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Technical problems solved
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.
911 & PORSCHE WORLD
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