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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