Porsche Cayman Service in Ann Arbor
The Cayman perfectly combines time-honored traditions of Porsche’s early days when the company’s race vehicles were light weight mid-engined cars. With the development of the Cayman, Porsche set out to build the perfect track car; the bonus is that the Cayman is a joy to drive on the street as well and has become a favorite to many Porsche owners. A lightweight, sporty mid-engined coupe – the Cayman is the epitome of a sports car.
Want to improve the life of your Porsche Cayman?
These cars are extremely durable and provide their owners with a tremendous driving experience well past 100,000 miles. Remembering to schedule regular maintenance on your Cayman is important to maintain performance and reliability.
Common Cayman Maintenance Checks besides Regular Service
Coolant expansion tank
Air oil separator
Noisy or lose control arms
Leaking water pump
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Cayman also affected by the IMS [Intermediate Shaft] bearing issue?
Yes, but not to the extent as earlier Boxster’s and water cooled 911 (996) models. By the time the Cayman appeared, the IMS bearing was internal and more robust. While failures do happen, they occur at a much lower rate than earlier cars. Since the bearing is internal, the case must be split to install the upgrade. Most Cayman owners pass on the upgrade and have been fine, but it’s a personal choice. Your chances of failure are much less with the later (2005 – 2008) engines. To read about our take on the IMS issue, please click HERE.
I recently purchased a used Cayman. What service should be performed as a new owner?
If you didn’t have a pre-purchase inspection completed before buying your car, we can fully inspect it to make sure that the car is up to date with factory recommended maintenance and that everything is in good working order, including the Cayman-specific items described above.
How do I open the hood when my battery dies?
Since the front hood release is electronically activated, many Cayman owners have been stumped by this. You can open your front hood by putting 12 volts to the special jumper in the fuse panel located in the driver’s footwell of the car. This can be done either with jumper cables or a portable car starter. Open the fuse cover and look for the yellow fuse puller in the upper left. Just to the right of that you’ll see what looks to be a fuse with a symbol of an open hood. This is actually a jumper, so use the fuse puller to pull out the jumper. You can then attach the positive cable to the jumper and the negative cable to the door latch. Simply pull on the hood release and the hood will open.
If power is not available, then inside the top of the driver’s front wheel well just behind the spring coil mount is a little rectangular corner in the black plastic shroud that lines the inside of the wheel well. Reach under this, and you’ll feel a braided wire about 1/8″ in diameter. It’s too thick to be an electrical wire (and it’s not in a harness). Tug this cable gently out from behind the shroud and get a good grip on its loop. Pull hard away from the headlight once and prepare to hear your car’s alarm as the front hood opens. There’s a possibility there’s still enough power in the battery to trigger the alarm, so have a 10mm wrench ready and take off one of the battery cables to silence it until you can get your key in the ignition to disarm it.
Find an ASE Certified Mechanic
At Rennstatt, our Porsche specialists have many years’ experience working on both air-cooled and water-cooled cars. We employ only Porsche experienced ASE certified mechanics. Why does this matter? The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), sets the industry standard with their certification program. This includes testing in various automotive systems. In order to attain ASE Certification, technicians must complete a minimum of 2 years of qualified work experience and pass a challenging test for each certification.
To ensure that technicians are up-to-date on current systems and technologies, ASE Certified Technicians are required to prove their technical knowledge by retesting every 5 years to keep their certifications current.
Porsche Cayman Service in Ann Arbor
At Rennstatt, we’re passionate about offering high-quality care for your Porsche, whether it be a daily driver or even a race car.
Our Porsche Repair roots go back to 1978 and your Porsche is our shared focus. Our experienced Porsche technicians work to ensure that your vehicle is performing at its best. We employ the latest in Porsche factory diagnostic technology with our PIWIS (Porsche Integrated Workshop System) allowing us to properly repair any Porsche with OBD1 and OBD2, which includes your Cayman.
If you’re interested in getting more information about our services, please call us at 734-761-1088. We’re happy to help you with your Porsche.