Porsche models exude class and elegance. They are built to last. But that depends on so many things. Like how you take care of your Porsche for instance. There are parts which will always call for your attention. The axle happens to be one of them. It breaks down and you cannot move an inch. Fortunately, axle failures never pop up by surprise. There are always signs that suggest something is wrong. The best you can do is to take the signs seriously. It is more or less like your Porsche talking to you. Listen to it. To understand more why you need to take the telltale signs seriously, here are 5 reasons why you should never ignore noise coming from your Porsche axles.
Noise Could Mean Lubrication Problems
Porsche axles, especially the constant velocity axles are drivetrain components. They are designed to transfer power from the transmission and the differential to all the wheels. They therefore make it possible for the car to move forward. The problem comes in when squeaking noise comes from the axle. This mostly comes from the axle’s flexible joint which is supposed to allow the axle to flex according to road conditions. The flexing should happen with minimal effect on power delivery. So anytime the flexible joint runs out of grease, your axle will struggle to function.
The Joint Could Have Accumulated Dirt And Debris
The joint should always be lubricated with grease. It should also be evenly covered with a rubber boot to keep dirt and debris away. Sometimes though, the rubber boot could be chipped or faulty and allow dirt in. This will affect lubrication, a setback which may or may not be accompanied by noise and vibration each time you take a corner.
Faulty CV Axles
CV axles are direct links that transfer engine power to the wheels. They are subjected to wear and tear because of high levels of sustained stress. So any noise or anomaly around the joint area can easily mean you have to replace CV axles.
Damaged CV Joints
You will know your Porsche’s CV joints have been damaged mostly because your car will experience too much vibration while driving. This is always a sign that the axle shaft or the CV joint is damaged in a way that affects balance while the shaft rotates. The vibrations will oscillate at first and become more pronounced as the car picks up speed. This will interfere with handling and compromise overall car safety. The best you can do is to have the CV joint and axle shaft replaced.
Worn Out CV Joints
Once again, this has something to do with lubrication as well as wear and tear. Internal lubricants that protect sensitive metallic metals within the boot may have run out. This always results in metal to metal contact. Fixing the problem is easy as you only need to have a mechanic grease the troubled area. The problem begins when the mechanic mixes lubricants. There won’t be any visible problems at first. With time though, you will need to consider lubrication again because the two mixed lubricants with different viscosities will have failed.