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phillipj & Dharn55 Thanks for responding. I tried Easy Care, they only go to 80,000. miles. I'll have 2 years warranty on the new engine then I'll just have to wear ear plugs. If something else fails, I had my fun. Besides, it might be time to get my grandpamobile, an RV with a Kia dingy. Thanks, -Zook
Verdict: New motor. The IMS bearing came apart and filled the pan with shredded metal and balls. The weird thing is that it died quietly. The new engine is coming from a distribution center in Los Angeles. Is there a way to know if the reman has the improved IMS setup? I have looked at many blogs re the IMS failures, it appears that 10% of these engines fail within 90km miles, many unhappy comments from victims. My insurance is from CNA National,they have been upfront and professional but I doubt they are interested in extending the warranty (5 months left, whew). Anybody have an insurance co they like? Thanks again, -Zook
phillipj & cloudsurfer, Thanks for your responses. The car is at an indepent repair shop and all signs are that they know their stuff. They told the insurance co it needed a new engine, but an agent has to verify this. It amazes me Porsche would design this shaft with one end supported without a bearing, and the other a sealed bearing awash in oil. I hope not, but if it turns out to be fixable should I install the British made ceramic bearing? Thanks, -Zook
Newbe here. 2003 911 64,000mi I was warned about ISB failures at my 60K service but was told if you change the oil every 5k miles the bearing isn't sitting in dirty oil and the probability of failure is less. Last week I parked in my garage in the desert (103 deg outside), shut it down, went inside for a few moments, came back and all the oil was on the garage floor, leaking from the front. There was no warning noise, engine temp had been normal for the entire drive. I thought it was a plug, or clamp, or even the seal. Turns out one of the three bolts holding the ISB bearing flange was sheered off, one was loose and the other holding the flange alone. Most of the bearing was in parts sitting in the pan. I have no idea how it was still running without making any noise. Now the good news. I have an after market warranty that covers this, and while they are doing it I also needed a clutch, which they will install for parts only. Question for you kind folks. What do I need to know about the new engine. Do they only come from Porsche? Does Porsche offer a rebuilt engine? Are there warning signs when my insurance company goes shopping? Is the new engine warrantied? How do I reset the odometer? (just kidding) Any info is appriciated. -Rick Zook