Oil leak - 2018 GTS

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Northandy
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Oil leak - 2018 GTS

Post by Northandy » Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:12 pm

So my may 2018 car was in for it's first service at 19,300 issue discovered by them is oil leak from the passenger side of the engine, can't be seen normally as hidden by the undertray.

Seems it's not unusual from googling it, they suspect it's a snapped bolt on the timing chain cover, car going in 15th July for a week while they drop the engine out to resolve it.

Will update when the work is done to see what it actually was, I guess the positive is that it's under warranty as I wouldn't look forward to that bill!


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Re: Oil leak - 2018 GTS

Post by Paul » Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:29 pm

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Lucky it was spotted....but when (and how) did it snap?
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Re: Oil leak - 2018 GTS

Post by Northandy » Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:38 pm

Paul wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:29 pm
?

Lucky it was spotted....but when (and how) did it snap?
From new is the suspicion, I guess I'll know for definite when they get to have a look.

It's obviously not lost much as I only had one small oil top up in the first 20k, its hidden by the undertray and I have on street parking so wouldn't see signs on a drive if I was parked in the same spot over and over


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Re: Oil leak - 2018 GTS

Post by Towser » Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:01 pm

Mine had something very similar. I think they said it was from rocker cover. Wasn't using any oil or anything. They had it a week and as far as I'm aware its all good.
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Re: Oil leak - 2018 GTS

Post by PSEE » Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:38 pm

The timing chain cover oil leak issue is/was caused by the over torquing of the Torx bolts when the engine
was assembled. Over time and heating/cooling cycles of the engine, one or more of these aluminum bolts
is/are prone to fracture, allowing a bit of oil to seep from the engine.

I have a 2015 Macan Turbo that's been in the shop since 6/21 awaiting completion of the warranty work to
address this issue. It is, unfortunately, an engine-out issue.


The belief, on this side of the pond, was that the 2018 models were not affected by this problem. Looks like
that belief will ned some revision...


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Re: Oil leak - 2018 GTS

Post by Northandy » Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:20 pm

So mines currently in part way through the repair, confirmed as snapped timing chain cover bolt.

They've had it 5 days now expect it back this coming week sometime


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Re: Oil leak - 2018 GTS

Post by Tall Phil » Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:07 am

Engine out to repair a snapped timing cover or rocker box bolt? Wow, just wow!! :shock:

I know, as discerning consumers, we want more packaged into a smaller space (for less?). This is the result. I was watching a youtube vid of a guy who is doing up a Bentley Continental. Exactly the same; to do almost anything on the engine, it has to come out.

I wonder (conspiracy theory emerging ;) ) whether this is just a symptom of "no-other-way" to get everything into the engine bay or a longer term view to increase servicing costs? (Said slightly in jest, not to be taken too seriously :D ).
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Re: Oil leak - 2018 GTS

Post by Northandy » Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:25 pm

It does make you wonder, I guess the dealership are happy as they get to bill Porsche, I'm not sure I'm 100% comfortable with the engine coming out, but will just hope there's no issues from that.

They did say they've done a few now 😳


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Re: Oil leak - 2018 GTS

Post by PSEE » Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:17 pm

Be glad it isn't an Audi - some of those engines (S4) have the timing chain at the rear of the engine which
guarantees the engine has to be removed for any timing chain related servicing.

I've attached a photo of a Macan with the engine left in place for what looks like a timing chain cover
bolt(s) repair job.


front_of_Macan_engine_with_timing_chain_covers_removed.jpeg

S4_timing_chains.jpeg



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Re: Oil leak - 2018 GTS

Post by Northandy » Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:15 pm

Interesting as mines had the engine out, in fact it was still out on Wednesday so will be 2 weeks without it now.


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