Stuart21UK – Posted June 22, 2019
Posted June 22, 2019
On 6/18/2019 at 5:26 PM, Clivescoobydo said:
Hi sorry to hear your predicament if it was me as the cars booked in anyway what have you got to lose by tackling it yourself. First stop water getting in the car either cover or clear the drain holes. As the previous 981 owner said its the bottom hole indicated by your blue mark, rod that through with the hood in a halfway position. Should be no need to put the hood in the full maintenance mode to access the engine bay. Then try to take the passenger seat out (at least you can still drive it). Should be mounted to the floor with captive nuts of some kind I cant believe on a car of this year its bolted straight through. Disconnect all electrics beforehand once out you have access to the ECU, remove dry and assess for water damage. Then remove all carpets to dry. The main thing is to make sure the drains are clear so you’ve solved the root cause. I doubt whether the console needs to come out unless the water has transitioned up the carpet? Check. If this fails you have it booked in anyway and you may have lessened the bill in the meantime……Difficult as it sounds like its your daily runner – good luck.
thanks for the advice…have taken that view without the full removal procedure, see below
On 6/18/2019 at 7:41 PM, Boxob said:
On a 986 (but surely it can’t have changed on a 981) the seats are each held in by 4 bolts (on a 986 torx headed). Move the seat forward to expose and remove the two rear bolts (visible in one of your photos) then rearward to reveal the bolts holding the front of the seat. There is a clip-on plastic cover over the front of the seat runner obscuring the front bolts. All the bolt fit captive nuts.
Once the seat is free then an electrical plug must be disconnected to remove it from the car. That should reveal the electrics under the seat (ACU?RCU?) which need to be dried.
Removing the carpets would be idea but a lot of water can be removed with the carpet in place. It is possible to lift the carpet at the joint with the firewall and slide newspapers, towels etc under it. Then stand on the carpet to squeeze out the water from the foam. Repeat several times!
As an aside, after several versions of the Boxster, I find it astonishing that Porsche haven’t solved the issue of blocking drain holes, flooding cabins and they still put vulnerable electrics under the seat!
Hope you get this sorted quickly without too much expense.
thanks Boxob, suspect it will be a classic Porsche ‘they all do that sir’ – which is ridiculous…kind of an admission to a fail in the design process despite having 20 years to re-engineer and resolve it!