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Old 11-14-2009, 11:15 AM   #1
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2003 s engine failure?

okay, so my neighbor comes home and tells me his boxter has just experienced his second engine failure with a porsche dealer rebuilt engine. 50k miles on the second one. So he asks me if I want it. so, I buy it from him for 3500.00. I figure I can look into a replacement or if things dont work out I can always sell it for parts on ebay.

My question is The dealer says IMS failure but I dont see any oil drainage and the dip stick reads full. I thought it would at least drain out. How do I know if it truely is an IMS failure or something else?

The car clicks but does not turn over. It seems the battery is low so I am charging it now. Let me know your thoughts and thanks
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Old 11-14-2009, 01:02 PM   #2
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Thoughts

How was the dealer so sure the problem was IMS? Can't tell externally...gotta get into the engine.

How did the car get from your friends to the dealer's and to your place?

If it should be IMS or anything seriously wrong internally, you'll do more damage if you try and start it. You'll just be spreading more broken pieces around making any repair more difficult because all those pieces have to be cleaned out or you are wasting any rebuild $. And a pro rebuild almost a necessity with the corresponding expense.

Even if it is IMS pre-failure (meaning noise and its almost failing but hasn't disintegrated yet) there is a possible comparatively low cost cure. I'd go to www.flat6innovetions.com (see the ad at the top of the page here) and talk to Jake.

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Old 11-14-2009, 01:25 PM   #3
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The car was towed to the dealer and then i towed to my house. I was undernieth the car today and no signs of oil leakage or loss. Full oil. I guess I will have to drop the engine and take it apart.
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Old 11-16-2009, 06:59 AM   #4
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$3500 is a deal with no engine in it, if the rest of the car is in good condition. Where in S.J. are you located?
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Old 11-16-2009, 09:13 AM   #5
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While your waiting for the battery to charge....

....You could "change" the oil......that would tell you something....
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:31 AM   #6
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Here's what I would do...

1) drain oil into clean container,
2) visually inspect the oil for coolant (also check the coolant tank for any signs of oil),
3) take a powerful magnet and move it around in the oil (especially around the bottom of the drain pan) and see if it pics up any particles, and
4) cut open the filter element and inspect it for any debris.

If you find nothing at all, put in fresh oil and try to fire it up. If you hear bad sounds... shut it off proceed to a tear down. Odds are it will be cheaper to source a new engine off ebay than it would be to rebuild the current lump, but you never know. The tear down may reveal minimal damage.

I recently saw a low mileage S engine on Ebay for $4500. I was tempted to buy it as insurance...
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Old 11-16-2009, 04:57 PM   #7
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I am in swedesboro,nj

thanks for your replies. I will drain the oil and see what we have.
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Old 11-17-2009, 03:02 AM   #8
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No S*@*, I'm in Pedricktown, less than 10 miles away. I just bought an '06, we'll have to get together some time.
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Old 11-17-2009, 06:15 PM   #9
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sounds good. Let me know if you know of any good porsche mechanics in our area?
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Old 11-20-2009, 04:20 PM   #10
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Yeah, I'll have to find a local Porsche mechanic at some point. Hopefully not too soon! I'll do my own minor maintenance & non-warranty work. What year Boxster do you have?
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:00 PM   #11
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2003 s black on black 6 speed. you?
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:24 PM   #12
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Oh yeah, the title says '03S.
Mine is an '06 base, triple Black 5 spd.
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Old 01-27-2010, 01:58 AM   #13
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I am in swedesboro,nj

thanks for your replies. I will drain the oil and see what we have.
Cool. I hail from Woodstown, where I still have family. (I know a good dentist in the area---my brother!---if you happen to be looking.) I try to have dinner at the Swedes Inn as often as possible when visiting, though it's been awhile since the last time we went there. It is still in business, I trust?

I gather from your current thread that the drained oil didn't look so good?
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Old 01-27-2010, 04:07 AM   #14
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Don't trust the Dealer diagnosis at all.. These days every failure they see is written off as an IMS failure, because thats easy.

How did they diagnose the failure? By pulling the cam covers you can tell a lot about how the crank responds to camshaft drive and then verify cam timing. If the IMS bearing has seen any sort of primary failure the cam timing will be off enough to note or the cams will not move when the crank is rotated.

It could be an IMS chain tensioner paddle failure, which appears like an IMS bearing failure when it really isn't..
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