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Broke timing chain/valves


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Hi, Back in January, my 2002 Boxster suddenly slowed from 70+mph to a stop. Trying to get it running it brought popping sounds plus a flashing 'check engine'. I limped to a service area and filled up. Trying again to re-start resulted in fire shooting from under the engine. At the shop to where I had it flatbedded, the technician told me to put in an insurance claim for fire damage and the insurance agreed to replace all burnt parts. Now, over 3 months later, the fire damaged parts have been replaced. But on starting the car, the tech found that one bank of cylinders is not running. The right bank chain is broken, which he says was the original problem that obviously caused a backfire and resulted in that larger fire. Now, above and beyond the insurance-covered fire problems, it's either an additional $4000 valve job or an $8000 or so replacement engine with a 2 yr warranty. Advice, please? Thank you

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You may find more info on the 986 part of the forum (porsche boxster to year 2005). This area is for the 987 model boxster 2005 onwards , so the mileages and problems expereince is a lot less, plus the engines are slightly different. The issue you refer to is not an isolated case apparently on the 996/986 the cam sproket locating tag/ lug has sheared off in other cars causing the same issue. I would take this up with Porsche directly , but be prepared to fight a little and have all the service documentation to hand.

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