The Beginner’s Guide to Porsche Specialty Tools

Porsche Specialty Tools
Porsche Specialty Tools

There’s no doubt that the Porsche is a premium car. So much so that last year, the car manufacturer reported over 57,000 sales in North America alone. 

So, suppose you’re a mechanic who’s found themselves working on these specialist vehicles more and more.

In that case, you’ll understand the importance of using the right tools to ensure the restoration, repair, diagnostics, and upkeep of the Porsche is kept as simple as possible.

In light of that, here’s our guide to Porsche specialty tools to help you do just that. 

But first:

Some Background

This beautiful car actually comes from a reasonably modest background. It actually dates back to just after World War II, when founder Ferdinand Porsche created the first model in 1948 with just 200 workers.

The first model was the Porsche 356, and only 52 models were produced in 1949. Car owners love driving the Porsche and knowing that they have ownership of one of the all-time classic and historic supercars.

That’s the reason why we have a comprehensive stock of some of the best diagnostic and Porsche specialty tools for mechanics to repair and maintain the Porsches they look after. 

So let’s move on to learn more about the importance of Porsche specialty tools.

Your Porsche Speciality Toolkit

We have a good selection of Porsche specialty tools that are considered essential to the trade. 

Specialty tools are essential because cars and, in particular, foreign specialty cars are manufactured differently from domestic models.

Suppose you’re certified to work on foreign vehicles. In that case, it’s essential to ensure you are entirely up to date with the latest specialty tools so that you can maintain your reputation as a go-to Porsche mechanic

Here’s what we think you need to get going:

Porsche Diagnostic Manual

Every mechanic and owner needs a diagnostic manual to act as a reliable reference source for anything that might go wrong with a particular Porsche make or model. 

The diagnostic manual can act as a reference point for your engine parts, oil tank, any computer codes, wiring, and so on. 

Ideally, you can complement it with a high-quality Porsche diagnostic kit for all your problem-solving! It was designed with independent mechanic-led repair shops in mind, although private owners can invest too.

The kit gives you access to lots of Porsche’s control units. Using it gives you the information you can use when troubleshooting and carrying out Porsche maintenance. 

Just load the software onto a Windows computer and connect the cable between your computer and the Porsche you’re working on.

Then, simply start the program, select the Porsche model you’re working on, and the program and car will start “talking” to each other. You’ll be able to read diagnostic codes, part numbers, over-rev data, and more. 

Porsche Electronics Tools

Porsche electric systems require special tools to service them. Aside from the aforementioned diagnostic kit, there are also general-purpose tools for sensors and control modules. 

Suppose you’re looking for a complete diagnostic test kit for electronics. In that case, the B1594KIT Electronic Test Kit can be used across all Porsche models. 

Porsche Engine Tools

Complex Porsche engine work can be made easier with the right specialty tools—for example, the 313 Holding Clamp Engine Mount. 

Popular engine tools include the P222 Straps to support the timber chain during engine assembly and the Porsche Cooling System and Vacuum Purge and Refill Kit. This is used to fill Porsche cooling systems. 

There’s also the Porsche Turbo Cam Timing Alignment Blocks, a popular choice by mechanics working on the 911 model. Alternatively, the Porsche 911, G2, and G3 Timing Fixtures. Use both to set Porsche camshaft timing. 

Lastly, the P207 Dial Indicator Kit. You can use this to set the Porsche’s engine timing and the 9401 Auxiliary Chain Tensioner for tensioning cam chains while you’re adjusting cam timing.

This tool, in particular, is needed for successful engine disassembly and for setting the timing on your Porsche when you’re re-assembling the engine. 

Chassis Tools

To replace wheel bearings on the Porsche, you’re going to need an all-essential wheel bearing kit to remove and install wheel bearings out of the hub carrier while still on the car. 

Another tool worth investing in is the Macpherson Strut Spring Compressor. It compresses most Macpherson-style coil springs and is suitable for use on many European and Asian cars. 

Exterior Tools

A 9209 Pin Wrench will remove and replace (R & R&R) the electric mirror switch for exterior work. The Porsche Center Lock Nut Socket can be used to remove the center of some Porsche wheel locks.

It’s typically used on some 911 Porsches such as 2012-16, the Turbo 2014-16, and the GT3 2014-16 models. Lastly, when working on doors, you can apply the Extractor P290 to remove door hinge pins. 

Fuel Checking Tools

If you’re working on a 316 or a 912 model, check the carburetor fuel levels and use the P78 Carburetor Level Gauge. For checking carburetor fuel levels on 356 Zenith carburetors, use the P77 Level, Gauge model. 

In cases where you need to remove the fuel gauge and either reinstall it or install a new one, use the 3217 Fuel Sender Wrench. 

High-Quality Porsche Specialty Tools are Essential

The above list can act as a starter checklist for helping you successfully diagnose, repair, and maintain Porsche vehicles. That said, are you ready to invest in your Porsche specialty tools? 

We’re a leading importer, manufacturer, and distributor of European automotive specialty tools, including the beloved Porsche. For more info, why not get in touch today? We’re more than happy to help.