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Documenting Service History

Documenting Service History

Most Porsche owners and enthusiasts alike can agree that routine maintenance is key to keeping your vehicle on the road and possibly avoiding extensive repairs. But did you know, you should always save your vehicle's service records? Tracking your service history is an efficient and easy way to add value to your Porsche, especially when it's  time to sell or upgrade your beloved sports car. While tracking service history, be sure to:  1. Save all receipts, and make sure they are dated and note mileage in a binder 2. Keep all receipts/records in chronological order 3. Keep any old components or parts 4. Create your own master document, noting all required and recommended maintenance 5. For non-daily-drivers, you could go as far as to note all dates/mileage you refueled your tank

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Porsche Engine Rev Limiter Systems

Porsche Engine Rev Limiting Systems Engine Rev Limiter systems started in the early Porsche 911’s as a mechanical sliding ignition rotor whose sole job was to cut power in the event of an engine RPM over-rev. A section of the ignition rotor would slide outwards driven by centrifugal force depending on the engines RPM speed and would eventually make contact with a ground terminal, shutting the engine off until the engine reached a safe RPM range. The simplicity of the past is now gone and replaced with an extremely accurate electronic control system. The rev limiter for the 9X6’s and 9X7’s utilize a fuel/ignition cut off system operated by the DME (Digital Motor Electronics) controller that engages when the engines RPM reaches a model specific maximum limit. In addition to the current rev-limiter controls, today the DME keeps a record of all engine over-revs. The over-rev capture capability should be checked during a PPI (Pre-Purchase Inspection) be ... read more

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Beauty is in the Details

Historically, Porsche’s paint quality has always been world class. However, over time, your car’s paint is exposed to combinations of dust, dirt, tree sap, bird dropping, water, chemicals plus everything else in the air which can take a toll on the quality of the finish. Of course, the painted surface of any car must be cared for to maintain its outstanding finish. Unfortunately, not all Porsche owners keep up with the maintenance of the exterior finish. Reasons differ, but the most common is just not having the time to do it yourself. Today, there are many fixed location and mobile professional detailing services that cater to conscientious car owners that want to preserve their cars fine finish. When choosing a detail service business, it is best to get recommendations from someone you trust, your friends, your mechanic, a high quality paint shop or the local PCA (Porsche Club of America) chapter. It is also important to use companies that utilize methods and p ... read more

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Finding the Right Independent Repair Shop for You and Your Automobile

At some point in time, every Automobile will require service and or repairs. If you are a trained Technician or a qualified mechanic with the tools and available time then, problem solved. For everyone else, it is necessary to find a service facility that will meet the needs of your Automobile and insure your own piece of mind that the work performed is done competently and correctly. Finding the right Shop can be a difficult proposition but here are a few things that can make this tedious process a little easier. We suggest that some of the following questions may perhaps help: How long has the shop been in business, particularly under the same ownership? In detail, how long is the shop’s warranty on the work performed and what does it cover? How are the shops ratings on the various forums and search results (Yelp, Yahoo, Rennlist, etc)? For the work being performed will the shop utilize factory ge ... read more

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Free Maintenance?

We are discovering that as new cars are coming off of their factory warranty and reaching the independent garages, they have been fairly neglected in the basic service areas. By basic service area we mean tire rotations, brake fluid changes and especially standard engine oil and filter changes. In an effort to look green and appear to produce an overall lower maintenance automobile, auto manufacturers are claiming their cars only need oil and filter changes every 10k miles, 15k miles, and even in some cases, 20k miles. Most auto manufacturers are now offering maintenance plans that appear to cover the costs of full maintenance but in all actuality do not. These skeleton maintenance plans only cover oil changes within their extended mileage guidelines. Extended mileage intervals are causing internal engine problems because engines are not receiving the critical oil and filter changes as often as needed. Many components inside the modern automobile engine are ... 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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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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Automotive Lubricants

Since the introduction of synthetic lubricants, automo­tive maintenance has changed drastically. Some automotive manufactures’ recommen­dations have reached oil change intervals in the 15k and even 20k mile realm, but this does not mean that it is the best recommendation for your engine’s health and extended life. The modern Porsche’s (e.g. the 986-987s and 996-997s) require a more vigorous engine oil change schedule. We suggest that you change your engine oil and filter every 3-5k miles or 6 months (whichever comes first) based on how your car is driven to insure clean internal engine component operation. For cars driven primarily shorter distances (under 10 miles) and/or stop and go traffic a few times (or less) per week, a shorter oil change interval is needed. Cars driven longer distances regularly will do fine with a slightly longer oil change interval. While these service intervals may seem conservative, it is important to recognize that m ... read more

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