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Old 03-08-2014, 05:46 PM   #1
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First Oil Filter Analysis - I think good...but one mystery....

OK....57K 2002 Boxster S. I've had the car since July and my first hands-on look at the filter. The oil was changed in June and the car has had about 700 miles put on this filter.

Good news....absolutely zero metal flakes. None. I spent 20 minutes carefully reviewing the old filter.

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I found 8 very small (1.5mm or less in diameter/length...6 of the 8 under 1mm) dark brown, translucent bits that basically look and feel like broken ???glass???.

Any ideas? Just really odd.

As always....thanks in advance for your input.

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Old 03-08-2014, 06:04 PM   #2
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Can you post pics?

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Old 03-08-2014, 06:07 PM   #3
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I used to know this one... I had the same in mine wouldn't mind someone jogging my memory either.
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Old 03-08-2014, 06:12 PM   #4
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Yeah...but I am not sure if these will help.

This is a corner of a paper towel to give reference.
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Looks like its of chain ramp. should be hard plastic. Not uncommon, no panic.
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OK....57K 2002 Boxster S. I've had the car since July and my first hands-on look at the filter. The oil was changed in June and the car has had about 700 miles put on this filter.

Good news....absolutely zero metal flakes. None. I spent 20 minutes carefully reviewing the old filter.

*But*

I found 8 very small (1.5mm or less in diameter/length...6 of the 8 under 1mm) dark brown, translucent bits that basically look and feel like broken ???glass???.

Any ideas? Just really odd.

As always....thanks in advance for your input.
Most likely small bits of the sealant used in these engines, nothing to worry about.
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Old 03-08-2014, 11:31 PM   #7
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Thanks guys. Much appreciated.
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Old 03-09-2014, 04:52 AM   #8
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For the last 13 years, my Boxster constantly "sweated" (wouldn't say leaked) a bit, mostly during the winter season or longer standing periods.
I got used to the stain mark on the garage floor, never really worried about it... until i heard about the IMS/RMS.

2 years ago, after switching to a new PORSCHE dealer, the technician noticed, that the oil level was too high and called my to ask for permission to reduce it.
(still have no clue why there was too much oil in the engine)

From that day on, that constant sweating was gone!
Only "sweats" a bit, when not driven regularly.
IMS/RMS panic? Not me, I keep calm and carry on
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You'll also find camshaft deviations now... Because this material is from the wear pads between the intake and exhaust cams.

Not the end of the world..

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