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  1. Upgraded to the latest and greatest LN Single to Dual row bearing, installed the lower temp thermostat as per your advice JFP! Cheers! At some point in the future may well consider the waterless coolant just for good measure - seems to be gaining quite a lot of positive traction (in the uk at least!) Opinions seem to vary quite a lot this side of the pond on various issues!
  2. Hi everyone, I understand the done thing is to post some pics of your car! So here it is! For what it's worth, the help and advice here is superb and I'll be a contributing member just as soon as I've paid to my most recent indy-bill :huh: Hope you all have a lovely weekend!
  3. Domiac, thanks! That's a very interesting read indeed. Judging hushed tones and sideways glances when oil starts getting mentioned.. I'm going to tread carefully! lol.. Two things strike me: 1. Sounds like we should all have oil pre-warmers which we turn on 30 mins before going anywhere ... Especially if it is actually the case that 90% of engine damage is done at start up! I know I'd use one - well, I would if it was remote operated over an IP connection from my iphone :-) 2. This suggests (I think.. and I am prone to getting things wrong) we should be adjusting our oil-type based
  4. Thanks GromitlnWA, I think you're right. It certainly does seem to be a genuine concern here, certainly Hartech have done a LOT of research into the issue and lots of cars SEEM to be coming in with the same symptoms. It is very, very possible though that this is caused by rich London play-boys in the UK (without any understanding of cars at all), jumping in their Porsches in winter and ragging the nuts of them from cold and this is just weakest point of symptoms. Although one other factor could be that there is a LOT of stop-start traffic in the UK... I mean a LOT - could this be a contributin
  5. Excellent explanations of the downsides gents, many thanks! It doesn't get THAT cold here really maybe only a couple of degrees below in winter, so 5W-40 with JFP specs sounds good to me! Thanks, both!
  6. Hi all, Done quite a bit of search here and elsewhere online but can't quite find a simple answer to this specific question and now very confused! Am I right in thinking 0W/40 and 5W/40 will have same operating temperature properties but that the 5W will be more viscous at lower temps (and hence not flow so quickly or lubricate as well when the engine is cold). If this is the case, why would you ever want to use the 5W instead of the 0W? That is, if the 0W lubricates better when cold, (but the same when hot) what is the upside to the 5W bit? I see lots of people are switching from
  7. Cheers Dave and thanks again JFP - Sorry I missed the part num in your first post!. Great info - especially the secret hack! Any concern about oil viscosity changes running at a lower temp or are the differences too marginal to notice? (I suspect so!)
  8. Thanks chaps! Seems like quite a divisive issue amongst even experienced engine folk! JFP, I like the lower temp thermo option - is there a downside?... Is the thermostat change a diy job (for a reasonably engine minded person) and is there a specific part one should look for? Cheers for humouring my newb qu's!
  9. Hi Everyone, Newb alert - apologies if this is all nonsense! Like a little enthusiatic (and paranoid) first-porsche owning bunny (and in order to try and best keep my recently purchase 996 C4S alive as long as possible) I've been trying to do as much research here and elsewhere on the more common engine health issues. It seems (to a newb like me at least) that the second most prevalent issue is one of bore scoring and oval pistons in the larger 3.6 engines (only). This article explains the problem in great, great, detail (albeit in a very, very long format! - 72 Pages!) http://www.
  10. Thanks JFP.. I guess purpose built has got to be better really! Thanks for your patience with the newb q's - I think I'm on about 24 hours of solid google research now... my brain has melted.. hope the engine doesn't! :thankyou:
  11. Thanks Gordon, rapidly coming to the same conclusion! Think my real worry was how soon to act (ie spend!) I suppose it's such a big-deal to Porsche newbies and an incredible irritation to old-hats :-)
  12. Thanks for the great and detailed answer JFP! I can see this issue is a very contentious one. BTW I have no interest in p***ing people off whatsoever, it's more just of academic interest really. I did a philosophy degree, :-) ....
  13. Thanks for the answers guys and sorry to bore everyone else to tears with what must be a done-to-death topic. If anyone is interested, I called around a few specialist Porsche independents this am, finally speaking to two really, really nice and helpful chaps. One called Ollie from rpmtechnik and another called Simon from Cavendish Porsche, both really knew their stuff. Both of them do the IMSB replacement work so could have easily scare-mongered me into panicking. Ollie said he's been working on Porsches for 10 years and could count on one hand the number of IMS bearings actually
  14. Hi Everyone, My name is Andy, based in Swansea, South Wales, UK. Having just bought my first Porsche (an '02 C4S) with 70K on the clock - I have been googling my little socks off looking at all things 996! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this car - never owned anything that goes round corners like it... the downside is, it keeps me lying awake worrying about it - but I think that's the usual new car paranoia, which will settle down! Having found loads and loads of excellent posts written on this forum I decided to sign up, say hi and hopefully pick a few brains! Currently, I am making myself ex
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