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Since 1990 we have been maintaining and modifying import performance cars. Visit our 25,000 sq ft facility in Powell Ohio for select pre-owned vehicles, specialty parts, accessories and service.

We're Porsche, Audi and Volkswagen performance enthusiasts who enjoy serving all makes. Our technicians are factory trained to service your Audi, BMW, Land Rover, Mercedes Benz, MINI, Porsche, Saab, VW and Volvo vehicle to manufacturer specifications.

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IMS Bearing Replacement on a 29k Porsche 996

If you’re a late model non Turbo or GT3 Porsche owner, you have no doubt heard the acronym IMS at one point or another in your car ownership experience. Typically everywhere you search on the internet, you have extraordinary amounts of conflicting and often incorrect information purported by a person or a business trying to sell you a “Solution” or a “Remedy”.    We have spent considerable time in our busy 11 bay shop discussing the issue with our technicians while researching diligently on the internet for the facts.  We are here to present information about IMS bearings, preventative maintenance and the importance of proper care of your Porsche.



What you have to remember about the IMS bearing discussion is that the internet is littered with people posting their negative experience related to IMS bearing failure.  This bearing was designed with less than Porsche like precision and engineering. Nobody is posting that they have a 2002 Porsche 996 with 45k miles and no problems.  There are plenty of people that have reported problems – often times reporting them more than once.


The facts are that THE BEARING DOES FAIL. Our experience after working on water cooled Porsches with the M96/M97 engine for 20 YEARS support a failure rate of less than 5%.  Unfortunately 100% of the people with the affected M96 and M97 engine are 1000% upset with the failure and report the failure where ever possible.


Of particular mention now is that the people that are selling an update, replacement, repair, solution, fix for this problem, are now telling us that the bearing they sell must ALSO be replaced every xxxxx miles or years of service!


The Professionals at Auto Assets do not need to be a “Certified” installer of Brand “X” IMS solutions or repair kits.  We have purchased the correct installation tools from purveyors of the IMS repair kits.  We have had countless successful installations of IMS bearing updates from all vendors offering a “fix” to the IMS problem.

Below you will find some photographs of our most recent IMS bearing replacement.  The car in question is a 2002 Porsche 996 C2 Cabriolet with 29,000 miles.  This car had consistent use over its 15 years of use with annual oil services and annual use.  The IMS bearing we removed showed NO signs of wear or degradation.  We inspected the dual mass flywheel and tested the deflection to measure less than 15%.  The flywheel will be good for the foreseeable future.  We inspected the clutch disc and the friction surface was in as new condition.  This was a text book IMS installation that cost the customer very little in terms of down time and inconvenience.  They have the peace of mind knowing that they have a new bearing in place.  We would recommend replacing that bearing in 5 years as preventative maintenance.

We understand, recommend and support our customer’s quest for preventative maintenance to head off problems before they occur.  There are plenty of shops that are not busy enough out there that are willing to suggest repairs that are unnecessary.  The facts are unless you remove the gearbox on one of these cars and remove the bearing to inspect it you will never know if yours is one of the afflicted bearings.


In our professional opinion, IMS bearing replacement on this particular specimen of Porsche 996 was unnecessary.  Call the professionals at Auto Assets for straight talk about IMS bearing replacement today – 614-793-1050


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Routine Maintenance and Proper Tools

Routine Maintenance and Proper Tools

At Auto Assets we pride ourselves on using the right tools to fix your car and on going beyond what some manufacturers publish as far as maintenance is concerned.

The Right Tools

Below is a photo of an oil drain plug on a Porsche Boxster S.  Looking at the aluminum drain plug – it is easy to see that someone has been using the incorrect socket to loosen and remove the drain plug.  We keep new aluminum drain plugs in stock so that we can replace these on the spot.



Beyond the maintenance book maintenance.


Pictured below are photos of the radiators and air conditioning condenser on a 2001 Porsche 996 Twin Turbo.  This car had documented franchise dealer services at 30k, 60k and 90k per Porsche’s scheduled service.  Directly from the pages of the maintenance book it says    “ Radiators and air intakes: Visual inspection for external debris and blockage “   – see the scanned page from the maintnenance book on our nice 2008 Porsche 997 C4S.

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A casual inspection of this car was performed by one of our customers accompanied by a knowledgeable friend. The car was purchased and was driven home less than 100 miles from the selling dealership.  Within a few days the car developed a coolant leak in the front of the car.  We determined a coolant leak at the driver side radiator. Once we removed the front bumper cover to replace the leaking radiator, this is what we found.  As preventative maintenance, we replaced all three radiators as well as both condensers as the corrosion on them would come to haunt our customer in the future.

Simply vacuuming the debris from the front bumper cover is not enough.  The professionals at Auto Assets have special tools and procedures to ensure the packed debris is dislodged and removed from the bumper area, radiators and condensers.  Schedule your preventative maintenance on this area of your water cooled Porsche today and avoid an expensive repair down the road.


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Consumers Choice Award Recipient 2015

We are Very Proud to be nominated for a Consumers Choice Award for 2015.  It means a great deal to everyone here at Auto Assets to receive this recognition from our customers!   We are Very Proud to be nominated for a Consumers Choice Award for 2015!  Thank you for voting for us!



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Winter Car Preparation

Auto Assets recommends the following steps for winterizing your vehicle:

  • Clean, flush and put new antifreeze in the cooling system. As a general rule of thumb, this should be done every two years.
  • Make sure heaters, defrosters and wipers work properly. Consider winter wiper blades and use cold weather washer fluid. As a general rule, blades should be replaced every six months.
  • Have the battery and charging system checked for optimum performance. Cold weather is hard on batteries.
  • Check the tire tread depth and tire pressure. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly.
  • Be diligent about changing the oil and filter every 3,000 miles if conventional oil and 5,000 miles with synthetics. Dirty oil can spell trouble in winter. Consider changing to a “winter weight” oil if you live in a cold climate. We also recommend service to your fuel, air and transmission filters at the same time.
  • If you’re due for a scheduled maintenance, have it done before winter sets in. Winter magnifies existing problems such as pings, hard starts, sluggish performance or rough idling.
  • Have the brakes checked. The braking system is the vehicle’s most important safety item. Brake fluid is hygroscopic – meaning it absorbs moisture. It is important that the brake fluid be flushed every 2 years to keep the moisture content below 4%.
  • Have the exhaust system checked for leaks, which can be especially dangerous during cold weather driving when windows are closed.
  • Check to see that exterior and interior lights work and that headlights are properly aimed.


“When the cold temperatures arrive, many people stay inside and don’t take proper care of their vehicles,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Getting the car ready while temperatures are still mild is a proactive approach to preventive maintenance and helps ensure safety and reliability during the upcoming winter months.”

Motorists should also keep the gas tank at least half full at all times to decrease the chances of moisture forming in the gas lines and possibly freezing. Drivers should check the tire pressure of the spare in the trunk and stock an emergency kit with an ice scraper and snowbrush, jumper cables, flashlight, flares, blanket, extra clothes, candles/matches, bottled water, dry food snacks and needed medication.

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Today we would like to honor those who served … Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.

Today we would like to honor those who served …  Call today and schedule a service in the next 90 days and take $50 off your bill.  Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.american-flag-beautiful-images-hd-new-wallpapers-of-us-flag

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