As a Porsche owner, you put a lot of TLC into your vehicle. Spring time is no different. This is the perfect time to do a deep clean of your Porsche, as you get ready to start showing it off around town in the warm weather. Here are some helpful tips on how you can keep your Porsche in tip-top shape.
1. Wash the Exterior Thoroughly
The first step is to give your car a good wash. Don’t forget the undercarriage and in the wheel wells. Put some elbow grease into it to remove buildups of grime, road salt, debris and dirt that could result in rust if you ignore it. Corrosion and rot can detract from your car’s exhaust and muffler systems, not to mention car frame and coil springs.
Work from top to bottom to ensure you’re not dragging dirt upward. This will save you time in the long run. Do the fenders and bumpers last because they have the biggest and thickest accumulation of dirt. All that dirt will get on your towel, sponge or mitt. Lastly, give your Porsche a nice coating of wax to protect the paint job. Do this again in five weeks and then again before the fall.
2. Clean the Interior
Remove trash and large pieces of debris. Vacuum all carpeted areas. Then scrub the carpets with an approved cleaning agent. Remove the floor mats and lay them on the ground outside. Take a hose or pressure washing wand to them to blast off the caked-in dirt. If you have the extra cash, rent a steam cleaner, especially if you have a few stubborn stains that won’t go away with regular cleaning.
If this isn’t in the budget, spray some carpet cleaner on them. Now, move onto the dashboard, cleaning it in circular motions with a microfiber cloth and mild cleaner. For the areas of leather trim, apply a special leather cleaner – only products designated for this material. For mirrors and glass areas, use a glass cleaner. Don’t spray directly onto the mirror or glass (you could get streaks). Spray first onto the cloth, then apply.
3. Add Gas
If your Porsche is just a warm-weather ride that’s been sitting in the garage since last fall, Car and Driver recommends you add new gasoline to the tank, as fuel can become less useful after three months of being idle. In fact, the volatile components of gasoline can evaporate. When you fill up your tank, this reduces how much oxygen is in the tank, which reduces how many volatile chemicals the gas may lose.
4. Change Your Wiper Blades
This is a good time to switch out the wiper blades on your Porsche. With the onslaught of spring rains coming soon, your wiper blades need to be ready to handle it all. That’s because newer blades can clear water more efficiently, which will increase your ability to see out the windshield. Change your blades again six months from now, and so on.
5. Check the Tires
Worn tires lead to reduced braking power. They can also lead to less efficient gas mileage. If your tires are showing signs of wear, particularly in the tread, replace them. Check that your tire pressure is showing the correct manufacturer-recommended level. This will improve gas mileage, to be sure, but it will also improve your safety and lessen the risk of a blowout while on the road.
6. Check Fluids
Check, replace or top off all fluids, such as engine oil, transmission fluid, windshield wiper fluid and more. Take your car in for an engine and filter change if needed. Addressing these filter changes in a timely manner is a small way you can improve the performance and longevity of your Porsche.
7. Inspect the Ventilation System
One way to do this is to switch the AC to its highest setting. Does it reach a cool temperature fairly quickly? If yes, you’re all set. If not, schedule maintenance with your trusted Porsche mechanic. This is also a good time to change the air filter so dirt, pollen, and organic matter won’t accumulate.
Contact Hance’s European
This spring, get much-needed maintenance done on your Porsche at Hance’s European. We can ensure your Porsche is ready to handle the rigors of spring and summer. Please schedule your appointment with us as soon as you can this month when you call us at (214) 800-4571.