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What, Huh?

That's - 25 degrees. What car wants to turn at -25? In fact, what human being goes out in -25 degree? You need one of them Subarus or Swedish or Norwegian cars for that, and some Nokian Snow tires, and Antarctic Canada Goose Expedition coats, and huge Russian hats, and Mittens from Alaska, and... well lots of really cold stuff. Don't all the birds migrate south about now?

Seriously, sorry to hear this. Do you plug your car in everywhere go? How is the battery doing? Did you get a block heater?
 

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I always admire those who live/survive in extreme cold places. I cannot survive coldness below the freezing point for long. :-(
 

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The Porsche dealership here says no block heater for the Macan (nor any other Porsches? :eek:

What??? Anyway, they tell me it's not needed nor recommended for the Porsches. First I've heard of this, but we'll see. Most years, we in Edmonton get to experience -35ºC to -40ºC temps for about a week, usually in January or February, but it's going up to +4ºC or +5ºC for the next couple of days.:D
@gordog, I got the same explanation from the dealers when I had my S4 and again with my 335xi. To me it seems like a good idea. In the North, pilots are careful to keep the engines on their airplanes warm before starting. I'd really like a Porsche engineer explain their position on this.
 

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I know you guys get those cold temps, and of course, in Alaska, but the pictures you see are the cars all plugged in over night.

Heat wave! :) Jan. Thaw!
This is my first Porsche, and if it starts and runs well without a block heater, it will be my first vehicle that I've never had to plug in.

Studies show that only about 2 hours of plug-in are really necessary and really only at -20ºC or below, or up to 4 hours if temps are down to -35ºC to -40ºC.

Some plug in O/N at -10ºC which is waste of energy. When it gets to -10ºC, I see some people in shorts(saw a couple of fellows at Costco last week)! Not really that cold if it's not windy. I actually prefer a steady -10ºC as the car stays nice and clean for a long time if I wash it.;)
 

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@gordog, I got the same explanation from the dealers when I had my S4 and again with my 335xi. To me it seems like a good idea. In the North, pilots are careful to keep the engines on their airplanes warm before starting. I'd really like a Porsche engineer explain their position on this.
I remember plugging in my '78 320i. But then I remember some German cars having fairly poor heaters way back. I always attributed that at the time with 'stout German breeding' that simply ignored the cold. :)
 

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-32c today on the way to the office about 2min after leaving my place I get the error message come up.

Macan is on the tow over to the dealer.

Anyone else have this problem yet?

Ive got 22,000km and have been ISSUE free up to this point.
ArrJay. I had the same after 5000 km, with nice temperatures of around 24C. First they reprogrammed the main computer. Worked one day. Now they are replacing the steering column control unit. I should have my Macan back tomorrow. We will see if it was fixed.

In the meanwhile, I am driving a brand new Cayenne S, which is a nice car, but not really a drivers car. It feels as heavy as it looks even though it drives quite nicely. Still, the feeling is not even close to Macan.
 

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Hi arrjay , I just had the same problem today, driving along and then I loss my power steering, kind of dangerous, I limped it to the dealer and left it there.I have been having a lot of problems with mine, can you say lemon, worst suv I have ever bought..so much for the Porsche brand?...let me know if you are having any problems due to the cold weather.
 

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Just google SQ5 steering failure.

There are TONS of people have the same problem from 2013-2015 model year. The fix is a new steering rack (7th version), claimed to be this one http://www.vwoeparts.com/oe-volkswagen/8r1423055be that has been introduced in the 2nd half of 2015 SQ5 built. So I would assume Macan would only get this part now if your delivery is this year.


This seems to affect all Audi products from 2013 and on that is paired with the 3.0T engine. You have to wonder Porsche got the same part from the parts bin.

The funny part is, everyone who has this failure usually have to deal with -20c or colder temps, so mostly Canadians and one Minnesotan so far from all my researches.

I would assume that if Audi won't have a recall after this issue has gone thru at least 2 winters so far, there won't be a recall on Macan being the numbers are so low. They will probably just get you in to the dealership, give you a new rack and send you on your way.
 

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Same issue on Macan S with 5k miles

Had the same issue today while driving. The steering wheel started to resist with quick jerks, then the message popped up about the power steering failure and increased resistance. I was able to drive home with more effort but when I slowed down to park it was almost impossible. Taking it in tomorrow. One major issue among several weird small issues.
 

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Had the same issue today while driving. The steering wheel started to resist with quick jerks, then the message popped up about the power steering failure and increased resistance. I was able to drive home with more effort but when I slowed down to park it was almost impossible. Taking it in tomorrow. One major issue among several weird small issues.
Got my Macan back today. According to them, the issue was a shorted out steering control unit. These cars have an electric motor providing power steering and they had to replace the entire motor. All seems fine now. Glad to swap the base Cayenne for my Macan. Just over a week so I'm glad it's all good now.
 

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The battery of my 2015 Porsche Macan S died and I recharged it. After the battery was fully charged, I install it back in to the car. Now the car won't start. Every time I turn the key to start position I will get a message that reads "LOSS OF STEERING SUPPORT. INCREASED PRESSURE. At this point, I don't know what to do. Someone kindly help me. Send me an email to [email protected]. Thanks.
 

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"Loss of Power Steering Support. Increased Pressure" is the message I get when I try to start my 2015 Macan S. The battery had died and I recharged it too full. After recharging the battery, can won't start.
Can some one help me?
 

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Is it possible you meant to state: "Loss of Power Steering Support. Increased Effort"? That would seem more reasonable.

OP - please search the forum to see if your situation has been posted before creating a new thread.


I'm merging this thread with the one created almost 5 years ago.


Good luck!
 

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I would suggest a ECU reset. Completely disconnect the battery negative terminal. Leave it off for 10 minutes. Make sure you battery is up to full charge as your stated. If you let it totally drain it may read 12 volts but not have the cranking power to start the car. After the 10 minutes start car may die after first try. After car starts idle may be rough for a bit.
FYI battery location is in cargo under mat ahead of the spare tire. Access is not easy but you need to disconnect the negative terminal there.
 

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I would suggest a ECU reset. Completely disconnect the battery negative terminal. Leave it off for 10 minutes. Make sure you battery is up to full charge as your stated. If you let it totally drain it may read 12 volts but not have the cranking power to start the car. After the 10 minutes start car may die after first try. After car starts idle may be rough for a bit.
FYI battery location is in cargo under mat ahead of the spare tire. Access is not easy but you need to disconnect the negative terminal there.
He said he had the battery out of the car.
 

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@wwahl didnt catch that. I’m sure the battery was in the car during discharge. I would still try another disconnect now that power has been restored it’s worth a try now that the ECU has seen some voltage after the total drain.
 

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"Loss of Power Steering Support. Increased Pressure" is the message I get when I try to start my 2015 Macan S. The battery had died and I recharged it too full. After recharging the battery, can won't start.
Can some one help me?
Hi, I am living in Calgary and had same issue with 2015 Macan S on 16-Jan-2020 with -35 C temperature. I have faced with the warning "loss of steering support, Increased effort" during the running in the road. I was so panic with extremely risk of my lives. The warranty period is already overdue. I really don't know if I have to pay for this. Please advise. Now i am waiting towing service
 

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Hi everyone,

I just encountered a fault code this morning : Steering support limited, possible to drive as attached below.

any idea what happen ? how to fix ?

Thanks a lot.
232166
 

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updates:

some shitty thing happened last Friday. After work at office parking lot, after starting the macan another message pop up: loss steering support, increase efforts. Then immediately I notice the wheel becoming extremely heavy. Then I was gonna drive a dealer to check it out, at mid way another message pop up: start/stop deactivated. Then I notice the wheel become uncontrollable.

I ended up towing to the dealer... and one of the techs said it might cost 3k $ to fix the steering support module...
anyone has experienced this? I would be dead if I was on the highway driving 70mph.... I wonder if more people have this problem and might file a recall or something. I know some early sq5 Audi has the same problem where Audi replaced the module.
 
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