart, is great around town, holds a lot, and gets great gas mileage.



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Drive the 911...
That's exactly what I was going to say (and what I do!)...
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Old 06-13-2014, 03:54 PM   #18
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How much is it to fix this, there is local Craigslist car for like 5k with this problem, maybe I could make a buck off of it.
My rule is to never, ever believe someone else's diagnosis on car that you might buy. You can almost always be sure that there is something else wrong with the car because if it was "that simple" the existing owner would have already fixed it and would be selling the car for a lot more.

In these cases, you need to get a VERY thorough PPI done to check everything to know what you're getting into.

For example, my $3K Boxster roller had several other problems than just the blown engine and my $10K 996 had a long list of issues that the owner never mentioned.

Buyer beware on cheap Porsche's with "known" problems.
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I feel your pain. My boxster has been down for 3 weeks with the hesitation issue while I replace parts and scratch my head trying to logically figure it out.

I'm feeling some serious withdrawal symptoms now as it was my Daily driver.

In the mean time I have resorted back to my Jeep Wrangler, and find myself trying to drive it like the Boxster...a little dangerous, (High CG and too much roll) not very satisfying and the gas mileage by comparison really sucks < 18mpg.
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