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.
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.
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.
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, please email our dedicated team, working remotely who would be delighted to assist.
Further updates will follow on this website and our social media channels, so please check back for updates. We hope you stay safe and well in these challenging times.
*Data determined in accordance with the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) as required by law. You can find more information on WLTP at www.porsche.com/wltp . For Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) range and Equivalent All Electric Range (EAER) figures are determined with the battery fully charged, using a combination of both battery power and fuel.
Values are provided for comparison only. To the extent that fuel and energy consumption or CO₂ values are given as ranges, these do not relate to a single, individual car and do not constitute part of the offer. Optional features and accessories can change relevant vehicle parameters such as weight, rolling resistance and aerodynamics which may result in a change in fuel or energy consumption and CO₂ values. Vehicle loading, topography, weather and traffic conditions, as well as individual driving styles, can all affect the actual fuel consumption, energy consumption, electrical range, and CO₂ emissions of a car.
** Important information about the all-electric Porsche models can be found here