If you own a 1997-2005 Boxster or 1999-2005 911 (996), your engine has an internal bearing that can fail and become a problem. This bearing is called the intermediate shaft bearing or IMS bearing. Luckily, the IMS bearing is serviceable and can be upgraded to a much stronger design, however, there is a lot of bad information concerning this issue on the internet which has resulted in these otherwise robust cars receiving a bit of a bad reputation. Please reach out to our mechanics and we can explain what options you have when it comes to dealing with your IMS bearing.
We typically recommend replacing the IMS bearing when the engine and transmission are out for a clutch replacement or any additional services that require the engine or transmission to be removed.Mcilvain Motors is proud to be a preferred installer for LN Engineering:
Our shop has installed more IMS bearings than anyone else in the entire state of Arizona including four replacement IMS bearings in cars owned by Scott and his wife Christina.