Porsche 944 Rebuild
April 6th, 2009

Spent the day under the sun working on the ICV, or Idle Control Valve. It's a switch that's supposed to open up when the car is at idle, giving the engine more air than necessary so that it stays running. I had a feeling it wasn't operating correctly.


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April 2nd, 2009

Since October the car has been without power steering. And while my arms are getting a workout, it's not exactly fun to park or creep in the car. Today, since the weather crested 60 degrees, I took a few hours to put the newly acquired pump onto the car.


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March 25th, 2009

The car sat overnight and the leak has not returned. I had to fill up the coolant a little today as the bleeding continued. I think most of the air is out of the system now. The temperature remained steady and fine on the way home from the garage yesterday on its 17 mile trip.


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March 24th, 2009

Got to the lift today with the car. Stopped on the way to get some more Coolant just in case something happened on the way.

Took a look and it wasn't obvious whether it was the hose or the radiator which was leaking so we drained it. Pulled the hose off and let it bleed (after cooling down of course). And it still wasn't obvious.

It looks like there were a few scrapes on the radiator nozzle from prior attempts to fit/remove hoses...like scrapes from the corner of a screwdriver. One of them was pretty deep, but this hose hadnt been removed since the engine was put back in. Why this would have caused a leak now doesn't make sense. I also don't believe we'd ever use a screwdriver type device to remove the hose so I'm thinking these were there from prior installations (original radiator we think).

On the hose end of things, there were a little bit of marks from the prior clamp but nothing that looked like it was damaging the hose in any way.

What we did was cut 1/4" off the end of the hose. We also sandpapered down the gouges in the radiator nozzle to see if they had penetrated through and cracked it. But after a bit of this, it seems that the radiator nozzle is not cracked at all.

We put things back together, and filled her up, put on two clamps, one larger and newer, the old one back on as well, and it doesn't leak. We ran the car until it got up to temperature while filling and such to bleed the air out and it still didn't leak. I drove the ~17 miles home and there are no signs of any leaks from the radiator.

I honestly don't know what was wrong. There was a point where the clamp didn't want to turn, as if its threads were stripped, so maybe it just wasn't doing its job squeezing the hose enough. I have no answers. But I also have no leak.

I'll put a picture of the new clamp up tomorrow and take a look under for an leaks that may have developed overnight.

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March 22nd, 2009
Coolant Leak at 19:06

I took a trip to the grocery store today and come out to a pretty good size leak from the bottom radiator hose. I believe it was a new hose from when we rebuilt the engine (bought a complete hose pack). I attempted to tighten the clamp a little bit but as soon as I did, the leak became faster. I loosened the clamp slightly and it stopped leaking.


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March 18th, 2009

It's been a nagging little problem. But as we all know, little nags on this car end up being huge procedures to fix. Such was alignment of the windshield wipers.


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March 16th, 2009

What should have taken no more than four hours ended up taking nine. And it wasn't that I didn't know what I was doing. The car, yet again, is possessed and hates me. And it's nothing I did.


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February 26th, 2009

I had a day of fairly decent weather and so the car came to light. The power steering failure is the primary area of concern at this point as it's just dangling from some speaker wire. Read on to see what happened today.


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