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Old 08-14-2008, 10:23 PM   #1
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Exclamation AHH! Right air vent smoking!! some coolant is dripping!?! why!?

i just arrived home tonight and as i park my car and turn it off, the right side air vent is just smoking! i look around the car, and i see coolant leaking from underneath the car! i JUST put antifreeze this morning and checked my oil and everything...what happened!??! HELP! i dont think im gunna get much sleep tonight! (i drive a 2000 boxster 5-speed manual) what should i do? what do you think it is? thanks!

oh one more thing..there is no check engine light or anything. i mean i stocked up the fluids this morning, and i only drove like 10 miles from starbucks to back home, and i parked my car and saw this trouble. and also, as i was exiting from the freeway, i heard a screeching/humming sound...i thought it was the construction going on around the area..but now im thinking it could have been my car. any help would be great..thanks guys.

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Old 08-15-2008, 05:53 AM   #2
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Coolant leaking from center of car? Water pump !

I was thinking slight coolant overfill and then overflow (would come from passenger side wheel well) until you mentioned the screeching/humming noise which pretty much confirms the pump.
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Old 08-15-2008, 07:28 AM   #3
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Sorry to hear about that. I had the same problem 2 years ago. It happened to be a broken water pump.
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Old 08-15-2008, 11:01 PM   #4
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I'm not super mechanical - so excuse my overly simplistic explanation.

I had a similar scare the very first day after bringing the Box home from LA. Smoke from right vent and leaking coolant.

Towed the car to a local Porsche mechanic and it turned out a hose worked loose and simply needed to be reattached. 1 hour of labour and some new coolant and I was fixed for good (knock on wood).

Can't say this is your issue, but you could be as lucky as I was!
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Old 08-16-2008, 07:30 AM   #5
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Don't panic, as it could be minor indeed. However, DO get the car to a mechanic now to see what you are dealing with.

Top off coolant if need be but don't overfill.

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Old 08-16-2008, 08:46 AM   #6
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Somebody can tell me where I find place to plug wire to get RPM pulse for my just added tachometer and shift light. Boxster S 2000.
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phew..thanks guys. i thought i might have cracked a cylinder head or something!(thank goodness it wasnt) i got it towed to the shop that very day...turned out it was the water pump. hose also had a small leak in it, so replaced the hose too. thankfully im only paying about $350 to get it all done..and ill be back on the road by monday!
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phew..thanks guys. i thought i might have cracked a cylinder head or something!(thank goodness it wasnt) i got it towed to the shop that very day...turned out it was the water pump. hose also had a small leak in it, so replaced the hose too. thankfully im only paying about $350 to get it all done..and ill be back on the road by monday!
Only $350?!

Man that's a replacement pump,hose and coolant system being bleed and labor?!
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yea..im actually a car dealer/exporter. i deal mainly with MB, BMW, and have recently started doing Porsches in the last few months. i export primarily to Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, and Dubai. i have a lot of mechanic friends, so they all help me out a lot. parts i get at wholesale price, labor isnt much because i give my guys work all the time...the beauty of being in the car business.lol.
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