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1999 996 main seal oil leak/potential clutch problem?


Vehicle Information: Year: 1999; Body Type: Coupe; Total Mileage: 12200;

My 1999 996 coupe has begun to exhibit a rear main seal oil leak. I've been aware of the TSB on this problem and have been checking for signs of leakage frequently and I believe I have caught this early. I've been told that the fix is effective and will be covered under warranty. My concern is with the possible damage that the oil may have caused on the clutch disc. I've heard of premature clutch failures on early 996's (mine has an August '98 build date) Is it possible this leak could precipitate an early clutch failure? The warranty expires April 2003-is it prudent to purchase an extended warranty? What is the factories position on correcting problems addressed by TSB when the car is out of warranty?

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