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Porsche Carrera 997 (2005-2012)
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Welcome to our Porsche Carrera 997 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? Try our search engine, check out our Technical Article Directory or hop over to our Enthusiast Forums - focusing on repair and maintenance projects for all Porsches. If you'd like to submit an article based on your own experience, please contact us here!


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 Basics & Essentials
Jacking Up Your Porsche 911 Carrera
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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Oil Change - Porsche 911 Carrera
The most common task to do on your Boxster or Carrera all the modern 6-cylinder engines are covered here.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Replacing Your Porsche Carrera Air Filter (996/997)
New to working on your car?? Not sure where the air filter is?? Check out this simple article.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Replacing Belts on the Porsche 911 Carrera
Here's some short instructions on this very basic of maintenance tasks.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Washing Your Car
Every car looks better and feels like it's faster when it's clean.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
 Engine
Replacing Spark Plugs on your Porsche 911 Carrera
Spark plugs are an important part of your engine - make sure that they are replaced every 10,000 miles or so, to keep your ignition system running smoothly.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Porsche 911 Air Oil Separator
This emissions device can cause a lot of problems. The good news is that it's easily replaceable, as shown in this tech article.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Porsche 911 Engine Mount Replacement
The Boxster 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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Installing a Deep Sump Kit - Porsche 911
The oil pan may leak over time - learn how to reseal this and also consider installing a deep sump engine kit at the same time.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Common Engine Problems on the Porsche 911 Carrera
The Boxster and 996 engines are not necessarily known for being bulletproof. Wayne goes over in detail all of the weak areas prone to failure in these engines.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Porsche 911 Carrera Engine Drop
Everything that you need in order to remove your Boxster engine piece by piece...
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Replacing Belt Tensioners - Porsche 911 Carrera
The idler pulleys on the front of the engine can wear out after many miles of use. Replacement is easy and only takes a very short amount of time.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
 Fuel Injection
Replacing Your Porsche 911 Carrera Oxygen Sensors
Almost all cars eventually need new oxygen sensors at one time or another. Replacement is relatively easy with the step-by-step instructions shown here.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Reading Porsche 911 Carrera 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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Replacing the Porsche 911 Carrera 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)
Finding Vacuum Leaks on the Porsche 911 Carrera
Check the tool used in this article - a smoke machine! Everyone should have one - they are way too cool.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Replacing the Porsche 911 Carrera Fuel Pump
Worried about doing this swap?? Don't be - we have all the info you need, including your pre-flight safety check!
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Installing a High Performance Air Intake - Porsche 911 Carrera
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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Updating Your DME with Performance Software for the Porsche 911 Carrera
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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Mass Air Flow Sensor Replacement - Porsche 911 Carrera
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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Porsche 911 Carrera Throttle Body Cleaning
A dirty throttle body can cause rough running, lost power, and poor fuel economy. Clean your throttle body and replace the intake boots with the instructions here.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
 Water Cooling System
Porsche 911 Carrera 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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Porsche 911 Carrera 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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Coolant Tank Replacement - Porsche 911 Carrera
These coolant tanks are well known to crack and leak coolant all over your trunk. Replacement can be a bit of a bear, but eased by the instructions afforded here.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Porsche 911 Carrera Water Pump and Thermostat Replacement
When replacing your water pump, you should also replace your thermostat as well.? Here's easy instructions on how to swap both of them out.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
 Transmission, Clutch & Axles
Replacing Your Transmission Mounts on your Porsche 911 Carrera
Transmission mounts will wear out over time. If yours are loose or leaking, then that's a clear sign that they need to be replaced.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Transmission Removal - Porsche 911 Carrera
Getting to that clutch is no easy task, but it can definitely be done by the average home mechanic.? Following this step-by-step process, you can hardly go wrong.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Replacing Manual Transmission Fluid - Porsche 911 Carrera
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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Replacing Porsche 911 Carrera Limited Slip Differential Carrier Bearings and Seals
A Limited Slip Differential is one of those go-fast parts that is an almost requirement for track cars. Quaife differentials are good too, and the differential overhaul is documented here.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Replacing Wheel Bearings on your Porsche 911 Carrera
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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Replacing CV Joints on your Porsche 911 Carrera
Clunk!? Looks like it's time to replace your CV axles.? Find out what you need to know about the procedure here.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Clutch Replacement on the Porsche 911 Carrera
One of our biggest and most comprehensive articles yet.? From start to finish, all the instructions are here.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Replacing Clutch Hydraulics on the Porsche 911 Carrera
Clutch pedal feeling spongy?? Try replacing your slave or master cylinder and rebleeding your system.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
 Brakes
Bleeding Porsche 911 Carrera Brakes
Another tricky process.? Here's a couple of hints and tips gathered from some good and bad experiences in brake bleeding.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Replacing Porsche 911 Carrera 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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Big Brake Upgrade for the Porsche 911 Carrera
Need more brakes? The Brembo kit is the top-dog in performance brakes.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Parking Brake Shoe Replacement on your Porsche 911 Carrera
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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Brake Line Replacement - Porsche 911 Carrera
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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Replacing Porsche 911 Carrera 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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Porsche 911 Carrera 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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Brake Booster and ABS Control Unit Replacement on the Porsche 911 Carrera
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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
 Suspension
Alignment in your Porsche 911 Carrera
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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Suspension Overhaul of your Porsche 911 Carrera
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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Performance Suspension Lowering your Porsche 911 Carrera
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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Replacing Porsche 911 Carrera 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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
 Body
Installing a New Hood Crest and Emblems on your Porsche 911 Carrera
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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Replacing Your Carpet - Porsche 911 Carrera & Boxster
Nothing makes your car feel like new than a new carpet. This article shows you how.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Porsche 911 Carrera - SmartTop Rolling Override
The SmartTop is a neat device that allows you to lower your roof while still driving.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Headlamp Protection Film - Porsche 911 Carrera
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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Replacing Porsche 911 Carrera 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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
 Electrical and Lighting
Porsche 911 Carrera Battery Replacement 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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Porsche 911 Carrera Alternator Replacement
Replace your alternator with this step by step instruction
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Porsche 911 Carrera Starter Replacement
Now that you've determined that the starter is bad, learn how to replace it without electrocuting yourself by reading this article here.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Porsche 911 Carrera HVAC Motor Replacement
Replace your HVAC motor to help keep you comfortable.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Brake Clutch and Cruise Control Switch Replacement - Porsche 911 Carrera
Have all your brake lights stopped working all of a sudden?? It's probably your brake pedal switch - replacement is a 30 minute job.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Installing the Porsche 911 Carrera 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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
 Miscellaneous
Porsche 911 Carrera 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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Track Prep for the Porsche 911 Carrera
Planning on building a 996 or 997 racer? Here's a list of things Wayne compiled that you might want to consider for your car.
     Applies to: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
Tire and Wheel Sizing on the Porsche 911 Carrera
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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
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: Porsche Carrera 997: Coupe (2005-2012); Cabriolet (2005-2012); Targa (2007-2012)
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