The Importance of Factory Scheduled Maintenance
Since the inception of the company in 1931, Porsche has become world renown for creating some of the fastest and most reliable cars on the road. For this reason, every meticulous Porsche owner knows that in order for his or her car to continue running as smoothly as every Porsche should, it requires regular factory scheduled maintenance by a certified auto repairs shop. Although different models may require different tune-ups and inspections, Foreign Affairs Motorsports have compiled a list of some of the necessary major and minor checks included in every maintenance appointment.
Minor Maintenance Checks
These checks should be conducted every 1, 2, 6 and 10 years, or every 10k, 20k, 60k and 100k+ miles, depending on how often you drive your car. Minor maintenance usually involves visual checks of the engine compartment, the car itself and the electrical system to ensure that everything is running smoothly. Minor maintenance checks usually involve the following:
- Drain engine oil and change oil filter: while many people have heard that you should change your engine oil every 3000 miles, one actually only needs to do so between 7500 – 10 000 miles, or about once a year (depending on how often you drive). However, it is important that a qualified technician changes your engine oil filter at the same time that the oil is changed.
- Visual inspections of brake pads, discs, hoses and lines as well as radiators and air intakes. The underside of the car will also be examined for any oil or fluid leaks.
- Tire pressure and condition will also be checked, and Porsche owners will be informed if they need to replace their tires.
Major Maintenance Checks
Major maintenance checks should be conducted every 4, 8 and 10 years, or roughly every 40k, 80k or 120k+ miles. These checks are more in-depth, and integral to the functioning of your as well as the safety of your passengers and yourself. At FAM, major maintenance checks involve some of the following:
- Operational and conditional checking of seatbelts: since 1986, Florida drivers have complied with seat belt laws that ensure motor vehicle occupants remain secure while driving, and thus seatbelts require regular check-ups to ensure all Porsche passengers and drivers stay safe.
- Replacement of pollen filter elements: because the level of pollutants in the middle of a congested road can be 6 times higher than on the sidewalk, pollen filters work to filter pollutants out of the air that enters your car. Over time, the filters become dirty and will need to be replaced.
- Replacement of air filter elements: similar to a pollen filter, air filters remove debris and roadside contaminants from the air that your engine needs to run. Over time, the filter can become clogged and dirty, which in turn decreases the amount of air that can reach the engine. This can damage your engine as well as decrease fuel economy.
- In order to ensure that your car is operating at optimal condition, FAM will also check the axle joints, drive shafts, steering gear and exhaust system for any signs of damage.
It is important to remember that every person drives uniquely and in different environments, which is why FAM tailors their maintenance appointments appropriately to ensure that every Porsche leaves the repair facility in better condition than it entered. We know that you, as a Porsche owner, have very high standards when it comes to the maintenance of your car, which is why we pride ourselves on being South Florida’s premier German auto repair facility.