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Porsche Home Maintenance Checklist

By Michael Tashjian • December 18, 2017
As a proud Porsche owner, we know you love your high-quality vehicle. At Formula Motorsports, we’re here to provide step-by-step Porsche service to keep you on the road and in style for as long as possible.
You can help here as well, even if you’re not a seasoned car technician. There are several easy bits of Porsche maintenance that can be handled from home – here are a few items to keep on your checklist to keep things humming smoothly in between visits to our shop.

Fluid Checks

Check each of the following fluids, if applicable:

  • Brake fluids
  • Coolant
  • Power steering fluid
  • Automatic transmission fluid
  • Hydraulic clutch fluid
  • Windshield washer fluid

Especially in the case of simpler fluids like windshield washers or coolant, these locations are easy to find. For others, consult your manual if you’re unsure.

Hoses and Belts

Make sure that hoses and belts in the radiator are not old, brittle or cracked. Also check hoses you can see, and make sure none of them are leaking. If so, they’ll need to be replaced.
In addition, if you hear a shrieking sound when you turn on the car or press the gas pedal, this may be a sign of a loose belt. Check the tension of your belts – there should be very little give. If belts are loose, they need to be replaced.

Battery, Lights, Wipers

Visually inspect your battery for corrosion, and make sure its connections are tight. Check that your dash lights, headlights, tail lights, brake lights, back-up lights and turn signals are working periodically. In addition, check your windshield wipers – don’t actually touch the wiper blade, as oil from your fingers can cause the blades to deteriorate. Simple ensure that wipers are making good contact with the windshield, and that they aren’t dry or cracked.

Fluid Leaking

Check your engine, or under it, to see if any fluids are leaking. Use a flashlight if needed. You may notice dripping from the engine or wet spots on the ground – you could also leave a piece of cardboard on the ground to check for this. If there are leaks, contact our experts about the possible causes.


Check the tire pressure, and top it off if necessary – this can be done at most gas stations. Inspect the tires for visible wear or any sharp objects stuck in them.

Engine Sounds

Each engine has its own sound, and by listening to yours often, you can determine how it sounds when running normally. This will allow you to also detect when things don’t sound normal, and when it might be time for an inspection.
For more on basic Porsche maintenance, or to find out about any of our Porsche services, speak to the pros at Formula Motorsports today.