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Maintaining your Porsche from home

Maintaining your Porsche from home

02/4/2020

With vehicles remaining stationary for longer periods than usual, you may be concerned about how to ensure your Porsche is safe when you go back on the road. To help, our Service team has given us their top maintenance tips to keep your Porsche in great condition.

Please note: following government instructions, if you are to take your Porsche on a short drive as part of the below maintenance advice, please only do this as part of an essential journey. Please visit Gov.uk for more information on what constitutes essential travel.

1. Battery maintenance

If you have access to a Porsche smart/trickle charger ensure this is running to help maintain the life of your vehicle battery. It is always advisable to check your vehicle driver’s manual for tech tips and advice for your battery maintenance during any prolonged storage period.

2. Bodywork

During any period of storage it is always advisable to look after your Porsche bodywork. Cleaning the exterior and interior is always good practise. If you do not have access to a garage, Porsche strongly advise the use of an outdoor car cover to protect against the elements. It is also advisable to periodically check for leaves, foliage build up in the front bumper intakes, battery storage compartment and on or around the exterior bodywork. In addition, if you have Porsche bodywork wax, applying it will also ensure long-life protection against the elements during such times.

3. Electric/mechanical handbrake

If the handbrake is left on, the brake pads can stick to the discs. It is always advisable to operate the handbrake periodically to ensure they do not stick when being left for periods of time. Taking your Porsche for a short drive will also ensure corrosion does not form on the surface of your brake discs. However, we would like to re-emphasise that you should only drive your Porsche as part of an essential journey.

4. Tyres

The biggest concern with tires is flat-spotting, which is when the weight of the vehicle sitting on one spot flattens out a portion of the rubber on the tyre. While flat-spotting is not likely to happen in two weeks, if conditions are right, a month of being stationary might be enough to cause problems. At Porsche we recommend checking your tyre pressure and inflating them to factory specification. You can find manufacturer recommendations for tyre pressures either on the decal attached to the doorsill of the driver's door or in your driver’s manual.

5. Lights

We recommend you periodically check the operation of all the lights on your Porsche. Before starting or making any essential journey it is always advisable to check the lights are functioning correctly. A quick walk around the vehicle, or using a reflection to check whilst an operation test is carried out is good practice before a journey.

6. Engine and other fluid levels

There are always basic engine fluid level checks you can carry out to ensure your Porsche is ready for any journey. Oil level, Adblue(R), coolant level and screenwash are the most common checks we should always carry out on our vehicles. To familiarise yourself with how to perform these checks please refer to your driver’s manual.

If you require further information on maintenance or any other Porsche requirements, we have a dedicated team available, working remotely, who would be delighted to assist. Please contact us via email at info@porschereading.co.uk.

Further updates will follow on our website and social media channels, so please stay tuned for the latest updates. We hope you stay safe and well in these challenging times.