Manual: 2011/2012 Cayman

Page: 75

Starting Procedures

  • Please see the chapter "IMMOBILIZER" on page 15.
  • Please see the chapter "EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM" on page 198.



Serious injury or death may result if you are involved in a collision without having fastened the safety belts.

  • Fasten safety belts before driving away.

Before starting the engine

  • Apply the footbrake.
  • Manual transmission:
    Fully depress the clutch pedal and put the gearshift lever into neutral.
    The clutch pedal must be depressed fully before the starter will engage.
  • In vehicles with PDK transmission:
    Move PDK selector lever to position P or N.

Temperature sensors on the engine automatically provide the correct fuel/air mixture required for starting.

Therefore, it is not necessary to depress the accelerator pedal while starting a cold or a warm engine.

Starting the engine

  • Turn ignition key to ignition lock position 2.
  • As soon as the engine starts, release the ignition key.

The first operation of the starter is ended automatically when the engine starts.

If the engine does not start, subsequent starter operations will not be ended automatically.

If the engine fails to start after 10 or 15 seconds of cranking:

  • Wait about 10 seconds before engaging the starter again.
  • When starting the engine, be ready to drive immediately.
    Drive vehicle at moderate speeds and avoid engine speeds above 4,200 rpm during the first 5 minutes.
  • Do not let the engine idle to warm up.



Engine exhaust fumes have many components which you can smell. They also contain carbon monoxide (CO), which is a colorless and odorless gas.

Carbon monoxide can cause unconsciousness and even death if inhaled.

  • Never start or let the engine run in an enclosed, unventilated area.
    It is not recommended to sit in your car for prolonged periods with the engine on and the car not moving.

An unattended vehicle with a running engine is potentially hazardous.

If warning lights should come on to indicate improper operation, they would go unnoticed.

  • Never leave the engine idling unattended.

Danger of fire.

  • Do not park or operate the vehicle in areas where the hot exhaust system may come in contact with dry grass, brush, fuel spill or other flammable material.
  • If your car catches on fire for any reason, call the fire department.
    Do not endanger your life by attempting to put out the fire.

Risk of burn injury when standing near or coming into contact with the exhaust pipe.

The exhaust pipe is hot when the vehicle is running and remains hot for some time after the vehicle is turned off.

  • To prevent injury, make a point of noting where your vehicle's exhaust pipe is, avoid placing your legs near the exhaust pipe, and closely supervise children around the vehicle when the exhaust pipe could be hot.
    A hot exhaust pipe can cause serious burns.