A Boxster will Always Require Prompt Porsche Brake Jobs

Getting the Most Out of The Porsche Brakes in Your Boxster

Brake repair

A Porsche Boxster is a beautiful car, and she’ll treat you right if you treat her right. This kind of car is an investment, and like before you make any sort of investment, you should do your research.  You can get a Boxster that has a cheap sticker price with high mileage, but expect that any money you may save on the purchase price you will you may be investing with your favorite Porsche technician for the cost of repairs. For one that has high mileage, you can expect to invest at least $2,000 into your new Boxster in the first year alone. And the price can vary, sometimes by as much as $4,000 or more, even for vehicles in similar conditions. Do your homework, shop around, have a trusted mechanic take a look before you commit, and be prepared in advance for the cost of repairing a European vehicle.

Your Porsche Boxster’s European Brakes Are Special

It’s also good to keep in mind that these speedy cars can be rough on tires and brakes, so expect your Porsche to require a regular European brake job more often than a less luxurious vehicle. The Porsche brake pads tend to be soft on both the Porsche Boxster and the Porsche Cayenne. And since it’s so fun to pump that gas pedal, you’ll be pumping the brakes too—so they’ll wear thin. Don’t expect to turn the brake’s rotors either. You’ll need to outright replace them on this Porsche. Expect to need new discs on every third set of pads.

This beauty has some speed—thats probably why you bought it, after all—so you’ll naturally go through import brake jobs faster. Keep up on them with regular inspections from a Porsche specialist you can trust so you can keep your car roaring up to speed and stopping safely. Just keep in mind, your import brake job is just a small price to pay for the absolute thrill of driving a Porsche Boxster.

Need A Check on Your Boxster’s Brakes and Brake Fluid?

Many car manufacturers suggest you give your car a brake flush service to change your brake fluid every 45,000 to 60,000 miles, which usually equals about every two years. But here’s the thing to understand about brake fluid: brakes operate in what is theoretically a closed system. Since brake fluid doesn’t really age, it should be good pretty much forever.

In theory doesn’t always reflect reality, however. The actual reality is that any brake system has the possibility of leaks and other exposures, especially when it comes to a car that has some mileage. As dirt, water and other contaminants get into your system over time, it can cause your brake components to further deteriorate. So it’s not so much any length of time or mileage that determines if you need new brake fluid. It really depends upon the quality of the brake fluid itself which heavily depends on the age and quality of the parts of the braking system.

It is more important to have your brake fluid inspected from time to time than to have a brake flush done at a certain mileage. We recommend having one of these inspections done anytime you get an import brake job. As a general rule of thumb,  the brake fluid should be a translucent color. If you aren’t due for an import brake job but notice your brake fluid has gone a dark brown, you should have your auto repair shop take a look at it. Getting it changed now will only save you money down the road by preventing wear and tear on other internal parts of your braking system.

To Save, Schedule Porsche Brake Inspections In Advance 

The general rule of thumb when it comes to European brakes—whether Boxster or any other type of car—is that the sooner you get them replaced, the better. Don’t put European brake repair off. That’s why it is so important to have regular brake inspections. Your car mechanic can make sure your thin brake pads are replaced before they become an even more expensive problem. The longer you procrastinate, the more likely it is you will grind through those thin pads and screw up the rotors—and then need to replace them as well.

That’s why we recommend scheduling regular tune-ups with your favorite Cincinnati, OH auto repair shop. We’ll take care of all of your Porsche scheduled maintenance so there are no surprises, and let you know what might be coming down the line so you can be prepared. We’ll check the brakes, rotate the tires, perhaps even flush the radiator if it needs it. We’ll make sure all your belts are in good shape, the alternator is looking good, and the battery has plenty of charge. We’ve been delivering exceptional car repair to the Cincinnati area since 2001. We specialize in European cars—including Porsches—but we can service all makes and models. Want more information about a repair or how long it will take? Give us a call or schedule an appointment online. All of our work is guaranteed and certified.

Saab Repair Issues with the 9-5

The first generation Saab 9-5 was released in 1997 as a flagship model, and production continued until 2009. This Saab does have several unique maintenance needs owners should be aware of. First, the PVC system has issues venting the engine, which contributes to a sludgy buildup that can lead to engine failure. Fortunately, this issue was fixed in 2004, so it really only applies for 1999 to 2003 models. Only use synthetic oil and replace the PVC every few years. The engine also has plenty of torque, which stresses the engine mounts. If you notice excessive rattling, especially on the shifter in manual transmissions, you may want to have the engine mounts addressed.