My $500 Porsche 944 BLEW UP *Here's What Happened*

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I took the $500 1987 Porsche 944 out for a rip and to make a video with @Velocity Garage ... then it started to overheat. So I trailed it back to the house and parked it outside so it could think about what it did wrong. Now that it's been a few months it's time to sort this car out again. I have an idea of what went wrong, but instead of just fixing that, we're going deep and changing basically all the common failure parts on the car. Unfortunately, it's literally days of work if you don't pull the engine.
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Blake Moody
Blake Moody 4 օր առաջ
I could not be a mechanic, I would be cussing all day long in anger trying to pull or loosen a bolt. My stress level would be sky high.
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Lord Publius
Lord Publius Ամիս առաջ
LOL @ the idea of a 'cheap' Porsche.
Ed Frawley
Ed Frawley 2 ամիս առաջ
This car sounds more and more like it wants an LFX swap. I think it would make for a major reduction in reliability issues and cost down the road with little if any weight penalty. You are already familiar with the torque and hp output of the LFX. It would make it an even more fun to drive car.
Fyn Pedersen
Fyn Pedersen 2 ամիս առաջ
I bought one of those porsche crests for $6 on aliexpress
The League of Shadows plvs vltra
The League of Shadows plvs vltra 2 ամիս առաջ
Yes , he's right, the coolant into the oil problem, bad design flaw, I had 2 944s that I needed to fix, but the 85.5 Porsche had said they fixed the issue..I can work on any 944 from 82-85, and 911 83-89 air-cooled engines, but I've never heard of this problem in an 85.5 engine.
Clutch1986 2 ամիս առաջ
Like Moog and Marty would say, Step 1 : Jack up your car.
Dave Lively
Dave Lively 2 ամիս առաջ
Could be worse. To replace the coolant reservoir on an '05 Boxster S, you have to drop the engine.
tempest411 2 ամիս առաջ
You spent all that money and time on superficial stuff, but you didn't do the timing and balance shaft belts + rollers...and all the collars and seals? You also should've done the oil cooler gasket and seals...which I have a feeling you're about to mention.
Street to Sky
Street to Sky 2 ամիս առաջ
You know what car I didn’t miss? the 944 You know what car I do miss? Rolls Smoke! Don’t tell me it’s just going to sit in your driveway forever!
Vincent Puopolo
Vincent Puopolo 2 ամիս առաջ
Makes me feel better about my pointless e39 project......and my 90 Toyo pickup project....
kendrick 2 ամիս առաջ
I need help with my 2001 gmc youkan. The battery would be fully charged and just die after 10-20 min after driving.
Eddy Lauterback
Eddy Lauterback 2 ամիս առաջ
JR has knocked the Wizard off my watch list
Eddy Lauterback
Eddy Lauterback 2 ամիս առաջ
$500? You get what you pay for. But it does generate a good video!
J Gott
J Gott 2 ամիս առաջ
As much work as you’re doing to the Porsche engine, why not pull the whole engine and get EVERYTHING sparkling CLEAN!!
Auto Auction Rebuilds
Auto Auction Rebuilds 2 ամիս առաջ
I drove my MGB 150 miles today, and she left me hanging at 4 stop lights lol. Fun times bro!!
George Shelton
George Shelton 2 ամիս առաջ
Timing belt and water pump should have been the first thing that you completed.
Jim Colangelo
Jim Colangelo 2 ամիս առաջ
It's a pretty worthless automatic anyway, I would just part this thing out. It makes good AM-posts though.
Aye Dee
Aye Dee 2 ամիս առաջ
LS swap, no seriously!
Timothy Isenhart
Timothy Isenhart 2 ամիս առաջ
The only way to fix those Porsche 944s is to put a high performance GM LS or LT V8 with the GM adapter kit. Trust me you'll love it!
ROBERT DAVIS 2 ամիս առաջ
Sounds like the 1987 nightmare I once owned, Porsche rebuilt that engine 2 times, after 2nd rebuild went directly to auction, your problem may never go away, but another engine. Now we know why it went to die out in that field.
Joshua Leeds
Joshua Leeds 2 ամիս առաջ
While you have the intake off, replace the speed and reference sensors. 200x easier and a good no-start preventative if you haven't already.
biscuitninja 2 ամիս առաջ
Get to the point.
Jeff Eastman
Jeff Eastman 2 ամիս առաջ
The first step is admitting that you have a problem, JR.
Jonathan Patten
Jonathan Patten 2 ամիս առաջ
I love this car, nice find and rescue. Looking forward to seeing the engine all cleaned up.
E Rock
E Rock 2 ամիս առաջ
My 944 had a severely warped head. PO put a new head gasket in it and it didn't help. Ended up having the block decked and bought a re-maned head for it and installed new ARP pre streched head studs.
Tremonte 2 ամիս առաջ
Definitely oil cooler. Both internal and external seals have failed. That is where a lot of your oil leak is coming from. Your motor mounts are also shot. That's why you had a hard time removing the manifolds. Easiest way to change all of that is from above. Use an engine support bar or a board the size of the oil pan and floor jack. Remove the water tube by the headers, then unbolt the exhaust. 17MM ratchet wrench will slip between the control arm bushing to release the lower motor mount nut. With engine supported, unbolt the entire motor mount brace and remove everything at once. Drop the new motor mount into the cross brace, then install the support onto the mount. Bolt it all back up and done. Remove oil cooler while headers are still out, clean it all up, reseal and reassemble with alignment tool. Make sure to flush the system really well with cleaner to get all the oil out. Driver side motor mount is even easier from above. Just remove the air box while the engine is still suported, unbolt the entire motor mount assembly and replace just the same as passenger side. More room over there. These cars are incredibly fun to drive and not very hard to work on and maintain.
jim k
jim k 2 ամիս առաջ
Nice late 1980s music...Nice touch.
scott917 2 ամիս առաջ
unsubscribed - that car should have gone to the crusher. waste of money...
abursaw 2 ամիս առաջ
just waiting to see this car show up in the car wizards shop.
Schmeat 2 ամիս առաջ
How about an electric conversion on this Porsche 944? That would be pretty kewl.
Jason Reichter
Jason Reichter 2 ամիս առաջ
When that thing runs it sounds exactly like my Evinrude outboard motor. (V-4, 2 cycle) That can't be good.
Sean Coxe
Sean Coxe 2 ամիս առաջ
I was pretty sure before, but JR convinced me that I made the right decision in getting an MGB for a retirement project rather than a Porsche. German over-engineering--sheesh! I could rebuild my entire car with less effort. BTW, is it just me, or does it seem that that whole job would've been easier if you had just pulled the entire engine, and done all the work on a stand?
Steve Bassen
Steve Bassen 2 ամիս առաջ
Just sayin...
Erik Anderson
Erik Anderson 2 ամիս առաջ
I did the timing belt on mine twice because I was missing a bolt. Based on the urging of a coworker I pulled the camshaft assembly back off and and the missing bolt was inside.
Ed Poell
Ed Poell 2 ամիս առաջ
Nothing is more expensive than a cheap Porsche.
Jmation Animation
Jmation Animation 2 ամիս առաջ
Hello I love your videos man! Ive watched for a very long time. I'm Just wondering could you tow a suzuki sidekick behind a truck? I'm trying to buy a geo tracker as my first car and the seller of this nice one recommended that I tow it. And could/should I buy a car trailer so I don't use up the speedometer? I really wanna treasure this for a long time vehicle since I see so many get wrecked.
Ne mi glumi Ludilo
Ne mi glumi Ludilo 2 ամիս առաջ
Every American, every time VALVE COVER GASKET ...
D&E Seal coating and Snow removal
D&E Seal coating and Snow removal 2 ամիս առաջ
You alright brotha ? Seam a little tired and exhausted 😴
Tolkien Leung
Tolkien Leung 2 ամիս առաջ
I'm gonna guess both the head gasket and oil cooler are leaking. It started out as just the head gasket, but the added pressure to the coolant system due to the combustion gases...blew the oil cooler seals. Necessary maintenance on these at this age. While you are at it, reseal the balance shaft cover on that side, as the o-ring on that will leak due to shrinkage. It will take about 5 flushes to get it clean, then reward yourself with a new coolant tank, that will crack eventually based on the color and looks of it.
toad0720 2 ամիս առաջ
DEFINITELY make sure your fuel lines are good. First thing I replaced.
toad0720 2 ամիս առաջ
Did you video the stat clutch setup? Have same issue with a sitting 944.
Jack Mead
Jack Mead 2 ամիս առաջ
Working on Reviving older cars, modernizing, and making them drivable. Great Job!!!!!
Adams Angels
Adams Angels 2 ամիս առաջ
Refurbished sonny not brand new
trifocodb 2 ամիս առաջ
@WATCHJRGO You will need a special tool to lock the flywheel so you can remove the crank bolt. also if you are going that far into the motor do a balance shaft belt and all the idler pullies, not to forget the water pump. upgrade the pump to the turbo water pump for more flow. replace all the seals on the front of the motor. oh and have fun with the bolt that holds the cam gear onto the shaft. use a little bit of heat to release the beast. Make sure you have a good new set of 12 point metric bits. BTW you are going to need a special tool for the gears on the balance shafts, I use to do 5 or 6 timing belts a week on these cars. over tighten the belt and the scream too loose they go boom. Use the special tools.
Pratyut Tit
Pratyut Tit 2 ամիս առաջ
i'd have problems with the reassembly.
voodoocars 2 ամիս առաջ
You need to get a throttle response cam. Dead popular back in the 80’s as a 944 upgrade.
gunit 010
gunit 010 2 ամիս առաջ
Sounds like a diesel lol ive had 5 of these any questions lmk
WorldWide Gator
WorldWide Gator 2 ամիս առաջ
Non-Porsche mechanic here, just an 85 944 owner/enthusiast...another source of that glorious sludge comes from the power steering reservoir located high and proud and in the way. It's about $22 from FCP Euro but it has a built in filter, is easy to swap and bleed out and will eliminate at least one source of the schmutz caking up on the underbelly of the 944. Also I'll be the next fella to remind you that thermostat replacement is engineered by Satan's helpers but phosphate free coolant is the send off on this journey. Cheers!
Joe Goins
Joe Goins 2 ամիս առաջ
2jz twin turbo swap
Braddah Brother
Braddah Brother 2 ամիս առաջ
Phew.. never went through the trouble of removing a head, even if it didn't blow the gasket, without having a machine shop shaving it 1st before re-assembling it.. especially with dropping only a cup of antifreeze when draining the cooling system. You're too young to remember the double Fel Pro head gaskets theory for the 1971 Chevrolet Vega.
Stefano Musica
Stefano Musica 2 ամիս առաջ
Covered in oil? Nah, just put factory rust prevention system.
tileman17 2 ամիս առաջ
where is the hot girl friend?
Logical Engineering
Logical Engineering 2 ամիս առաջ
Its an oil intercooler that it's water cooled, that tends to blow in this cars, when I had mine, the mechanic override the intercooler with a tubing kit
Logical Engineering
Logical Engineering 2 ամիս առաջ
Just finished typing and you say it's probably the oil to water cooler 😂
Brian Deezy
Brian Deezy 2 ամիս առաջ
Put an electric motor in.
DrSysOp 2 ամիս առաջ
How many miles on it?
RR Extra
RR Extra 2 ամիս առաջ
I bet it's the head gasket.
Douglas Martindale
Douglas Martindale 2 ամիս առաջ
"At the whole [Tontinos] pizza and it was delicious". This is why I love this channel, don't ever change!! JR can solve the most complex of automotive issues and is rewarded with a frozen pizza for his efforts!!
sean hershey
sean hershey 2 ամիս առաջ
`if only it was a buy it today....sigh.. great cars.
luis luis
luis luis 2 ամիս առաջ
It died and then voted for biden.
B B 2 ամիս առաջ
Damn dude I was hoping u could get er back on the road this episode!
William Anderson
William Anderson 2 ամիս առաջ
Great video John Ross! I did notice the Volvo C30 is still there! You keeping it or selling it soon?
peter bettis
peter bettis 2 ամիս առաջ
JR gets after it. Love it!
jimmy21480 2 ամիս առաջ
hoping its just the oil cooler. fingers crossed
Thad Lucken
Thad Lucken 2 ամիս առաջ
Janet Jones
Janet Jones 2 ամիս առաջ
That is a sobering amount of time and effort to spend on a 33 year-old, high mileage 944 with an automatic transmission. Not many people would bother on a car that is not particularly valuable or rare. But it is fun to watch!
peterdaniel66 2 ամիս առաջ
Amazing.. All they had to do was put PORSCHE on everything and the VW disappears.
Rick Los Angeles
Rick Los Angeles 2 ամիս առաջ
JR, please be careful when working under the vehicle on just the Quickjack's lifts. As it suggests in the operator instructions for all modes of the Quickjack lift's "Do not work under an elevated Vehicle unless properly rated Vehicle Jack Stands are used and placed under the factory-approved Lifting Points". Remember safety first. And thanks for all the really great videos.
Lifes too short for high maintenance vehicles! You guys that love them are welcome to them all. You never can get those hours back. Id rather be driving and enjoying my car ,rather than be constantly working on it!
Lloyd Medley
Lloyd Medley 2 ամիս առաջ
I would like to see the big f-250 again
Bill Wellbaum
Bill Wellbaum 2 ամիս առաջ
Where is Amberghini these days?
Robert Wfetech
Robert Wfetech 2 ամիս առաջ
You should really cover those intake ports when working on the motor might drop something down there and nor realize it . Ask me how I know this
Alexandre Couture
Alexandre Couture 2 ամիս առաջ
Go see Casey Putsch channel. He has videos with all the trick for timing belt on 944s.
Shauma 2 ամիս առաջ
Hey JR, does it take you HOURS to upload a video? When I tried to upload a ten minute video it took forever. Got to the point I'd start it before I went to bed because I got tired of waiting on them. When I see someone uploaded a video that's an hour I think "how many DAYS did they wait for that to finish?" Was I missing something?
Robert Everett
Robert Everett 2 ամիս առաջ
Please do a manual gearbox swap... that car deserves it!
Jacking With John
Jacking With John 2 ամիս առաջ
I have a 924s for sale lol
Jacking With John
Jacking With John 2 ամիս առաջ
Manual transmission old style dash
Tool0GT92 2 ամիս առաջ
This is my nightmare
RyanRoadReaper 2 ամիս առաջ
Bring a bucket and a mop.... For this Wet A** Engine!
Mark Whyatt
Mark Whyatt 2 ամիս առաջ
Hey JR, stop messing about, it's time to LS swap it!! Others on YT with 450hp......sleeper....
Grove Hill Audio
Grove Hill Audio 2 ամիս առաջ
Replace the oil filter with one from K&N. It has a one inch nut on the top making removal with a socket easy. My 968 uses part number HP-4001, yours should as well. K&N HP-4001 Performance Gold Oil Filter Fits 83-95 Porsche 911/924/944/968
aceadman 2 ամիս առաջ
These videos, rather than teaching me and inspiring me to do work myself, make me feel much better about the exorbitant prices that mechanics in my area seem to get. Everything looks so damn HARD! 😊👍👍
Terry Baptist
Terry Baptist 2 ամիս առաջ
You have blown head gaskets and maybe warped or cracked cylinder heads?
puttitat2 2 ամիս առաջ
Remember to check the oil cooler if it's with a water heat exchanger. They tend to rot and mix oil and coolant.
Joanna Atkins
Joanna Atkins 2 ամիս առաջ
*PIVOT!* *PIVOT!* *PIVOT!* @ 13:00
potatochobit 2 ամիս առաջ
that's the life of a sportscar, you get it ready to drive and... you have to fix another thing.
johnsonsl944 2 ամիս առաջ
Oil cooler is likely the fix to your problem. I’d skip the head gasket and spend that time replacing those fuel lines. Way more 944s have died due to that terrible design than have been killed by bad head gaskets.
johnsonsl944 2 ամիս առաջ
Also, go ahead and pull the fans and radiator out. Will take you like 30 more minutes and will make your life way easier doing the belts, and you can flush that radiator well.
Leroy Walker
Leroy Walker 2 ամիս առաջ
Diagnose??? When you saw the milkshake, you knew it was over.
Rey Fernandez
Rey Fernandez 2 ամիս առաջ
Wats up with that 🌈 🐇 ? That thing is bad ass lol 😁
Kyle white
Kyle white 2 ամիս առաջ
Jr how did you learn all these amazing skills, your so talented!
Raguvian 2 ամիս առաջ
Man, getting those exhaust manifolds back in seems like it will be a nightmare.
AC SLATER 2 ամիս առաջ
I wonder if any of his neighbors complain about all the cars at the house all the time lmao.
Alex Soduk
Alex Soduk 2 ամիս առաջ
Don't overcomplicate this job. As others have said, it is most likely the oil cooler. Pulling the head is going to lead to a bunch of broken plastic things on the back of the motor. Spend your time+money doing the motor mounts and replacing vacuum lines. For the exhaust studs, there is a GM part you can use to replace them with e-torx making the job a million times easier next time. Its also worth mentioning that if you haven't already, replace the fuel lines going to the rail. It was a factory recall in the 80s, and its probably time to replace what the dealer did back then. Check out larts' parts on ebay for the best hose kit.
45 Alfa Charlie Papa
45 Alfa Charlie Papa 2 ամիս առաջ
When you own a fleet of hoopties you don't have time for a real 9 to 5.
polypetalous 2 ամիս առաջ
Hmmm Totinos...delicious? Well, at least you have better taste when it comes to cars.. mostly... Thanks JR, enjoy the videos.
Tyler Potter
Tyler Potter 2 ամիս առաջ
You know she was going to start with that FRESH keychain on board.
Art Layton
Art Layton 2 ամիս առաջ
You bought a special magnetic tool to remove spark plugs? I solved that problem on my BMW by purchasing a 12 inch section of hose. Once the spark plug has been loosened by the socket, I just stick the hose onto the end of the plug and lift it out. Ditto with installation. Think I spent 40 cents.
Ray Phillips
Ray Phillips 2 ամիս առաջ
944s suck I know I spent 7yrs in Germany 911s 914s were it
A.J. W.
A.J. W. 2 ամիս առաջ
Lol the Milkshake title is brilliant.
Dwayne 2 ամիս առաջ
Failure of the oil cooler seals is very common in these cars as they age. Mine failed, oil pressure pushed lots of coolant out, engine overheated, and warped cam cover. Coolant milkshake was present.
martin carroll
martin carroll 2 ամիս առաջ
I so much enjoy watching you do what I am no longer able to do myself due to physical limitations. Keep up the good work.
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