If you are the proud owner of a Porsche Boxster or Cayman or have bought your 911 sometime between 1997 and 2008, sadly, your prized possession is vulnerable to IMS Bearing failure. The only exceptions to this reality are the GT2, the GT3 and the Turbo models.
Unfortunately, there is no way to predict the failures from the point of view of mileage. While some unfortunate owners have had to compete with the breakdown at less than 20,000 miles, others experienced similar circumstances after their car had travelled in excess of 130,000 miles.
If you own a Porsche model that is vulnerable to a potential breakdown, watch out for the following revealing signs that show that it is time for an IMS bearing replacement.
The regular oil and filter check
A simple way to detect any early signs of breakdown is during the timely oil and filter check. If you notice any metallic debris in the used oil or oil filter, it has come from the bearing. If there are any black plastic fragments, the IMS bearing seal is the source. Both of these are warning signs that you should take your car to a specialist for a complete inspection and if required, repair.
Don’t wait for 2 years to change the oil
You should not wait for 2 years before changing the oil. Regular oil changes will ensure that you detect the early signs of an IMS bearing breakdown.
The IMS flange seal oil leak
Please note – any oil leak from the engine rear is not necessarily a symptom of IMS bearing breakdown. Most oil leaks stem from the RMS. unless these leaks are leaving behind residue, the repair work can wait. If the leak is emerging from the IMS flange seal, it is time to replace the IMS bearing. To find out if you require urgent repair work, get your car checked by a Porsche specialist.
If you live in the Midlands and are looking for quality IMS bearing replacement work, PMR Motor Services offer excellent repair work that includes fitting of Porsche tyres and cylinder repair work.