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88coug 10-12-2007 06:37 PM

Porsche Rookie
Hello everyone. Recently I was fortunate enough to inherit a beautiful 1986 944 (maintenance history unknown but suspect well maintained). Unfortunately however, Iím currently not in the position to pay for a ton of maintenance.

Iím a better than average back yard mechanic so Iím thinking I could do most of what I need myself. But I canít seem to find any used OEM service manual (WKD-481-821). I have seen postings on this site that suggests downloading pdf files from, which I did. However, Iíve found that all of these files (five or six total) are missing many pages; one on timing belt work of course.

My question is, can anyone suggest a source for quality manuals on CD perhaps (hoping cheaper), or should I just buck up and purchase the hard copies from this website.

Thanks in advance :)

callmethewander 10-12-2007 06:42 PM

check out Clarks gararge, you can find a link to it somewhere here. do you're timing belt right away if you don't know when it was last replaced. it's definitely a do it yourself job for anyone with a little mechanical ability.

callmethewander 10-12-2007 06:43 PM

o, it's

livewirevoodoo 10-12-2007 07:52 PM

I would reccoment not purchasing the manuals, especially as you have stated that you are not in the position to pay for a ton of maintenance (a contradiction so it seems...)

But, welcome to the pelican board! Between here and clark's garage, there is a huge wealth of information and many people much more knowledgable than myself who have answers to any questions you may have. Chances are someone here has tackled the exact same procedure you have questions with, saving you whatever the current price is for the workshop manuals. The pdf file isn't quite that bad, but 95% of what you'll have to tackle is covered by clark's garage or doing a quick search on previous forum postings.

Lets see some pics when you get a chance, and adding your car's year and turbo or NA to your signature will get you more accurate responses to your questions. Again, welcome aboard.

onZedge 10-12-2007 10:48 PM

There's no such thing as a free Porsche...
...had to get that out of the way.

Another excellent site for timing belt procedures is

88coug 10-13-2007 10:13 PM

Wow, great websites thanks.

Has anyone used the "home made" tools from the arnnworx website? And would you recommend them?

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