Porsche vehicles are expected to be the pinnacle of luxury with higher performance standards than others on the market. It only makes sense that such a high-quality car requires higher maintenance standards. Every part needs to stay in perfect shape as much as possible, including the air-oil separator for the health of your Porsche and yourself. We will explain what an air-oil separator is, what it does, why it is important, what happens if it is not properly maintained, how to keep it functioning, and where to go to have it maintained and fixed if needed.
What is an air-oil separator?
An air-oil separator is a cylindrical device that works kind of like a can. It is connected to your crankcase ventilation system.
What does it do?
Your air-oil separator traps oil that escapes from the crankcase vents before it enters the intake. This reduces performance problems due to oil build-up and reduces carbon output.
Why is an air-oil separator important?
Because the separator prevents the buildup of oil and gunk, it greatly affects your Porsche’s overall performance in the long run. Without it, you will find the standards of driving that you are used to being drastically lowered.
What Happens When it Fails
When your air-oil separator fails to function properly, a lot of really nasty things will happen that can cause extensive damage if left untreated. Some of the warning signs are:
- Oil leakage. It should be easy to notice this because oil is dark in color and different from every other liquid that comes from your car. For instance, coolant is usually blue, and gas is strong smelling and yellowish in color.
- Dark smoke will be emitted from your exhaust pipe.
- Your check engine light may come on. This can be due to a multitude of things, so take note and see if any of these other symptoms are happening before trying to diagnose the problem.
The damage that this does to your vehicle over time includes:
- Total engine failure. This may take a while, but when it happens, you will be stranded. It will cost a lot more to fix as well.
- Overall performance decreases. You know your car. You know what it feels like and how it performs usually. The power you are familiar with will increasingly deteriorate the longer the issue persists.
- The air will be contaminated with burned oil. This is bad for your overall health and should be avoided at all costs.
How to Maintain the Air-Oil Separator
In order to avoid the failure of your separator, you can do a few different things:
- Have your Porsche serviced and inspected as often as your manual The manufacturers know how much prompt and strict maintenance routines make a positive impact on your performance.
- Use only the best materials when having parts replaced and maintained. Use good oil, even if it is not cheap. This will decrease the likelihood of malfunction. It comes at a premium price because it’s the best quality you can get.
- If you notice any issues, get them fixed early on. This ensures that your Porsche will last as long as it should.
- Take your vehicle into a high-quality auto shop for repairs when needed.
Where to Go to Have Separator Maintained/Replaced
Whether you just need maintenance done or a complete part replacement, European Motors Maryland has you covered. We service only the finest European vehicles. These brands include:
- Land Rover
If you have more than one luxury vehicle, you can trust us to work on all of them. Our trained technicians have been servicing everyone’s automotive needs since 1992. That is almost three decades of experience that the competition has not had to gain the proper techniques needed to work on something that requires such a high level of detail and attention.
If you are in or near the Baltimore, Columbia, Ellicott City, or Catonsville areas of Maryland, you should come in and give us a chance to inspect, repair, and maintain your luxury vehicle today. We promise you will be so satisfied that you’ll come to us for all future needs. If you have any questions or want to make an appointment, call us at 410-788-5798.
* Porsche 956 Cayenne image credit goes to: DarthArt.