Braunton Engineering provide expert service and repair to the Porsche 911 models from the experience of working on and rebuilding the nine eleven since the 1990's.
Correct servicing to your car is key to the vehicle operating at its peak performance and remaining reliable for continued use. A familiar mechanic offers a higher level of intuition based on years of driving and working on the car to enable an early insight to a possible fault which could affect reliability.
The scheduled servicing for the Nine Eleven involves changing the key serviceable parts and fluids, but also involves many visual inspections to establish the condition of various components and systems to ensure the vehicle remains fit for purpose.
Braunton Engineering follow the Factory service schedule, but also add their own additional visual inspections based on their familiarity with working on the older cars. The older cars experience new and developing faults as time and miles goes by – these are faults which are not catered for in the original schedule, but ones that a mechanic with plenty of model experience will be able to assess and repair swiftly.
The Nine One One offers an unrivaled sports car driving experience that no other manufacturer offers at the same value. One has to look at its rivals with a higher budget to find anything similar to the driving experience of a well kept vehicle – be it the original air-cooled or with the later water-cooled models.
Despite the Factory schedule dictating a minor service every two years and a major service every four years, Braunton Engineering recommend an engine oil change every year! They offer their own basic engine oil and oil filter change (with engine oil and filter analysis) to check for good engine health. This simple engine service is separate from the Factory schedule to help keep alive engines which are experiencing over 3000 miles per year.
Braunton offer this basic service as a cost-effective method of protecting the engine in addition to the 2 year and 4 year long-life schedule. It is also a well priced form of maintenance that also ensures the owner some peace of mind; that their motor is receiving the total care that a higher mileage engine should receive. This is something that the Braunton staff deliver to their own cars, and it makes sense to offer this to the customer as an extra to the schedule.
The Braunton Engineering team are devoted to the nine one one - from driving through to servicing, repair and restoration (or part-restoration). They are a wonderfully over engineered, robust and reliable car, especially the 1980’s Carrera's which represent the ultimate evolution of the original series.
Braunton understand the key characteristics and undertake work on these unique cars to the highest standard - whether it is for MOT test, servicing or repair, through to engine or gearbox rebuild and restoration of body and chassis.
Minor and Major services are required at 6000 mile and 12000 mile intervals respectively. Servicing is to the factory schedule - a multi-point visual check list and check/replacement of serviceable parts, fluids, levels and pressures according to the maintenance schedule.
An annual service with an oil change on a vehicle covering over 2000 miles is recommended, as regular maintenance helps keep a vehicle fit for purpose - to retain continued performance and ultimate reliability.
The air-cooled Major service is quite intensive by today's standards - the flat six engine requires tappet (inlet & exhaust valve) check/adjustment at the major service interval along with the replacement of the spark plugs.
Nine Eleven's can require major work with bodywork restoration due to panel and or chassis corrosion (often found at the MOT test). The engine's see top end rebuilds, complete engine overhaul due to wear and tear, or high mileage but are generally very strong, reliable units.
The heating and ventilation system requires help if not well cared for over the years - the cabin heat is sourced from heat exchangers in the exhaust system. The heat exchangers can need replacement due to corrosion, as can the exhaust system.
Later cars, from 1984 onwards, featured hydraulic chain tensioners which solved a long-running weakness in the flat six engine - most pre '84 vehicles have had hydraulic tensioners retro-fitted. The 1980's models are some of the most reliable Porsche's built, especially when maintained correctly. The team have spent many hours driving, stripping & rebuilding the impact bumper cars and pass on many secrets in both their work and their free advice.