Spoiler mechanism repair

Bearing failure

 

The Porsche 964/993 back spoiler mechanism is equipped with a ball bearing that will fail over time due to moisture and corrosion. A damaged bearing will be heard as a grinding noise or rattle when the spoiler move either up or down.
A new bearing is very cheap compared to service shop solution, changing the complete gear mechanism.

Easy access

Remove two screws and undo the plastic fasteners on the outsideRemove the three hex screwsRemove the splitted plastic ringIt's easy to get to the different components in the spoiler mechanism, all of them are mounted under a plastic cover mounted on the engine lid. Two screws and three plastic retainers hold it in place.
The motor and gear housing are connected with a wire, and this must be removed to be able to detach the gear. Pull off the rubber cap and loosen the white plastic ring with a small screwdriver. This ring is splitted and easy to pull out from the motor housing. Detach the gear housing by removing the three umbraco screws.

Gear housing

Open the glued gear housingA new bearing is needed indeed!The plastic cover is made of two pieces and these are glued together. Work around the edge with a spatula or knife until the top part comes off.
Clean the gears with alcohol or similar. Remember to clean the connecting wire to the motor as well.

 

 

Worm gear axle disassembly

Hang the axle loosely in a vice and punch through the square sleeveWorm gear axle partsThe ball bearing must be pressed off the axle. The easiest way is to hit the axle with a punch or similar while the whole assembly hangs loosely in a vice. Be sure to use a thin and long enough punch so the square metal sleeve is not damaged. You must not hit the metal sleeve, only the axle inside it.

 

 

New bearing

Ready for regreasing, also the cablePress on the new bearing until it is seated on the axle flangeThe new ball bearing should be of a more sturdy sealed type, and it can be bought on eBay or ball bearing shops. It's a standard 16x5x5mm bearing, often called 625-2RS or 625DD.
The bearing must be pressed onto the axle until seated against the flange. This can be done by using a brass tube or similar and press it on in a vice. Be sure to press fit the square metal sleeve onto the axle as well.

Grease on all components in the gear as well as the connecting wire and glue the casing together with Araldite or other two-component glue. Please note: Cyancrolate super glue will not stand up to the mechanical stress in the casing.
Voilá, job done in 30 minutes, almost no cash spent!

A high-quality SKF 625-2RS ball bearing can be found in our web shop here.