As Porsche Centre Swindon is temporarily closed and unable to carry out service or maintenance activities, you may be wondering what you should do if your Porsche is due a service.
Not only that, but some vehicles may remain stationary for longer periods than normal, so you may wish to find out how to ensure your Porsche is safe when you go back on the road.
To help, here are our top maintenance tips to keep your Porsche in great condition whilst you are unable to bring it to us. If you have issues with any of the checks below, we strongly advise that you do not drive your Porsche until you are able to have it checked professionally.
Check all tyre pressures (including the spare if you have one) and inflate them to factory specification. Recommended tyre pressures are either on the decal attached to the doorsill of the driver's door or in your driver’s manual.
Check the tyres for wear and tear – are there any holes, large gouges or foreign objects embedded in the tyres?
If your car is not being used regularly, flat-spotting (which is when the weight of the vehicle sitting on one spot flattens out a portion of the rubber on the tyre) could be an issue. While this is unlikely to happen in a couple of weeks, a month could be enough if conditions are right. To avoid this, move the car forward and back just a few feet each week.
Regularly check the operation of all the lights on your Porsche. A simple walk around the vehicle while someone else operates the relevant controls is enough, or you can use a reflection to check while you carry out operation tests.
If any of the exterior lights are not functioning, you may wish to follow the instructions in your driver’s manual to change any bulbs.
Engine and other fluid levels
Carry out basic engine fluid level checks on oil, Adblue, coolant and screenwash. Details of how to carry out these checks will be in your driver’s manual. If you have low levels of anything, top up and re-check a day later. If levels have dropped again, this indicates a leak.
As part of an essential journey, operate the brakes and handbrake to ensure good function and no corrosion, including executing an emergency stop where it is safe to do so. If there is some initial light resistance or noise, this may simply be dust on the discs from lack of use. Give it a few tries to release this but if it does not go away during the short journey, this may indicate an issue.
Check your driver’s manual for advice on battery maintenance during any prolonged storage period. Otherwise, ensure that the car is driven at least once per week for a period of twenty minutes or more (as part of an essential journey) to maintain battery charge.
If you have Porsche smart/trickle charger, you can use this to help maintain the life of your battery.
If you do not have access to a garage, we advise using an outdoor car cover to protect against the elements. Keep the bodywork clean and, if you have Porsche bodywork wax, use this for extra protection against the elements. Periodically check for build-up in the front bumper intakes, battery storage compartment and on or around the exterior bodywork to avoid any clogging of leaves or similar items.
Please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require further information on maintenance or any other Porsche requirements. Our team, working remotely, would be delighted to assist.
*Data determined in accordance with the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) as required by law. You can find more information on WLTP at www.porsche.com/wltp . For Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) range and Equivalent All Electric Range (EAER) figures are determined with the battery fully charged, using a combination of both battery power and fuel.
Values are provided for comparison only. To the extent that fuel and energy consumption or CO₂ values are given as ranges, these do not relate to a single, individual car and do not constitute part of the offer. Optional features and accessories can change relevant vehicle parameters such as weight, rolling resistance and aerodynamics which may result in a change in fuel or energy consumption and CO₂ values. Vehicle loading, topography, weather and traffic conditions, as well as individual driving styles, can all affect the actual fuel consumption, energy consumption, electrical range, and CO₂ emissions of a car.
** Important information about the all-electric Porsche models can be found here