Porsche is a performance luxury brand. These cars use high performance parts that can take a beating. However, like most cars, these parts will eventually begin to wear and break down. We repair Porsche on a daily basis and have identified some of the most common issues we run across.
It is no surprise that this issue appears on the list. European cars in general have issues with oil leaks. Like many other cars, oil leaks can be caused by a number of different things. From valve cover gaskets to spark plug seals, oil can find its way out of the car in a number of ways. One of the most serious areas that we repair is the rear main seal. This leak can have devastating effects on the engine. If allowed to go on, this leaking seal can destroy the clutch in manual models of Porsche. If you store your car for lengthy periods of time, such oil leaks can develop. Depending on the type of leak, more or less work will be required. No matter which type of oil leak you may have, it is important to diagnose and repair as soon as possible. Like many of the problems we repair, leaving them alone will only cause more issues later on.
Heavy Clutch Pedal
Porsche 911 Turbos with manual transmissions will often suffer from this problem. Before you start your Porsche, you can check to see if the clutch pedal is heavy. A common cause of this is the pressure accumulator. The accumulator can spring pressure leaks and will not function correctly when initiated prior to startup. This problem can affect additional components, so it is important to have a skilled mechanic examine the problem in order to make sure the problem is completely resolved the first time you come in.
On Porsche Cayenne models, plastic coolant pipes running underneath the intake manifold will oftentimes leak. The primary sign of this issue is steam coming from the engine. It will start off small and quickly build to a large cloud. The primary way of fixing this issue is to replace the plastic pipes that are prone to leaking with metal ones. Fortunately, there are kits readily available for this exact problem. This is often times an update that needs to be completed no matter what because the leaks are so common that it is only a matter of time before they occur.
If your key gets stuck in the ignition, then you may have a problem with the ignition lock mechanism. This causes the key to become very difficult to remove. Unless this problem is resolved in a timely manner, eventually you will put the key in and not be able to get it back out. Fortunately, the procedure for replacing this locking mechanism will not require replacement of your Porsche’s key.
On many Porsche Cayenne models the fuel pump will fail. This is the most common reason why the car refuses to start at all. If you notice that your car will crank without starting, then there is a good chance that you have a failed fuel pump. There are two fuel pumps on the Cayenne, and many times both will need to be replaced.