You expect high-quality production when you splurge on a luxury car like a Porsche. German vehicles are popular among Tennessee residents because of all of the open space to enjoy the high-performance capabilities the roads offer. There is not a lot that you need to keep an eye out for outside of regular maintenance, but owners should be aware of a few common problems.
The leakage of antifreeze, or coolant, is one of these problems. Leaks mainly caused by now-obsolete coolant tubes. Factories designed Porsches from 2002-2006 with hard plastic coolant pipes that could not stand up to the heat they generated. The German company has since patched up this problem, but if you have a less than a recent model, it is necessary to learn to recognize signs of a coolant leak.
What is coolant?
As a source of tremendous horsepower, Porsche’s engines run very hot. Without the right safety measures in place to protect the engine, these temperatures melt engine components. Coolant, more generally referred to as antifreeze, is a coolant used to minimize or control a vehicle’s temperature. This protects the engine from overheating.
What is the thermostat housing?
There is a coolant outlet known as the thermostat casing in the engine of your car between the engine and the radiator. The coolant in your car is continuously flowing, and before it travels into the radiator to cool, this device houses coolant. The coolant will leak into the engine if this piece is cracked or damaged at all.
How to Spot Coolant Leaks
It is advisable to periodically check the coolant levels of your vehicle, but it is likely that coolant leaks out if your car is regularly overheated. Next, you have to decide where it comes from and how easily it leaks. To decide whether your car is leaking coolant, there are a few methods. Although the issue can theoretically be found on your own, it’s vital that it gets checked out by a professional to avoid permanent damage.
- Look under your vehicle: Searching under the hood under your car is one of the most obvious ways to search for a coolant leak. The bright pink color of the Porsche coolant makes it easier to distinguish between other liquids and a coolant leak.
- Check your pressure cap: It may just be that you have a loose or damaged pressure cap if your car is overheating often. You have the option of purchasing a new safety cap or having your cap checked for mechanical pressure to see if it works properly. However, if the issue continues, it may be a sign of leakage of coolant.
- Check your hoses: As a Porsche owner, even before a particular problem, you can periodically check all the hoses under your car’s hood. Check the engine’s hoses to ensure that none are bulging, broken, brittle, or leaking. If any of these signs are present, the car needs urgent attention to prevent sequential damage when driving.
- Check Your Radiator: Look under the radiator for wet spots, especially rust-colored stains or white-colored deposits.
Bavarian Auto For Your Porsche’s Coolant Leaks
Something as simple as tightening a loose clamp or as complicated as fixing a broken water pipe can cause a coolant leak. It needs expertise and a quality technician and a professionally fitted store of equipment to diagnose the exact cause of the leakage. It’s crucial that you select high-quality parts to put in your Porsche if anything needs to be replaced.
At Bavarian Auto, we have been Chattanooga’s Choice for Bosch certified European Auto Service since 1981. We are a locally owned and operated independent, family-owned business responsible to our customers. Our technicians want to help you with routine maintenance to major repairs to extend the lifespan of your Porsche.
One drawback to living in such small towns is how difficult it can be to find quality auto maintenance without going to the dealerships, but Bavarian Auto has serviced drivers throughout the Hixson, Ooltewah, and Chattanooga, TN areas at a fraction of the cost of the dealerships for over 30 years. Call us today to find out how we can help you with your automotive issues.