The Porsche 997 Series, manufactured from 2005 to 2012, is the most popular member of the already world-renowned 911 line, Porsche’s flagship car. Featuring a direct injection system and a PDK—or “Dual Clutch”—transmission, the 997 blew away consumers and critics, and is undoubtedly the best-selling 911 in the model’s illustrious history. Owners of the 997 report several common problems, including:
IMS Bearing and RMS Leak: While Porsche made improvements to the IMS bearing design in later 997 models, it is still recommended to have a trained Porsche technician inspect and address the bearing issue.
Intermediate Shaft (IMS) Bearing Retrofit: Some earlier 997 models may require an IMS bearing retrofit to prevent potential failures. A qualified Porsche repair specialist can install this for you.
Variocam Solenoid Issues: An issue with the Variocam solenoids can lead to an uneven idle and engine misfires.
Water Pump Failure: The water pump in your 997 helps to move water from the radiator through the engine and back. When it fails, your 997 can be seriously damaged by overheating. You may notice a coolant leak, high pitched/whining noises or see steam coming from your hood.
All of these issues and more can easily be addressed and taken care of by your nearby Porsche repair expert. Taking your 997 in to the shop at the first sign of any problems can lead to a much longer life for your car, and it will also keep you and your passengers safe.
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