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M97 IMS Bearing Directive

So you did extensive research on the Porsche IMS bearing failures and felt that you were safe to buy a 2005-2008 MY Porsche with the M97 equipped larger diameter IMS bearing. Yes, you were mostly correct, the larger diameter M97 IMS bearing is a much better choice, but it is not totally immune to failure. The M97 IMS bearing has proven itself to be quite reliable, but with a little care it can be a non-issue altogether. Here is a small list of easy to perform items that can decrease your IMS worrying to almost zero: Change the engine oil and filter every 3k miles or 6 months, even though you are running synthetic lubricants. Utilize a boutique type of synthetic engine lubricant that has elevated levels of ZDDP (Zinc Dialkyldithiophosphate) additives with a minimum of 1250 PPM.* Cut the engine oil filter open and inspect it for any metal (ferrous and nonferrous), plastic (brown or black) and/or rubber (black) debris at every engine oil change. Have an engine oil analysis performe ... read more

How to Tell if You Need a BMW Auto Repair?

How to Tell if You Need a BMW Auto Repair?

  BMW cars are a significant investment. So naturally, no one wants to spend unnecessary money on repairs, but sometimes they are unavoidable.   It is essential to know the common signs for BMW Auto Repair so you can catch the issue before it becomes a bigger problem.   BMWs are complex machines, and if not taken care of properly, they will not run as efficiently or last as long. Here are some tips on how to tell if you need a BMW auto repair: Knocking Noises The sound of knocking coming from under your car hood is not something to ignore. It could be a sign that you have worn engine bearings and need them replaced, which will prevent further damage to the parts involved in powering the drivetrain.   Check Engine Light On Check engine light is a warning sign that something may be wrong with your car. If you see this lit up on the dashboard, many aspects could have gon ... read more

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The Top 6 Benefits of Finding a Porsche Auto Service Near You

The Top 6 Benefits of Finding a Porsche Auto Service Near You

  Porsche car ownership comes with a responsibility. Your luxury car deserves the best quality of service possible. Porsche auto service near you can provide your vehicle with various benefits that will make owning it more enjoyable.   Porsche cars are expensive. To keep your Porsche dependable for more years to come, it is essential to maintain them with regular preventive maintenance service. Here is a list of the top six benefits that come with finding Porsche auto service near you: Maintain Porsche Reliability and Performance Your Porsche is designed to perform at its best for decades to come. Keeping up on maintenance from Porsche auto service near you ensures that your car remains reliable and performs at an optimal level.   We only use Porsche-approved parts and fluids at Callas Rennsport in Torrance, CA.   Saves You Money Porsche auto service near you can detect problems before they become mor ... read more

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Building a Racecar Driver - Chapter 5

Building a Racecar Driver - Chapter 5

So being on an auto race team usually means traveling a lot, unless you are the big rig driver, then it means that’s all you do, because you are either driving the big rig or working at a race. It is so common for people to say how cool or glamourous it must be, being on a race team. It really is not, you see airports and racetracks, that is about it. Hey, I am not saying that it isn’t exciting, most of us are adrenaline junkies, we cannot get enough of this stuff. Back in the 90’s, I worked on separate race teams in Europe and in the US, I traveled back and forth working at races on both continents, not to mention I had a budding new Porsche shop that I had just opened in 1992, so needless to say, I wasn’t resting much, but I loved it. Currently, I am residing in a campground at Sardis Lake just outside of Oxford, MS. I had just spent a couple of weeks prepping the racecar at a close friend’s shop, Doc’s Bimmer shop. Doc opened his doors for us and ... read more

Building a Racecar Driver - Chapter 7

Building a Racecar Driver - Chapter 7

I’m currently on a flight from Portland, Oregon to Austin. Yes, I do take some time off here and there, and sometimes LA just seems too much.  Oregon has beautiful Rivers, Mountains and Trees, I enjoyed a few days there and even got to have lunch and some wine tasting with a good friend Gunner Mench! When I arrive Austin I basically have two weeks to finish prepping our racecar. You might ask, two weeks, anything can be accomplished in two weeks! No, not really, because I am pretty much the only guy that services the racecar and let me tell you, both the techs and I prefer the car to be ready when it arrives the racetrack. Racing is interesting, no matter how much time you have, there is always more items to do than time available, always.  Let me explain; I originally set up a service protocol per test or race weekend that includes the following list, and this includes our list for VIR: Prep #39 for VIR Test and Race Weekend -Set up in RV campground -Prepare servi ... read more