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Axle of evil

I BROKE the rear left axle of my 1984 Ferrari Mondial just inboard of the brake disc while driving at 5km/h. My mechanic says it's fairly common with Ferraris, but can happen to any car. What's the cause and solution?

SOME cars are more prone to breaking drive shafts. The Ferrari's shaft takes a pounding from unsympathetic drivers who load and unload them while driving without thought to the durability of essential components. Other cars may have a design fault and a point of high stress, which eventually results in failure. Contact a Ferrari specialist or club. They may have a beefed-up drive shaft available.

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