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Jacking Up Your Cayenne
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Jacking Up Your Cayenne

Jared Fenton

Time:

15 minutes15 mins

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*

Tools:

Floor jack, Jack stands

Applicable Models:

Porsche 955 Cayenne (2004-08)
Porsche 955 Cayenne GTS (2008)
Porsche 955 Cayenne S (2003-08)
Porsche 955 Cayenne Turbo (2003-08)
Porsche 955 Cayenne Turbo S (2006)

Hot Tip:

Take your time and work safe.

Performance Gain:

Ability to service components beneath vehicle.

Complementary Modification:

Rotate the tires on your Cayenne

About one third of all tasks that you need to perform on your Cayenne require it to be raised off of the ground. While simple enough for the experienced mechanic, the procedure of lifting a 5000lb. SUV can be a bit unnerving for the amateur. In this chapter, 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 Park. You should always use jack stands in pairs to support the car: never just a 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 attempt to 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, it will only lock the rear wheels as well. Place a few 2x4 pieces of wood in front of each of the wheels to make sure that the car will not roll when you lift it up off of the ground.

It's a good idea to use a soft rubber pad, cardboard or even a rolled up newspaper in-between the floor jack and the car to avoid damage to the undercarriage. 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 jack support area, and slowly lower the car.

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 underside of the rear subframe right in front of the differential. Jacking the car up from this point will 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 floor 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, 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, then when you are underneath it. 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 its put back on the ground.

NOTE: For Cayenne models with air suspension, when raising the vehicle with the jack

Whenever it is necessary to jack up the vehicle:

  • First, manually set to normal level, then switch off level control.
    • To switch OFF level control:
      • Switch ignition ON
      • Push rocker switch forward for 5 to 10 seconds. (A message is shown on the multi-purpose display of the instrument panel "The vehicle can now be raised"
    • To switch ON level control:
      • Switch ignition ON
      • Push rocker switch forward for 5 to 10 seconds
      • or DRIVE forward with the vehicle (Level control switches ON automatically)


Shown here are the jacking point locations just behind the front wheel on a Cayenne.
Figure 1

Shown here are the jacking point locations just behind the front wheel on a Cayenne. The metal edge along the outside (green arrow) is intended to be used with the factory jack that comes with the car. The edge fits into a cup on the jack. You should only use this jack to change a tire and nothing else. To secure the car on a jack stand, use the reinforced section just inboard of the factory jack point (yellow arrow).

This is aPicture of the car being raised with the factory supplied jack.
Figure 2

This is aPicture of the car being raised with the factory supplied jack. Remember; only use this jack if you have to change a tire in an emergency situation and do not have a proper floor jack available.

Shown here is the cross member directly behind the front jacking points (green arrow).
Figure 3

Shown here is the cross member directly behind the front jacking points (green arrow). This reinforced area is where you should place your floor jack.

Place a piece of rolled up newspaper or cardboard in between the floor jack and the cross member and carefully jack the car up enough to place a jack stand under the reinforced section at the front.
Figure 4

Place a piece of rolled up newspaper or cardboard in between the floor jack and the cross member and carefully jack the car up enough to place a jack stand under the reinforced section at the front.

Here is the jack stand located directly under the front jack point.
Figure 5

Here is the jack stand located directly under the front jack point. Once the jack stand is in place, carefully lower the car down until it rests on top.

Shown here are the rear jacking points on the Cayenne.
Figure 6

Shown here are the rear jacking points on the Cayenne. These are located just in front of the rear tire. The yellow arrow shows the metal edge for the factory supplied jack while the green arrow shows the reinforced area where you should place the jack stand.

As before, here is aPicture of the factory supplied jack lifting the rear of the Cayenne.
Figure 7

As before, here is aPicture of the factory supplied jack lifting the rear of the Cayenne. When using this jack, make sure that the edge of the body fits into the cup of the jack.

Because of the proximity of the two rear jacking points, there is no place to use a floor jack and then also place a jack stand.
Figure 8

Because of the proximity of the two rear jacking points, there is no place to use a floor jack and then also place a jack stand. Porsche realized this problem and issued a technical service bulletin advising to jack the rear of the car up from the rear subframe point (green arrow) directly under the differential mount.

As before, place cardboard or rolled up newspaper in between the floor jack and the subframe.
Figure 9

As before, place cardboard or rolled up newspaper in between the floor jack and the subframe. Once in place and centered, carefully lift the car up enough to place jack stands under the reinforced areas on both sides of the car.

Here is the jack stand supporting the car under the rear jack point.
Figure 10

Here is the jack stand supporting the car under the rear jack point. Once the jack stand is in place, carefully lower the car down until it rests on top.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Rj Prive Comments: Thanks for the write up... what level should i put the air suspension when i jack up the car?
September 13, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Lock the air suspension following the instructions in the owner's manual

Raising vehicle with the jack
Whenever it is necessary to jack up the vehicle:
f Manually set normal level and then switch off
level control.
Switching off level control
1. Switch ignition on.
2. Push rocker switch forward for 5 to
10 seconds.
A message is shown on the multi-purpose
display of the instrument panel.
The vehicle can now be raised.
Switching level control back on
1. Switch ignition on.
2. Push rocker switch forward for 5 to
10 seconds or
3. Drive forward with the vehicle.
Level control switches on automatically.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Rob Comments: Good write up. Only thing I might add is putting the vehicle in "Jack" mode if it requires it. That should keep the air suspension from getting confused if you need to put the key in the ignition to turn the steering wheel.
November 7, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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