Well, after 5 years of faithful service, the transaxle in the Porsche 944 track car gave up the ghost. I was at a DE event. Saturday was no problem. Sunday morning first time on track I started to hear a whine. After about 15 minutes it was sounding serious. I pulled into the pits and drove slowly through the paddock. The noises were not good. I parked the car and put the rear up on jack stands. Running the engine in gear and immobilizing each rear tire one at a time (I don’t have limited slip) I ruled out CV joints. The noise was coming from the transaxle. I put the car on the trailer and called it a day.
Over the last few weekends, I pulled a transaxle from my parts car and put it in the track car. This was pretty straight forward, as I have had all the pieces out before. I know what needs to be done and there are no rusted fasteners, etc to deal with. While I had the transaxle out, I dropped the fuel tank and replaced all the vent line hoses, as there has been a persistent fuel odor in the car when the tank is more than 1/2 full.
Below are some random photos that I took. I took a lot of shots of the rear suspension assembly, which drops out as a unit, in case anyone wants to see how the various pieces are configured.
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