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Recall: Porsche 911 GT3 for failing wheel hubs

Only 455 of these rare street-legal racers are affected.

By Exhaust Notes Dec 13, 2012 1:42PM
Porsche is recalling 455 of the carmaker's 911 GT3s for rear wheel hubs that can fail, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

For reasons that NHTSA did not specify, the hubs on 2010 GT3 models can fail -- likely causing an imbalanced wheel, severe vibrations or, at worst, a loose wheel. Porsche said that "suggested maintenance intervals may be insufficient to prevent wheel hub failure."

The GT3 is the most raw and serious road-going 911 available. Like race cars, the rear axle hubs on the GT3 hold the wheels through a single center-locking bolt as opposed to five separate bolts. The bolt is tightened to the hub at very high torque ratings (typically more than 300 pound-feet).

Porsche will repair the hubs this month and revise the car's recommended maintenance schedule. Lucky owners can contact Porsche at 1-800-767-7243.

For more news on the latest 911 GT3 Cup race car, come over here.

[Source: NHTSA]

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