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Removing Engine Access Panels
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Removing Engine Access Panels

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*

Tools:

T30, T15 Torx, 10mm socket, 8mm 12 point

Applicable Models:

Porsche 987 Cayman (2007-08)
Porsche 987 Cayman S (2006-08)

Hot Tip:

Use trim removal tools so you don't damage things

Performance Gain:

Access to the engine

Complementary Modification:

Oil and filter

The Porsche 987C or Cayman is a mid-engine car and like most mid-engine cars it is a tight fit to gain access to work on the engine. While a great deal of the maintenance and other work on the engine will be performed from below, all of the belts and some of the accessories on the front of the engine can be accessed and replaced by removing the access panel behind the two front seats. There is also an access panel under the rear deck that can be removed to perform service on the top of the motor including things like changing the air filter.

You will be working with some interior panels and if you are going to be working on the interior of your vehicle make sure you own and use a set of trim removal tools. These hard plastic tools are great for working with trim pieces. Pelican sells them and if you are doing this job and don't own them consider ordering a set. They will pay for themselves the first time you do NOT have to replace a trim piece because you scratched it using a screwdriver.

On the rear deck lid there is a carpeted panel (red arrow) that has sound absorbing underneath and helps hide the engine cover.
Figure 1

On the rear deck lid there is a carpeted panel (red arrow) that has sound absorbing underneath and helps hide the engine cover. Open the hatch to remove the panel.

Use your trim removal tools and gently pry the carpeted panel away from the trim.
Figure 2

Use your trim removal tools and gently pry the carpeted panel away from the trim.

Once you get one side lose you can lift the panel up and out.
Figure 3

Once you get one side lose you can lift the panel up and out. Even with a cage in our project car the panel comes out easily.

At this point you can access the metal engine cover and remove it.
Figure 4

At this point you can access the metal engine cover and remove it. Use a T30 Torx and remove the four bolts holding the cover in place (red arrows).

With the bolts removed you can remove the cover from the vehicle.
Figure 5

With the bolts removed you can remove the cover from the vehicle. Installation is the reverse of removal

To remove the front of the engine access panel you begin by using your trim removal tool and gently prying up the covers (red arrows) on the rear handle and sliding them up the handle.
Figure 6

To remove the front of the engine access panel you begin by using your trim removal tool and gently prying up the covers (red arrows) on the rear handle and sliding them up the handle.

Use an 8mm 12 point (red arrow) and remove the two bolts holding the handle in place and remove the handle.
Figure 7

Use an 8mm 12 point (red arrow) and remove the two bolts holding the handle in place and remove the handle.

Next use a T15 Torx and remove the two Torx screws (red arrow) holding the trim piece in place.
Figure 8

Next use a T15 Torx and remove the two Torx screws (red arrow) holding the trim piece in place.

Using your trim removal tool gently pry the bar trim piece up and out.
Figure 9

Using your trim removal tool gently pry the bar trim piece up and out.

Using your trim removal tools and hands work the carpet piece out from around the other carpet and trim sections.
Figure 10

Using your trim removal tools and hands work the carpet piece out from around the other carpet and trim sections.

With the carpet removed use a 10mm socket and remove the six bolts (red arrows) and two nuts (yellow arrows) holding the panel in place and then remove the panel.
Figure 11

With the carpet removed use a 10mm socket and remove the six bolts (red arrows) and two nuts (yellow arrows) holding the panel in place and then remove the panel. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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