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Bluey Green

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Been having a look at previous threads on 993 oil leaks to try and assertain whether the price quoted by a specialist of £1200 to sort mine out is as outrageous as it seems - but can't deduce it for sure. From what I can remember, they said leaks are coming from the rocker covers and I think one of the engine seals and they're saying that it'll need the engine out to fix it. Is it possible / likely that this is necessary and, if so, is the quote reasonable?

giw12

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The leak I had was fixed by tightenting up the engine casing. Cost was negligible. I'd get them to start on the cheap fixes before going ahead with a four figure job. I think leaky oil filter is another common root cause.

Can't really comment on their estimate.

Who is the specialist?

MasterBlaster

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I recently had my rocker cover seals replaced, here in Germany they cost 400 Euros all inc.( 270 pounds ) Engine wasn't removed.

Pickled Piper

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Rocker covers - maximum £150 in parts plus a couple of hours labour. Could be cheaper if you just change the gaskets and not the whole cover. However, the covers are prone to warp and just changing the gasket can lead to reoccurring leaks.

Having to take the engine out suggests that this is the rear main seal (yep 993s occasionally leak here too!). In which case the pricing appears to be plausible.

How bad are the leaks? are you getting drips on the floor? It may be adviseable to get the rocker covers done now and leave the RMS until your vehicle requires a new clutch.

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VerySideways

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£1200 to fix oil leaks on a 993? They're having a laugh!
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robmug

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As with the 964, the oil leaks on a 993 can range from cheap and easy to fix, to expensive and difficult - it all depends on what is being done.

You need to start really by cleaning the oil off, then watching to see where it leaks from. If they haven't done this, then they may well be guessing what needs doing.

If they have done this, and they know what needs fixing, then you just need to know the parts/labour breakdown to know whether their quote is expensive or not.

If it is an engine out job, remember that en engine out is not as drastic as it sounds on a 911...you may also want to consider any other jobs that become significantly easler whilst the engine is out (on a 964, this is things like the power steering belt)

clubsport

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I changed lower 993 rocket gaskets in about an hour or so, parts for gaskets and new allen bolts was £20 from OPC...The upper rockers rarely leak so much, but parts cost the same, slightly trickier to get to.If your car is leaking at the heads/barrels it could cost quite a bit to sort out properly,,,I woud sort the rockers and see if you can live with the other leaks, it's the kind of job that you could hold off on and sort if you ever needed other engine work done for example.

r5gttgaz

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Is the correct oil in it?

Fergusond

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I agree with Clubsport, recently did my left lower in less than a hour, £14 for gasket and new allen bolts from OPC with Porsche Club discount.

Bluey Green

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Thanks for this. RMS was never mentioned but I suppose that's a possibility. I'd rather not name the specialist in case they're right and the quote is reasonable. When I say `specialist', they work on specialist cars including porsches as oppose to being porsche afficionados as such. Perhaps better to get a second opinion. There's no oil on the garage floor but isn't there a floorpan that catches it?

VerySideways

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Take it to someone who knows Porsches. Get a second opinion.

wildoliver

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Hang on there is no oil on the floor?

I would certainly get a second opinion preferably from a reputable Porsche specialist, depending on the leak it may just be sweating (a special 964 word we use to disguise the word leak!) in which case depending where the leak is it most likely isn't worth doing unless it gets worse.
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