Porsche offers unbeatable performance, and they are continually adding the latest technology to their cars to give you the best driving experience possible. Owning a Porsche is a luxury. Keeping current on the strict service program is of utmost importance. European Motors Maryland can provide you with this important maintenance service, and we can do it without the high costs that you will find at a dealership.
Unfortunately, some Porsches can experience driveshaft failure. It isn’t extremely common, but it does happen from time to time. In this article, we will discuss driveshaft failure and what to do about it.
What is a driveshaft?
The driveshaft is a cylindrical shaft that is connected to the drivetrain. It transmits torque to the wheels. It is mainly used to transfer torque amongst components that are separated by distance.
Symptoms of Driveshaft Failure
Driveshafts are very precise components, and if they are not performing properly they will affect your Porsche’s drivability. There are 4 common symptoms that will alert you if there is a problem:
- Shuddering: During acceleration, you may experience a significant shudder. This shuddering is a sign of failing driveshaft components.
- Extreme Vibrations: If the U-joint or bushings wear out on a driveshaft, they can cause intense vibrations. These vibrations are usually the first signs of driveshaft failure, and they will come from under the vehicle.
- Strange Noises: If the components of the driveshaft fail and affect the rotation of the driveshaft, you may hear some abnormal noises such as rattling, squeaking, clunking, or scraping.
- Issues Turning: Driveshaft support failure can inhibit the wheels from turning This can make driving difficult because you will not have full control of the vehicle. This issue needs to be addressed immediately.
Additional Reasons for Driveshaft Support Failure
Center bearing failure is the most common cause of driveshaft failure in the Porsche Cayenne, but there are other reasons as well. Wear and tear, constant use, manufacturing errors, and improper installation can all lead to driveshaft problems in your Porsche.
The center bearing support in the Porsche Cayenne is used to lessen vibration and sideways movement of the driveshaft as it turns. The rubber of the center bearing is weak and fails due to age and outside elements. Once the rubber begins to fail, you will experience an abnormal vibration when accelerating. This vibration may not be too noticeable at first, but it will get worse and eventually turn into a knocking noise.
To fix the center bearing support issue, the factory recommends that the driveshaft is removed from the car and disassembled. Using the same rubber design, a new center support is installed, and the driveshaft is reassembled and put back into the car.
We Can Help You
Our technicians at European Motors Maryland can fix your driveshaft support failure. You don’t have to take your Porsche to a dealership to have the work performed. Dealerships charge high prices and take a long time to complete the job. Being a Bosch Certified repair facility, we are able to do exactly what a dealership can, and we will do it cheaper and quicker.
We have been Maryland’s trusted option for European auto care for over 25 years. Our skilled technicians can take care of any of your Porsche needs. They are highly knowledgeable in their field and have the latest equipment and tools available, so they are able to provide you with the finest service around.
Give Us a Call Today
Driveshaft support failure can be a safety issue. Don’t put off having the issue fixed. If you are experiencing support failure or just need regular maintenance performed on your Porsche, give us a call today. European Motors Maryland is here to help you. We don’t want you to be without your car, so we will do whatever what is necessary to get you back on the road safely. Our employees will take great care of you. We will do our best to take the hassle and annoyance out of having your car serviced.
Call European Motors Maryland today to schedule your appointment or consultation. You can reach us on 410-788-5798. We proudly service the Baltimore, Columbia, Ellicott City, and Catonsville, MD areas.