Jump to content

Welcome to RennTech.org Community, Guest

There are many great features available to you once you register at RennTech.org
You are free to view posts here, but you must log in to reply to existing posts, or to start your own new topic. Like most online communities, there are costs involved to maintain a site like this - so we encourage our members to donate. All donations go to the costs operating and maintaining this site. We prefer that guests take part in our community and we offer a lot in return to those willing to join our corner of the Porsche world. This site is 99 percent member supported (less than 1 percent comes from advertising) - so please consider an annual donation to keep this site running.

Here are some of the features available - once you register at RennTech.org

  • View Classified Ads
  • DIY Tutorials
  • Porsche TSB Listings (limited)
  • VIN Decoder
  • Special Offers
  • OBD II P-Codes
  • Paint Codes
  • Registry
  • Videos System
  • View Reviews
  • and get rid of this welcome message

It takes just a few minutes to register, and it's FREE

Contributing Members also get these additional benefits:
(you become a Contributing Member by donating money to the operation of this site)

  • No ads - advertisements are removed
  • Access the Contributors Only Forum
  • Contributing Members Only Downloads
  • Send attachments with PMs
  • All image/file storage limits are substantially increased for all Contributing Members
  • Option Codes Lookup
  • VIN Option Lookups (limited)

Recommended Posts

My '97 996 was in for a 48k service and Pre Warranty Inspection and I got a long list of defects from them. Most seem relatively trivial (wipers, exhaust bracket, sunvisor, discs, tyre wear, oil cap) but there are a number that look serious. Among these are:

#4-6 variocam oil leak

cam cover leak

#1-3 bank chain tensioner washer oil leak

DME fault #1-3 variocam

Anyone care to elaborate on what these faults might involve? I assume a "variocam oil leak" requires a new variocam and a "DME fault" requires a new DME unit? I know a variocam is around £1100; what is the cost of a DME unit, and how difficult to fit?

Are any of these a 'don't drive your car' fault?

Out of curiosity, are these common faults?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Usually when the Variocam solenoid is leaking you just replace the seal which bolts around it, but if I remember the early cars had a different style of solenoid which the oil pressure would force oil out through the electrical connector. On these earlier style solenoids its necessary to place them but unless the oil is leaking from the connector, it just needs a new seal. The cam cover leak, you're pretty much just looking at a few hours of labor to remove the cam cover, clean it and reseal it. I cant tell much about your DME fault. Usually when the Variocam solenoid fails the car will run extremely rough and have misfire faults in the DME. I can almost gaurantee you wont need a new DME though, thats pretty rare.

Edited by PTEC
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.