Tech­ni­cal prob­lems solved

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Do you have a 996 – or one ofits many ob­vi­ous de­riv­a­tives – with in­creas­ingly heavy steer­ing? But oddly in only one di­rec­tion? Ifso, it is quite pos­si­bly the re­sult ofnoth­ing more com­pli­cated than a par­tially seized uni­ver­sal joint at the lower end ofthe col­lapsi­ble steer­ing col­umn, where it meets the rack.

It’s an in­creas­ingly com­mon prob­lem, we are told, but with a re­fresh­ingly low-tech so­lu­tion ifyou – or your cho­sen in­de­pen­dent spe­cial­ist – are pre­pared to think out­side the box, as it were. Porsche sells only the com­plete as­sem­bly, to­gether with the splined in­ner shaft and up­per joint, but to save time and ef­fort (and thus pro­fes­sional labour charges) you can set aside the lat­ter and, after low­er­ing the rack a few inches, slide the new bot­tom piece onto the ex­ist­ing up­per sec­tion, still at­tached to the col­umn in­side the cabin.

From Porsche the full shaft re­tails at £314.26 plus VAT, but by hav­ing the job done in this way – with the ob­vi­ous pro­viso that you very care­fully mark ev­ery­thing for cor­rect align­ment on re­assem­bly – you can save around an hour’s labour time. Ev­ery lit­tle helps.


Heavy steer­ing in a 996 (or 986 etc) might be the re­sult of a par­tially seized uni­ver­sal joint in the shaft be­tween the wheel and the rack, es­pe­cially ifonly in one di­rec­tion. The re­place­ment comes as a com­plete two-part as­sem­bly, but we know of at least one in­de­pen­dent who to save time – and his cus­tomers cash – sep­a­rates the two pieces, and uses only the part the car ac­tu­ally needs

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