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Pelican Technical Article:

Jacking Up Your Boxster or 996

Bob Tindel

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Applicable Models:

Porsche 986 Boxster (1997-04)
Porsche 986 Boxster S (2000-04)

     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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Comments and Suggestions:
Fatbloke Comments: Jacking up at the front looks straight forward from your photo and leaves the support points free for the axle jack stands but can you show some pictures of where to jack the rear up so that the rear support points are free for the axle stands? 2004 2.7 Boxster Could the car be jacked up on the sills or would the sill seams just fold?
August 21, 2014
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Try this tech article:

http://www.pelicanparts.com/techarticles/Boxster_Tech/01-BASICS-Jacking_Up/01-BASICS-Jacking_Up.htm - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
pfeffers Comments: Very confusing - does not provide the steps or sequence in jacking up the car and placing the jack stands. i assume some sequencs of jacking from one jack point raises the car enough to place a jack stand beneath another jacking poin???
November 17, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Wayne offers some insight here:

In response to the previous comment - I like to jack the car up by the rails that run underneath, and then place the jack stands under the specified jacking points. See the photo I've attached. - Nick at Pelican Parts
Alex Comments: I just read your tech article on jacking up your Boxster. I'm a little confused. If you are jacking up one side with a floor jack, where do you put the jack stand?? Are there 2 jack points on each side that allows you to use the floor jack to lift the car on one jack point and another jack point for the stand?? Then lower the floor jack and do the other side.
Also why do you need a 27mm socket to do and oil change.
Is it for the drain plug??
March 16, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Wayne offers some insight here:

In response to the previous comment - I like to jack the car up by the rails that run underneath, and then place the jack stands under the specified jacking points. See the photo I've attached. - Nick at Pelican Parts
George Comments: Re 996 Jack Stand Adapter.
Could you kindly supply me with the jack stand adapter for our 996 and possibly our 968 Cab? as mentioned in your Pelican Technical Article ?
January 28, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can grab one here:

http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/ksearch/PEL_search.cgi ?command=show_part_page&please_wait=N&make=POR&model=996J§ion=UPG996&page=11&bookmark=7&part_number=PWE-FJP-003

Or give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right adapter.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
bhj951 Comments: On my 944 Turbo there was a jacking point between the wheels, allowing you to lift the entire side of the vehicle in one go, and place stands front and back. Does the Boxster have this capability?
May 9, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sortof - you can jack in the middle of the car, and it will lift on one side. But the back will dip down a bit. I prefer the four-point jacking method detailed in the article. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Tom Comments: I once saw a bag that zippered that I could drive my 944 turbo in to store it for the winter

Do you know where I can find this zippered bag
October 16, 2010
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I haven't seen those. We have some nice covers. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find a cover. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Bob Comments: I cannot figure out the scheme you describe. If the jack uses the jack point to lift the car, how is the jack stand placed at the jack point?
August 5, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, this article is slightly confusing with respect to that. I have another article coming out for my new book that clarifies this, I posted a preview copy here: http://forums.pelicanparts.com/showthread.php?t=446236

Basically, I jack from the inside support rail and then put the jack stands over the jacking point. - Wayne at Pelican Parts
 
coppersmith99 Comments: Standard set of light-duty stands with a low-profile jack from any automotive department work just fine without expensive after-market adapters or custom hockey puck modifications.
June 4, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional Info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Wayne at Pelican Parts Comments: In response to the previous comment - I like to jack the car up by the rails that run underneath, and then place the jack stands under the specified jacking points. See the photo I've attached.
April 30, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks Wayne. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
bvmorton Comments: Where do you place the jackstands? ...on the ridged seams? Where do you recommend? Thanks in advance...
April 30, 2009
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Wayne offers some insight here:

In response to the previous comment - I like to jack the car up by the rails that run underneath, and then place the jack stands under the specified jacking points. See the photo I've attached. - Nick at Pelican Parts

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