Porsche Starter Maintenance Tips

The smallest car components often prove to be the most vital. Take your Porsche starter for instance. As small as it is, it can decide whether your car will start or it won’t. It is small, but you cannot do without it. That explains why you have to be overly cautious with Porsche starters.

How It Works

 It is simply a small DC motor designed to turn the engine crankshaft via the flywheel. Turn it on and it initiates the combustion process by creating compression within the engine cylinders. This is of course, a basic overview of how it works. A more detailed look especially into the Porsche starter reveals complexities that only automotive experts can understand. As a Porsche owner, yours is to know how and why your starter should always be at its optimum best. You should also be aware of the following Porsche starter maintenance tips.

The Relationship Between The Battery And The Starter

A slow cranking engine should get you worried. It is usually a sign of a bad starter – one that is old or faulty and needs replacement. On the flipside though, the problem could also be one that has everything to do with low battery voltage or poor electrical connections at the battery or worse still, a failed relay or faulty fusible link. With that in mind, always start any form of starter routine maintenance or inspection from the battery. That is because voltage to the starter is always supplied directly from the car battery. It is then controlled via a solenoid or relay operated from the key switch inside the Porsche.

The Solenoid

In Porsche starters, the solenoid is usually located between the engine and the battery. It is connected to the starter by a series of twisted or braided wires. As small as it is, it should work perfectly for your car to start. To find out if it works as it should use the negative lead from the voltmeter to touch the metal car frame. Then place the positive end from the voltmeter directly on the solenoids wire. The voltmeter should register 12.5 volts. Anything below that amount of voltage means that the solenoid is not working. It will be a matter of time before the starter fails.

Replacing The Starter Assembly

The starter drive can always be replaced separately from the Porsche starter assembly. This is a big risk though. It is better and safer to replace the entire Porsche starter assembly. That is because starter failure on any part happens because of usage, heat and age stress to which the whole starter has been subjected.  The other parts are therefore just as old as the one component you wish to replace.  The last thing you would want is to replace a starter drive only to end up buying another starter in months because a magnet broke, the brushes wore out or the solenoid failed.  Simply replace the whole starter system.

Easing The Load On Your Starter

The starter, alongside other car components like the A/C, usually needs high voltage to get started.  With that in mind, start your car with major components like high powered stereo, blower motor and the A/C compressor turned off. This will ease the load on the starter.