People all over the world know Porsche for its stylish and fun-driving sports cars. Less known is the fact that the company had relatively humble beginnings in Germany with consulting and designing, but not making cars for its own brand. The company was integral in the creation of Volkswagen’s first car: the Beetle. It has certainly come a long way from there. Looking toward the future of automobiles, Porsche is unambiguous about the goals of tomorrow, stating its 2025 strategy as: “Shaping the future of the sportscar.”
For all this impressive history and pedigree, it is still a car with its own unique upkeep requirements. As a Porsche owner, it is often popular to keep a vehicle with a pristine body and elect to rebuild a failing engine rather than sacrificing the entire car. This is a daunting yet rewarding task, and if done well, it will keep you in your own beloved vehicle for years to come.
Why rebuild a car engine?
Some particular aspects that make Porsche so desirable are the forward-looking body design and purist approach to maintaining original parts, whenever possible. For nearly a century, each new line of cars Porsche has made consistently set the standard for what new body design should look like. At the same time, owners take pride in maintaining pristine condition while still enjoying their sports car.
While driving, the engine of any vehicle is put under considerable stress. Heat in the engine block dissipates through a complex cooling system. Many hundreds of thousands of rotations of the pistons are racked up, whether enjoying a cruise through the countryside or pushing the limits of the fabled Autoban in the manufacturer’s home country.
With all these many moving parts in a car engine, it is sometimes necessary to keep the body of the car you love and rebuild a failing engine. Fortunately with access to quality parts and professionals who know what they’re doing, this is a very attainable goal.
Steps to Properly Rebuild a Porsche Engine
There is a tried and true method to approaching the vehicle and making the changes necessary to have the engine roaring back to life like it did the day it left the showroom floor.
- Thorough fault-finding and diagnostic testing: Like all vehicle maintenance, it is quite uncommon to have an entire engine fail all at once and need to completely start from new. Indeed, this massive overhaul would most likely mean a tragedy has occurred such that the engine is the least of your worries. As with any normal repair, the first step to an engine rebuild is going through the car’s computer chip and other relevant diagnostic tools to determine exactly what is failing and needs to be replaced to bring this engine back to life.
- Changing all replaceable parts: While each engine is different and the degree of rebuilding will be different each time, it is rare every part will have to be replaced. Sometimes only half an engine needs to be rebuilt and other replaceable parts, such as hoses, can be replaced at the same time. This ensures all potentially-damaged or worn parts are going in new.
- Changing fluids/regular servicing: After the engine rebuild and before getting back on the road, the entire engine, including all fluids, must be topped up just like routine maintenance. Although the engine block is now nearly brand new, it would be disastrous to go through all this work then leave your rebuilt engine in sub par driving condition.
Escondido German Auto is Here for You and your Porsche
The joy of hitting the open road in a stylish Porsche sports car is rivaled only by the feeling of doing so with the vehicle feeling brand new post-repairs and/or replacement. At Escondido German Auto, we have you covered to make sure your Porsche keeps running the way it was designed. We specialize in European makes and are focused on the specific and unique needs these brands have.
Stop by our convenient location, which proudly serves customers in the Escondido, Rancho Bernardo, and Valley Center areas as well as the surrounding communities. We look forward to speaking with you today and showing you why we are the best shop for your Porsche’s needs.
* Porsche Car image credit goes to: Streager.