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Oil Leak- RMS or not?


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Hello,

i went for my first long trip with my '02 Carrera 4, this weekend, and covered about 1.000Km! Had a great drive & a great blast!!! Today, as i was going to work, went to check the car at the parking & noticed a small oil puddle under the car. I have taken a couple of pictures & will try to upload them.

The puddle is between the rear wheels, so i suspect RMS, could someone please verify it & advice me what to do? The car has 34.000Km and is ROW '02, 6-speed, 996 Carrera 4. I bought the car 5 months ago & have just covered my first 3.000km... Is it worth changing it or can it wait for when i might change the clutch or do my full service at 40.000Km?

I would prefer to avoid going to my one and only OPC here in Athens, since i do not trust them, unless there is real need! I guess if i do an RMS change at the dealer then i will have 2 years guaranty on that, right?

Regards!

Nikos.

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Thank you Orient Express for your reply.

So what do you think, should i have it checked and changed ASAP or can it wait just keep it in mind and checked frequently?

Is there any harm if i keep it like this and if it gets any worse get it changed?

Regards,

Nikos.

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Thank you Orient Express for your reply.

So what do you think, should i have it checked and changed ASAP or can it wait just keep it in mind and checked frequently?

Is there any harm if i keep it like this and if it gets any worse get it changed?

Regards,

Nikos.

If it is dripping on the floor, you have a pretty good one, and it is probably the IMS seal O-ring that is the culprit. If you still have warranty then get it done and over with. It won't hurt anything, except make a mess on the garage floor. It won't hurt the clutch, and unless the clutch has been abused it will be good for 200,000 km.

Since this leak is such a well known issue with the 996, perhaps you can get some sort of relief from your dealer to repair the issue.

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