Undoubtedly best known for its 911 series, Porsche offers true luxury motoring in the form of agile sports cars. Designed with soft lines that easily cut through air resistance, driving a Porsche feels like floating on air.
However, even the highest quality of German engineering cannot foresee the wear and tear caused by time and use. If combined with poor maintenance standards, after a few years of ownership, you may find a few problems start to emerge.
In this article we’ll be exploring the best ways to handle pressure accumulator failure in your prized Porsche so you can learn what to look out for and how to get back on the road as soon as possible.
The pressure accumulator is part of a complex system comprised of a plethora of valves, seals, pumps, and hydraulic lines. Located under the hood of the car, depending on your model of Porsche, the pressure accumulator will most often be found next to the AC system between the compressor and the evaporator.
The pressure accumulator’s main purpose within a car is to utilize hydraulic fluid to aid in the efficient running of a large proportion of the systems of your vehicle, these systems include the breaks, gearshift, and AC. The accumulator looks after these parts by storing the pressurised fluid that is emitted by the vehicle as it drives. The accumulator releases this power when sudden bursts of power are needed, such as when the AC is cranked up, or more importantly, when an emergency stop is required.
A faulty pressure accumulator results in severely incapacitated driving, ruining pleasurable driving experiences as well as the luxury feel of your Porsche.
The best way to handle any type of failure within a car’s system is to avoid issues entirely with regularly scheduled maintenance. Making sure all your car’s features and facets are running at optimum capacity on a regular basis will help ensure no sudden nasty surprises occur halfway down the freeway. Luckily, there are many simple things drivers can do to ensure their Porsche’s pressure accumulator is well taken care of.
This may not be the most pleasant thing in the middle of winter, but running your AC on full power for 10 minutes once a week will help keep the AC system in good running order, thus in turn reducing unnecessary strain on the accumulator.
It goes without saying for all drivers that looking after your brakes is essential. However taking care to avoid excessive force when braking can also help give your accumulator some TLC, as this more gentle practice does not cause it to become overused or worn out faster than its intended lifespan.
The final simple way in which you can look after your accumulator is to take care of your suspension. As the accumulator works with systems involving the suspension, if the suspension is under strain, so is your pressure accumulator.
One of the easiest ways you can reduce pressure on the suspension is to ensure your tires are properly inflated. Over- or under-inflated tires can play all kinds of havoc on a suspension, so a simple check can really avoid hassle down the road.
Of course, while stringent maintenance measures are important, hindsight is also a wonderful thing. Luckily, if your accumulator has failed, there are many early warning signs which will allow you to handle the issue before things before more serious.
Some of the early signs of accumulator failure include poor AC and poor braking performance, severe suspension noises, and in some cases, the illumination of warning lights on the dashboard. If you notice these problems starting to occur with your Porsche, then its best to seek professional repairs as soon as possible. As defined already, the pressure accumulator is an essential factor of maintaining the effectiveness of many of your cars features, so if an issue is suspected, it’s best not to ignore it.
If you’re a Porsche owner living in the Lawndale, Culver City, West Los Angeles, and South Bay, areas of California, then the highly qualified mechanics at Import Motorworx are on hand to help with your pressure accumulator problems. With a 24 month or 24,000 mile warranty with all repair works, you can rest easy knowing that your Porsche is being taken care of by the best in the business.
* Porsche 911 image credit goes to: Gaschwald.