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Porsche 987 Boxster Convertible Top Malfunction

Porsches are high-performance luxury cars known for their speed, comfort, and durability. They are designed in various models one of such being the Porsche 987 Boxster. The luxury roadster is a compact convertible sports car, one of the classic Porsche models. However, if you own a 987 Boxster, then you should know that the convertible top of your automobile is prone to malfunction.

About The Porsche 987

The Porsche 987 has a convertible top and like with every mechanical component of a car, frequent use exposes the part to stress and strain, which could cause it to malfunction or become less efficient after a while. The convertible top is designed in such a way that the tucking and folding of the roof are driven by a gear mechanism enabled by a motor system connected to two cables to raise the convertible top. Now, if the top is not opening and closing as efficiently as it is designed to, it is most likely because the joined components are worn out or damaged and may need replacement.

How To Detect A Porsche 987 Boxster Convertible Top Malfunction

In this case of a malfunctioning 987 Boxster convertible top, the faulty component is the transmission. While the convertible top was still opening and closing, as usual, it was accompanied with a clanking noise, a warning sign that the gear of the transmission is damaged. Our inspection revealed that the gear, attached to the transmission was indeed broken into a couple of pieces and was missing some teeth. The missing teeth in the gear were responsible for the clanking noise every time the roof was opened or close.

How To Fix It

Here, considering the fact that the transmission itself is still in good condition, we will simply replace the damaged gear with a new one and everything will be as good new. The gear replacement is more cost effective and time saving compared to a total replacement of the transmission which is a far more expensive as the original transmission alone manufactured by Porsche goes for about $900 and can take about three to four hours to fix. The replacement parts are readily available and your convertible top can return to opening and closing efficiently in no time.

Here is a video tutorial on the repair.

Brake Repair Services

Brake Repair

The use for brakes naturally arose when humans began traveling using transportation techniques other than their legs. Whether it is by land, air or sea, the need for brakes mitigates the risk of accidents which cause injuries and even death. With the popular rise of the automobile in the United States, accidents became a daily occurrence. However, two things occurred which increased fatalities: 1.) High-speed highways became the norm, and 2.) Vehicles became cheaper but more powerful.
Since fatalities from car accidents were on the rise, society realized that safety standards need to be developed and enforced to protect consumers. So, by 1970, the National Highway Traffic Administration was formed to combat the rise in fatalities and instill a culture of “safety first” in automobile design.
Recently, the NHTA is now adding the need for an Automatic Emergency Braking feature to qualify for a 5-star rating. So, having a well-designed braking system is a big part of an overall process of avoiding injury from car accidents. But how do car brakes work?

How Brakes Work

Understanding how brakes work will help you look out or any irregularities in your braking system, therefore increasing safety on the road for everyone. The braking systems of today use multiple sensors and electronics to stop a car as quickly as possible. Nonetheless, the primary braking system is still used.
When you press the braking pedal, that pressure moves a piston in the master cylinder, forcing braking fluid to enter the brake lines to the calipers and wheel cylinders. The force applied to the brake pedal is therefore proportional to the force applied to the pistons.
The calipers in disk brakes and wheel cylinders in drum brakes are connected to disk pads and braking shoes respectively. The pistons push the disk pads or braking shoes onto the rotor or wall, causing friction and resulting in the decreased rotation of the wheel.

Components of the Braking System

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Braking systems include either disk brakes or drum brakes. Disk Brakes are comprised of a disc/rotor, calipers, disk pads and hardware necessary to mount the components to the car. The caliper is connected to the hoses and wires that send the braking fluid when the brake pedal is depressed.
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Drum brakes are comprised of a drum/braking plate, brake shoes, a wheel cylinder, and hardware to mount the components. The wheel cylinder is connected to the hoses and wires send the braking fluid when the brake pedal is depressed.

Braking Fluid

Water used to be used as a braking fluid in the past. However, the braking process causes temperatures to rise past the boiling point of water. This causes water to vapor resulting in brake failure.
Braking fluid is a hydraulic fluid with a high boiling point. Hydraulic fluids are used to transfer power, in this case, from the pedal to the calipers and cylinders while surviving high temperatures caused by braking. Braking fluid also protects against corrosion of systems it comes in contact with.

When to Schedule your Car for Brake Services

This is what to look for to bring your car in for brake services:
  • Noise or grinding coming from the brakes
  • Brake pedal feels spongy or soft when pressed
  • Car veers a certain way when the brakes are pressed
  • Brake fluid level in the master cylinder is low
  • Brake system Warning Lamp is on

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