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Old 08-25-2005, 05:49 AM   #1
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Finally solved the Check Engine light problem

Had a CE light problem

replaced air filter
checked for leaks in air intake
replace MAF

all did not work
I found a cracked ignition coil wire that plugs into the spark plug
replaced that and reset the cpu

No CE light so far

I checked with porsche service guy and he said at 60-80 thou miles these coil problems are popping up more so there's a suggestion.

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Old 08-25-2005, 06:01 AM   #2
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Thanks for the info!
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Old 08-25-2005, 07:52 AM   #3
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I checked with porsche service guy and he said at 60-80 thou miles these coil problems are popping up more so there's a suggestion.
Thanks for the info! I'm at 66K so I'll watch for it. What was the original code number you had?
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You're lucky. I brought my '00 S in for service because of the CEL and was advised that there is crack on the the oil tube leading from the filler to the engine. They also discover a crack with the vacuum hose which causes air to enter. Among other minor things, the repair bill is approximately $ 1800.00.

I can't wait till it reaches the 60K miles service.

I need to find a different mechanic who charges cheaper labor than the dealer.

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Old 08-25-2005, 10:55 AM   #5
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Similar story, had to replace the spark plug wires on my Miata at the 7 year mark. I think it's more age related than mileage, since the car only had 43,000 miles. The 1997/98's are reaching that age now. I think the insulation breaks down, which is critical on high voltage. Don't know if heat is also a factor, but the car spent its life in FL and SC: both very hot. Also may be a good time to think about other rubber items - belts, hoses, etc. if not replaced already.
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Old 08-25-2005, 01:21 PM   #6
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i don't remember the error codes but i do know it's a pain to replace the coils. has anyone replaced the hoses on a boxster b4? is it pretty easy? i think the reason for the rubber to break down so fast is because of the mid engine configuration, you don't get as much air into the engine bay as you would a front engine car.
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Are we talking coolant hoses or vacuum hoses?

Coolant are pretty easy. The most important are the fat ones since they are easier to burst. Most of the smaller hoses can just be replaced with cut pieces of coolant hose you get at an auto shop. I think there are 3 hoses you have to get from Porsche.

Vacuum should be pretty easy too, but I haven't done them. Any auto shop will carry the vacuum hose, but make sure you get their best stuff for higher temps.

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