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    Clutch slip 987.2 Cayman

    I have a new-to-me 2010 CS with about 15,000 miles on the clock. I have noticed two clutch related things that concern me, and would like thoughts from others. First, the takeup seems high. On my old base Cayman the friction point was about halfway up the pedal travel; on this one it's more like 2/3 of the way up. Second, when I'm accelerating hard, with sport mode on, it seems to slip in second gear. If I lighten up on the throttle briefly as I engage second gear, it doesn't happen. Or, if I let up on the accelerator as it's happening it will engage, then I can go back to full throttle. The clutch doesn't slip any other time. With so few miles on the clock, it seems unlikely that the clutch is shot, but I can't think of any other explanation. Sure doesn't seem normal. Thoughts?

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    Re: Clutch slip 987.2 Cayman

    I would try bleeding the clutch slave cylinder first, to make sure that end of the process is correct.

    Although 15,000 miles is way too low for the clutch to give out, you don't know what the previous owner did. He/she may have slipped the clutch excessively, wearing it out.

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    Re: Clutch slip 987.2 Cayman

    Mine engages near the top as well. Apparently, it's like that on all 987s. I think it has something to do with making heel and toe shifting easier. Tech told me that if I recall.

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    Re: Clutch slip 987.2 Cayman

    Yeah, I thought of the hydraulics, too. It almost feels like it is releasing slowly. I'll try that. I'm not sure that the tech who told you that is right - my base Cayman didn't do that - but the engagement height may be right anyway.

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    Re: Clutch slip 987.2 Cayman

    I find the idea of the clutch being near the top of its travel puzzling. Do you want your clutch to engage when you push the pedal almost to the floor or do you want it to engage when the pedal is almost released? Normally, as a clutch wears you have to push the clutch pedal down closer to the floor. A clutch with plenty of meat on it should engage before you have to push the pedal down very far. I'd be surprised to learn that Porsche designed the Cayman clutch to be the opposite of normal. At least this is the experience of someone who's been driving manual shift sports cars for almost 60 years. I recently sold a vintage Alfa Romeo GTV with buttery smooth tranny and new clutch and bought a 2008 Cayman S that has 41,000 miles on it. I enjoy the Cayman, but the extra pedal travel of its worn clutch is wearing on an old guy's leg and the sloppy shifter was awful. Putting on a Numeric Racing shifter and a new cable end transformed the gear shift. I'm not looking forward to a new clutch, though, so am living with it for now.

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    Re: Clutch slip 987.2 Cayman

    Just my opinion but once it's in second and the clutch is all the way out if it's slipping and the slipping ebbs with less throttle that doesn't sound like hydraulics. Find an incline and accelerate up it in a higher gear, if it slips that would point toward clutch slippage.

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    Re: Clutch slip 987.2 Cayman

    Quote Originally Posted by autoheart View Post
    I have a new-to-me 2010 CS with about 15,000 miles on the clock. I have noticed two clutch related things that concern me, and would like thoughts from others. First, the takeup seems high. On my old base Cayman the friction point was about halfway up the pedal travel; on this one it's more like 2/3 of the way up. Second, when I'm accelerating hard, with sport mode on, it seems to slip in second gear. If I lighten up on the throttle briefly as I engage second gear, it doesn't happen. Or, if I let up on the accelerator as it's happening it will engage, then I can go back to full throttle. The clutch doesn't slip any other time. With so few miles on the clock, it seems unlikely that the clutch is shot, but I can't think of any other explanation. Sure doesn't seem normal. Thoughts?
    I have a new to me 2011 Cayman S that I bought in January with 74,500 miles on it. There was no sign of clutch slippage when I bought it, but it started exhibiting exactly the same symptoms you describe about 3 weeks ago, and it started to get worse. I put a new clutch and flywheel in (figured, why not?), and now there's no slipping at all. The clutch starts to grab nice and early, too. It feels really good. 15,000 miles sure does sound early, though.

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