IMS Bearing Repair: Ensure the Best Performance for Your Porsche at A&M Auto Serviceby Dutch Silverstein June 28, 2023
For many Porsche enthusiasts, the joy of owning one of these iconic vehicles is unparalleled. Porsches are revered for their superior performance, aesthetic appeal, and technological advancements. However, if you own a Porsche model manufactured between 1997 and 2008, specifically the Boxster, Cayman, or 911 with the M96 or M97 engine, you may be aware of a common issue that can arise—the IMS bearing.
The Porsche IMS Bearing Issue
The IMS (Intermediate Shaft) bearing plays a crucial role in the engine of your Porsche. Its primary function is to drive the camshafts indirectly off the crankshaft, reducing the speed of the chains and enhancing chain life. This design has been a mainstay of Porsche’s horizontally-opposed flat six engines since their development in 1965, and it has been retained in water-cooled Turbo, GT2, and GT3 models.
However, certain models have reported IMS bearing failures, primarily due to the sealed ball bearing design chosen by Porsche. Notably, this issue was the subject of the Eisen Class Action lawsuit settled by Porsche, which affected Boxster 986 and 911 (996 and early 997) models with the single-row IMS bearing.
The consequences of an IMS bearing failure can be severe, leading to catastrophic engine damage and costly repairs. If you own a Porsche from the affected model years, it is crucial to understand the signs of a failing IMS bearing and take proactive steps to address the issue.
Common Symptoms of IMS Bearing Failure
One of the primary indicators of a failing IMS bearing is unusual engine noise, particularly a metallic grinding or rattling sound. This noise may become more pronounced during engine startup or when the engine is under load. In some cases, you may also experience engine misfires or a noticeable decrease in performance. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is essential to have your Porsche inspected by a qualified mechanic.
Addressing the IMS Bearing Issue
Don’t worry; this doesn’t mean your Porsche is doomed to fail. There are many effective solutions available, and the best way to ensure your car’s longevity is by addressing this issue with a qualified mechanic. This is where A&M Auto Service comes into play.
Located in Pineville, NC, A&M Auto Service is renowned for delivering high-quality services for European cars, including Porsche. With a team of ASE-certified mechanics, A&M Auto Service combines decades of experience and expertise in maintaining and repairing Porsches, guaranteeing the best of both worlds—premium quality service at an affordable cost.
Our team is equipped to handle IMS bearing repairs and replacements, using state-of-the-art tools and technology. We offer the IMS Retrofit and IMS Solution—worldwide trusted IMS bearing replacement options pioneered by LN Engineering—providing a permanent fix to prevent IMS bearing failures. These solutions are designed to eliminate the inherent design flaw and offer superior reliability, giving you peace of mind and preserving the performance of your Porsche.
Why Choose A&M Auto Service?
A&M Auto Service isn’t just a repair shop; it’s a family-owned business that believes in creating a friendly, clean environment for all its customers. We understand the passion and pride that Porsche owners have for their vehicles, and we share that same dedication to excellence.
All our services come with a nationwide 3-year/36,000-mile limited warranty at no additional cost, giving you the peace of mind you deserve when it comes to your Porsche. Our team is committed to providing honest, transparent, and affordable solutions. We will thoroughly inspect your vehicle, diagnose the IMS bearing condition, and recommend the most appropriate course of action. Whether it’s an IMS bearing repair, replacement, or preventive maintenance, you can trust us to deliver exceptional service.
Conveniently located in Pineville, A&M Auto Service proudly serves Porsche owners in Pineville, Charlotte, and Greensboro, NC. We welcome drivers from these areas and beyond to experience our commitment to excellence in European car services. Whether you’re facing issues with your Porsche’s IMS bearing or require any other maintenance or repair, our ASE-certified mechanics are here to help. We prioritize customer satisfaction and provide personalized attention to ensure the best possible service for your Porsche. Contact us or visit our shop today and let us take care of your automotive needs.