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Old 05-31-2011, 07:10 PM   #1
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New to Boxsters and need some info

Guys, I just bought my first Porsche, a 1999 Boxster, with only 52K miles on it.

Today temperatures in NoVA were well over 100, feeling like 108. While the car was performing normal, the temperature gauge reached 200. The cooling fans were running most of the day, so I figured its all normal, right?

The concern I have now is that once I got home, and backed the car up my driveway, the car was making a rattle-ling noise coming from the back. It sounded like old valves with low or no oil. The noise was only noticeable while releasing the clutch and at low RPMs, very small rattle at idle, but not at high RPMs.

Am I making too much of it? should I be concern about today's hot temperatures? I am due for an oil change, and I am worry that the car might have over-heated and caused that rattle noise now on the back.

Any suggestions?

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First thought is IMS bearing... Are you leaking any oil? How is the oil level?

It could be a number of things. Others on this forum will chime-in but I recommend having a pro look at it ASAP. If you have a significant oil leak DONT DRIVE IT! In fact don't start it, have it trailered to your Porsche mechanic.
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:42 AM   #3
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Jager,

Thanks for the reply. I have not noticed any oil leaks. The car is in the garage, and no oil on the floor. I guess it could be possible that it was leaking while driving, but I should see some oil on my garage floor, right?

I will make arrangements to take it in this weekend and see. Thanks again.
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I live in Florida where temperatures are higher than VA. Mine in traffic will hit about 190...I have a TIP, so my Boxster has the center radiator. It is recommended here in Florida to run 20/40 oil with upper mileage. Your rattle could be something with a cat.
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Jager,

Thanks for the reply. I have not noticed any oil leaks. The car is in the garage, and no oil on the floor. I guess it could be possible that it was leaking while driving, but I should see some oil on my garage floor, right?

I will make arrangements to take it in this weekend and see. Thanks again.
If there is no oil on the garage floor you're probably not leaking oil. Let us know what your mechanic finds. Did you check your oil level?
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Old 06-01-2011, 06:40 PM   #6
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I did checked the engine oil and it always comes back at around half of the measuring stick area... when I'm about to start the car, the console shows me about 3/4 oil levels. Am I reading / doing it right?

I'm taking the car to the shop on Friday for an oil change, check the coolant levels, and for a quick test drive to see if they find the rattle noise.
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Yep, you are checking the oil correctly. Do you have the same noise while the motor is cold, just after start-up?
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Guys, I just bought my first Porsche, a 1999 Boxster, with only 52K miles on it.

Today temperatures in NoVA were well over 100, feeling like 108. While the car was performing normal, the temperature gauge reached 200. The cooling fans were running most of the day, so I figured its all normal, right?

The concern I have now is that once I got home, and backed the car up my driveway, the car was making a rattle-ling noise coming from the back. It sounded like old valves with low or no oil. The noise was only noticeable while releasing the clutch and at low RPMs, very small rattle at idle, but not at high RPMs.

Am I making too much of it? should I be concern about today's hot temperatures? I am due for an oil change, and I am worry that the car might have over-heated and caused that rattle noise now on the back.

Any suggestions?
Does the car have a single mass flywheel?

If you have been around one that does you will find that they clack in neutral but it stops if you push in the clutch or rev the motor.

The reason this clack sound occurs is due to the un-eveness of torque as the motor rotates through its compression cycles. There are moments of instantaneous acceleration as the individual pistons fire followed by reduced force within each rotation of the crankshaft.

With a light weight single mass flywheel, there is no additional weight to smooth out the toque as the flywheel goes around (hence the dampened dual mass flywheel).

The clack is caused by the gears tapping against each other due to the undampened rotation of the flywheel.

I suspect that in your case, due to the hot weather, your gearbox oil got hot and thin and you noticed the same phonomenon as a single mass flywheel.

If you have not changed your gearbox oil, you might consider it but otherwise the sound should go away when the weather cools off.

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