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New owner of a 2001 Carerra with a question

I just bought this car from a private party in NJ. I washed the car last Friday and it started right up after the wash. On Saturday the car wouldnt start. I have read where this has happened to a lot of owners of the 996 engines. Biggest question is where is the location of the distributor cap? The car turns over but wont catch, possible water in the distributor? Thanks for your help and I'm happy to be a new member of the Porsche family. 2001 Porsche Carrera 911 Cabriolet.

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There is no distributor cap. The car has individual coil paks at each spark plug.
Iíve had a same generation 996 with no issue after washing. Never heard that one before.
Could be crank position sensor.
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There is no distributor cap. The car has individual coil paks at each spark plug.
Iíve had a same generation 996 with no issue after washing. Never heard that one before.
Could be crank position sensor.
Thank you will have that checked.
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Watch the tach if it “jumps” when the engine is cranking sensor should be ok and maybe something else is misbehaving.
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I noticed tach wasnít moving during crank so the crank sensor is the item I need. Thank you
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How do you access the crank sensor I have a lift in my garage and canít locate it.
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Porsche 911 Carrera Engine Sensor Replacement - 996 (1998-2005) - 997 (2005-2012) - Pelican Parts Technical Article

See the 2nd or 3rd image on the attachment. There are Tech articles for each model at the Pelican Porsche home page. That's where this came from.
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just put in crank sensor still no tach movement and code still reads crank sensor and alternator. Any other possibilities on why it wont start.
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Do you have a second ignition key? If you do, try it. Is your battery fully charged?
Key, ignition, immobilizer and engine mgmt all work off they key code.
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Do you have a second ignition key? If you do, try it. Is your battery fully charged?
Key, ignition, immobilizer and engine mgmt all work off they key code.
Just tried both keys and no tach movement. I also had the battery out after I washed the car to get to the area around and under the battery. By me having it out does there need to be a reset of the keys?
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No but you may have to reset the radio code.
I donít have another suggestion re: the no start issue.
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When you were cleaning under the battery you didn’t knock any fuel pump wires off did you?
You will also probably have to re-teach the window limits to get auto up down working. Window down, hold 10 seconds, up same should do it.
Try posting Q here too.
https://rennlist.com/forums/996-forum-60/
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Finally got to the DME and it was wet. So I will be sending the unit out with the keys and immobilizer. Is there a go to company that does this, does Pelican do this? What is normally the procedure once these items are in for repair, timeframe etc? Thank you everyone I learned a lot about this car in 1 month...
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When you were cleaning under the battery you didnít knock any fuel pump wires off did you?
You will also probably have to re-teach the window limits to get auto up down working. Window down, hold 10 seconds, up same should do it.
Try posting Q here too.
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Fuel pump is functioning well.
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No but you may have to reset the radio code.
I donít have another suggestion re: the no start issue.
Radio code re-entered and works fine. All fuses were also checked, got to the DME and based on the puddle it was sitting in I think I found the problem.
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Good job. Now you need to determine where the water came from. Cab's have a drainage system that, if clogged, can spill water into the car and it gets under the seats, where key electronic equipment is! Not ideal.
If you're in NJ, you might want to try PowerTech. They have a great reputation and support a lot of PCA activity and track events.
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Kieth and Mike will probably send it to ECU doctors or someone similar.
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Cab drains
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It wouldn’t hurt to open it up and try drying it out, hair dryer? Some folks have had good luck doing that.
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It wouldnít hurt to open it up and try drying it out, hair dryer? Some folks have had good luck doing that.
Well we got her started turned out the previous owner had added some sort of a enhancement device that once removed the car fired up and is running fine. I didnít cut any of the harness used to rig up this device I just tucked it into the carpet after taping it together.
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