With Porsche being one of the most established, well-known brands of luxury cars in the world, it is expected that buyers have to pay dollars for one of their top-of-the-line vehicles. However, every penny you spend on a Cayman, Carrera, Cayenne, or Spyder will be worth it due to their speed, impeccable handling, and timeless style.
And since you spent a fortune on your new vehicle, you have to get the most out of it. This means ensuring it is always safe to drive and won’t break down suddenly and require frequent repairs.
Proper maintenance is the key to owning a safe, smooth-running Porsche. Experts from a Porsche service center in Dubai share below the best tips for maintaining your vehicle to keep it in tip-top condition and preserve its stylish look:
Although it can be hard to avoid getting bitten by the speed bug when you are behind a Porsche, try your best to fight it. Driving calmly and going easy on the brakes will help extend the life of your vehicle.
Accelerating quickly occasionally won’t damage your vehicle. However, doing it often boosts your chances of wearing down the parts faster. It reduces your fuel economy as well.
Aside from avoiding frequent hard acceleration, minimize jackrabbit starts and last-second braking. Additionally, always steer around large potholes.
To extend the life of your transmission, always shift gears after your car has completely stopped. Also, if you only go on short drives frequently, get out on a highway and go on a long trip every few weeks since stop-and-go driving can cause parts to wear down more quickly.
2.Look after the engine.
Porsche engines are some of the most sophisticated in terms of design and build in the automotive world. To avoid unexpected costly repairs, you need to check under the hood frequently.
Start by making sure that the oil in the engine is always at the recommended level to maintain proper lubrication of all the components. Additionally, change the engine oil frequently as recommended by the owner’s manual.
While changing the oil, clean the filter to prevent carbon buildup, which can cause clogging and interfere with the engine functions.
Also, fill the engine with the right type of oil based on its model and year. Modern engines perform better with synthetic oils, while older ones require mineral-based lubricants to work properly. You can check your owner’s manual to know the best product to use.
If you are not comfortable doing these tasks, let a mechanic handle them. However, ensure you bring your vehicle to your chosen service center based on its maintenance schedule to prevent any engine issues from popping up or being aggravated.
3.Clean the chassis thoroughly.
Most Porsche cars sit pretty low to the ground. Because of this, the undercarriage usually bears the brunt of your fast, rough driving.
To have a vehicle that runs smoothly and to avoid changing components frequently, make it a habit to clean the undercarriage every month. Cleaning it thoroughly will ensure your Porsche runs smoothly and help all the different parts last longer.
Use a de-greaser, traffic film remover, or all-purpose cleaner and follow the instructions when cleaning the chassis. Rinse this area thoroughly to remove all the dirt, grime, and grease the undercarriage has accumulated.
During winter or the rainy season, place a sheet under your vehicle to prevent moisture from icy roads and surfaces from getting on the undercarriage, which can cause more dirt to cling to this area and make it harder to clean.
Maintaining the chassis is not easy. If you are not up to doing this chore, have automotive experts handle it.
4.Wash your Porsche every week.
Washing is a crucial part of maintaining your vehicle. As such, weather permitting, clean your Porsche once a week.
Aside from cleaning the undercarriage, wash the bodywork thoroughly. Use a solution of soap and water and lamb mitt or microfiber cloth to clean the vehicle. Start with the roof and work your way down and around your Porsche.
Use a low-pressure hose to rinse away the soapy water. Make sure all the soap suds are removed from the car since the remnants will leave unsightly marks on your vehicle.
To dry your Porsche safely, use a blower or dryer, or both. Using this device is better since there is no risk of scratching the surface. Moreover, it will effectively dry every nook and cranny of your vehicle.
Lastly, wax your vehicle once every three months. Aside from giving your Porsche an impressive sheen, doing this replaces the essential oils in the paint.
5.Keep the interior clean.
Maintaining your vehicle also entails cleaning its interior. As such, you have to tidy up your cabin regularly as well.
Spot-clean any spills or dirt you see on the seats. Use a damp cloth or sponge and dab the stain. Rinse your cleaning material after wiping the affected area and work from outside the mark to avoid spreading it.
If you are using a cleaning solution, avoid pouring it directly on the stains since this can damage the upholstery.
To prolong the condition and look of the upholstery, apply protective cream. Use a product compatible with leather if your vehicle has this material.
If the seats are covered with Alcantara, use a high-quality fabric guard compatible with this type of fabric.
Also, run the vacuum on all fabric areas and the carpets when cleaning your vehicle. Use a portable vacuum cleaner so that it can pick up dust, dirt, and grains of sand even in hard to reach places.
To keep fabric surfaces looking spotless, wipe them with a slightly damp cotton cloth after vacuuming them.
6.Never ignore any signs of vehicle problems.
Once you have gotten used to driving your vehicle, you will start noticing when it is acting strange. If you hear or feel anything different from the usual, do not ignore it. Diagnosing and fixing the issue immediately can help extend the life of your Porsche.
Never ignore the blinking engine oil light, engine temperature gauge, or brake light warning. Doing so can lead to more expensive repairs.
If you hear any noise coming from the engine but can’t seem to pinpoint it, bring your vehicle to your mechanic immediately.
Finding a reputable automotive center with a team trained in Porsche maintenance and repairs will help you keep a vehicle in top shape. Whether your car requires scheduled upkeep, cleaning, or an urgent fix, you can ensure it will get the service it needs.
Ahmad Ramadan is a Managing Partner at Deutsche Technik Service Center, Dubai’s first and largest VW, Audi, Mercedes, Bentley, Porsche, & Lamborghini vehicle specialist and performance tuner. DT has also built an illustrious portfolio in classic car repair, maintenance, and restoration, as well as bodywork (accident repair, painting, and denting). DT Service Centre offers a full range of services: mechanical repairs, maintenance, servicing, etc.