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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:27 pm    Post subject: DME relay Reply with quote

Bagged a bargain on Black Friday, obtained on-line from “carpartsforless”
DME relay, price £12.78 including delivery.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So own up how many of you have gone and bought one?
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought I did well at £24.99! Mine failed on the first drive home on the final 12 mile stretch much to the amusement of my mate who I’d stopped off to visit, after driving through all conditions for ~600miles. A few technical taps got me home then a quick strip and solder repair and it’s been fine since. Spare now sits in the glovebox for the next time
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:43 pm    Post subject: DME relay Reply with quote

Trantorman wrote:
So own up how many of you have gone and bought one?

I only bought it after questioning the mech from the local Porsche specialist whilst the car was having a service on Thursday. He said that although the car only has 59k miles you never know when it may fail.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:55 am    Post subject: DME Relay Reply with quote

Have never understood how something as vital and important as the DME relay is to a Porsche should seem so unreliable.


All very well to say carry a spare but surely that's masking some sort of design issue still after all these years? Not very Germanic!


I've got a solid-state one from the US - but still carry an 'ordinary' spare I know to be good (when I last tried it)...
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Les Richards
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:56 am    Post subject: DME Relay Reply with quote

Have never understood how something as vital and important as the DME relay is to a Porsche should seem so unreliable.


All very well to say carry a spare but surely that's masking some sort of design issue still after all these years? Not very Germanic!


I've got a solid-state one from the US - but still carry an 'ordinary' spare I know to be good (when I last tried it)...
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ignored the warnings and felt very silly when the dme Relay died on a hot day in rush hour traffic in central London a few years ago leaving me stranded.. Then when recovery truck arrived I also found I had no towing eye..
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 1:22 pm    Post subject: Re: DME Relay Reply with quote

Les Richards wrote:
Have never understood how something as vital and important as the DME relay is to a Porsche should seem so unreliable.


All very well to say carry a spare but surely that's masking some sort of design issue still after all these years? Not very Germanic!


I've got a solid-state one from the US - but still carry an 'ordinary' spare I know to be good (when I last tried it)...


I do not know if the DME relay in my car has been replaced in the past but it shows as “Made in Hungary” The latest one states made in Germany, will this make it more reliable?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 6:07 pm    Post subject: Re: DME relay Reply with quote

What a great resource this forum is, I had not heard about this potential weak point relay. I'll get a spare.

Allan E wrote:
Bagged a bargain on Black Friday, obtained on-line from “carpartsforless” DME relay, price £12.78 including delivery.

Hi Allan, would you mind sharing a link if you have one? I can only find an aftermarket item with a different part number on carparts4less. Thanks.
 
  
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Allan E
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:18 pm    Post subject: DME relay Reply with quote

Stuart, I ordered the OE Quality part and the one received was as in the picture. Still active discount code applicable dropping the price to £12.78.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Allan, part ordered.
 
  
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:45 am    Post subject: Re: DME Relay Reply with quote

Les Richards wrote:

I've got a solid-state one from the US - but still carry an 'ordinary' spare I know to be good (when I last tried it)...


Sounds like the way forward. Source?
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Les Richards
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:21 am    Post subject: DME RElay Reply with quote

Got mine from

Focus 9 Technology, 5350 W Bell Rd Suite C-122, Glendale, AZ 85308, USA


through a friend of a friend. Unfortunately, they do not ship to the UK - or didn't when I got mine. Cost was under $50 all in.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If and when it fails you are going nowhere, educated 944 Turbo owners carry a spare in the glovebox Damn Damn
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers for the info and reminder!! After years of playing DME roulette, I ordered one as I’ve been lucky and I’m sure it would let me down at some point??
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine also failed nearly immediately after I bought the car - luckily for me I was on Hanger Lane gyratory at 8.30am on a weekday, so there was no one around... a-hem. (Even got a ticket for driving across bus lane to get off road).

Are new ones still as unreliable? As with distributors, you'd think someone would make an solid-state/electronic version (maybe they do?).
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's usually dry solder joints, solid state jobbie available from the states.
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