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Death of an IMS bearing caught on video
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lordlee

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3,080 posts

141 months

Monday 11th February 2013
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Ever wondered what the sound of an IMS bearing releasing its ball bearings into your engine sounds like? Wonder no more as I luckily (or unluckily if you're me) caught this on video (hat tip to Kelly).

We were busy enjoying the fantastic roads and scenery that North Wales has to offer...



After enjoying the Llanberis Pass and Evo Triangle on the Saturday we headed down towards the Elan Valley - 9 miles or so into our journey this happened...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/70933201@N07/84653053...

The comment at the end seems funny now but was less so on a very windy and remote mountain pass with no phone signal!!

The car is back together and awaiting collection so the story ends well. Anyway I just thought I'd share.

matfinch

88 posts

75 months

Monday 11th February 2013
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Gutted for you mate. On a 997 as well! I thought only the 996 engines had this issue.

Hope it wasn't too pricey to fix

Old Trout

1,583 posts

71 months

Monday 11th February 2013
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Great comment - glad it worked out! smile

nsm3

2,605 posts

92 months

Monday 11th February 2013
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matfinch said:
Gutted for you mate. On a 997 as well! I thought only the 996 engines had this issue.

Hope it wasn't too pricey to fix
Is that not a Boxster?

lordlee

Original Poster:

3,080 posts

141 months

Monday 11th February 2013
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matfinch said:
Gutted for you mate. On a 997 as well! I thought only the 996 engines had this issue.

Hope it wasn't too pricey to fix
I sold the 997 and this is its lesser replacement. I bought this to save money! Its a 2003 Boxster S with FSH and 70k on the clock.

matfinch

88 posts

75 months

Monday 11th February 2013
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Ahhh yes, so it is. Should have spotted it, as I have the same car! Hope you got it fixed mate

hornetrider

53,733 posts

101 months

Monday 11th February 2013
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Oof that's sickening. Glad to hear its sorted.

RivieraBlue

119 posts

30 months

Monday 11th February 2013
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Bloody hell

marky911

3,395 posts

115 months

Monday 11th February 2013
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Ouch!
I didn't realise it was that spectacular when it went. At least it's all well again.

Did you use Hartech or did you have some sort of warranty?

Don

26,739 posts

180 months

Monday 11th February 2013
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lordlee said:
matfinch said:
Gutted for you mate. On a 997 as well! I thought only the 996 engines had this issue.

Hope it wasn't too pricey to fix
I sold the 997 and this is its lesser replacement. I bought this to save money! Its a 2003 Boxster S with FSH and 70k on the clock.
Ouch. Mine's a MY03 October 2002 Boxster S. FSH. 34K on the clock.


Fingers crossed I don't get the same trouble...

Glad to hear yours is sorted. Did you have a warranty or did you just have to eat the costs?

ClarkPB

805 posts

96 months

Monday 11th February 2013
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That was a horrible sound - glad it's sorted now though!

lordlee

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3,080 posts

141 months

Monday 11th February 2013
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Don said:
Ouch. Mine's a MY03 October 2002 Boxster S. FSH. 34K on the clock.


Fingers crossed I don't get the same trouble...

Glad to hear yours is sorted. Did you have a warranty or did you just have to eat the costs?
No warranty so its on me but there are positives to be taken from every bad experience. I now have a low temp thermostat and a rebuilt engine, new clutch which was 80% worn so the car should now provide many enjoyable miles. The constant back of my mind worry when reading posts like this should hopefully be a thing of the past!

Angelus

2,195 posts

60 months

Monday 11th February 2013
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My stomach turned at the noise, I'm so glad you posted it now it's back together and not before. I hope you have many happy miles ahead. smile

sulli

583 posts

115 months

Monday 11th February 2013
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st! I take it no warning, no tell tale signs?

lordlee

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3,080 posts

141 months

Monday 11th February 2013
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sulli said:
st! I take it no warning, no tell tale signs?
Nope, it was running like a Swiss watch before the bang.

HASM

10 posts

41 months

Monday 11th February 2013
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I'm really impressed that you didn't have an instant attack of Tourettes...

Great to hear you're getting it back on the road and can take the positives out of the experience

Ikebaddog

318 posts

31 months

Tuesday 12th February 2013
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Bloody hell, instant death!!!, i thought you would get some warning first?

Paddy_N_Murphy

16,869 posts

80 months

Tuesday 12th February 2013
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Ouchy Mcfky

I don't like how that just crept up !

Porkupine

1,611 posts

61 months

Tuesday 12th February 2013
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Is that my engine!?

Thanks for posting up. Shocking that it went like that. Enjoy the car - at least you know its sorted and shouldn't happen again!

paulmoonraker

2,810 posts

59 months

Tuesday 12th February 2013
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Sorry to hear about this...

However, seeing that on video and how it occurred with no warning what so ever, acts as a stark reminder of the severity and frequency of these issues.

Shame on Porsche.