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924 vs 944: Transaxles

There have been a variety of transaxles used in the 924/944/924S/968 series.  Understanding them helps to understand what to do when you need to replace yours – getting the right one that will work with your car.  Replacing the transaxle is not an easy task, and you don’t want to have to do it twice.

Buying a Used 924S

Acquiring 924S and 944 cars is a disease for which there is no known cure.  We find parts cars, neglected cars and even good cars, but it seems that all of them have something that needs to be fixed or improved – thus the symptoms of the disease.

Mechanical Myths

“I will put some of this in it, and it will be fine.”  If it is leaking, it will continue to leak.  Magic fluids may help in an emergency, but eventually the leak will come back and it will need to be fixed properly.  Magic leak-stopping fluids may get you home, but they are not a permanent fix.

The Mystery of the Sunroof

One of the most common 944 sunroof failures occurs in the latches in the roof.  The cable engages a nylon gear in each latch, spinning it and driving the latch up and down.  When something goes wrong, this $10 gear is the failure point – nylon vs. metal.  

Kills Bugs Fast

Bugs get on your paint, glass, chrome, rubber, and whatever else faces the front of the car, depositing their dead, rotting carcasses and releasing all kinds of hellish chemicals. Here is a quick, easy, cheap solution.

Make It Look Like New

This stuff is definitely NOT Armor-All or anything like that.  I have used those products for years, and they look good for a few minutes, then the shine goes away.  PTR is magic…if used properly.  Here is an example using an old bumper rubber.

Fixing the Hatch

If you have to hold the key to the left and jiggle the hatch (or man-handle it) to get it open, the hatch is on its way to failure.  The pins-and-latch mechanism is dependent on proper alignment, so when the glass and frame start to separate, the whole thing goes out of alignment at the latch, making it difficult to open.

Brakes…There’s a Problem…

Here at 924S944.com, we have a theory – there are no cores, so therefore no rebuilt calipers.  Unfortunately, you cannot print out calipers on your 3-D printer – at least, not yet.  Until that happens, there will be few calipers at the auto supply store.

I Decided to Save My 944…

The sad fact is that our 924S and 944 cars are NOT Tri-Five Chevys or fifties Morgans.  They will never attain “classic” levels, and we won’t see an ’84 944 with 320K on the odometer bring 2.1 Million at Barrett-Jackson.  But these cars were made to be loved and driven, driven hard, driven at autocrosses and track days, and even in club racing.  So make a list, prepare a budget and get to work.