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Porsche 996 Turbo (2001-2005)
Technical Articles

Welcome to our Porsche 996 Turbo Technical Articles section. We've gathered a vast collection of useful articles to help you perform many repairs and upgrades on your Porsche. Save money by doing your own work and perform the repairs using the information we've provided here. Can't find what you're looking for? Check out some more of our Porsche Tech Articles or hop over to our Enthusiast Forums--focusing on repairs and maintenance for your Porsche. If you'd like to submit a tech article based on your own experience, contact us here!

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 Basics & Essentials
Jacking Up your Porsche 996 Turbo
Most common tasks need the car to be jacked up in the air. But where should you place the jack, and what is the safest method of lifting it? It's all answered here.
     Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05), GT3 (2004-05)
Engine Air Filter Replacement
Learn the trick to getting your air filter housing removed without a scratch!
     Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05), GT3 (2004-05)
 Engine Oil Filter Replacement
 The heart of every Porsche is a wailing beast of an engine. Keep that beast slippery and clean using this professional grade oil change routine.
     Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
 Replacing Belts
Here are some short instructions on one of the most basic of maintenance tasks.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
 Spark Plug and Ignition Coil Replacement
Replace your spark plugs and see what the ignition coil update entails.
     Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Engine
Engine Mount Replacement
The 911 motor mount is manufactured out of rubber, which means it wears out over time. Replacement is relatively easy and is performed from underneath the car.
     Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Intercooler Console Removal
Ever wondered where the intercoolers are on your 996 GT2 or Turbo? The mystery is solved here.
     Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Valve Lift Control Solenoid Replacement
Keep the fat cam lift on tap, and learn to replace the solenoid that controls valve lift here.
     Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05), GT3 (2004-05)
Porsche 911 Engine Drop
Everything that you need in order to remove your engine piece by piece...
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Replacing Belt Tensioners
The engine has lots of sensors, this article shows you where they are and what is involved in their replacement.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Replacing Engine Sensors
The engine has lots of sensors; this article shows you where they are and what is involved in their replacement.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Fuel Injection
Fuel Filler Adapter Ring Installation
Now you can quickly and easily fully fill up your fuel tank with this simple and easy to install fix
     Applies to: 986 (1997-04), 987 (2005-12), 996 (1999-05), 997 (2005-12), Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05), GT3 (2004-05)
Reading Porsche Fuel Injection Fault Codes
You can't figure out what is wrong with your car without first checking the fault codes. This article shows you what you need to "get a clue" about what is ailing your car.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Finding Vacuum Leaks
Check the tool used in this article - a smoke machine! Everyone should have one - they are way too cool.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Throttle Body Cleaning and Replacement
Here we will show you how to clean and replace your gunky throttle body.
     Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Replacing Your Porsche Oxygen Sensors
O2 sensors need replacing at some point on nearly every car. Our step-by-step instructions
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
 Fuel Filter Replacement
Don't let an old fuel filter slow you down. Here we show you a quick and easy process to change your fuel filter.
     Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05), GT3 (2004-05)
Replacing the Fuel Line Vent Valve
If you are having trouble filling up your car with gas, your check engine light keeps coming on, or you hear a howling sound like someone is blowing across the top of a Coca-Cola bottle you may have a faulty fuel line vent valve.
     Applies to: Porsche 996 Carrera (1998-2005)
Installing a High Performance Air Intake
A properly designed cold air induction system can give your car a little boost in performance, but make sure you know what you're getting first by reading this article.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Updating Your DME with Performance Software
Want some more HP out of your car?? Try an easy-to-install software upgrade, and be on the road in 30 minutes with more performance.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Fuel Injector Replacement
If your injectors are leaking, or you're thinking they are clogged, here is a step-by-step procedure on how to change them out.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Mass Air Flow (MAF) Sensor Replacement
There's a lot of confusion regarding the mass air flow sensor. Read Wayne's advice before you replace yours so that you make sure that you get the proper one for your car.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
 Water Cooling System
Coolant Flush
Check it out - Wayne explains more than you ever wanted to know about your cooling system, why you need to maintain it regularly, and how to change that pesky coolant.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Coolant Hose Replacement
The Carrera has like a gazillion radiator hoses on it. This article tells you which ones are which and how to replace them when needed.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Installing a Center Radiator
Is your car running too hot on the street or at the track? The solution is a center-mounted radiator.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Radiator and Fan Replacement
Got a pin-hole leak in your radiator? Want to upgrade to a better cooling one? It's pretty easy to remove and reinstall your radiator.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Transmission, Clutch, & Axles
Replacing Manual Transmission Fluid
One of the easiest tasks to perform on your 996/997 is to change the transmission or differential oil, but just in case you need a bit of guidance, be sure to read Wayne's article first.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Replacing Wheel Bearings
The Pelican site has never had a good wheel bearing replacement article until now. Wayne took special care to document all aspects of wheel bearing replacement, and the principles are applicable to almost any car.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Replacing CV Joints
Clunk!? Looks like it's time to replace your CV axles.? Find out what you need to know about the procedure here.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Installing a Short Shift Kit
Installing a short-shift kit (SSK) is probably the number one most popular upgrade for these Porsche cars. Detailed instructions on the process are here in this tech article.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Installing an Aftermarket Shift Knob
Not sure if you can do the install? Wayne figured out how to make it really easy - just check out these instructions on the topic, and get it done in about an hour or two.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
 Brakes
Bleeding Brakes
Another tricky process! Here's a couple of hints and tips gathered from some good and bad experiences in brake bleeding.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Replacing Brake Pads
Want to know how to perform this relatively easy task and save some money at the same time?? Check out our step-by-step instructions on brake pad replacement.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Big Brake Upgrade
Need more brakes? The Brembo kit is the top-dog in performance brakes.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Parking Brake Adjustment
Is your e-brake not working too well? Put it back into adjustment in less than 30 minutes.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Parking Brake Shoe Replacement
Parking shoes wear, particularly if your "better half" drives with the brake on all the time. Replacement can be tricky, but using the instructions here can be done in an extended afternoon.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Brake Line Replacement
Repeated heat cycling and fluid contamination will eventually cause the inside of the lines to swell and the outside to crack? You've been warned, so now it's time to take action.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Replacing Brake Discs
Stop! Yes, that's exactly what you want to do... but you can't always do so effectively if your brake rotors are worn too thin. Learn how to replace those old discs properly in this article here.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Master Cylinder Replacement
The brake master cylinder does sometimes get old and wear out. If your brakes are feeling spongy, then you might need to overhaul your system, which includes replacement of the master cylinder.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Brake Booster and ABS Control Unit Replacement
The booster is an important part of braking assistance, and if the rubber diaphragm gets old and breaks, then you need to replace it.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
 Suspension
Alignment
Any modification or repair made to your suspension system is bound to affect its alignment.? Even though it's still important to know a good alignment shop, learn how you might be able to align your car at home in this article.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Suspension Overhaul
Your shocks aren't the only parts of the suspension system that wear out? Take the time to overhaul the entire front end carefully and you'll feel much better that you did so.? Really!
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Performance Suspension Lowering
The PSS performance suspension kit from Bilstein is one of the top performing kits available for the Boxster and Carrera series? Wayne shows you how to install it correctly in this article.
Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Installing a Strut Tower Brace
A strut tower brace links the top of the shock towers to insure that the towers do not bend when the chassis is flexing. Find out more about how they work and which designs are best in this article.
Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Steering Wheel Replacement
The stock four-spoke steering wheel on these cars was seemingly designed to be ugly to get people to upgrade to the gorgeous 3-spoke wheel. Here's instructions on how to upgrade.
Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Replacing Shocks and Springs
Replacement of your shocks and springs is one of the most common procedures for your 996 or 997. See Wayne's instructions here for complete details on the replacement process.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Electrical & Lighting
HVAC Motor Replacement
Replace your HVAC motor to help keep you comfortable.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Replacing Lenses and Bulbs
Broken lenses aren't just eyesores, but they can get you a ticket too. Well, if they're broken, then you might as well replace them with something that looks a little better too! Clear Euro-style lenses just might do the trick.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Battery Replacement and Trickle Charger Installation
Is your battery failing on you after leaving the car in your garage for an extended period of time? You probably need a battery buddy to keep it trickle charged.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Headlamp Switch Replacement
The Das Schild protector is a 30-minute install, and protects your front and rear trunks from items that are floating around in there.
     Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Replacing Switches for Brake light, Clutch Pedal, and Cruise Control
These three pedal switches take a lot of wear, so mechanical failure is not uncommon. Here's how to replace one, or all of them, in just 30 minutes.
     Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
 Body
Installing a New Hood Crest and Emblems
One of the more simpler tasks, spending about 30 minutes on replacing emblems on your car can dramatically improve the exterior aesthetics of your car.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Replacing Your Carpet
Nothing makes your car feel like new than a new carpet. This article shows you how.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
SmartTop Rolling Override
The SmartTop is a neat device that allows you to lower your roof while still driving.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Headlamp Protection Film
Do you have $2500 Litronic headlamps on your car? Protect them with headlamp film that can be installed pretty easily in about an hour or so.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Replacing Hood Shocks
Bump! Don't you hate when your lids fall on your head? Hood shocks do wear out often, and replacement literally takes about 10 minutes.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Rear Bumper Removal
This article shows you how to get into that beautiful backside of your 911.
     Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Installing the Sprint Accelerator Booster
The Sprint Booster is like a short shift kit for your accelerator pedal. With the company's 3-day money-back guarantee, there's no risk to trying it out.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Rear Fender Liner Removal
A quick rundown on the removal of the rear portion of the rear fender liners.
     Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Front Bumper Wheel Liner Replacement
A lot of tasks (radiator replacement, etc.) require the removal of the front bumper. It's pretty easy and we show you how in this article.
     Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Modifying your Wheelwell Liners
Get all the cooling benefits of the 997 in your 996 now by modifying your wheel well liners.
     Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Installing the Das Schild Protector
The Das Schild protector is a 30-minute install, and protects your front and rear trunks from items that are floating around in there.
     Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Installing Performance Seats
Need better seats for your 996 or 997? The good news is that most are plug-and-play, as shown here.
     Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Door Panel Removal
Many tasks require removal of the door panel, which can be tricky if you haven't done it before. Wayne shows you where all of the hidden fasteners are located.
     Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Center Console Delete
If you're really tall like Wayne, you might want to upgrade to the GT3 center console, which will give you a lot more legroom when driving.
     Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Window Regulator and Motor
The window regulator is one of the most worn out parts of the car. Every time you open the door, it moves the window. Replacing the regulator will solve most window problems. Complete instructions on the replacement and window alignment are here.
     Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Replacing Door Locks and Handles
The door lock mechanism takes a lot of abuse. Wayne shows you how to get to this item and replace it relatively easily.
     Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Installing a Rear Spoiler Wing
Want to put a cool real spoiler on your car? Check out the procedure here.
     Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Child Seat Airbag Deactivation
Got kids? Wayne's got a few, and explains the installation of the Porsche air bag deactivation bar. It's simple, yet the Porsche dealers will lead you to believe it takes a physics degree to do it. Full instructions here.
     Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Miscellaneous
Dyno Testing
Who isn't curious about how much power they're transferring to the wheels?? Learn about all the basics from Wayne before you strap your car onto a dyno for the first time.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Air Conditioning Maintenance and Recharge
This article is not intended to be a repair manual for your A/C system, but to serve more as a guide on how the system works, and the maintenance involved with its upkeep.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Tire and Wheel Sizing
Putting the wrong size tires on your wheels can alter your speedometer readings and might not look right. Check out this article for detailed information on tire sizing.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
Track Prep
Planning to build a 996 Turbo racer? Here's a list of things Wayne compiled that you might want to consider for your car.
    Applies to: Turbo (2001-05), Turbo S (2005-05), GT2 (2002-05)
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