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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.

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.  

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.

924 vs 944: Engine

One of the biggest differences between the engines and therefore the two models is how the engine is mounted in the front subframe. The 944 engine mounts into an aluminum crossmember – the one that also mounts the front control arms and the steering rack. The 944 engine sits on top of the crossmember on two mounts.