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Jacking Up Your Porsche 911 Carrera
 
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Jacking Up Your Porsche 911 Carrera

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20 minutes20 mins

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2-ton jack, jack stands, jack pad tool

Applicable Models:

 
Porsche 996 Carrera models (1999-05)
Porsche 996 Turbo, GT2, GT3 (2001-05)
Porsche 997 Carrera models (2005-08)
Porsche 997 Turbo, GT2, GT3 (2007-08)

Hot Tip:

Stack the wheels under the car as an added safety measure

Performance Gain:

Starting point for all work underneath the car

Complementary Modification:

Check front & rear suspension bushings

About one-third of all tasks that you need to perform on your 911 require it to be raised off of the ground. Simple enough for the experienced mechanic, the procedure of lifting a 3,000-pound car can be a bit unnerving for the amateur. In this project, I'll start out by showing you the best places to jack your car up and how to support it while you're working on it.

First, let's talk a bit about safety. Haphazard use of a floor jack can result in some pretty significant and expensive damage to you or your car. Before you begin raising the car, make sure that you have the wheels of the car blocked so that it can't roll. It's also wise to have your parking brake on as well and the car placed in first gear. You should always use jack stands in pairs to support the car--not simply the floor jack. Even if you are only lifting the car up for a few minutes, make sure that you place an emergency jack stand loosely underneath the transmission, motor, or rear differential just in case the floor jack fails.

Before you begin jacking up the car, make sure that all four wheels are carefully chocked and that the car is on a level surface. Keep in mind that if you raise up the rear of the car, the emergency brake no longer works (it works only on the two rearmost wheels of the car). If you place the car in park (automatic transmissions), it will only lock the rear wheels. Place a few 2x4 pieces of wood in front of each of the wheels to make sure that the car will not roll anywhere when you lift it up off of the ground.

The ideal place for jack stand supports is right underneath the four standard factory jack supports. Except for the emergency back-up jack stand mentioned previously, I don't recommend that you place the jack stands underneath the engine or transmission, as this can lead to instability.

I typically like to jack up the front of the car first. Use the reinforced area of the chassis shown in Figure 1. If you don't have a soft rubber pad or spare hockey puck for your jack, then fit a rolled up newspaper in between the jack and the car to avoid damage to the undercarriage of your car. Lift up the car slowly. It's perfectly okay if the car tilts while the wheels on the opposite side are still on the ground. Depending upon where you placed your jack, both front wheels may come off the ground or both wheels on one side of the car may come off the ground. Lift the car up only enough to get the jack stand underneath while it's set at its minimum height. Place the jack stand securely under the factory jack support area, and slowly lower the car. If your car is spotless, I recommend to placing a little bit of newspaper between the jack stand and the car to avoid scratching or scraping the underside of the chassis.

If you are lifting the front of the car, then place a jack stand under the front reinforced plate, lower the car onto the jack stand, and then repeat for the opposite side of the car. Then jack up the rear of the car in a similar fashion using the jack point shown in Figure 2. Jacking the car up from this point will typically raise the entire rear of the car, allowing you to set both rear jack stands in place at the same time. Set the height on the jack stands to be the same as the ones for the front. With the car supported on all four jack stands, you can carefully repeat the whole process to raise the car higher if needed.

Safety is of paramount importance here. Never work under the car with it suspended simply by the jack--always use jack stands. Always use a backup jack stand wherever you place your primary jack stands. One tiny flaw located in the casting process can lead to a jack stand breaking and having the car fall on top of you. If you are going to remove the wheels from the car, be sure that you loosen the lug nuts before you lift the car off the ground, otherwise the wheels will spin and you will have a difficult time getting the lug nuts off. Take the wheels and stack them in pairs underneath the car--this is an added measure of safety in case something fails.

Once you have the car up in the air and supported on the jack stands, position the jack under the engine without lifting it, and push on the car and see if it is unstable on the jack stands. If the car moves at all, you do not have it properly supported. It is far better for the car to fall off the jack stands while you are pushing on it than when you are underneath it. Really try to knock it off the jack stands--you want to make sure that it's perfectly stable. Set the floor jack underneath the engine or transmission while you're working as yet another backup support. Again, it's a wise idea to set up a spare jack stand or two as a precautionary measure against one of them failing.

When you are ready to lower the car, be aware of where you are placing your floor jack. Sometimes you will not be able to easily remove the jack when the car is lowered, or the jack handle may crush or damage part of the chassis something else on the way down. Proceed very slowly and also be aware that some floor jacks release very quickly. Also be careful to place the car in gear, or to engage the parking brake before you lower it. The car may have a tendency to roll away right after it's put back on the ground.

There is a reinforced area of the front chassis that makes for an excellent point to jack the car up with (yellow arrow).
Figure 1

There is a reinforced area of the front chassis that makes for an excellent point to jack the car up with (yellow arrow). If you place your floor jack under this section, then you will be able to fit your jack stands in the standard factory jack support areas (green arrow). In this photo, the front of the car is on the left.

Jacking up the rear of the car can be easy
Figure 2

Jacking up the rear of the car can be easy--if you have a long-reach jack. My preferred spot is this rear suspension mounting point--it attaches close to the transverse support bar and is very strong. Avoid lifting the car using any part of the engine. Place your jack stands under the standard factory lift points (shown in Figure 3).

The best place to support the 911 Carrera with jack stands is under the factory jack support areas.
Figure 3

The best place to support the 911 Carrera with jack stands is under the factory jack support areas. These four spots on either side of the car have metal cup pieces that act as locators for professional-style hydraulic lifts used at repair shops. Placing four jack stands at equal height on either side of the car like this creates a very stable platform for the car.

For better stability and ease of jacking up, you can use a jack plate tool.
Figure 4

For better stability and ease of jacking up, you can use a jack plate tool. This tool attaches to the points under the car and gives you a nice, wide circular surface to use with your floor jack.

Based upon my extensive search for the perfect jack, I must recommend the DK13HLQ from AC Hydraulics.
Figure 5

Based upon my extensive search for the perfect jack, I must recommend the DK13HLQ from AC Hydraulics. This jack is the best that I have ever seen and is exclusively available at PelicanParts.com. Manufactured with the highest quality in Denmark, this floor jack satisfies all of my requirements and has more than earned its place in my garage. With a minimum height of only 80mm (3.1 inches), the jack will easily fit under any of my lowered Porsches. On the other end, the jack has an unusually high lift of 735mm (29 inches) that enables you to raise your car up onto floor jacks in one swift motion. Combine that with the easy-to-use lift foot pedal, and you have a superior jack that's perfect for any car enthusiast, regardless of which car they happen to own.

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Comments and Suggestions:
JayD Comments: Hi, my friends 2003 Porsche Carerra 4s 911 3.6 recently started blowing white/light blue smoke dealer told him the oil had metal shavings after they drained it, indicating a bad IMS bearing, and they found coolant in it as well ..no mention of the OAS..they said the car needed a complete new engine no other way to fix it...here is what I think...I recently checked the oil and it was picture perfect no signs of coolant, the exhaust smokes light whitish blue, the engine runs smooth, I did hear a very light tap on its first start that left as fast as it came...I personally dont believe the coolant story but could be wrong, I dont see or hear anything that indicates the IMS needing immediate repairs that caused the entire engine to fail, she runs smooth no knocks...has 30K original miles, sat in his garage for almost a year after they diagnosed it, then nI came along and looked at it....I know the IMS should be changed over sooner than later to the ceramic type bearings and oiler kit...do you feel that changing the OAS should stop the smoke at least so he might sell it for some sort of better money? Do you think I should let it idle smoking to see if the coolant shows signs of a problem, and also to see if the IMS throws metal into the oil to verify what the dealer told us, if so how long can it idle while smoking?
October 25, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am inclined to trust the professionals diagnosis.
You can pressure test the cooling system to rule our an internal coolant leak. You can also have the oil tested for engine wear suspicions. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
C Comments: I'm trying to find the panel of the undercarriage that protects the front brakes, can you tell me what to call it and how to find it online? This is for a 2002 911 Carrera 4
December 5, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
jr Comments: Can you lift entire car on padded, flat, drive over hydraulic short 3'-4' tire change type lift?
September 23, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What type of vehicle? Best bet is to check the instructions for the lift. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
coco Comments: Where to place the floor jack to lift the rear end altogether.
September 2, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: There really isn't a good place. I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Vin Comments: If I am lowering the transmission. How high should I jack the car? What kind of clearance do I need? Thanks Vin
August 11, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Just the trans, you will have to slide it out. I have to guess at the height of the bell housing as I have never measured it. You will need about 20" to slide it out from under the vehicle. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Bill Comments: Looking at your new project book for the 997.1, which points to this website for more information, the project/chapter on jacking up the car does not mention these panels or how to remove them to then follow the instructions on how to jack up the car.
That was my question.
And I guess this comment/suggestion area is not tied to the online project 1 on how to jack up the car, even though it is at the bottom of the online instructions and photos. My mistake. Sorry
September 11, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No problem. It is tied to it, but your question wasn't clear to me. Now I understand where the comment is coming from. All of these articles are here:
http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/996_tech.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Bill Comments: There is no mention of what appears to be some number of plastic underbody panels covering the bottom of the car.
September 9, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What is your question? You can jack the vehicle with the underbody splash shields in place. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
eland Comments: Youu need two hydraulic floor jacks and four jack stands.
First, with jack #1 jack up the car using rear factory hard point, then place a jack stand under the front hard point. yes, you can get the car high enough to do this Lower jack #1 a bit so the front rests on front jack stand. Take a second floor jack#2 , and put it at there rear suspension point mentioned above and jack up slightly . Then lower jack #1 and remove the jack, put a jack stand under the rear hard point. Lower #2 onto jack stand. Repeat on the other side.
BTW, I do this two $100 floor jacks. I don't see the need for a $550 floor jack.
March 19, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the input on this one. We appreciate the help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Patrick Comments: I have a 03 996 cab with the convertable top lid stuck down on the passenger side. The top is also fully down. The hand crank operation does not move the driver's side. the hook lock has been manually moved back to the release position. Nothing seems to release the pass side.
February 16, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The passenger side latch may be broken. Can you get into the lid enough through the drier side to access the latch? If so, see if you can manually release it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
David Comments: Similar to Chuck's question, do you jack up the entire front of the car, which would mean that you could put both front jack stands in place, or do you jack the left corner, place the jack stand, then jack the right corner and place the jack stand?
February 12, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The article describes doing one side at a time. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Chuck Comments: OK. You have the jack, and you want to put the car on jack stands. Do you do this one corner at a time? A video would be nice.
January 21, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, you can do it that way. Be sure the vehicle stays evenly loaded and the jack stands do not move when raising each corner. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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