Common Porsche Concerns

Owning a Porsche is already a win in life, but all good things need maintenance. So, if you are planning to get a Porsche vehicle, also plan on what mechanic are you letting keep it sharp.  A Porsche body shop is always the best option, but just so you are aware, without maintenance you porsche can start showing these particular problems:

Cooling Issues

Coolant distribution pipe resealing is a common procedure on Porsche Panamera and Cayenne. If this coolant leaking develops on your Porsche, you may not see symptoms of coolant dripping onto your garage floor because the seal that fails is located above the center of the engine inside the “valley”.

This causes the coolant to puddle on top of the engine between the cylinders. It is important to have your Porsche mechanic check your cooling system during each routine maintenance. If you notice any musty smell coming from your engine it is important to drop by your prefered mechanic and have them take a peek under the hood.

Patterns failure have been spotted with the Porsche expansion tanks, especially on the Boxster 986. Being that these cars are nearly 20 years old now, these cooling systems begin to break down due to the excessive heat and pressure that they operate under.


Excessive engine smoke usually is a concerning thing to see coming from your Porsche 911 or Boxster. Fortunately in many cases, it does not mean that your engine is due for a rebuild, instead, it may possibly be from excessive overfill of oil which is common for shops that do not have proper Porsche experienced technicians.

Porsche’s oil capacity is much higher than most performance vehicles and must be properly filled when the vehicle as at the correct operating temperature and on completely level ground.

Another common cause of excessive engine smoke is caused by a faulty Oil Separator. This component separates the air from oil and commonly fails internally. If you begin to see so much as a puff of smoke from your exhaust on your 996 or 986 it is important to have this issue inspected by an experienced Porsche mechanic.

Porsche has used timing chains for many years. It is an effective design for these high-performance engines. However timing chains can stretch, and chain guides might become worn. Starting from the first year Porsche 911 to the most recent Cayenne, timing chain failure, if not dealt with, can cause internal interference in the valve train and lead to catastrophic failure.

Steering & Suspension

ABS warning lights can be triggered on your Porsche for no reason other than that your ABS Electronic Module has failed. It is a rather common failure on Porsche and can be replaced, and in some cases rebuilt.

CV Joints can cause it by normal wear and tear, however, Porsche engines put a higher demand on the strength of the CV (constant velocity) joint than most vehicles. It is important to check the grease boots for tears or cracks.


If you are having issues getting your Porsche into gear on your manual transmission, or you are experiencing a grinding sound when shifting, this is likely the cause of worn synchros. It is important to make sure the transmission is serviced at regular intervals.

Porsche Automatic transmissions are a serviceable unit and should be serviced using proper Porsche equipment and with Porsche transmission fluid. A common misconception is that modern Porsche cars have filled for life or unserviceable transmissions.

If you’ve started to notice any of these issues in your Porsche, don’t hesitate to call our service center at (941) 923-1700 or make an appointment with us here

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