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The Porsche 996 is well known for timing system issues. Over time, old plastic degrades and cast aluminum parts fatigue, which creates multiple points of potential failure. Ignoring the signs of failure can quickly turn into catastrophic engine damage.



Porsche 996 911 Timing Chain Kit Replacement Symptoms

The timing system on the Porsche 996 can fail in quite a few ways. When there is a failure in the timing system, it can cause the engine to skip timing and possibly do irreparable damage. This happens when considerable slack begins to form in the timing chain, when the cast aluminum IMS main chain tensioner breaks, when the plastic tensioner guide pressure pin breaks, or when the tensioner guide pads wear out. When this happens, some of the symptoms you will see are:

  • Engine misfires
  • Rattling noise emanating  from the engine
  • Catastrophic engine damage

Porsche doesn't specify a mileage in which to replace the timing system components. You should replace these at the first signs of failure to prevent damage to your engine. It's also a good idea to do this whenever you have the engine removed. 

Replacing your timing system is one of the more difficult jobs on the Porsche 996 as it requires removal of the engine. On a scale of one to five, this job ranks at a five. And you can expect it to take ten hours or more to complete.


Porsche Models Applicable


Parts Included with Porsche 996 911 Timing Chain Kit


Additional Parts Required with Porsche 996 911 Timing Chain Kit

When you replace the timing system on your 996, you have to drain the oil from the engine. Because of this, we recommend you buy a new oil change kit. 


Special Tools Required with Porsche 996 911 Timing Chain Kit


Additional Parts Recommended with Porsche 996 911 Timing Chain Kit

We recommend replacing the IMS bearing while the engine is out of your car. You can view our product review on the IMS bearing options here.


Aftermarket Upgrades or Genuine Option for Porsche 996 911 Timing Chain Kit


It's a good thing that our timing chain kits come with our Lifetime Replacement Guarantee like everything else we sell. Drive your car for however long these parts last and replace them again afterward using our incredibly simple return procedure. 

In the video below, Eric Hirschberg, our Porsche Catalog Manager, gets up close with this Porsche 996 911 Timing Chain Kit. If you're unsure if this kit will work on your car, you can verify the fitment by going to our homepage and use the vehicle selection tool in the upper left corner. As usual, if you like this Really Quick Product Review, subscribe and check back here for regular releases in the future.

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Written by :
Evan Madore

Writer/Editor at FCP Euro and owner of a daily R53 MINI Cooper, a track-built R53 MINI, and a 1997 Dakar Yellow E36 M3 Sedan. ••• Instagram: @evan.madore

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