Apr 15, 2011

Brembo Caliper Refinish

While they could still stop the car the way throwing a boat anchor out the back would, my Brembo calipers did not have the shiny red finish they bore the day they left the factory.

Having done powdercoating work back in the day (I used to paint wheels, valve covers, all sorts of things) I decided to refinish them myself.

(apologies for the mix of cell phone and camera pics, I used whatever was handy)

This is what I started with. Yuck. Hard to tell, but the red had become dull with no gloss at all.

Click the link to see my refinishing make these look like new again!

How to Fix the Climate Control LCD

When I first got my Boxster, the climate control display was all but useless. The numbers didn't display properly and the vent controls (top, bottom, middle, etc) were completely blocked out by what looked like a liquid crystal fireball that was liable to consume the rest of the display in time.

I had to poke at the unit, try to read the garbled numbers and wait for the air to start blowing somewhere without knowing whether it was supposed to be hot or cold. It was like playing with dyslexic el niño.

Fortunately I found a cheap solution. Module Master makes a $53 LCD rebuild kit:
Module Master Porsche Climate Control LCD Rebuild Kit

It includes instructions and is very easy to install.

For some pictures from my install, check the link below.