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Fe­bru­ary was a very quiet month for the Turbo (es­pe­cially with the ar­rival of the GT3), though I re­fit­ted the orig­i­nal driver’s seat as the Sparco bucket seat that was re­sid­ing in it is des­tined for the new car. With the tem­per­a­ture in Dorset hov­er­ing just be­low freez­ing these past few weeks hav­ing a heated driver’s seat proved a wel­come re­turn!

The Turbo was on Tokyo R888s for the sum­mer track sea­son, but fol­low­ing hor­ren­dous weather at Cas­tle Combe I de­cided to swap to some more suitable rub­ber for the cooler months. I went for Miche­lin Pi­lot Sport 4 Ss. I cannot praise these tyres enough: they per­form great on grip, have low sound lev­els and good fuel econ­omy. They also look good too –245 and 325 sec­tions front and rear add a lit­tle more side­wall so I can run slightly lower pres­sures, which helps with com­pli­ance and over­all grip on the road.

I have two small is­sues with the Turbo to sort: a small creak from the front end when warm or fol­low­ing a spir­ited drive, and a tiny coolant leak. I’ll await some ramp time down at ZRS Engi­neer­ing, which is my brother’s busi­ness, to in­ves­ti­gate and re­place any worn parts. I also picked up some GT2 RS in­ter­cool­ers from a 911uk fo­rum mem­ber, which I will also get fit­ted at some point.

On the GT3 front I man­aged to get a great drive out to Ched­dar Gorge with some lo­cal guys. We even man­aged to get diva snap­per Rich Pearce out of bed early, and he got some crack­ing shots!

It was great to fi­nally get a swift drive un­der the belt and find out more about the GT3. All ap­pears to be well, al­though the gearshift is not as smooth or pre­cise as I would like. I’ve or­dered a se­lec­tion of good­ies which will hope­fully be fit­ted in time for next month’s col­umn.

As I write this I have also fit­ted a set of Miche­lin Cup 2 tyres. I found some re­fur­bished wheels on ebay as mine were quite tatty, and this will give me a chance to keep the car on the road while I give the orig­i­nals a makeover. The car was on Pirellis, which were fine, but I have per­son­ally never got on with the brand’s offerings, while con­versely I’ve never had an is­sue with Miche­lin. The weather is get­ting bet­ter so I’m look­ing for­ward to wrack­ing up more miles in both the GT3 and Turbo – like­wise, I hope to see lots of you out on the road in those 911s soon!

Reg­u­lar read­ers will re­call I re­cently de­tected a half-wheez­ing, half-wail­ing noise com­ing from un­der the deck­lid of my C4S, so I took the car to Porsche Centre Bournemouth for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The re­sult was a re­place­ment drive belt, the out­go­ing item’s brown glaze sug­gest­ing it had resided on the 911 for some time.

I duly drove the car home and left it for a week or so, though my next start-up re­vealed the noise hadn’t gone away. I went back to Porsche Centre Bournemouth for them to take another look: of course with the car put straight on the ramps this wheez­ing noise wasn’t ev­i­dent, which is when I gave my­self a big pat on the back for record­ing a video ‘in situ’ when I’d started the car up. I showed it to the tech­ni­cians who agreed that there was some­thing amiss judg­ing by the au­dio on my video.

The is­sue was clearly ev­i­dent with the en­gine cold, so the tech­ni­cians at the Centre agreed to hang on to the car for the night and start it up first thing. Later that day I got a phone call: an idler pul­ley needed re­plac­ing, and the tech­ni­cians had also dis­cov­ered there was play in my wa­ter pump, sug­gest­ing a fail­ure wasn’t too far around the cor­ner. Fail­ure of the wa­ter pump is com­mon on the 996 (Rob’s own Gen1 else­where in this sec­tion failed ear­lier this year, don’t for­get), so I was all too happy to get that seen to as well, with a new pump promptly in­stalled. A de­tailed walk-around video sup­plied by the tech­ni­cians the next day showed all the work that had been car­ried out while the car was on the ramps, so I was ready to col­lect my C4S with what I hoped was the problem sorted sec­ond time around. The jury’s still out, as a re­cent Sun­day morn­ing drive with friends sprung up the same noise, al­beit with the en­gine hot. I’m sure I’m not imag­in­ing it, but time will tell…

James Sa­muel Poole, UK @James­samuel4 997.1 Turbo Model 2008 Year April 2015 Ac­quired 996.1 GT3 Model 2000 Year Jan­uary 2018 Ac­quired

Lee Si­b­ley Bournemouth, UK @lee_sibs Model 996 Car­rera 4S Year 2002 Ac­quired April 2017

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