Why a Boxster will Require Prompt Porsche Brake Jobs

Brake repairGetting the Most Out of Your Porsche Brakes in Your Boxster

A Porsche Boxster can be a beautiful car, if you treat her right. This kind of car is an investment, and you get what you pay for. You can get a Boxster that is cheap but high mileage, but the money you save on the purchase you should expect to pay back in repairs. For one that has high mileage, expect to sink at least $2,000 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 and shop around.

What You Need to Know About Brakes

Also keep in mind that these cars can be rough on  tires and brakes, so expect your Porsche to require a regular brake job more often than most. 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. And don’t expect to turn the brakes. 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, so you’ll naturally go through brake jobs faster. Keep up on them with regular inspections from a Porsche specialist you can trust.

How’s Your Brake Fluid?

Many car manufacturers suggest you change your brake fluid anywhere from every 45,000 to 60,000 miles, or about every two years. But here’s the thing to understand about brake fluid: Brakes operate in what is theoretically an enclosed system. Since brake fluid doesn’t really age, it should therefore last forever.

Well, sort of. The reality is that any brake system can have leaks and other exposures overtime, especially in a car that has some mileage. As dirt, water and other contaminants get into your system, 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.

What’s important is that you have the brake fluid inspected from time to time. We recommend having the fluid inspected anytime you get new brakes. Ideally, the brake fluid should be a translucent color. If it is dark brown, you should probably have the fluid changed.

To Save, Schedule Inspections Before You Need New Brakes

The general rule of thumb when it comes to brakes, whether Boxster or any other type of car, the sooner you get them replaced, the better. Don’t put them off. That’s why it is so important to have regular brake inspections so they can be replaced before it becomes an even more expensive problem. The longer you procrastinate, the more likely it is you will grind through the rotors and need to replace them as well.

That’s why we recommend scheduling annual tune-ups. We’ll get all the repair work caught up on your Porsche so there are no surprises. We’ll check the brakes, rotate the tires, perhaps even flush the radiator. 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 really service all makes and models. 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.