Servicing Porsche Brakes, Updating Tires and Preparing for Winter
Cincinnati winters are brutal on cars. Our mechanics see this damage first hand. So, if you have a specialty vehicle like a Porsche, be prepared. Get the brakes serviced, the tires updated, and the car in top repair before winter strikes. Check the fluids and get any regularly scheduled performance maintenance out of the way. Here’s what you need to know and pay attention to when servicing your Porsche.
The Beauty and Pain of Maintaining Porsche Disc Brakes in Winter
Porsches are equipped with disc brakes, which provide great stopping power, but at a price. Disc brakes unfortunately require more upkeep and preventative maintenance than your traditional drum brakes. Worn disc brakes are much less effective, which can literally be a matter of life or death during the winter months. Disc brakes past their prime produce vibration and have significantly less stopping power. This can be very bad news during a blizzard. Get your brakes inspected before the snow starts to fly.
Here are Some Signs That You’re Due for a Porsche Brake Job
Fortunately, there are plenty of warning signs that occur when your Porsche needs a brake job. The most obvious one is when your Porsche brake light comes on. No, your brakes aren’t wearing out, but sensors within the pads indicate your car has reached the mileage where a brake job is due. Other signs include a low screeching sound when you press on the brakes, the car swerving to one side or the other whenever the brakes are pressed, or a general vibration whenever you brake. Always ask your service technician to inspect the brakes for leaking fluid. When they do change your brakes, have them inspect the brake fluid at the same time. You might need a brake flush service in addition to new brakes. If your brake fluid has become dirty or contaminated, it’s a good idea to flush the system and replace the fluid ASAP.
When Winter Is Getting Ready to Pounce Don’t Forget the Tires
You should also make sure your tires are ready to tackle the snowy season. Tires are legally required to have 2/32″ (approximately 1.6mm) of remaining tread depth when they are being used. However, to be safe, especially during wintry conditions, we recommend replacing any tires at 4/32″ of remaining tread depth.
Radiator Flushes, Car Tune Ups & More: Complete Car Car Specialists
Winter doesn’t have to be nearly so intimidating if you’ve got a car that is in top running condition and ready to take it on. Give us a call to get your vehicle in tip-top shape this winter. In addition to tires and brakes, it’s also a good idea to have your radiator flushed. This will clean any dirt and contaminants out so that is it running in peak condition.
Serving the Cincinnati area since 2001, European Auto Specialists delivers premium auto care to foreign and domestic vehicles. Though we specialize in European makes, we really can service any make and model. We’ll let you know how long your repair will take and get you back on the road in record time. Our mechanics bring over 60 years of combined experience to every repair job. Our work is certified and guaranteed.
Give us a call or fill out our online form to schedule your next inspection. When the alarm goes off in the morning, no matter if its a gazillion degrees below zero, feel confident your car will start up, run smoothly and be at peak performance. We promise top of the line exceptional service and will always treat your baby as if it was our own.