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    Oil Separator Failure

    I wanted to  post my recent maintenance issue on my 2006 Boxster S with about 38,000 miles on the clock.  I was cruising down the highway and all of a sudden noticed huge billows of white smoke coming from my exhaust and squealing noises coming from the engine compartment; there was also a smell like something was burning.  I used Porsche Roadside Assistance and got the car over to the dealership.  The tech pinpointed the problem and said the oil separator had seized and oil was being vaporized and sent out through the exhaust.  Since I pulled over so quickly, I only lost about 2.5 quarts out of the 10 quarts the tank holds, so the engine was completely unharmed. 

    I was glad that this turned out to be a minor problem, because I thought there was a major problem with the engine. 


    Re: Oil Separator Failure

    Has anyone else experienced this issue? I have a 2.7 but the warrenty is up in March and obviously expensive repairs are a concern.
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    Porsche Crazed - Boxster 987 Speed Yellow/Black

    Re: Oil Separator Failure

    There are posts found on the internet regarding issues with M96 based engines, which do include 2006MY and later 987's and 997's.   Porsche is adamant that the IMS (Intermediate Shaft) and RMS (Rear Main Seal) issues were resolved on the latest fix in 2006.   Others believe that the lack of failures is partly due to the fact that the engines are too new to adequately gauge as to what will happen in the future.   A poster by the name of Jake Ruby on the Porsche Pete's Boxster Board believes that he has an even better fix than Porsche and was featured in a recent article of the Excellence Magazine.    There are many examples of owners with over 100,000 miles on their cars without incident.   In short,  engine failure is  rare, but is very costly should it happen to you out of warranty,  so it would be advisable to look into an extended warranty that covers these issues, including your oil separator issue (that I am not familiar with), until there is more known about the latest fix on the 2006+MY 987's and 997's.  

    vincesf 

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    Re: Oil Separator Failure

    AOS failure is a routine wear n tear item - can fail at anything from 4-8 years old, although at 2 years old yours seems very premature.

    IMS fixed after 2006 - bah - one failure last month in the UK on a 07 car.


     
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