Getting your Porsche ready for summer staycations
Summer is just around the corner and by now you might be planning your first staycation in your Porsche. So if you have been waiting to take your Porsche further afield, or maybe even need to bring it out of storage for summer, here are some tips to help you get back on the road safely.
We have included some frequently asked questions that our Aftersales teams have fielded recently and some general advice.
It is important to remember the basics when you haven’t used your car for a while, so first off it is a good idea to check your lights, levels and tyres. When you ready your Porsche for the open road this summer, ensure it is completely road-safe before you set off on a long journey.
Take your Porsche out for a short drive.
Before heading off too far away from home, it is a good idea to make sure your Porsche is in full working order. If you have any warning lights, do not ignore them. You can contact us for further assistance or to make a booking if needed.
Clean your Porsche and carry out a visual inspection of the car, both inside and out.
If there is anything that you need refreshing before you take your Porsche away, our Bodyshop will be happy to assist you. They can carry out wheel refurbishments, interior colour enhancements or fix any scratches to the paintwork to get your Porsche looking fresh for summer.
Work out your new service schedule.
If your MOT was extended, some of your visits could now be out of sync if you usually like to tie in your MOT and maintenance into one visit to your nearest official Porsche Centre. Additionally, if you have been waiting to get any recall work carried out, our team will be happy to help you get your Porsche into top working condition.
Whether you need an oil filter and change, brake pad replacement, drain cleaning, pollen filter replacement or even a cabriolet roof service, be sure to book any outstanding maintenance work that your Porsche needs before summer arrives so that you can enjoy your Porsche to the full.
Think about what you might need for your trip.
If you need to kit out your Porsche for the summer ahead, whether it is trips to the beach, family holidays, or even long walks with the dog, remember to check out the Porsche Driver’s Selection and Tequipment range for everything you need to make the most of summer in your Porsche.
Porsche Driver’s Selection has a fantastic range of Porsche themed clothing and accessories to suit your lifestyle. The range of Tequipment includes bike racks, roof boxes and floor mats to make your Porsche even more practical when taking a trip.
Frequently Asked Questions when bringing a Porsche out of storage:
Why are my tyres juddering?
If you find that your tyres are juddering when you first move your Porsche out of storage, this is usually down to the rubber becoming less pliable, which then reduces grip when doing slow manoeuvres, creating a skipping or juddering feeling.
Why is my AC not blowing cold?
This could simply be that your air conditioning unit needs a re-gas. This service starts from £159 for models newer than 2016, and £130 for models prior to 2016 and it only takes 1.5 hours to complete. For all models this service also includes a bacterial service on the units, so you can enjoy clean and cool air conditioning in the warmer summer months.
What should I do if I have a flat battery?
When your Porsche has been stood still for a while, the battery might have gone flat. You can purchase a trickle charger to get your battery running again by contacting our Parts team. If your battery is flat, you should also check your tyres haven’t gone flat during this time too.
Why is my DPF light on?
After a few shorter journeys, it is possible that your Diesel Particulate Filter warning light might come on. This is due to the DPF not having enough time to fully empty. To resolve this, drive at a speed over 40mph for more than 10 minutes.
This will complete an active regeneration cycle and clear the warning light. If you are not able to complete an active regeneration cycle and continue to drive slowly in a stop/start pattern, this will cause more soot to build up and may cause further problems down the line.
If you need any assistance or would like to make a booking, please do let us know. Contact your nearest Porsche Centre and we will be happy to help.