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2019/08/18 08:13:42 (permalink)

987 service items and coolants

Hi new member and new to Porsche ownership, very recently bought a 987 2006 2.7 boxster 58,000 miles as a summer toy. Going through cars records its had a very quiet 5 years elderly owner who couldnt use it much so has done 7000 miles in 5 years since last service. Mean time only had an oil change and plugs. 
 
Thought is to do all filters, oil, break fluid, gear box oil and coolant. two questions.
 
whats best long life coolant to get but needs to take the cold as i am in north highland though car garaged. 
 
And anything else with car if this age i should be replacing to play safe. Already see this car as keeper so any jobs to avoid future issues up for doing!
 
Many thanks 
 

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    Re: 987 service items and coolants 2019/08/18 11:24:13 (permalink)
    Two immediate thoughts.  The brake disks might look good from the outside but tend to corrode on the inside.   So have a look at them from a ramp.  Replaced mine with parts from Design911.   Also the air con rads low down either side in the front bumper tend to get packed with crud and start to leak. Again parts not too bad from Design911.    Both diy jobs for somebody competent.  I did my rads but had a garage do the disks (and they fitted them incorrectly as they are sided)
     
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    Re: 987 service items and coolants 2019/08/18 11:39:30 (permalink)
    Keith,
     
    It's certainly worth changing oils and filters and brake and clutch fluid, as well as having the plugs out to check their condition ... and to make sure that they haven't seized in place!
     
    Oddly enough Porsche don't seem to to have a scheduled coolant change but it may be worthwhile changing it - to give full protection I'd be inclined to use Porsche's own coolant unless you can find something with an identical spec. The coolant radiators (and a/c condensers) are prone to corrosion, as are the coolant pipe joints (visible in the front wheel arches), so it would be as well to check that all is OK before you drain the system. A pressure test would identify any leakage.
     
    Make sure that the a/c is working properly and if not then get it checked for leaks and recharged.
     
    Since the car's had very little use, check for corrosion on the inner faces of the brake discs and the functioning of the brakes in general, including the handbrake.
     
    If you've not seen it, there's some useful info on this site's Buying Guides:
     
    https://www.porscheclubgb.com/regions-registers/registers/modern/boxster/boxster-buyers-guides/987-buyers-guide
     
    PH have recently run a similar guide:
     
    https://www.pistonheads.com/features/ph-buying-guides/porsche-boxster-987--ph-used-buying-guide/40692
     
    Both will give you food for thought for 'things to do', but above all else make sure that you drive it and enjoy it.
     
    Jeff
     
     

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    Re: 987 service items and coolants 2019/08/18 15:17:45 (permalink)
    Many thanks yes brakes have rust to rears inside but stopping very well as lot of meat left. yip ac not going cold.
     
    Plan is to attack brakes spring time, but ac going on list for investigation this year with service items. yes i work over whole north of Caithness and Sutherland. NC500 roads been my play ground for 20 years before it hit the media so going to make most of this in the boxster. 
     
    Many thanks to you both ill do some more reading as coolant is one issue want to play safe on! Good to hear sounds like mine only has standard issues done 500 miles since getting it and no surprises so far! Other than the fun to drive! Makes old mx5 look like a play thing now! 
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    Re: 987 service items and coolants 2019/08/18 17:57:01 (permalink)
    Yes, I guess that the more lightly used rear brakes will be more susceptible to rusting than the fronts. Take the car out for a good old thrash on your excellent roads using some heavy braking; that might fix it..! Note that the handbrake is a separate device using expanding brake shoes acting on the inner face of the rear disc bells.
     
    Corroding and damaged a/c condensers are a common problem (many owners fit mesh grilles - there's a Club discount available for Zunsport grilles) but there are plenty of decent OEM parts available and quite a few posts on the subject on here if you do a search.
     
    Just a thought: if you have particular concerns about cooling, have you considered using waterless coolant? However, I have to say that in general Porsche's cooling systems are pretty robust and reliable.
     
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    Re: 987 service items and coolants 2019/08/18 19:13:44 (permalink)
    Thanks have given it 400 miles of driving in last two weeks 200 home gently bit of getting used to it then 100 bashing today and gone back over brakes and nope inner rears discs not improving at all, front discs so so and pads 2/3 down so just pricing up doing the whole lot Brembo on design911 getting fair old business it appears! yea think best hand brake shoes same time maybes safe option. 
     
    temp bang on all the time so to start ill get antifreeze checked. may save coolant job till any sign of pump giving up. 
     
    Just been looking what a job getting to the belt! Its on the to do list! Old owner did say about due. 
     
    Think ac is on my pals  garage job list least to see whats going on fingers crossed it just gas 🤷‍♂️
     
    Least ill have it ship shape for spring time! 
     
     
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    Re: 987 service items and coolants 2019/08/18 19:34:30 (permalink)
    The poly-belt's a bit of a faff to get to. Probably you'll need to remove the bulkhead panel behind the seats to gain access and while there you could take the opportunity to check/replace the coolant pump. I should have mentioned that refilling the cooling system can be a bit tricky - I believe that the dealerships use a vacuum device to minimise air-locks, but jacking up the rear of the car could help there.
     
    It sounds as though a full disc and pad replacement is in order. Sebro and Textar are Porsche OEM suppliers for brake discs and pads by the way.
     
    Jeff
     
     

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    Re: 987 service items and coolants 2019/08/19 08:05:01 (permalink)
    Just posted this on the other thread running about brakes, might be of interest?
     
    "Textar do indeed supply pads to Porsche, so these will be the same, discs however are not supplied by Sebro, they do supply Porsche some discs for very rare and early air cooled 911. SHW supply discs to Porsche and only to Porsche, you cant get them outside OPC."

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    Re: 987 service items and coolants 2019/08/19 08:58:40 (permalink)
    Many thanks for the correction and info Matthew. Good to know for future reference - I'm going to include it in the Cayman Faqs sub-forum.
     
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    Re: 987 service items and coolants 2019/08/19 10:34:32 (permalink)
    Glad to help, it does pop up quite often actually on forums.

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