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Gator Bite 04-09-2015 10:22 AM
The dreaded day arrived for me last fall. I'm writing of course about when my factory Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) sensors reached the end of their life. My car is a 2007, manufactured in June 2007, put into service in July 2007. I started seeing TPMS malfunctions (the readings all went blank while driving, then came back) in the summer of 2014. So I got about 7 years, 80,000 miles out of my sensors before they went kaput. This is pretty much in line with the 6-8 years that other...
Gator Bite 04-07-2015 02:22 PM
If you ever have to run a wire to the back of a Cayman, you'll need to remove the Driver Side Sill Plate. I had to do so to run a wire for my Oil Pressure Gauge and I learned that unlike most cars where that plate is held down with just plastic friction pins, the sill plate on a Cayman is rock solid. It's held in with two rather substantial bolts. If you need to remove yours, you'll want to read on. 1Removal Procedure 1). There are two plastic plugs in the side of the sill plate between...
adsalmon 02-07-2015 03:45 PM
This was a DIY I did a couple of years ago. Still holding strong. Shared on the "other" website years ago. -1 piece of Pink Board Backing. Home Depot $8 to $10 bucks... They can cut it up on site to fit in your car... -1 yard or so of Black (or your choice) felt fabric... Might cost you $5 bucks a yard. -Some electrical wire.. Likely have this laying around... Cut the Pink Board to the shape of the "trunk/frunk area". I used some wrapping paper to lay across the opening of the...
Gator Bite 02-03-2015 04:50 PM
A clutch slave cylinder should last a long time. But there have been incidents of slave cylinders leaking in Caymans, which can leave your clutch pedal on the floor. There was a Workshop Campaign (W802) back in 2008 to replace more than 1,200 bad slave cylinders that made their ways into cars (987s and 997s). Should you find yourself in need of a new slave cylinder, this article should be of great help to you. 1Torque Values Fastener LocationDescriptionTool SizeTorque ValueClutch...
greenfrog 02-01-2015 10:28 PM
Three years ago at my very first DE, my instructor said he knew I would come back, and I should make improving the safety equipment a priority. Since then, I have gained plenty of seat time, but have been guilty of putting off the safety upgrade. Last November at VIR, I got a cramp in my left leg for bracing against the dead pedal through turn 1. I bought a CG Clamp on site. It helped a lot, but does not appear to be practical for street use. That's when I decided I need 6-point harness,...
KS-CS 01-31-2015 08:59 PM
I was getting something out of my front trunk (frunk) a couple of weeks ago, when the hood fell on its own hitting me in the head. No damage done, but I realized that it must be time to replace the gas struts. I'm not sure when they started losing their pressure, but after I installed the new ones I immediately noticed that they spontaneously raise the hood from about 60% to full open by themselves - I don't think mine had done that for some time, so if yours aren't doing it either, it's...
Gator Bite 01-22-2015 11:58 PM
We've heard a lot of talk about Rear Main Seals leaking in Porsches, but as the Cayman Register advocate I can't say that I've seen many members who've experienced a failure. That's likely because Porsche made a major improvement to the seals in 2005 and all Caymans received that new seal. The RMS in my car didn't leak, but I decided to replace it anyway because I was replacing my IMS cover seal. My car had 80,000 miles on it, I was right there with 95% of the labor already done and the new RMS...
Gator Bite 01-20-2015 08:42 AM
I don't know of a single Throw-Out bearing that has failed in a Cayman. I decided to replace mine because of an IMS cover leak, which required me to remove my transmission, clutch, pressure plate and flywheel. Because my car had 80,000 miles on it at the time, it seemed sensible to freshen up the clutch package, which meant a new throw-out bearing too. Once the transmission is out, changing the Throw-Out bearing is a simple operation. 1Torque Values Fastener LocationDescriptionTool...
Gator Bite 01-19-2015 10:43 PM
A clutch is a wear item so it's only a matter of time before we each need to replace one. I replaced mine at 80,000 miles because I was in there to replace a leaking IMS cover seal. As it turned out, my original clutch was still in excellent condition. But there's nothing like the bite of a new clutch, and my leak repair required removal of the clutch, so replacement required nothing more than ordering parts. Because there is so much labor involved, it would have been senseless for me not to...
Gator Bite 01-19-2015 12:14 PM
Our Caymans are equipped with a Dual Mass Flywheel which does a really good job of eliminating gear chatter and providing us with silky smooth clutch engagements. But DMFs can and do fail. When they do they can create very strange sounds and/or vibrations in our cars. If you suspect a bad flywheel in your car, or if you happen to have the transmission out for some other reason like I did, make sure you test your flywheel as shown below. 1Needed Specialty Tools Toothed Flywheel...
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