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Old 03-19-2017, 12:26 AM   #31
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Thanks Macster, for a detailed synopsis. Much appreciated.

BTW, regarding the T6 reformulation. The latest spec sheet I have from the Shell website shows that it still has the Porsche API: SJ or SH specification?

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Old 03-19-2017, 08:58 AM   #32
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I uploaded engine noise video to YouTube. My first time. Hope it works.

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Old 03-19-2017, 09:01 AM   #33
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Old 03-19-2017, 05:18 PM   #34
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Sounds unusually smooth to me
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Old 03-19-2017, 11:20 PM   #35
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I would love to ask this owner, on the noise.

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The article also mentions the fuel pump, water pump, a cooling fan, the battery (twice), xenon headlamps, the alternator, and the wing deployer mechanism as being replaced under the original owner's tenure. Frequent 800-mile weekend trips from Decorah, Iowa to places like Denver, Minneapolis, and Chicago are the culprit behind the impressive mileage.

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Thanks Nzo, I feel better. I think this car will outlive me.

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Old 04-05-2017, 10:09 AM   #37
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Here is my rattler for reference. I record the sound 3 times per year to see if it changes but it doesn't. So I just enjoy the performance and don't worry about it. The only thing that still bugs me is why the oil pump makes a racket when the IMS bearings are worn...

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WOTever, yes...I believe your car has an authentic Mezger engine
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Here is my rattler for reference.
What oil weight are you running?
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Mobil1 5W50. Interestingly the change from 0W40 had no noticeable impact on the noise, idle oil pressure went up as expected but nothing else...
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Do you have a LWFW?
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Do you have a LWFW?
I don't think so, car should be stock. Pressing the clutch has no effect and noise is only present when the engine/oil is warm. No noise when cold.
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I don't think so, car should be stock. Pressing the clutch has no effect and noise is only present when the engine/oil is warm. No noise when cold.
I think your noise is probably normal.

As a data point, I have a LWFW, and my take (based on your video) is that my noise level is lower than yours. The LWFW contributes to the idle noise coming from my engine. Of course your video may be exaggerating the noise.
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Thanks Macster, for a detailed synopsis. Much appreciated.

BTW, regarding the T6 reformulation. The latest spec sheet I have from the Shell website shows that it still has the Porsche API: SJ or SH specification?

John
Sorry I missed your question.

Porsche doesn't go by the API ratings. If the bottle doesn't have "A40" on it somewhere it is not approved by Porsche.

My info is the only Shell oils on the Porsche approval list are Shell Helix oils.

While the approval certification has expired in this document I believe a more recent approval document would have these oils still approved. But you need to get an up to date list of approved oils to be sure.

See attached...

Oh, sorry about the rotation. The orientation looked ok in Preview.

Added: I obtained a newer Approved Oils List. This document is dated Jan 19, 2016. Only 3 Shell Helix oils are listed: HX8C 0W-40 (EU), Ultra 0W-40 (WW, except USA & CAN), and Ultra 5W-40 (EU, CEE, Latin America, Asia, Oceania, USA, E-RUS, AF). And all 3 of these has their approval expire "31.10.2016".
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Old 04-06-2017, 12:22 PM   #45
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Not sure how you get "The only thing that still bugs me is why the oil pump makes a racket when the IMS bearings are worn..." from the audio of that clip.

The engine sounds normal to me. The "IMS bearings" are plain bearings and would be hard pressed to manifest any wear. The wear would almost certainly require a break down in oil or an under supply of oil and the main/rod bearings being plain bearings and way more stress (pressure) than the IMS (layshaft) bearings would be manifesting signs of excessive wear/clearance. Hot idle oil pressure would likely be quite low and you'd hear "rod knock".
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