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
doesnt 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
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 isnt due for
an oil change yet, but Ill be ready for that, too.
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