Periodically, I like to jack up my car, get under it, and look it over carefully. I check for loose fasteners, damage to the undercarriage or suspension, and exhaust leaks. This is also a good opportunity to look for oil, coolant, or brake fluid leaks. For personal safety, I always support the car with jack stands before I get under it.
The Boxster or 996 requires a slightly different approach to jack it up. The jack points are oval-shaped sockets in the bottom of the car, and the underside of the car doesn't have any obvious places to put jack stands. Pelican Parts now offers a custom floor jack adapter, specifically for the Boxster and 996, which allows the car to be jacked up safely. It comes in a nice zipper bag for storage (Figure 1), and it has an extended tang that fits exactly into the jack socket (Figure 2). The adapter even has a tough rubber pad to prevent marring the undercarriage (Figure 3).
If your floor jack is like mine, it is too tall to fit under the Boxster without removing the saddle from the jack. The saddle on my jack just lifts off, and then the jack fits nicely under the car, using the new adapter (Figure 4).
I was reluctant to use jack stands with bare metal tops on my new Boxster.
I decided to pad the top of each jack stand with a hockey puck (Figure 5). I attached the puck to the jack stand by drilling a 6mm hole through it, with a slight countersink. I then drilled and tapped a hole in the top of each jack stand, and attached the hockey pucks using 6mm X 30mm bolts. The pucks are very hard rubber, so they should hold up well, but still conform to the shape of the jack socket (Figure 6).
With this setup, I can jack up my Boxster without damaging anything, and feel safe while working underneath it. It isn't due for an oil change yet, but I'll be ready for that, too.
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