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Whining gearbox ... does yours?

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I noticed tonight that my 6-speed 99 C2 cab has a whine in the gearbox. If the car is coasting, clutch pushed completely in, the gearbox will whine if the shifter is in first gear, or even pushed toward touching first gear. Second gear, third gear, etc., completely silent. The faster the car is rolling, the higher pitched the whine is, and it goes down to a low whine as you roll to a stop.

Ran it by the Porsche dealer; their chief technician ran it around the parking lot. He can't remember noticing another 996 do this, but he's not sure. I know that my 993 didn't do it.

If you can, next time you drive your 6-speed, get it rolling about 20mph or so in neutral, push in your clutch, and put it in first gear, and post whether you hear a whine or not. It's very noticeable. I want to know if this is a normal characteristic of a 996 6-speed or if I have some problem with my gearbox.

Thanks for your assistance ...


99 C2 cab

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I was out at my dealer today. The technician and I took a 01 C2 Coupe out for a spin. We tried your 20Mph in neutral and then foot down trick. The sound is not there. If anything all I heard was some sort of sping

noise coming from his clutch. But this happened in any gear change.

Then we tried it in my 00 C2 Cab and did the same thing. Sure enough its there. Distinct whining. As I said befre I am scheduled to get a new gearbox in the next week or so. I think this answers your question.

Your car is in warranty. Suggest you get a new gearbox asap.

Best of luck


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