The Find and The Purchase

November 11, 2017 – The Find Almost every Saturday morning David Silberkleist, owner of BugeyeGuy.com sends out an email newsletter to his subscribers. As you would expect, it is usually full of information about Austin Healey Bugeyes including a few advertisements for cars for sale. On this particular day there was an unusual posting for David. […]

Carrera S Blog: A Chronological Account of My Ownership

In this blog, I will endeavor to keep a running chronological account of the care and maintenance of my 2005 911 997.1 Carrera S. I will organize my posts by date and provide a narrative summary and photos of activities. Carrera S Blog: A Chronological Account of My Ownership February 12, 2020  Time for an […]

August 25, 2018 Time for an Oil Change

Approximately six months have passed since the oil was changed when the IMS Solution was installed, so it is time for another oil change. The odometer reading is 7,904, or approximately 600 miles since the IMS Solution installation. Jack Raby, owner of Flat Six Innovations http://www.flat6innovations.com, recommends that the oil be changed and inspected every six […]

January 20-February 27, 2018 Continued Maintenance Items

The car remained at MAAP for the rest of January and almost all of February. Following the installation of the IMS Bearing fix, the next step was to reinstall the transmission. It was first filled with three quarts of Mobilube PTX 75W-90 gearbox oil part # 000-043-204–20L. This gearbox oil is a special formulation for […]

January 20, 2018 IMS Bearing and Rear Main Seal Replacement

It is a Saturday morning and time to replace the original small single row IMS bearing in my car with the “IMS Solution” kit. Jonathan Newhall, a trained former Porsche technician (current owner of his own business), did the actual replacement. The work was done at the Madison Automotive Apprentice Program (MAAP) affiliated with James […]

January 19, 2018 Under-car Cleaning

While waiting to complete the IMS bearing replacement, I decided to do a little cleaning underneath and at the rear of the car. A little cleaning is all that is necessary, because with so few miles the car is very clean anyway. Some of the cleaning involved removal of the cosmoline in specific locations. As […]

January 10, 2018 IMS Bearing Replacement

As mentioned in an earlier entry, I need to remove the transmission and clutch from the car to determine which bearing was installed in my Carrera S. So, today Cole and Michael Scrogham at Madison Automotive Apprentices Program (MAAP) removed my transmission! As expected, because of the October 2004 production date combined with the total […]

Capacities and Torque Values

Torque Values Tightening torque of wheel bolts – 96 ft lbs LN Engineering Aluminum Oil Sump Drain Plug – 19 lbs LN Engineering Oil Filter Adapter – 18 lbs Fluid levels: Oil – 9 quarts    Joe Gibbs, Driven Synthetic 5W-40 Oil Brakes Hydraulics -.48 quarts Washer – 2.6 quarts Power Steering fluid page 170 […]

December 20-24, 2017 Wheel & Tire Cleaning and Polishing

I cleaned each wheel carefully with a three step process. I thoroughly cleaned each wheel with a wheel cleaner liquid and elbow grease. This was then followed with Griot’s Garage polish compound using their 3″ random orbital buffer. Finally, two coats of a Pinnacle’s Diamond Wheel Coating was applied to each wheel. Pinnacle Diamond Wheel […]

December 6-7, 2017 Touch-up Paint

My 997.1 is in remarkable condition, but like all Porsches without protective clear bras, and even with its low mileage mine was the victim of stone chips on the front clip and hood. It is difficult to take a photo of a black car but this shot does show some of the chip damage: Road […]

December 3, 2017 First Oil Change

It became very clear after reading about the problems with the IMS bearing, that one key to enhancing incident free operation of the Carrera S with the small single row bearing is to change the oil more frequently than Porsche recommended. Jack Raby, owner of Flat Six Innovations http://www.flat6innovations.com, recommends that the oil be changed and […]


While Porsche has an enviable reputation for engineering excellence they seemed to have stumbled on at least one issue when they transitioned from the air-cooled engines to the water-cooled variants. The engine in the 996 (the first water-cooled model) and the 997 used an intermediate shaft to transmit motion from the engine crankshaft to the […]

November 18, 2017 Clean up and Inspection

Saturday, November 18 was “clean up” day for the Carrera! It smelled a little musty (not damp, just closed up) from being stored. Apparently, that is how it had spent most of its life since 2007, as that was the last sticker on the Connecticut license plate. I first vacuumed everything then I shampooed the […]

November 17, 2017 The Trip Home and Registration in Virginia

I woke up around 4:30am and got an early start for the trip home. All the travel was uneventful. I arrived about 12:30 pm and before taking the car off the trailer, Judith and I headed for DMV to see about getting the car titled, registered and licensed. That process took a little while but […]