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Automotive Shock Absorbers

Automotive Shock Absorbers

Shocks are designed not just to dampen out the road bumps and irregularities. Most think the weight of the car is keeping the wheels (tires) on the ground when the automobile is in motion but in all actuality it is the shocks and suspension. Often you might be driving down the freeway and notice that the car next to you has one of the wheels bouncing excessively, this is usually caused by a faulty or worn out shock absorber(s). Every split second the tire isn’t firmly planted on the ground, the vehicle is not is complete contact with the road. There are accidents every day that are caused by worn out or faulty shock absorbers. After an accident, the reason for the loss of control is never determined or most don’t worry about this, they just take the blame onto themselves for their lack of car handling skills when all along the suspension was far from adequate. There are a few ways to determine the condition of the shocks. First you can drive the car paying s ... read more

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Suspension

IMS Guardian Part #1

IMS Guardian Part #1

One of the more common issues with the M96 engine has been and remains the degradation of the Intermediate Shaft Bearing (IMS). If the IMS begins to wear severely and continues to do so undetected, the IMS will eventually fail. A failure of this vital engine component can set in motion a myriad of collateral damage to other internal components. The resulting unfettered spread of metal debris will result in a catastrophic failure of the engine. The frustrating part of the IMS issue is in not knowing if the problem is present in your 986 Boxster or 996 Carrera or one you are considering for purchase. The IMS and almost all of the other potential failure scenarios associated with the M96 engine have one easily overlooked symptom that precedes a deadly failure. This symptom is where high amounts of ferrous (iron) metal particles are present in the engine oil. If the deteriorating part, that is shedding metal debris into the oil, can be found and replaced in a timely m ... read more

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959 Clutch Replacement Blog

959 Clutch Replacement Blog

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Transmission

Porsche PCM Issues

Porsche Communication Management IssuesBy Tony Callas and Tom Prine The Porsche Communications Management (PCM) system encompasses all areas of your Porsche’s electronics operations that do not relate to the mechanical operation of the car. PCM would include the electronics for the audio, video, navigation and displays used in your car. For the purposes of this discussion we will focus on the 987-1 and the 997-1 which covers models years 2005 through 2008. Some owners have experienced problems with PCM equipment and they are surprised when we query about any possible changes to the car made prior to the onset of problems. Is your vehicle completely stock meaning there is no aftermarket electrical equipment, such as an IPOD interface, Satellite radio, Bluetooth component, etc… Almost any aftermarket component can cause issues with the MOST (Media Oriented Systems Transport) Fiber Optic Network architecture. The components or equipmen ... read more

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997

The Porsche M96 Engine and Cracked Cylinder Heads

The cylinder head(s) on any water cooled engine has the potential to crack, and Porsche’s M96 engine in the 986’s & 996’s is no exception. The most common reason for this to happen is when an engine significantly overheats, usually due to the loss of coolant. Overheating can be caused by something as simple as a faulty coolant hose, a cracked or broken radiator or coolant reservoir, or a water pump failure. If the driver is not periodically checking the instrument cluster, they might miss a warning light or a dramatic change in the reading on the temperature gauge (if your vehicle has a temperature gauge). When the coolant flow is lost, it doesn’t take much time for the engine to get really hot. When the engine overheats a great deal, the aluminum head material can actually distort in shape due to the combination of the extreme heat and pressure (or torque) being applied to the head by the fasteners that hold it in place. If the head material distorts, even a s ... read more

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986