Porsche Repair Service Santa Barbara Haik’s German Autohaus
Haik's German Autohaus
310 E. Cota Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 965-0975

Porsche Repair and Service Santa Barbara

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Specializing in the Maintenance of all Porsche Models
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Boxster | Cayman | 911 Carrera | Spyder | Panamera | Macan | Cayenne

Finding the right auto mechanic for your car is vital in our age of highly sophisticated automobiles. By specializing in Porsche, we are able to offer repair and service of every automotive system in your car, from tires and brakes to sophisticated electronic repairs.

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Porsche Auto Services We Provide

Car Check and Inspection Services

Car Check | Service Engine Soon | Vehicle Inspection | Check Engine Light Diagnosis | Trouble-Shooting | Diagnostics | Pre-Purchase Check | Safety Check |

Porsche Services

Air-Conditioning Service | Air Filter | Battery Service | Belts | Brake Fluid Flush | Cabin Filter | Coolant Change | Diesel Service | Differential Service | Engine Service | Fuel Filter | Car Noises | Oil Change | Power Steering Flush | Spark Plugs | Transfer Case Service | Transmission Service | Tune-Up | And More…


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Porsche Repairs

Air Bags | Air-Conditioning | Alternator | Battery Replacement | Body Repair | Brakes | Catalytic Converter | Computer Controls | Cooling System | Diesel Repair | Door Locks | Engine Repair | Electrical Repairs | Electronic Computer Repairs | Exhaust System | Key Ignition Lock | Leaks | Light Bulbs | Lighting | Mirror Replacement | Muffler | Noises | Oxygen Sensors | Power Steering | Radiator Replacement | Seat Belts | Shock Absorbers | Starter | Thermostat | Tire Replacement | Transmission Repair | Transmission Replacement | Water Pump | Window Lifters | And More...


Porsche Repair By Symptom

Running Problems | Starting Problems | Warning Lights | Check Engine Light | ABS Light On | Brake Warning Light | Tire Monitor On | Service Light On | SRS | Dead Battery | Overheating | Air-Conditioning Not Cold | Shifting Problems | Car Noises | Oil Leaks | Shaking | Windows Not Operating | And More...


Complete maintenance schedules for all Porsche models

Porsche Factory Services (see below)

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Please call us at (805) 965-0975 with any questions about your Porsche.

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Porsche Factory Services

For Porsche Factory Service Schedules, see below.

Porsche Factory Service Schedules

Porsche Factory Maintenance Intervals

(depending on model and year)

*Each Model and Year of Porsche has its specific requirements. The following schedule is merely an approximate guide. There is not enough space here to list services for every year and model.

For further information see Porsche's website.

Porsche Models 2001-2004
  • Minor Maintenance every 12K miles or (2 years)
  • Major Maintenance every 24K miles or (4 years)
  • Engine Oil and Filter change every 12K miles or (2 years)
  • Spark Plugs every 48K miles or (4 years) (except Turbo every 24K miles)
  • Air Filter every 24K miles or (4 years)
  • Brake Fluid change every 2 years
Porsche Models 2005-2007
  • Minor Maintenance every 20K miles or (2 years)
  • Major Maintenance every 40K miles or (4 years)
  • Engine Oil and Filter change every 20K miles or (2 years)
  • Spark Plugs every 60K miles or (4 years)
  • *Spark Plugs Cayenne S / Cayenne GTS 2003-2006 every 60K miles (4 years)
  • Air Filter every 40K miles or (4 years)
  • Brake Fluid change every 2 years
Porsche Models 2008
  • Minor Maintenance 1 every 12K miles or (every year)
  • Minor Maintenance 2 every 24K miles or (2 years)
  • Major Maintenance every 40K miles or (3 years)
  • Engine Oil and Filter change every 12K miles or (every year)
  • Spark Plugs every 40K miles or (4 years)
  • Air Filter every 40K miles or (3 years)
  • Brake Fluid change every 2 years
Porsche Models 2009-2011
  • Minor Maintenance every 20K miles or (2 years)
  • Major Maintenance every 40K miles or (4 years)
  • Engine Oil and Filter change every 10K miles or (every year)
  • Spark Plugs every 40K miles or (4 years)
  • *Spark Plugs Panamera Turbo every 30K miles or 4 years)
  • Air Filter Boxster, Cayman, Carrera, 911 Turbo every 40K miles or (4 years)
  • *Air Filter 911 Turbo every 30K miles or (4 years)
  • *Air Filter Cayenne and Panamera every 80K miles or (4 years)
  • *Air Filter Cayenne diesel 2010 and 2011 every 60K or (6 years)
  • Brake Fluid change every 2 years

Porsche Factory Minor Maintenance

*Each Model and Year of Porsche has its specific requirements. The following schedule is merely an approximate guide. There is not enough space here to list services for every year and model.

(at 20,000, 60,000, 100,000, 140,000 miles, etc.)

If the mileage for scheduled maintenance is not reached, minor maintenance must be performed after 2, 6, 10 ... years at the latest.

  • Diagnosis system: Read out fault memory
  • Change engine oil and oil filter
  • Underside of vehicle and engine compartment: Visual inspection for leaks (oils and fluids) and chafing (lines and hoses)
  • Underbody covers: Visual inspection for completeness, fastening and signs of damage
  • Coolant hoses: Check condition
  • Radiators and air intakes: Visual inspection for exterior soiling and blockage
  • Coolant: Check level and antifreeze
  • Particle filter: Replace filter element
  • Brake system: Visual inspection of the brake pads and brake discs for signs of wear
  • Brake hoses and lines: Visual inspection for damage, correct routing and corrosion
  • Drive shafts: Visual inspection of the boots for leaks and signs of damage
  • Tires: Check condition and tire pressure
  • Door locks, lid locks, safety hook and internal trunk release mechanism (trunk entrapment) of the front lid: Check to ensure that they are adjusted correctly and function properly
  • Vehicle lighting system: Check function
  • All headlights: Check adjustment
  • Horn: Check function
  • Windshield wiper/washer system, headlight washer: Check fluid level and nozzle adjustments, make sure to check the antifreeze during the winter months; check wiper blades
  • Electrical devices as well as indicator and warning lights: Check function Oils, fluids: Visual inspection for leaks

* The engine oil and oil filter must be changed every 6,000 miles in vehicles that are driven in countries where leaded fuel is used.

Test drive

  • Remote control, front seats, foot brake and parking brake (also operating travel), engine, clutch, steering, transmission, ParkAssist, automatic speed control, PSM switch, PASM switch, heater, air-conditioning system and instruments: Check function
  • Oils, fluids: Visual inspection for leaks

For further information see Porsche's website.

Porsche Factory Major Maintenance

*Each Model and Year of Porsche has its specific requirements. The following schedule is merely an approximate guide. There is not enough space here to list services for every year and model.

(at 40,000, 80,000, 120,000, 160,000 miles etc.)

If the mileage for scheduled maintenance is not reached, major maintenance must be performed after 4, 8, 12 ... years at the latest.

  • Diagnosis system: Read out fault memory
  • Change engine oil and oil filter
  • Underside of vehicle and engine compartment: Visual inspection for leaks (oils and fluids) and chafing (lines and hoses)
  • Underbody covers: Visual inspection for completeness, fastening and signs of damage
  • Coolant hoses: Check condition
  • Radiators and air intakes: Visual inspection for exterior soiling and blockage
  • Coolant: Check level and antifreeze
  • Air cleaner: Replace filter element
  • Particle filter: Replace filter element
  • Fuel system: Visual inspection for damage, correct routing and firm seating of the line connections
  • Parking brake: Check free play of the parking brake lever
  • Brake system: Visual inspection of the brake pads and brake discs for signs of wear
  • Brake hoses and lines: Visual inspection for leaks, damage, correct routing and corrosion
  • Clutch: Check limit position of pedal
  • Steering gear: Visual inspection of the bellows for signs of damage
  • Tie rod ends: Check play and dust bellows
  • Axle joints: Check play; visual inspection of the dust bellows for signs of damage
  • Check tightness of screw connections on the suspension adjustment system at the front and rear
  • Drive shafts: Visual inspection of the boots for leaks and signs of damage
  • Exhaust system: Visual inspection for leaks and signs of damage; check mounts
  • Tires: Check condition and tire pressure
  • Door locks, lid locks, safety hook and internal trunk release mechanism (trunk entrapment) of the front lid: Check to ensure that they are adjusted correctly and function properly
  • Seat belts: Check function and condition
  • Vehicle lighting system: Check function
  • All headlights: Check adjustment
  • Horn: Check function
  • Windshield wiper/washer system, headlight washer: Check fluid level and nozzle adjustments, make sure to check the antifreeze during the winter months; check wiper blades
  • Electrical devices as well as indicator and warning lights: Check function
  • Remote control, front seats, foot brake and parking brake (also operating travel), engine, clutch, steering, transmission, ParkAssist, automatic speed control, PSM switch, PASM switch, heater, air-conditioning system and Instruments: Check function
  • Oils, fluids: Visual inspection for leaks

*The engine oil and oil filter must be changed every 6,000 miles in vehicles that are driven in countries where leaded fuel is used.

Test drive

  • Remote control, front seats, foot brake and parking brake (also operating travel), engine, clutch, steering, transmission, ParkAssist, automatic speed control, PSM switch, PASM switch, heater, air-conditioning system and instruments: Check function

For further information see Porsche's website.

Additional Factory Maintenance

*Each Model and Year of Porsche has its specific requirements. The following schedule is merely an approximate guide. There is not enough space here to list services for every year and model.

Additional maintenance every 2 years.

  • Replace spark plugs every 60,000 miles, but no later than every 4 years
  • Check drive belt at 40,000 miles, but no later than every 4 years
  • Check drive belt at 100,000 miles, but no later than every 10 years
  • Check drive belt at 160,000 miles, but no later than every 16 years
  • Replace drive belt
  • Manual transmission: Change gear oil
  • Automatic transmission: Change ATF and ATF filter
  • Automatic transmission: Change gear oil in final drive
  • Four-wheel final drive: Change gear oil
  • Change brake fluid
  • Check rollover protection system (911 Cabriolet only)

Additional maintenance every 4 years.

  • Replace tire sealant
  • Check batteries for tire pressure monitoring system
  • Check airbag system
  • Mounts for assemblies and running gear: Visual inspection of all rubber mounts for signs of damage

For further information see Porsche's website.

Porsche Repairs & Services

See our Services page

See our Repairs page.

*Or give us a call at 965-0975 for a free personal consultation.*

Pre-Purchase Check

Bumper to bumper check.

*For a complete list of inspection items, see Inspection (Car Check) on our Services page.

Porsche Innovations

Safety

Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM)

This is Porsche’s electronically controlled suspension. The system reacts to road conditions and continuously adjusts damping force on each individual wheel for a smoother ride. A press of the button changes the normal comfort mode to a much firmer sport mode. It also reduces pitch and roll. See Suspension (Active) on our Repairs page.

Porsche Stability Management (PSM)

This is Porsche’s enhanced stability control system. PSM continuously monitors the vehicle’s direction, speed, yaw velocity and lateral acceleration. If it detects a discrepancy between the driver’s intended direction of travel and the vehicle’s actual direction of travel, such as in oversteer or understeer, the PSM will apply braking to individual wheels to correct the stability. This occurs even at the limits of dynamic driving performance.

On low-grip road surfaces such as water, ice or gravel, PSM improves traction using anti-slip regulation (ASR) as well as automatic brake differential (ABD). For a sportier ride, Sport Plus mode raises the system threshold to give the driver a more control for a greater dynamic experience..

See Electronic Stability Control on our Repairs page.

Performance

Regenerative Braking

For years, hybrids have been using the technology of recovering energy from the braking system and returning the electricity back to the battery for storage. When acceleration or boost is needed, the electricity is fed to the electric motors on the drive axles and the motors help power the wheels to propel the vehicle.

Porsche has been experimenting with a regenerative braking system which uses the flywheel as the electrical storage device rather than the battery. It began testing in 2007 and ran its first car by the end of 2009. On its experimental 911 hybrid race car, the electro-magnetic flywheel acts as a storage battery when charging and switches to an electric boost motor when activated.

Each front wheel is connected to a 60 kilowatt (80 hp) electric motor/generator. When extra power is needed the units act as electric motors to boost acceleration. When extra power is not needed during braking, the units act as electric generators, creating electricity and charging the electrical storage device (electro-magnetic flywheel).

The flywheel is made of carbon-fiber composite with magnetic material, allowing the whole mechanism to behave as a motor when activated. It accelerates from idle speed of 24,000 rpm to nearly 40,000 rpm. The capacity of the flywheel is only 0.2 kilowatt-hours at full speed compared to the 1.7 kwh of the Porsche Cayenne hybrid battery, but the flywheel acts as an ultra capacitor releasing 163 horsepower for six seconds of boost when needed.

See Regenerative Braking (KERS) Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems on our Repairs page.

Some Unique Porsche Problems and Symptoms

Intermittent Problems

 
Severe Smoking 1999 Boxster (986 engine)

The smoke was so thick, you couldn’t see through it. We shut the engine off quickly. With any other car we would think a piston ring had blown, but this was a Porsche Boxster. To verify our suspicions, we tried to remove the oil filler cap with the engine running. It was stuck hard. Yep, the problem was the oil-air separator. The diaphragm had ruptured, allowing oil to enter the intake air system and burn in the combustion chamber.

The oil-air separator is central to the PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) breather system. It’s function is to take blow-by gas which slips past the piston rings, and recirculate it to the air intake system to be burned. The oil separator is supposed to allow only vapors to go through to the intake. It is designed to catch the oil and return it to the crankcase. When the diaphragm ruptures however, both oil and air are introduced to the intake system. What was strange in this case was the amount of oil we drained from the exhaust system and muffler. There was so much, it looked like we were performing an oil change.

After we replaced the oil separator, we removed the complete exhaust system and cleaned it as well as possible. We also cleaned the intake air plenum of as much oil as we could. The oxygen sensors, catalytic converter and mufflers were parts we could not clean. Even though the oxygen sensors and catalysts would usually not be ruined by the failure of the oil separator, the huge amount of oil we found in the exhaust convinced us to make the recommendation. The customer declined those replacement parts, so we did our best cleaning them. When we put it all back together, it continued smoking for twenty minutes. Eventually, all the oil burned out of the exhaust and the smoking stopped. We have no idea how long it took for the check engine light to come on with failure warnings of the oxygen sensors and catalytic converter, but the car left running well.

This smoking problem applies to Boxster 986 and 987 engines. When the 911 (996 and 997) oil-air separator fails, it does not cause nearly as much smoking.

When a PCV diaphragm ruptures, the suction created by the air intake system passes through the diaphragm and creates a vacuum in the crankcase. This is what causes the oil filler cap to hold tight. In some cases, this vacuum can be so strong it can cause the rear main seal to make a honking noise.

In order to test the PCV system, and catch problems before they become serious, it is important to have the proper tester.

IMS Bearing (Intermediate Shaft Bearing)

The IMS bearing has caused the 911 series and Boxster engines many problems. The bearing supports the intermediate shaft. Once it makes noise (a distinctive rattle), it is probably too late to take corrective action, and the entire engine must be overhauled. The IMS bearing can be replaced on the 996 and 986 engines without disassembling the entire engine. The bearing on the 997 cannot be replaced without total engine disassembly.

911 Dies Intermittently

A 1988 911 Porsche came to us with a dying problem. The customer stated that the engine died randomly while driving, but as soon as he pulled to the side of the road, it would start again.  He said that two other shops had checked it, but couldn’t find the problem.  They suggested he drive it until it totally failed and would not restart.  He said that the problem was getting worse, and he was afraid of getting stranded some place.

See my blog post Porsche 911 Dies Intermittently

Porsche Specific Terminology

  • Automatic Braking Differential (ABD)
  • C4 (Carrera 4) (All Wheel Drive)
  • Direct Fuel Injection (DFI)
  • IMS bearing (intermediate shaft bearing)
  • Oil Separator (breather system). See Positive Crankcase Ventilation System on our Repairs page.
  • ParkAssist
  • Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM)
  • Porsche Stability Management (PSM)
  • Porsche Traction Management (PTM) (4 wheel drive) AWD system continuously transfers power between the front and the rear axles via a multi-plate clutch
  • Power steering Plus
  • VerioCam Plus - See Variable Camshaft Timing on our Repairs page.

Modern Porsche Models and Years

Porsche Engine Numbers, Models and Dates

911’s also carry the name Carrera which in Spanish means “race” or “career.” The Carrera is a brand of Porsche automobiles which gets its name from success in the La Carrera Panamericana race.

All 911s are “911” models. Below are Porsche's sub-classifications:

911
  • 911 911 (1963–1989) (air-cooled) 911 classic
  • 930 911 (1975-1989) (air-cooled) turbo version of 911 classic
  • 964 911 (1989–1993) (air-cooled)
  • 993 911 (1993–1998) (air-cooled)
  • 996 911 (1998–2004) (water-cooled)
  • 997 911 (2004–2012) (water-cooled)
  • 991 911 (2012+) (water-cooled)
Boxster
  • 986 Boxster (1996-2005)
  • 987 Boxster (2005+)
Cayman
  • 987 Cayman (2006+)
Cayenne
  • 955 Cayenne (2002-2006)
  • 957 Cayenne (2007-2010)
  • 958 Cayenne (2011+)
Panamera
  • 970 Panamera (2009+)
Carrera GT
  • 980 Carrera GT (2004-2007) (race car)
Spyder
  • 918 Spyder (2014+) (race car)
Macan
  • 95B Macan (2014+)

*(911’s also carry the name Carrera which in Spanish means “race” or “career.” The Carrera is a brand of Porsche automobiles which gets its name from success in the La Carrera Panamericana race.

Porsche Models for 2014

  • Boxster, Boxster S, Boxster GTS
  • Cayman, Cayman S, Cayman GTS
  • 911 Carrera, 911 Carrera S, 911 Carrera Cabriolet
  • 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, 911 Carrera 4, 911 Carrera 4S
  • 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet, 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet
  • 911 Targa 4, 911 Targa 4S, 911 Turbo, 911 Turbo S
  • 911 Turbo Cabriolet, 911 Turbo S Cabriolet
  • 911 50th Anniversary Edition, 911 GT3
  • 918 Spyder, 918 Spyder with Weissach Package
  • Panamera, Panamera 4, Panamera S, Panamera S E-Hybrid
  • Panamera 4S, Panamera 4S Executive, Panamera GTS
  • Panamera Turbo, Panamera Turbo Executive
  • Panamera Turbo S, Panamera Turbo S Executive
  • Macan S, Macan Turbo
  • Cayenne, Cayenne Platinum Edition, Cayenne Diesel
  • Cayenne Diesel Platinum Edition, Cayenne S, Cayenne S Hybrid
  • Cayenne GTS, Cayenne Turbo, Cayenne Turbo S

To see the 2014 Porsche Models go to the Porsche Website.

Porsche Historical Note

Did you know…?

Ferdinand Porsche, who started the Porsche corporation in 1931, designed the VW Beetle by 1938, came out with the 356 Porsche in 1948, had built highly advanced winning race car engines for Austro-Daimler and Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft in Stuttgart during the 1920s and received two honorary PhD degrees. He was awarded the highest honor 45 years after his death. Dr. Ferdinand Porsche was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Las Vegas in 1996, and in 1999 posthumously won the international award “Car Engineer of the Century.”