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Everything posted by JFP in PA

  1. There is only one permanent IMS Solution (never needs to be replaced), which is to replace the ball bearing assembly with LN Engineering's IMS Solution, an oil fed solid bearing that will out live your engine, Their ceramic hybrid bearings are now rated for 75K miles.
  2. Actually, that data comes directly from Porsche as part of the class action lawsuit on the subject a couple of years back, and failures have continued since the court closed the book on the subject with the settlement. Amongst the shops involved in retrofits, those numbers are widely accepted as representative of the failure rates, even though they do not include the post settlement failures. There are reasons why after trying three different bearing designs, Porsche spent the money and engineered the IMS out of the 9A1 engine starting in 2009.
  3. Sorry, but that is complete nonsense. We have seen IMS failures with less than 10K miles, and more than 100K miles. Basically, if you have a single row engine, you are at a 10-12% risk of losing the engine; if you have a dual row engine, the risk level is lower, perhaps 2-3%. The risk is there, is real, and the decision of replacing the bearing is typically based on how risk tolerant you are. We have seen people trade in or sell otherwise fine cars because they were concerned; and we even had one customer that lost an engine in one car, got a factory reman and then traded the car in on a later model (still with the single row IMS), only to have that engine fail after about 6 months. He no longer drives Porsches. Don't over react to the issue, but don't sweep it under the rug and say you are past some imaginary mileage and it can't happen to you; you are only deluding yourself. I can assure you that with the factory bearing, it can still happen...
  4. Several, with mixed results. Because of the heat and exposure to both liquid and oil vapors, plus vacuum and pressure swings, many crap out fairly quickly. There are reasons why the factory did not use a hose......
  5. I would suggest two options: Go to board sponsor Sumset Porsche’s online parts system which has full parts diagrams, or give them a call with your VIN and they will whip up a full list of all the parts involved.
  6. The nozzles often get plugged up, we use welding tip cleaning wire to poke them open again. 5 min. job.
  7. No, it does not drain the converter, where the lion's share of the fluid is.
  8. As mentioned multiple times previously, Techron does not cause any problems. For years, it was the only fuel additive Porsche recommended for keeping the fuel system clean and up to snuff. It is also the only fuel system cleaner that is commonly used as an additive in first line gasoline. Techron will remove carbon, and can result in finding a lot of carbon in the oil when used on cars that have not been properly maintained for years, which is why many people use it just before chainging oil. If the system is in good shape, that is not normally necessary. And Techron has no adverse effect on the cats, never has, never will.
  9. Take a close look at the tires to see if one looks more worn that another, sometimes small differences it diameter trigger these reactions.
  10. Traction control operates on the basis of different tire rotational speeds, hence my question about air pressure levels, which can trigger the system, as can differences it tire diameters caused by wear or mismatch tires. My suggestion would be to put a Porsche specific scan tool in the car and take it for a ride, watching what the system is doing when the problem occurs. You can also set the diagnostic tool to capture real time data to look at later.
  11. I don’t think it is traction control, more likely stability management (read yaw control). Start by checking your tire pressures to see if one or more is unusallly low.
  12. That oil should not have "gunked up", but is also not a high ZDDP oil.
  13. The condition of the oil could be the result of the oil itself, who's oil did you have in it? 10W-60 is way too heavy for the water cooled engines, you should be using a quality full synthetic 5W-40 with high ZDDP levels.
  14. Actually, Garmin (and other after market GPS systems) have excellent update programs, and the POI Factory has proven hard to beat when it comes to extremely accurate red light and speed camera locations that are updated weekly. We have several customers that run Garmin in dash systems and use the POI Factory, and are very pleased with both systems.
  15. For decades, Porsche has recommended running a dose of Techron in their cars for this exact purpose. We have used it in the shop literally since we opened, it does not harm cats.
  16. As Mike noted, you are not the first one to get into this predicament, and you won't be the last. Unfortunately, "fecal matter occurs" when nature sides with the hidden flaw.....
  17. For years, shops like mine have tried to find an alternative method of seeing the IMS bearing cover on 2000-2001 and 2005 engines without having to take the thing apart. We even brought in and evaluated "micro" scientific fiber optic camera probes that were on a few millimeters in diameter and cost more than $55K, none of them managed to get down far enough to see it without getting stuck. We never found a way to see the cover without taking the car apart. I'm afraid you are on a "fool's errand" here. Bite the bullet and pull it apart.
  18. Be careful, there is extremely limited room for something like a bore scope, even a very small one, and it is very easy to get the probe stuck.
  19. Why not just replace the switch instead of trying to reinvent the wheel? Everything you are attempting equates to a temporary Band-Aid that will eventually fail again. Do it right, do it once.....
  20. Get the battery load tested, that is the "acid" test of its condition. Takes about 5 min.
  21. You will be the first to know if it is. As Mike noted, once it comes off the ledge, it will make quite a racket, and could end up wiping out the CPS if it gets caught up in the shutters on the flywheel.
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