2011 Porsche Panamera Catastrophic Engine Damage

This Panamera with a 3.6 Liter V6 engine has an oil pressure warning. The first step in wading into these waters is looking at the quantity and quality of engine oil, and to cut open the oil filter to see what may be found.

It’s not as glittery as others I’ve seen, but if you look closely at the oil stream as it evacuates the filter housing, you can see little silvery specks.

To add insult to injury, the oil has an extremely strong fuel odor. Does this mean the piston rings are shot, or the fuel injectors are leaking? It doesn’t matter. The engine must be completely torn apart and rebuilt, to an as-yet unknown extent. For all practical purposes, this engine is no longer viable and must be replaced.

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