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The Importance of a Pre-Purchase Inspection

The Importance of a Pre-Purchase Inspection

Buying a used Porsche can be a difficult and even stressful task due to the potential for expensive repairs. Anyone contemplating a used Porsche purchase should consider that at a minimum, a few thousand dollars will be needed to bring things into top condition. Many believe that problems like a worn out clutch, or even engine and suspension issues are the worst and will set you back a lot of money–and they can. However, the worst case scenario is a twisted or diamond shaped chassis (body) caused by an accident. Often you cannot visually tell just by glancing at the exterior of the car. In this situation, the chassis will never be the same no matter how much time or expense is invested. The only way to lessen this risk is to send the prospective purchase for a PPI (Pre-Purchase Inspection) to a highly experienced Porsche repair facility. The chassis inspection should be top on the list, followed by the drive train, engine, gearbox, brake system, and finally ... read more

Porsche Software Repairs

In this modern day and age of computerized electronics, a software (Firmware) update is a commonly utilized repair, and your automobile is no exception. Porsche, like all automobile manufacturers, periodically reviews and refines the software operating parameters in their cars. This can be to optimize system performance however it is most often utilized to correct an operational anomaly. When an issue is identified that is non hardware related and affects a model line or a specific series of cars, the software is modified and is issued as an update. Whenever a software update is available for your car it is beneficial to get it installed, the car will operate better even if you cannot detect the difference. Updates are available to subscribing Independent Repair Shops either through the Porsche online network or can be installed with a factory genuine Porsche systems tester and software (PIWIS). There are times when the information or data carried by the CA ... read more

Porsche Engine Oil / Air Separators 101

Porsche Engine Oil / Air Separators 101

The Engine oil air separator directly affects the engine crankcase atmosphere because basically, all Porsche’s from 1980 on, including the current 986, 987, 996, 997, Cayman & Cayenne engines, all are positive crankcase type systems. This means that the engine crankcase has vacuum supplied from the intake manifold to collect and burn the residual combustion by-products or blow-by in the crankcase by running it through the engine again, all in an effort to lower the vehicle emissions. On most occasions when the oil separator fails, the low pressure (vacuum) in the engine crankcase rises to an unusually or abnormally high figure and, more likely than not, it ends up drawing engine oil into the intake system. This usually fouls spark plugs and, in rare cases, causes damage to the oxygen (O2) sensors, catalytic converters and possibly various other sensitive fuel injection components. In extreme cases an oil separator failure with excessively high vacuu ... read more

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Porsche Interior Pollen Microfilters

During my commute to work the other day I saw a person wearing a surgical style mask driving a newer Porsche. I assumed the mask was worn to prevent the spread of germs. My first thought was if the driver had any knowledge about the interior micro-filter or air recirculation system in their vehicle. The recirculation system and microfilter work as an integral part of the automobiles ventilation system which allows the operator to choose whether they want interior or exterior air supplied to the passenger compartment of their automobile. If the recirculation feature is chosen, this literally re-circulates the interior air back through the ventilation system and again into the passenger compartment, this also impedes the entry of particulate matter from the exterior of the car. If the recirculation feature is not chosen then exterior air will be supplied through the ventilation system and into the passenger compartment. The 1992 928 was the first P ... read more

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Maintenance

The Do It Yourself Oil Change (DIY)

Working on your own car can be an interesting and rewarding experience. Some people have a higher mechanical aptitude than others, but performing various basic repairs on your automobile can be mastered by anyone with an interest in doing so. We recommend that owners get more familiar with their car, even if it means changing a flat tire or just checking and setting the tire pressures — as long as the proper tools are utilized and correct procedures followed. For those who would like something more challenging, try performing your own engine oil and filter change. If you have never done this, ask your shop if you can observe their technician during an oil change and if they will explain why and what they are doing during every step of the process. The time and effort you pay to learn the proper procedure could pay big dividends towards your first oil and filter change experience. We recommend utilizing a factory or genuine engin ... read more

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Maintenance