A luxury vehicle such as a Porsche can be unmistakably enjoyable to drive. Your investment in your Porsche is best protected when you consistently get it serviced! But what does that mean? We’re here to explain general recommendations for servicing your Porsche to get the most out of your time on the road.
What is Interim Service? Repairs Versus Maintenance
As with anything, the more your Porsche is used, the more wear-and-tear will occur. Sometimes, there may be a need to bring your Porsche in for a repair or replacement that isn’t necessarily typical, such as a cooling system repair. On the other hand, there are standard and expected tasks that must be completed on a vehicle on a regular basis. These are maintenance services, or also known as interim services. These are completed in between the occasions where you would take your vehicle in for more substantial repair service.
Common Interim Services
As a Porsche owner, you will see the most life out of your vehicle when you keep up with interim services, which are designed to keep necessary parts, functions and fluids up to standard. Depending on the model and year of your Porsche, your maintenance schedule may vary, which is why it’s always recommended to work with a qualified European auto mechanic who can determine the exact services you need for your particular vehicle.
For example, for 2008 models of Cayenne / S / GTS / Turbo Porsche vehicles, interim maintenance is recommended once the vehicle reaches 18,000, 54,000, 90,000,126,000 miles and so on. Interim maintenance on a Porsche includes checking and servicing elements throughout the electric system, exterior, interior, underside and engine compartment of the vehicle.
Some of the services conducted during an interim maintenance will include:
- Checking various vehicle functions, including:
○ Drive shafts and drive belts
○ Brake system
○ Battery and vent hoses
○ Windscreen wiper/washer system
- Check and replace engine oil and filter
- Check and replace the cabin air filter
- Visual inspection of the vehicle underside for leaks, rusting, and damage
- Mix in fuel additive
The Benefits of Interim Service
Taking your Porsche for regular interim services may seem excessive and inconvenient at times, but in the end interim service is valuable for you and the lifetime of your vehicle. Interim service helps you to avoid poorly timed failures, expensive repairs and the inconvenience of longer appointments spent in the shop.
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Most importantly, interim maintenance helps you to avoid those costly and inconvenient surprises. Your mechanic is able to spot early signs of wear and damage, allowing you to plan for when a replacement will be necessary. Further, regular checkups on your Porsche make sure that all fluids are replaced when necessary and parts are monitored – the benefit to this is that you are able to avoid the majority of long-term, expensive damage with preventative measures.
Of course, a regularly serviced vehicle always maintains more resale value than a vehicle that has missed even a handful of maintenance intervals.
It’s possible that, as a Porsche owner, you could simply monitor your vehicle based on a factory-published maintenance guide. However, the driving conditions that your specific Porsche is exposed to can change the particular frequency of certain maintenance needs, such as an oil change.
The life of your Porsche’s oil depends on the variety of factors, including:
- City driving versus highway driving
- Off-road and mountainous conditions
- Amount of engine idling
- Climate and prolonged extreme temperatures
- Towing and consistent load bearing
- The exact make, model and year of the vehicle
The difference between the oil life of a car that’s considered to operate in ‘light’ conditions versus that which is operated in ‘moderate’ and ‘extreme’ conditions is fairly drastic – with a range of 10,000 miles to just 3,000 miles.
Sure, you could rely on the ‘Service Now’ indicator on your dashboard, but this is typically just a programmed guide based on only a few factors sensed by the vehicle’s electrical system. By taking your Porsche to a certified European auto mechanic, you can be assured that your interim maintenance is conducted exactly when it should be based on driving conditions.
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AutoScope’s team of certified and factory-trained technicians serves the Dallas, Plano, Frisco, Flower Mound, and Irving areas. As a European auto shop, AutoScope services luxury vehicles including Audi, Porsche, BMW and Mercedes. To learn more about how we can help, schedule your consultation appointment at AutoScope today! Contact us online here.