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    OT-worst day ever-I need a Porsche!!!

    As a student I don't have very much money and I can't even come close to being able to afford a porsche. Although after I graduate I hope that'll change.

    But I had the worst day ever yesterday. My commute to school is 60km each way. It was 2:30 friday afternoon and I had just got out of school and was looking forward to going away for the weekend. 5km down the road I just get on the highway and punch it to get up to speed. All the sudden BAM my engine's running horribly. I pull over check it out-Spark plug blew out of the head!!! I call my dad to see if he can bail me out with a ratchet and socket. he's in seattle 4hrs away, no go there. Highway maintainance (guys who patrol the highway to get broken down cars and accidents out of the way as soon as possible) pulls in behind me. No socket there either. Ended up having to get it towed. luckily the tow was free due to our coverage but he could only take it 5km. he drops it off at a shop and they check it out-no threads left on the head!!! they said it would cost $2000 to fix. Probably not a lot for you Porsche owners but for me thats a semester of school and something I just wasn't planning on. I figured as long as I could get it home i could do it myself. luckily i didn't have to tow it, my friends dad owns a car trailer which my dad was able to pick up and bring out once he got home. my friends dad even let my dad borrow his brand new fully loaded F-350 diesel truck (amazing truck). Anyways 6-7 hours after I've broken down I finally get home and how I get to look forward to doing half and engine rebuild instead of going away this weekend.

    69bossnine- you mentioned u own 150 cars: think you could spare one?


    Only good thing that happened yesterday was that I was able to make a porsche CNC design in one of my classes. I adapted it from the rennlist logo.

    Re: OT-worst day ever-I need a Porsche!!!

    Days like you are having will only make your new Porsche in years to come that much sweeter .

    Re: OT-worst day ever-I need a Porsche!!!

    Good luck schmuy!

    I've been having car trouble lately too- but the dream is still alive!

    Cool design!

    Re: OT-worst day ever-I need a Porsche!!!

    everybody has a bad day some day

    Re: OT-worst day ever-I need a Porsche!!!

    Sorry to hear about your difficulties, I bet most of us have had such days at one point or another. You will get through it.

    Did the garage give any explanation as to why the spark plug left the head? It sounds like you had preignition while accelerating and the spark plug was the path of least resistance. Forces of that magnitude probably could bend or misalign internal engine parts, is that why you are rebuilding the entire engine?

    mcdelaug

    Re: OT-worst day ever-I need a Porsche!!!

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    mcdelaug said:
    Did the garage give any explanation as to why the spark plug left the head?




    I had noticed a clicking sound which i thought was the valvetrain. Turns out that this plug was probably a bit under-torqued and slowly backed itself out due to compression creating an exaust leak (the clicking I heard). It simply got to a point where the compression overpowered the weakened threads (due to heat of exaust flowing over them) and the plug took the threads with it as it left. The head is aluminum which doesn't help either.

    In terms of repair, I towed it to a shop where they are going to attempt a helicoil repair (basically rethreading). Originally I wasn't going to rebuild the entire engine (as i need it on the road as soon as possible) my plan was to take it down to the heads and replace the head.
    Now I wait upon the outcome of the helicoil work.

    Thanks for all your encouragements

    Re: OT-worst day ever-I need a Porsche!!!

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    schmuy said:
    In terms of repair, I towed it to a shop where they are going to attempt a helicoil repair (basically rethreading). Originally I wasn't going to rebuild the entire engine (as i need it on the road as soon as possible) my plan was to take it down to the heads and replace the head.
    Now I wait upon the outcome of the helicoil work.




    Ah, nostalgia!

    In my still impoverished post-student days I used to do as much of my maintenance as I could myself, despite lack of a garage and minimal toolkit. I stripped a sparkplug thread on my BMW 1602.
    I had it helicoiled by the dealer at a fraction of the cost of a new head, and had no problems with the repair.

    Re: OT-worst day ever-I need a Porsche!!!

    Sorry to hear about your day. We've all had those, just hang in there. Thanks for sharing and for the image.

    Cheers
    Ray

    Re: OT-worst day ever-I need a Porsche!!!

    Hey let's be positive!! The [censored] days are here to make us enjoy the nice ones, plus :you have always something interesting to learn from a bad experience, and that makes us so stronger.

    Re: OT-worst day ever-I need a Porsche!!!

    Good news- repairs went ok and i'm back on the road!

     
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