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Porsche Boxster S: . I own a 2008 Porsche Boxster S with

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Hi. I own a 2008 Porsche Boxster S with 83k miles. Have owned for about 3 mos. have noticed a ticking sound from start up thru out a good drive. Also noticing a puff of blue smoke leaving from a stop under mild acceleration..any input??
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Porsche
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 2 years ago.
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There are quite a few things that could be causing the tick. A mechanic's stethoscope can be used to try and pinpoint the source of the noise. It could be piston slap, timing chain noise if it's coming from the front of the engine, it could be the intermediate shaft bearing or chain, or it could be a valvetrain issue. If the noise lessens when killing a cylinder then piston slap, a wristpin or rod bearing issue is likely.
Blue smoke on deceleration or startup is usually caused by valve seals and/or worn guides, but blue smoke on acceleration is usually caused by a piston ring/cylinder wall issue. It's possible that there is damage to a cylinder or piston causing both of your issues.