For a long time, Porsche and Volkswagen vehicles were unique for being air-cooled. These days, these machines are liquid-cooled. The way it works is that the heat from your engine passes into the fluid and then the fluid passes through your radiator where it is cooled and heads back to your engine to absorb more heat.
The coolant system on your vehicle is a vital system so it is always a good idea to make sure it is healthy. How can you help maintain your coolant system?
Check for leaks
Always be on the lookout for leaks. A hose is the usual suspect as hoses can occasionally fail. In the case of a leak, you might see radiator fluid on the ground where your car has been parked. You might also see it, or feel it, on one of the hoses. A leaky radiator is a serious issue. In any case, you should never drive a car leaking fluid. Have a professional examine the car as soon as possible.
Maintain Proper Fluid Levels
Coolant does contain water so it can evaporate over time. Check your coolant level from time to time and, if you need to, add more. Your coolant system is pressurized and should never normally need large amounts of fluid. If it does, there’s likely a leak.
Never Drive an Overheating Vehicle
If you notice that your temperature gauge is rising, or you see steam coming from under your hood, immediately pull over and turn off your engine. Overheating can do serious damage to a vehicle, even totaling it.
After a grueling 21 months of waiting for production to finish, the Porsche 918 Spyder has officially rolled off the line. The performance hybrid with plug-in technology is truly a masterpiece. Its stunning design and impressive performance have us all drooling and waiting to get our hands on it.
The hybrid supercar originally made its debut at the 2010 Geneva International Motor Show where it was praised and heralded as the new “it” car. After further development the hypercar was launched in 2013. Now in 2015, the Porsche 918 Spyder is blazing a new path for sports cars of the future.
The 918 Spyder uses a compact and powerful 4.6-liter V8 engine that outputs 608 horsepower and a combined hybrid electric drive system that adds 279 horsepower. If you’re keeping track of the Porsche 918 Spyder specs, that’s a total output of 887 horsepower and 940 lb-ft of torque!
There are two electric motors on the car: one for the front axle and one for the rear. The plug-in function allows the Spyder’s battery to reach a full charge in less than seven hours on a standard socket. In addition, the car yields an EPA rating of 67 MPGe.
The Porsche 918 Spyder is one of the most rare and innovative cars on the planet. For more information about the new 918 Spyder, visit us at Gossett VW Porsche.
For the third consecutive year, Porsche topped the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study after receiving rave reviews from consumers within the first 90 days of owning their Porsche. In total, six Porsche models received honors, placing within the top three of their respective segments.
The Porsche 911 ranked highest in the Midsize Sporty Car segment for the fourth year in a row, proving its dominance and superior quality. In addition, the brand new Porsche Macan took first in the Compact Premium SUV segment while the Boxter and Cayman took the first two spots in the Compact Premium Sport Car segment. Rounding out the Porsche awards were the Cayenne and Panamera, which both received third place in the Midsize Premium SUV and Large Premium Car segments.
Matthias Muller, Chairman and Executive Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. Porsche AG, said, “We see these awards as confirmation of our strategy for high quality standards in design, development and production and in continuously offering Porsche customers a unique purchase and ownership experience.”
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