A flashing PSM warning indicator; a Porsche owner’s worst nightmare.
So, why does this light actually flash, and how should you proceed should it ever happen to you? This blog post explains why a Porsche's PSM warning light starts flashing and what options you have for resetting it. Let's start by discussing the basics of PSM.
PSM: How Significant Is It?
Have you ever wondered what makes Porsche such a unique car brand? Well, features like PSM make it different and unique from other car brands. PSM or Porsche Stability Management is something around which Porsche's active driving dynamics control systems revolve.
PSM makes use of the anti-lock braking system (ABS), anti-slip regulation (ASR), engine drag torque control, automatic brake differential, brake system pre-charging, and brake assist to give the Porsche ultra-stability and improve its overall handling. In short, features like PSM are what allow you to drive your Porsche in the most efficient manner possible. If it malfunctions, your Porsche's stability will be compromised.
Luckily, there are signs you can look out for if you happen to notice that your Porsche Stability Management System is having a problem recently.
Sign #1- Flashing PSM failure warning light
Sign #2- The appearance of a message on the dashboard that reads “PSM Failure; Consult a garage. Driving permitted”.
Sign #3- the anti-lock braking system is not working the way it is supposed to.
Sign #4- Disabled Sport mode
So, you better keep an eye on your Porsche's dashboard and if the PSM warning light starts flashing, do not hesitate to reach the nearest Porsche repair shop. The discussion below throws light on some of the prominent reasons why your Porsche's PSM may start acting up and the corresponding warning light may start flashing.
Porsche’s PSM Light Flashing: Here’s What It Could Mean
Possibility #1- Wheel speed sensor failure
Porsche Stability Management System relies on many sensors and a network of subsystems to ensure that the driver gets the utmost stability and safety on the road. Data provided by wheel speed sensors also plays a pivotal role. If one of these wheel speed sensors goes off, the stability management system's capabilities will be greatly reduced. And, yes… the onboard diagnostic system will get a reason to turn on the PSM warning light.
Possibility #2- Dying battery
The Porsche Stability Management System is something that uses a huge network of parts and sensors to do its job. Almost all of these parts depend on electricity to function. The only source they depend on to obtain the requisite amount of electricity is the battery. It is because of the battery that the sensors are able to send the PSM control module with the necessary data. If there is something off with the battery, the stability management's operation will be adversely impacted which may set off the PSM warning indicator.
Possibility #3- Faulty ABS
It is because of the anti-lock braking system that your Porsche wheels don't lock up during an emergency braking situation. And, yes… the ABS also has a role in making the stability management system work. The ABS, in itself, is a fairly complex system made up of many different parts. If it gives up because of a damaged component, it will have a direct impact on the stability management system's efficiency. The PSM warning light may start flashing as a result.
Possibility #4- Software issue
At the heart of your Porsche's stability management system, there is a control module – just like there is a module to control various engine operations. The module is basically a computing unit programmed to maintain optimal handling of the vehicle. If there is a software or hardware issue in this unit, the stability management system won’t be able to function the way it is supposed to. This, in turn, can trigger the PSM light.
Possibility #5- Not enough tire pressure
Yup, you read that right!!! An issue as trivial as this can also activate the PSM light on the dash of your Porsche.
So, there you have it; the top five reasons that could cause the PSM warning light on your Porsche's instrument cluster to start flashing. Porsche Stability Management System is a crucial safety system and if you think that there is something off with your Porsche's PSM, contact the nearby Porsche service center to get the issue diagnosed.
About the Creator
Bimmer Performance is a leading luxury automotive service and repair facility that is known for its experience in looking after high-end European cars like Audi, Jaguar, Mercedes, Mini, Porsche, and Volkswagen.