Time To Finish Project 996TT

If you recall waaaaay back earlier this spring I dropped the motor out of a 996TT that needed cam work. Well we are finally ready to shove it back in. It has been sitting on the back burner with no real hurry to get it going, but with a short break in my schedule, I figured we had better get it back in the car and running again.

Motor on the table. Need to swap out the RMS quick before mating the transaxle.

As you can see, the old seal is cockeyed.

Special RMS installer.

Pushing the new seal in.

And done.

Flywheel and clutch installed and ready for a transaxle.

Tia getting ready to lift. These buggers are heavy, but she thinks she can do it.

I think otherwise, so using the cherry picker is much smarter. These transaxles are a real pain to mate up. You need to keep the clutch fork at the 12 oclock position using tape so it will fall into place once the transaxle is side onto the motor.

Here you can see the tape holding the clutch fork. Once you get it close, wiggle the tape out, and carefully let the fork pivot back into the transaxle. If you miss, the fork will spin on the throw out bearing and end up at the bottom of the bellhousing….then you get to start all over. Getting the transaxle to spline on the TT is a pain enough, so you don’t want to repeat this.

Once the transaxle is mated, you need to install your clutch pivot shaft. You can pick up the fork enough through the slave cylinder hole to get the shaft holes lined up, then insert the pin.

Use a long bolt and nut to keep the outer bearing race in place.

And pushing the shaft into place. Once it is seated, you can remove the bolt/nut.

Then install the retaining plug and plate.

Using a socket and tape to shove the bushing in. Again, if you drop anything at this point, you will be pulling the tranny to fish parts out of the bottom of the bellhousing.

Plug in place. Tap in until it stops with a mallet.

And the bracket bolted in place to keep everything secured.

Slave cylinder installed. The rest of the parts and car should arrive here tonight, so I can start stuffing it in. The shop supervisor doesn’t seem to understand when we run out of parts, we have to take a break. Typical manager.

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July 24, 2011 at 7:24 PM

liked your blog on 996TT. I am interested in getting a used porsche 996 (2001-2002) range with 50K or less. They go for mid 30’s around DC. Am worried about the cost of ownership. How realiable are porsche? am I getting into a situation where I am financing my mechanics kids college fund?
Any help or guidance is appreciated it.


    July 24, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    Hi Chuck,

    The 996 in general is a very reliable car, but even though they are selling in the 20-25k range, keep in mind that you are maintaining a 10+ year old $70k car out of warranty. If you don’t do your own work, the repair bills can sky rocket quickly. Doing your own work, like the oil changes, services, ignition switches, etc will save you a lot of money. While the cars get cheaper with depreciation, the cost of parts and labor do not.

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