ApexL8 07-25-2014 12:15 PM
This article is a quick look at how to remove the accessory drive belt on a 987.2 or 981 Cayman, 9A1 DFI, since it is slightly different from the earlier M97 engine configuration.
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...for a full description of the procedure on a 987.1 (MY 2006-2008). Theory, warnings, etc. carry over to the later models.
4WARNING: Mark the direction the belt travels if you plan on reinstalling...
ApexL8 12-04-2011 04:52 PM
I put a diagram together for engine cylinder and bank numbering because I always forget. This should come up in future searches. Thank you to Greywolf for the original picture. Firing Order is 1 - 6 - 2 - 4 - 3 - 5.
ApexL8 10-31-2010 06:09 PM
I've been having an intermittent Check Engine light, and during my last visit to the dealer, Jim Ellis in Atlanta (no affiliation), reading the fault codes seemed to indicate one bad Oxygen Sensor, Bank 1 (right side), pre-cat.
The Oxygen Sensor, also known as the O2 Sensor, or Lambda Sensor does just what you might guess, measure oxygen in the exhaust gases. Voltage created by the sensor is proportional to how much oxygen is present, and the computer (DME) uses this signal along with other...
ApexL8 04-18-2010 04:41 PM
Porsche suggests the spark plugs get replaced at the 60,000 mile service...nuf said, lets get at it. I'll just go into detail for the steps to replace one plug, they are all similar.
UPDATE: In 2008 Porsche lowered the recommended interval for replacing the spark plugs to 60,000 km (~37,000 miles) or 4 years, whichever comes first, for cars in the USA. My plugs looked OK at 60,000 miles, use your best judgement.
Thanks to pcormier at P-9 for his spark plug article.
ApexL8 03-20-2010 07:49 PM
Porsche brake rotors can last for many years of normal street use without wearing out. For other owners 'normal' use also includes track duty which can accelerate wear and/or cause other defects like cracking. When normal wear or defects reach a certain threshold it is time for new discs.
I will use the terms "rotor" and "disc" interchangeably, "rotor" because it is the part of the brakes which actually turns, and "disc" because of the part's shape. I feel this is an acceptable practice...
ApexL8 03-16-2010 12:46 PM
Upper engine cover removal will probably be the first disassembly most owners will do on their beloved Caymans, and subsequently the most frequent disassembly operation. For almost every car on the road you can just pop the hood to get access to the engine, but placing the engine in the middle of the car kind of eliminates this easy method.
Access for maintenance or checks like Air Cleaner Cartridge Replacement or Checking the Power Steering Fluid Level.
Installing a clear...
ApexL8 03-14-2010 04:34 PM
This is a very basic procedure, practically not worthy of an article, but it does bear mentioning that you must remove the upper engine cover to access the power steering fluid reservoir. So, even if you are not having any problems, every time your cover comes off go ahead and check your fluid level. Many people use the abbreviation PS for "power steering", which fact may aid you in future searches.
It might have been a nice feature if Porsche had included a little door you could pop open...
ApexL8 03-13-2010 03:43 PM
Replacing the Cayman air cleaner is pretty straightforward, and would be extremely easy except for the fact that the clearances are very tight. Some people refer to the air cleaner as an air filter, the engine air filter, etc., I would consider all to be correct.
The air cleaner is a scheduled maintenance item.
Some owners in dusty or dirty environments will decide to replace this item on an accelerated schedule.
Remove Upper Engine Cover (link)
ApexL8 03-03-2010 01:17 PM
The Good News: There's only one belt, and it is easy to change.
The Bad News: The belt isn't that easy to get to.
The belt is a scheduled maintenance item.
Temporary removal for maintenance or underdrive pulley installation
Roadside Repair :(
ApexL8 03-02-2010 12:00 PM
There is an engine cover behind my seats? Some people don't know this, now you do! I call it the front engine cover, Porsche calls it the "rear wall cover", I think we're both right.
Replace Accessory Drive Belt - Scheduled Maintenance Item
Underdrive Pulley Installation