The air-oil separator is responsible for removing oil from the engine ventilation system, ensuring the oil does not make its way through the intake system. There are times where your Porsche may experience issues with this separator and need repairs.
No matter the make or model Porsche you purchase, it will be equipped with a positive crank ventilation system. This system is designed to release built up gases from the crankcase and to collect any fuel, oil, and water from the crankcase and route it back to the combustion chamber. From there, it can be burned and cleaned in order to be safely expelled into the air.
There may be a light film of oil vapor left behind, which is where the air-oil separator comes into play. The air-oil separator is designed to catch the trace amounts of oil left behind before it makes its way into the intake system. It helps to prevent oil vapors from creating carbon deposits which would lead to more problems down the road. The air-oil separator has a drain connecting it to the oil pan so no oil caught is wasted.
Warning Signs of Failure
A failing air-oil separator will produce a few symptoms prior to complete failure. It is imperative that you do not ignore these warning signs and have your vehicle inspected by a Porsche professional immediately.
The air-oil separator is connected to the check engine light system. When this part malfunctions or begins to fail, the check engine light is illuminated. In order to receive an accurate diagnosis of the cause of the illuminated check engine light, a Porsche specialist will use factory grade equipment to diagnose the code that has been generated by the sensors.
An oil leak is another common symptom of a failed air-oil separator. If you see oil leaking or puddled underneath your Porsche, it is important to determine the cause of the leak. To do this, you will need to locate the source of the leak. If you are uncomfortable in doing so, a certified mechanic specializing in Porsche-manufactured vehicles can locate and diagnose the cause for you.
Lastly, dark smoke emitted from the exhaust system is a common warning sign of an air-oil separator failure. The dark smoke is caused by an unbalanced mixture of air and oil. The unbalanced mixture is usually created due to the failed air-oil separator. If your vehicle is emitting dark smoke, it is imperative to have it inspected as soon as possible.
Master Mechanics Auto Repair
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