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Porsche 944 Track Car

Porsche Track Car- Transaxle Replacement

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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