Spring weather may not always be the most favourable for owning, operating, and enjoying a luxury vehicle. Luckily thanks to Porsche’s superior design and exceptional engineering, our vehicles can be enjoyed year-round, given proper care and maintenance.
As we leave cold weather in the rear-view, whether you have been driving your Porsche Cayenne SUV all winter or had your Porsche 911 safely “tucked in” for the winter, there are some things you need to know to keep your Porsche road ready.
From Winter to Spring driving
If you’ve been driving your Porsche throughout winter, there are parts of your vehicle that have been working extra hard over the last six months that may require your attention.
Salty roads are a reality in Canadian winter through spring and, although the salt does give you more traction on the road, without proper inspection and cleaning it can lead to rust and
corrosion. Make sure to keep your Porsche clean and, we recommend, spending some quality time with your vehicle and wash it by hand at a wand car wash.
Now that the worst weather is behind us, save the tread on your winter tires by changing over to your summer or all-season tires. While you’re switching out your tires, you should also take a look at the status of your brakes. Winter salt can take its toll on disc pads and if they are left unwashed and not properly lubricated, they can suffer premature brake pad wear. Book your spring tire changeover today and our technicians will review the health of your brakes as well.
Cold weather is especially hard on batteries and they have a tendency to wear down far more quickly over the winter. Be sure to test your battery to ensure it is running well or bring it to the Porsche Centre Kelowna and our service professionals will gladly take a look and replace it if needed.
Snow, ice and freezing rain will wear down your wipers and there is nothing more frustrating, or dangerous, than trying to see out of a streaky windshield. Now that winter is
over, check to see if the wipers are cracked or torn and be sure to take a quick measurement before heading over to Porsche Centre Kelowna to install a fresh pair if they need replacing.
Snow and ice can make driving conditions treacherous and may also camouflage curbs and make potholes difficult to spot. Even minor impacts can change the steering geometry or the alignment of your front or rear end and, if left unattended, this can accelerate tire wear and even reduce fuel economy. Don’t take the risk. Book an appointment with our service professionals today.
From Winter storage to Spring driving
Porsches were built to be enjoyed and for some Porsche drivers, driving in the winter brings more hives than happiness. That’s why some Porsche owners choose to store their vehicle for the winter and let it loose again in the spring. If this is your plan, here are some things to remember when you are starting up your Porsche this spring.
Remove the car cover and give your car a walk around. Inspect the tires for dry-rot or cracks and flat spots. Flat spots can be driven out over time, but dry-rot and cracks seriously compromise the safety of your tires and you should head over to the Porsche Centre Kelowna to find a replacement set
Pop the hood
Your Porsche may not have been the only thing staying inside for the winter. Make sure you check to see if any mice or other “unwanted stowaways” have built nests under the hood, in the tailpipe, or in the airbox.
Check your battery
If you used a trickle charger over the winter, your battery should be in good condition, but it is always a good idea to double check. Otherwise, reconnect your battery and ensure it has the proper charge.
Start your Porsche
It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for all winter. Once you’ve completed a thorough check of the exterior, it’s time to start your engine. Flip through your lights and your blinkers to make sure the electrical system is working properly and pump your brakes a few times in case they have become a little tight during storage. Don’t forget to make sure your garage doors are wide open so the whole block knows that “spring has sprung” and your Porsche is ready for action.
Do one final walk around to spot any leaks or cracks that bringing your Porsche up to temperature may have released. Double check all fluid levels and finally give it a good wash and your car will be Porsche Perfect for another season.
Have fun and be safe
Being the proud owner of one of the world’s finest automobiles is as much an enjoyment as it is dedicated care. When driving conditions change, you need to adapt your vehicle to manage those changes because having pride in your vehicle means always ensuring it is performing at its optimum levels. Proper maintenance and regular check-ups by certified service professionals are the best ways to identify potential failures before they occur and keep your Porsche out of the service department and out on the road.