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New 911 driver

Hi all,
After many years in a Alfa I am now a Porsche driver with a whole new learning curve.
I have a 1988 911 Carrera now, and no Guidence, Books or knowledge.
Need some immediate help.
What tech books can I get? I plan to do my own work.
What air pressure to run front and back?
What weight and brand oil does the forum recommend for trans and eng?
Car has adjustable Konis and I have the tool . How do I adjust?

Suggestions on anyone to assist in maintenance in the S.F. Bay area until I get up to speed.
Thanks in advance for Any tips.
Don
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The best books to buy are the 101 projects (from this site) and a Bentley manual. I've bought the last two Bentley's from ebay. Not cheap but worth every penny.

Congrats on your purchase - that's a VERY desirable year to have. Don't overfill the oil - it expands wickedly when it's hot. This is the most common "first time 911" mistake.

Now post a picture of the car or it will turn into a pumpkin before tomorrow!

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Congrats on your car! We'd love to see pictures.
Laneco is exactly right. Make sure you read 101 projects sections on jacking the car up, changing/checking oil, and cleaning the car right away.

My 1979 is 29psi front, 34psi rear. There is probably a little sticker under the back bumper that lists the correct pressures. Here's the one on my car.

The search function on this forum is very useful. I do a lot of searching and can often find my answers quickly that way. But don't hesitate to make a new thread if you don't find your answer.

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the 911 cannot replace an Alfa, but...

I favor 32/34 F/R for less understeer

Brad Penn for engine oil - use the viscosity in the owners manual

search up the thread on long term maintenance

yes, pics of the 911 and the Alfa
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Welcome, enjoy the ride

You want oil, grab a few beers (lots) and get reading ... Ultimate Motor Oil Thread or Why we hate CJ4/SM oils
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Congrats on your purchase!

I just bought my first 911 6 months ago after wanting one for 30 years. I have read most of the technical articles in the Tech Info Center and did searches for other items here on the 911 Technical Forum. I really believe you can do just about anything that needs to be done to your Porsche looking right here. Great site, great people.
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I'm not sure if all Koni's are the same but on my car, the fronts adjust with a special knob that fits on the top of each shock. I believe counter clockwise is firm and soft is the reverse. This is an area that may need a fair amount of adjustment until you get it right. I adjusted mine in 1/3 turn increments until I liked the feel. And even after that, I would adjust in the reverse direction 1/3 turn to see if it was better before the last adjsutment.

The rears are a little different and have to be removed from the car. Once removed, there is a little button on the top of the shock and once pushed, there are 4 settings from soft to hard. You can download the instructions from the koni site. I set mine on 3/4 firm since the rear is a little heaver - but that's my car (a 74). There are other Koni models where you have to compress the shock and then turn (pain to do). So get the directions for your particular shock.

Here's the Koni instructions for the rear:
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Hi all, and thank you for the response. I do not feel as lost now.
RWebb no worries about the dread "languish" issues for this new driver.
Tomorrow a drive in Livermore Ca with Euro Sunday and on Sunday a PCA outing also in Livermore.
72T I have a new matra now "No Lift No Lift" thanks for this.
Here is a photo from my first drive.
Thanks for any additional tips and common sense like the do not overfill the oil.
Now soon as I can find the dip-stick. No instructions came with my car.
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Check the oil with the car level and at operating temperature.
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Check the oil with the car level and at operating temperature.
...and at idle for 1 minute


dipstick is inside the oil fill tube - remove the cap and look for it

do not drop it down the tube!

critical safety issues include:

1. fuel hoses not too old - maybe 7 years; correct clamps used & new hose should be EtOH rated

2. brake hoses less then 7 years old

3. tires less than 6 years old no matter how much tread they have

if it is not documented in the service receipts or a log made by a careful owner, assume it was not done

also, change all fluids
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Thanks, found the dip-stick, clever placement. Also found the tire pressure sticker.
Also read the oil thread still a little undecided and would appreciate some input on that also how much oil capacity of eng. and type and capacity for the trans. I am changing all the fluids..
The car looks excellent and drives the same but I can assume nothing as I have no documentation so will check and change everything. Hopefully tonight.
Thanks again.
Don
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you are safe with Brad Penn oil

use a big pan to drain both tank and engine sump - be sure it fits under the car...
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Welcome....just look it up here before you do anything. Learn to use the advanced search function. Don't be afraid to ask. The people on this site are amazingly helpful and generous with their time.
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OIL - comes out really damn fast and will overflow most of those drain pans -- if you get a 15 qt drain pan cut a 2" hole in the top of it

brad Penn 20/50

check oil when motor is running (in case above wasnt clear enough) - dipstick = accurate, guage = wild and crazy guy!!

pause between first and second....for a second

not above 4200 rpm before warm
never above 4500 in first

start and drive, no idle warm up

dont push the trip reset on the odometer - ever

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I have a new matra now "No Lift No Lift"

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not above 4200 rpm before warm
never above 4500 in first

dont push the trip reset on the odometer - ever
Knew the others, didn't know these.
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Start talking to the guys at the PCA meeting I am sure they will go over the car with you and sort out any queries that you have.
Good luck.
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Yep, spun the car (on a track) the first week I had my car by lifting up on the throttle coming out of a chicane , great advice.

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