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2020/03/25 14:05:50 (permalink)

Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive

Hi Guys
 
Please excuse me, im very new to Porsche ownership, as we can no longer drive our beloved cars, what would you guys do for the long term? currently Im starting the car everyday and letting it idle until the temp gauge shows normal operating temperature then turning it off 
this is probably the wrong thing to do?.....I have toyed with Idea of removing the battery but I do not have the codes for the infotainment, and im unsure what would happen if I connected the battery again?
 
Sorry guys im a newbie
 
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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/25 14:10:56 (permalink)
As long as your battery is good, your car will be fine to leave for at least 2-3 weeks.  I plan on leaving mine alone and just using it every 2-3 weeks to go shopping in instead of using my wife's daily driver.
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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/25 14:40:27 (permalink)
Hi twinfan
 
Thank you for responding, regarding the battery I have been using a CTEK charger to maintain the battery as I personally do not know the age of the battery, I think I might do the same Twinfan and go shopping in the Porsche, I will replace the battery at some point when the current crisis drops sufficiently to allow me to go and get a new one
 
Im also wondering what happens if I do replace the battery?
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/25 14:46:30 (permalink)
Depending on your model of Cayman, I believe the more recent ones need a trip to an OPC or Indy to code the battery to the car otherwise you get warning lights/error codes/parts not working.
 
If you're on a CTEK there's certainly no need to start the car every day.
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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/25 14:52:06 (permalink)
I'm a key worker so have an excellent excuse to use the weekend car through the week. If you're in South Yorkshire, I'm happy to give yours some excercise 😀
 
Seriously, I use a cheap battery conditioner from Amazon and have left mine at least three weeks without a problem.
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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/25 14:57:53 (permalink)
Twinfan
Depending on your model of Cayman, I believe the more recent ones need a trip to an OPC or Indy to code the battery to the car otherwise you get warning lights/error codes/parts not working.
 
If you're on a CTEK there's certainly no need to start the car every day.


OPC simply add the serial number to the computer so it is covered by the warranty. From posts on this site and others, Porsche will still exclude the battery anyway, and the car cannot tell one gel battery from another.
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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/25 15:07:21 (permalink)
I don't believe that's the case for 981/982 series cars, the battery has to be coded to the car using PIWIS to ensure full functionality is maintained.
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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/25 15:12:23 (permalink)
On my old 981CS, I bought a new Banner battery from Design911 and had it fitted by my Centre. They said I would get errors as they could not code it (enter a new battery and serial number into the ECU so it could run the calibration).
 
I had no error messages, no loss of functionality, no over or under charging of battery. Whether non-coding reduces the effectiveness of the in-use charging regime and therefore longevity of the replacement battery, I have no idea but it was still OK after 4.5 years

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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/25 15:36:37 (permalink)
Thank you very much for replying guys its very much appreciated.
 
The car is a 987.1 Cayman S Sport, I have had to use a CTEK charger to recon the battery, I cant leave the charger on the car due to the garage being to small and having to charge on the drive, I will drop down to Cotswold Porsche and get the guys to fit a new battery for me,
 
By the way guys is it normal for a cayman to crank about 4 times to start?? 
 
Again thanks for reading......... and please everyone stay safe in these challenging times..........hopefully I will get to meet some of you after all of this at a meet, I live in Worcestershire.... 
 
 
 
 
 
Kind Regards to all
 
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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/25 15:50:16 (permalink)
My old 981 CGTS and current 718 GT4 fire(d) up immediately, so it sounds like your battery may well be on the way out.
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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/25 15:55:40 (permalink)
Mmmmm I thought it might be Twinfan, not being used to the car and not knowing enough about her I did wonder, then its definitely off to get a new battery......thanks Twinfan
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/25 16:31:13 (permalink)
Assuming you don't have an OPC warranty, Halfords do a gel battery to fit my (981) Cayman S for £142 with a five year warranty. £25 for fitting. And they are still open. OPC will charge about 4X that with a two year warranty.
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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/25 16:40:34 (permalink)
My local Halfords has closed, I would thought it was all their stores.

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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/25 16:45:32 (permalink)
Have just read that Halfords are arranging to open again.

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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/25 16:54:27 (permalink)
Just had a CEO message from Halfords to say they will be staying open as an essential service. Best to check their website tomorrow. Good luck 
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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/25 17:25:51 (permalink)
Running a car at idle for 20 minutes is probably not doing  it  any good without any load l put my CR away for 3 or 4 months in the winter with a CTEK  connected up looks like it may be a little longer this year.
When ready for action  I just fire it up without any problems.

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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/25 19:58:32 (permalink)
As I had a heart Op last week I'm unable to drive for a while plus these Virus restrictions. I've purchased a Solar 40w panel + controller as I don't have access to mains power for a C-TEK, it will sit on the dashboard and comes with a lighter socket adaptor as an extra.
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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/26 08:10:32 (permalink)
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The car is a 987.1 Cayman S Sport




Have i missed somthing?  Never heard of this model.


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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/26 08:18:59 (permalink)
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Nick7602
 
The car is a 987.1 Cayman S Sport




Have i missed somthing?  Never heard of this model.




 
Run out model for the 987.1:
 
https://www.pistonheads.com/news/general/porsche-cayman-s-sport-spotted/36326
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Re: Some Advice Please Guys & Gals, with this COVID19 and we cant drive 2020/03/26 08:34:19 (permalink)
I had a Cayman S Sport limited edition in Viper green which is a rare colour in uk. 
Most are in Orange. 

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