Why is Preventative Maintenance Important?

Most drivers can agree that the universal worse nightmare is your car breaking down in some unknown area. Or worse, you’re driving somewhere important, and your vehicle starts to fail. Or maybe it’s something even more seemingly benign: you’re on your first date, and your car is not doing its job as a wingman. No matter the situation, every driver understands the fears of their vehicle failing them. This is where preventative maintenance comes in: if you work on your car while it is not experiencing any problems, it will lessen the likelihood of problems occurring. Think of it this way: it’s better to change one dim lightbulb when the room is bright than to change every lightbulb in the dark.

What is the Most Important Preventative Maintenance On Your Porsche?

The last thing any Porsche driver wants to discover is that they irreversibly damaged their car because they didn’t follow the right steps for preventative maintenance. Although the many forms of maintenance may appear intimidating, when it comes to this German manufactured vehicle, it is quite easy to keep in flawless condition. All it takes is checking tire pressure, checking alignment, proper storage, and regular oil changes.

Tire Pressure: What Is It, How Do You Check It, and Why Is It Important?

Proper tire pressure is fundamental in maintaining your Porsche. As the name implies, tire pressure is the amount of air pressure in a tire. Although checking your tire pressure may seem complicated, the process is quite easy. (It is important to note that you should check your tire pressure before you drive or at least three hours after you have driven.)

First, find your vehicle’s placard that states proper inflation recommendations. This is usually located somewhere on the driver side door. Second, locate the valve stem on your tire and insert your tire pressure gauge into it. Third, compare the tire pressure (measured in psi) to the pressure on the vehicle’s placard. Finally, match your tire pressure to the proper pressure as recommended by your vehicle’s placard: if your placard’s psi, let the air out, and if your placard’s psi is lower, add air. (Note: adding air will require a tire pump.)

Proper tire pressure is essential for a myriad of reasons, but the most important is this: safety. Ignoring your tire pressure will hurt you in the long term, as it can lead to tire blowouts. Also, proper tire pressure leads to more extended usage of tires. Remember to check tire pressure at least once a month to prevent accidents and help maintain your Porsche.

Checking Wheel Alignment: What Is It, How Do You Check It, and Why Is It Important?

Wheel alignment, also referred to tire alignment, refers to how accurately the wheels are aligned to the car’s suspension. What does this mean? Well, a car out of alignment will lean to one side, causing long term damage to the car and danger to the driver. The rule of thumb is to check your vehicle’s wheel alignment every two to three years. The easiest way to check alignment is to bring it into a professional. It’s essential to check your alignment as improper alignment can lead to swerved driving.

Proper Storage: Where to Store Your Porsche and Why Proper Storage In

Florida is So Important

Although keeping your Porsche in your driveway might be an enticing idea, the best daily steps in preventative maintenance is parking your Porsche in your garage. Especially when living in Florida, a state known for its heavy rainfall, extreme heat, and other severe weather conditions, protecting your Porsche from the elements is of the utmost importance.

Proper Porsche storage involves parking your vehicle in a space that protects it from the elements and away from the heat and sunlight. The space should allow for a cool temperature, so your Porsche does not overheat. The best storage areas for Porsches are a garage, away from other vehicles or items that would scratch or damage the car.

Regular Oil Changes

Regular oil changes are one of the most critical types of preventative maintenance on your Porsche. A quick read through the owner’s manual will help guide you on the manufacturer’s recommendations on when to change the oil. Oil changes should occur every 7,500 miles or every 6 months. Oil changes are vital as they help the car last longer.


Now What?

Maybe you’re not a DIY-er. That’s fine! A staff member at Suncoast Porsche can efficiently perform all of these maintenance steps. Simply give us a call at (941) 923-1700 or schedule an appointment online here!

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