Had this nice Cayman come into the shop today for a quick round of spark plugs and filters. 80k miles on this car and it is wearing well. Pretty solid overall.
Up in the air and ready to rock.
First thing to do is to pull as many shields and wheels out of the way as possible.
With a plethora of various extensions, wobbles, torx bits, etc, you can pull the coil packs out to get to the spark plugs. Notice the #3 coil pack is still in place. At this point, it is a matter of pulling the plugs, replacing them with new Bosch plugs, and reinstalling everything. I know, sounds easy right.
Next up was an air filter. Yup, you can get to the top of the motor, it just takes a little digging 😉 First thing I noticed was the air filter box screws for the cover were missing. This was allowing all the dust from the engine compartment into the air filter, versus having a sealed box that draws air only from the outside. It was also sucking in hot air.
The new filter and the old filter. I could literally knock the dust out the old filter. Yuck 😉
And back in place with a new filter and a couple of screws to keep the box air tight to the engine bay.
Then it was time to go after the drive belt. Again, fairly straight forward once you actually get into the front compartment.
And a new contitech belt in place.
It was definitely time for the old belt to come out as the cracks were quite noticeable on the ribs.