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Rainy day here so I decided to go into the garage and install new rear drop links on my new-to-me 2001 Boxster S.  Easy job, just make sure both rear wheels are jacked up.

 

The issue is that when I removed the driver side rear wheel, I found what I initially thought was a great deal of old, dried oil on the inside of the wheel.  But as I sat down to do the drop links I saw grease on the hub and it appears to be coming from behind the wheel hub nut.  I went on the Pelican site and don't see a seal that could have ruptured. 

 

I have not touched the nut yet.  What is the recommended torque setting?  Should there be a cotter pin?  Should I remove it first and add wheel grease?

 

THANKS!

 

 

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1 hour ago, HalM said:

Rainy day here so I decided to go into the garage and install new rear drop links on my new-to-me 2001 Boxster S.  Easy job, just make sure both rear wheels are jacked up.

 

The issue is that when I removed the driver side rear wheel, I found what I initially thought was a great deal of old, dried oil on the inside of the wheel.  But as I sat down to do the drop links I saw grease on the hub and it appears to be coming from behind the wheel hub nut.  I went on the Pelican site and don't see a seal that could have ruptured. 

 

I have not touched the nut yet.  What is the recommended torque setting?  Should there be a cotter pin?  Should I remove it first and add wheel grease?

 

THANKS!

 

 

 

No, there is no cotter pin in the axle nut, which should be torqued to 460Nm or 340 ft. lbs.

 

The grease is from the outer CV joint (as the wheel bearing is a sealed unit), which is inside a flexible boot.  They can be cleaned and repacked, but that requires replacing the boot.

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Thanks Jeff.  Appreciate the input.

 

 

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Instead of starting a new thread, I thought I would just bump this one.

 

I took the car to an indie shop with whom I have moderate confidence.  They want to replace the entire CV Axle Shaft Assembly with a new Porsche part.  Total price is approximately $1,500 for the job.  That seems more than a bit steep for both the labor and the part.

 

Looking through the Pelican website I see two less expensive options.  One complete axle assembly is made by DSS for $120 versus the Porsche part for $950.

 

So, how good or bad is the DSS part?  How hard is it to change out in the garage?  Is there a recommended DIY?

 

Alternatively, other than messy, how tough is it to repack with grease and install a new boot?  Any other parts needed or makes the process easier?

 

Any all thoughts on this are appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 minutes ago, HalM said:

Instead of starting a new thread, I thought I would just bump this one.

 

I took the car to an indie shop with whom I have moderate confidence.  They want to replace the entire CV Axle Shaft Assembly with a new Porsche part.  Total price is approximately $1,500 for the job.  That seems more than a bit steep for both the labor and the part.

 

Looking through the Pelican website I see two less expensive options.  One complete axle assembly is made by DSS for $120 versus the Porsche part for $950.

 

So, how good or bad is the DSS part?  How hard is it to change out in the garage?  Is there a recommended DIY?

 

Alternatively, other than messy, how tough is it to repack with grease and install a new boot?  Any other parts needed or makes the process easier?

 

Any all thoughts on this are appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lot of aftermarket parts sellers are pushing cheap Asian made axles that are nothing like the OEM units.  If you could see them side by side, you would understand my comment.

 

Rather than replace the axle, why not pull it and refurbish it yourself?  While messy due the CV joint grease, it is not a hard project and has been written up here and elsewhere several times.  If you rebuilt your original axle, you would know exactly how good it was...………….

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I'm curious to know what you decided to do? If you buy new, keep in-mind one axle is shorter than the other. Ask me how I learned that lesson... LOL.

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Sorry for the delay in replying.  I guess I wimped out and went with new FEQ axles.  I then left on a 400+ mile trip and everything was fine.  Not much of a test and I know there is risk.  But since my DE days are behind me, I am willing to accept.

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