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Recall 04V071000

Transfer Case Failure

Recall Details

The transfer case may have a design flaw that starves internal components of oil and causes the housing to fracture. Dealers will inspect the transfer case housing and replace transfer cases found to be defective free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The transfer case may have a flawed housing which can result in internal damage. This can cause the housing to fracture and leak oil, and cause erratic performance that can be a safety hazard.

What Should You Do?

Porsche notified owners of affected vehicles starting in May 2004. You can check with your dealer to see if your vehicle is involved in this program. It is helpful to have your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on hand when you contact them.

Drive Train, February 18, 2004

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
February 18, 2004
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
4,099
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
04V071000
Component
POWER TRAIN
Summary
CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES MAY HAVE HAD A TRANSFER CASE INSTALLED THAT COULD, DUE TO CHANGES IN THE HOUSING CASTING, RESULT IN THE OIL PUMP ROTATION. SHOULD THIS OCCUR, OIL STARVATION OF THE INTERNAL GEARS MIGHT RESULT.
Consequence
CONTINUED OPERATION OF THE VEHICLE COULD RESULT IN A FRACTURE OF THE TRANSFER CASE HOUSING. INCORRECT TORQUE WOULD THEN BE APPLIED TO THE DRIVEN WHEELS OR OIL COULD LEAK AND CONTACT THE TIRES.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE TRANSFER CASE HOUSING AND, IF NECESSARY, REPLACE THE TRANSFER CASE. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN ON MAY 3, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT PORSCHE AT 1-800-545-8039.
Notify
CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
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