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Oh no, mine was a 996. The vid in the OP is not mine. Stumbled upon it when researching the sound mine made.
Yep. Fun job, tbh.
No oil analysis, but 2000km since my last post and a good trip on the German Autobahn it's still running absolutely fine. After replacing the filter a few times, the oil was changed one last time 500km ago, to Mobil 1 5w50. Checked the oil filter yesterday when doing the IMS chain tensioner, and it was absolutely spotless. Not a single piece of metal or plastic.
Just an update, I've replaced the bearing with a generic sealed dual-row bearing after thoroughly cleaning with magnets, rags and fresh oil. I was as meticulous as can be, replaced the internal swirl pots too. Car has been going strong for 1000km now. Total cost excluding oil and was ~150$.
The original Porsche filter housing can be easily modified into a full-flow non-bypass design with two simple washers (and even be superior to the Spin-on / Napa Gold 1042 combo) We're all familiar with the spin-on adapter, but I wanted to find a cheaper and better way. At 200$ the investment is considerable for a piece of metal, be it a well-engineered one. I think it has an additional pretty big shortcoming in the tiny oil filter that comes with it. The original Porsche filter media is well over twice the size of the Napa Gold 1042 filter due to its length. In terms of flow-capacity, the larger Porsche filter media is vastly superior. I do own the spin-on adapter and ran it with a Napa Gold 1042 for a few hundred kilometers, and upon inspection I found the filter media to have partially crushed under the pressure (some of the pleats were folded on one side). Obviously the strain on the tiny filter is pretty big. I haven't been able to find larger non-bypass spin-on filters, so figured I might as well take the Porsche housing apart and see if I could block the valve easily. I'd much rather use the original size filter for flow-capacity considerations, AND have a non-bypass situation to protect my engine in case of debris. Luckily, it's very easy and very cheap to have both, which I will show with this short guide. Disclaimer: if you already have a spin-on adapter, don't worry because it works fine and nobody reported any major problems with it AFAIK. This guide is aimed at people who haven't gotten the adapter yet and/or don't want to shell out 200$ for one. First let's see this valve. It's located at the bottom of your filter housing, and pulls right off with a long pair of pliers. The device is very simple, a metal valve that slides into the plastic housing, and is held shut with a spring. The valve has two legs crimped around the spring. If the oil pressure > spring resistance, the valve opens (top-right). To avoid this, the spring has to be disabled somehow. I simply added washers to fill the space until the spring was fully compressed and thus the valve was unable to open. Illustrated here by compressing the spring: I ended up using two of these washers, I'll measure the exact dimensions, but they were about 2 mm thick each. The prongs of the valve slide through the center and and hold the spring down tightly. It can be tricky to push down the spring all the way and at the same time get the prongs through properly. Getting the prongs of the valve through the hole of the washer sure is a tight fit. I had to squeeze them together first, then use one of those 'reverse pliers' or whatever they're called to push the prongs outwards. Some bending maybe required, and some fiddling, but it shouldn't be too difficult. For added peace of mind, I cut a screw to size and inserted that in the middle so that the prongs of the valve can never slide off of the washer: Pop the valve back in the bottom of your filter housing, and you're done. IMHO this setup is slightly superior to the spin-on adaptor since it allows the use of the larger filter media with much higher flow capacity. But mostly it's just much cheaper for the DIY minded folks here :)
That's a questionable catch-all conclusion, really only works if your bypass failed which is only the case in a small percentage of cars. The cartridge filter is inherently full-flow in design too. Simply has a potential for the bypass valve to fail, but as long as it's doing its job properly you really cannot conclude that broken IMS always equals grit in pressurized oil passages. Unless IMS damage also always destroys your bypass valve🙄. The spin-on just ensures the bypass failure mode is removed. But really, if you have a faulty bypass valve and you're constantly running unfiltered oil - with or without grit -, the engine shouldn't even make it past 10k km from the increased overall wear, everything will grenade. I have mailed with the LN guy, and they tried to charge me 350 bucks an hour to even mail with the guy, rofl. He answered 0 of my questions, probably because I said I'm not in the US so i'm not a potential customer. I'm not even joking, I wish I were.
In all my posts I'm assuming the use of a full-flow non-bypass filter. I've disassembled the oil case, the oil in the sump doesn't reach the crank by a long shot. There's only a small window to the crank anyway. The splash coming from the sump will be minimal at best. But even then, oil circulates at a pretty serious volume. The volume in the sump will not be there for very long before all that oil has been worked through the filter. In the end, the vast vast majority of all grit will reach the filter. Your story only holds up if the oil in the sump is permanently contaminated and does not get rid of its grit. It will, cause it will be sucked up by the oil pump and pushed through the filter. My issue is this: When an LN Full-flow adaptor needs to be sold, the sales pitch is "this will filter all of the debris protecting your engine, you absolutely need this if you want to be certain your journal bearings receive clean oil at all times!" Then, whenever any amount of grit is in the engine, the sales pitch targets a full rebuild and the tune changes to "yeah this will get anywhere nothing will help, your engine needs to be taken apart completely". It's either-or, not and-and. You can't have the LN adaptor both filter grit and not filter grit depending on the sales pitch that needs to be thrown. Either it works, or it doesn't. There are two options, really. 1) The filter works, protects your engine from grit, saves your bearings. 2) Any amount of grit (so even a few pieces) destroys the bearings, the existence of spin-on adaptor + fullflow filter is moot. So which is it? It obviously can't be both.
Well.. How? I've read that sentence so many times but the 'how' is always missing.
That's very helpful, thanks a bunch 🙂
I know, and I thank you for the willingness to discuss. I wouldn't say I overlooked it as I specifically did mention "without a faulty bypass valve". Assuming a clean, full-flow oil filter, which components are at risk for getting damaged by grit as it's on the way back to the sump? I'm still figuring out the exact oil routes in this block, but I suppose it cannot reach the main- and rod-bearings, right?
I won't be liked for saying it, but to me it just doesn't add up, thinking about it critically from an engineering standpoint. On the one hand, "any and all ferritic debris is bad and requires an engine rebuild because the 'grit' keeps circulating." At the same time, apparently "small ferritic debris that pass through the oil filter are not as much of a problem", as it doesn't disqualify an engine for a retrofit. Sure, the magnet is nice, but apparently it's not that big an issue if you don't have one. Then, if you had an IMS go, apparently the big grit is a 'huge problem', even though the oil filter fully catches these particles before the oil is sent to actual critical pressurized components. Grit won't 'circulate' through the engine as it will only meet the oil filter once. You'll catch it and even if some gets dislodged elsewhere and ends up in the sump, it'll be picked up by the filter before it's circulated. I'm confused about the reasoning, it seems contradictory. So after an IMS failure, cleaning as best as possible with the engine in the car, you'll have some remaining debris of which: - The large particles and grit will be caught by the oil filter before going to critical engine parts. None of these will pass through. - The fine particles that pass through the oil filter were not really that much of a problem anyway apparently, as it doesn't disqualify for a retrofit and is deemed 'normal wear'. I don't see a solid, scientific reason why the engine cannot be fixed instead of rebuilt. Be it with a service interval on the IMSB. I've seen anecdotal evidence of 'people who blew their engine 75 miles after', but what's to say they never cleaned their oil system, didn't bother to replace their filter, or had a faulty bypass valve - this doesn't mean anything at all. I have yet to read a solid reason on how the debris can cause mayhem elsewhere. Even if an IMSB went, with a fully properly working oil filter without bypass, there is no way for these debris to end up in any of the critical pressurized systems as far as I know. Is this wrong? If i'm not, it comes down to how long a new IMSB can survive in the splash-oil that may have a small amount of leftover debris in the sump. Obviously, use one with seals in that case, not an open bearing. Obviously, flush the engine thoroughly with fresh oil after cleaning as best as possible with the oil pan off. Hell, if you'd fit the pressurized IMS solution, you shouldn't have to worry about the sump oil anyway, since it gets fresh fully filtered oil. If I'm wrong, what brainfart am I making here? I fully understand that taking it apart and cleaning everything is the absolute best option. From an engineering standpoint, I simply don't see how it could ever be the ONLY option.
Few additional questions though, cause I've read some of your contributions in other topics, like with stick-on magnets and so on, which indicate that there is always some tiny ferritic particles sloshing around, which can also pass through the oil filter. These are not a problem, then? What size is 'too big' and would they not be caught by the oil filter?
Well, sure sounds to me like I've got a totaled engine sitting in my car then. I have the time and knowledge, but don't have the resources to rebuild or buy a working 996 engine. Engines I've worked on in the past survived a lot worse and were 9/10 times fixable. Seems like I bought myself a glass box, such a shame it didn't present symptoms when I bought it 3 weeks ago. I know when to take the loss and walk away, I'll probably sell 'as-is with broken engine' and have learned an expensive lesson 🙂.
I know of LN Engineering and boy, have I read extensively these past 3 weeks. I suppose you work there and/or with them? They're not an option for me since I don't live in the US. I'm not talking about the LN Engineering Retrofit - I know my engine would never for the life of it qualify for one since it's an open bearing. I have read the selection criteria. I would install a closed bearing, for which there are several options still. So, again, just to be clear; IMS failure of any kind = engine totaled, by your standards? Since, put in the most simplest of terms, you can't use it without taking it completely apart, so the motor is beyond repair? I chose those words carefully. You know as well as I do, an engine rebuild costs upwards of 7000 bucks. Even if components can be re-used. I don't consider that a 'repair', but rather 'building a new engine while re-using the main parts of an old one'.