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996Tomek replied to 996Tomek's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)That is a lot for wheel bearings' replacement. Hopefully this one won't be as bad. Thanks for the reply.
996Tomek replied to 996Tomek's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Thanks a bunch for fast response. From what I know, the car had the engine installed by a 3rd party shop, not an authorized Porsche dealer. The engine did come from Germany as a new engine. What I also found out when I visited the shop that installed the engine and the clutch, is that one of the rear wheels was slightly bent but it did balance. My guess is that the wheel was never fixed and after 10,000 miles the rear bearing just quit from all the vibration. If I do get the car I'd have to drive it from FL to IL, so I need to be certain that my wheels are going to turn! Hopefully it's just a bearing... Tomasz.
996Tomek posted a topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)Greetings All, I think I landed on the best Porsche forum on the web and I feel privliged for being able to post here. The problem: I'm looking into buying a '00 Carrera, which was originally bought in Canada. The car has a new engine and clutch w/ about 10k miles on it. When I went to test drive the car, right away I noticed a VERY LOUD humming noise coming from the back. It is there no matter what speed and it gets louder the faster you go. When I turned the steering wheel sharply to the left, the noise went away. As I straightened out the wheels, the noise came back. The car is being sold for a highly discounted price, very likely b/c of this noise that scares buyers away. My question is: what can most likely be the cause of this issue? Is my gut feeling right, that it's the wheel bearing since the noise goes away when you turn? Also, if it is the bearing; can any mechanic fix this or do I have to take it to Porsche to get it fixed? Unfortunately the car is not local, so I can't park it in my driveway while I'm searching around for ways to fix it. I'd greatly appreciate the advice and a quick response. I'm looking forward to being a proud owner of a 996 Carrera, as well as a valuable member of this forum. Regards, Tomasz.