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Fault Codes: P1539,1324, 1316 thru 1319

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Hello Everyone.  I have a 1999 Porsche Boxster base, runs like brand new. 


- The other day, my new indie mechanic performed a major service including all spark plugs; also inspected fault code P0455 (evap leak) and replaced the Fuel Sending Unit as the cause.  He gave my some recommended repairs. 

- 12 days later, my car passed its Smog Test, thus so far so good. 

- Next day, I needed an unexpected Fuel Pump replacement (whining sound coming from the front, which others have reported on this forum in the past); throttle was also cleaned out. 

- One week later, he performed a few of the recommended repairs:  Bank 1 Cam Cover leaking (onto floor) with a visual check of the Guide Rails (discolored but looked ok); right rear inner and outer CV Boot torn; and Coolant bleeder valve leaking.Note that Bank 2 Cam Cover is also leaking, but no onto floor, so we decided to hold-off replacing seals and gaskets.  Everything seems fine driving home. 


The next morning, mechanic calls me and asks me to bring my car to him, so he can "triple-check" things (first time a mechanic has asked me to do this).  As I am driving to him, my CEL comes on.  Once at the mechanic, he gets Fault Codes P1539,1324, 1316 thru 1319. I am supposed to return to this mechanic in a few days for inspection of this issue.


Does anyone have an idea why I suddenly got all of these codes?  I am thinking it cannot be a coincidence.  I am thinking these fault codes were somehow caused by the mechanic's recent work on my car.  (I read a reply from Loren on 4-9-2010, where he mentioned replacing spark plugs incorrectly could be a cause for faults P1316 thru P1319.)


Thank you for any thoughts.

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P1539 Camshaft Adjustment, Bank 2

P1324 Timing Chain out of Position, Bank 2 - Above Upper Limit/Below Lower Limit


P1313 Misfire, Cylinder 1, Emission Relevant
P1314 Misfire, Cylinder 2, Emission Relevant
P1315 Misfire, Cylinder 3, Emission Relevant
P1316 Misfire, Cylinder 4, Emission Relevant

P1317 Misfire, Cylinder 5, Emission Relevant
P1318 Misfire, Cylinder 6, Emission Relevant
P1319 Misfire, Emission Relevant


You should stop driving (or even starting the car) and get it to a Porsche specialty shop.

Your timing chain has jumped and it could cause major damage just by running the engine.



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Loren, thank you very much.  I just found out a few minutes ago that my long-time Porsche mechanic, who is moving out of CA, is actually still here and has renewed his license for a few more months.  I will have my car towed to him early next week.  He is a good guy, and I trust him.  I'll report back.  Thank you again!

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