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Pelican Technical Article:

How to Jack Up the 993


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Floor jack, jack stands.

Applicable Models:

Porsche 993 Carrera (1995-98)
Porsche 993 Carrera 4 (1995-98)
Porsche 993 Carrera 4S (1996-98)
Porsche 993 Carrera S (1998)
Porsche 993 Targa (1996-98)
Porsche 993 Turbo (1996-97)

Parts Required:


Performance Gain:

Safely lift your car

Complementary Modification:


How to Jack Up the 993

There are several ways to jack up and secure your 993 for those DIY projects.

Before you start I recommend you not try to save any money in buying cheaper off brand jacks, jack stands or floor jacks. When it comes to buying equipment or tools that may jeopardize your car or your safety always buy the best.  Sears is a good place to buy the jack stands and floor jacks from.  I am sure there are other places to buy these things from, but you will need to look around on your own. [Edit: Pelican Parts sells AC-Hydraulic products]

When buying a floor jack make sure you buy the model that has a removable cup, when jacking your car up with a floor jack that has the cup on really put more stress on the contacting point. (Hence all the weight is on the small lip area) I remove the cup off my floor jack and just use the flat area underneath the cup.  This way the weight is distributed over a larger area and less damage will occur to the jack points on your car.  Also if your car is lowered, there is no way for you to get the floor jack underneath the car without removing the cup.

Most importantly!  Always use a jack stand!

Personally I do not place the jack stand underneath any suspension pieces or anywhere that is not originally designated as a jacking point.  I am sure there are several other places to place the jack stand on the 993 which will not damage the car what so ever, but you can make that decision on your own.

There are 3 different configuration you can have your car up in the air. 

(1). Just the front
(2). Just the rear
(3). All 4 wheels off the ground.

(1). Just the front - Lift the car up using the floor jack on the rear jack point of the car, and place a jack stand underneath the front jack point and lower the floor jack.  Same for both sides

(2). Place the floor jack underneath the engine crankcase, (you can only do this if your soundtray,engine under cover,or engine tray what ever it is called have already been removed)  jack rear of the car up to the HEIGHT you desire and places the jack stand underneath the rear jack points and slowly lower the floor jack. 

(3). Do procedure (1) first and then (2).

This picture shows the rear jack point of the car

This picture shows the rear of the car resting on the jack stands

These pictures shows the spot where to place the floor jack under the rear of the car underneath the engine

Additional jacking tips:

This tip is contributed by Sheperd Ringer
I use a hockey puck in the jack cup to help distribute load and reduce impact. I have a bolt screwed into the center of the puck, with the 1/2 inch head protruding so that it fits neatly into the holes on the car at the jack point.  Gives me peace of mind that the car won't slip off the jack while raising and lowering. When I use this method, I do have to drive the front wheels up onto some 2 x 8 lumber to get the car up enought to fit the jack under, and my car's not lowered.


Comments and Suggestions:
Leon Comments: Dont ever put point loads on an engine case. Even on a light motorbike this is not done. You CAN put a rubber or softwood pad on a stand if you have a flat oil pan, but only for stabilizing the car, NOT for any real loads. Take a long look under your car. Porsche has a few braced steel areas for jacking. AND only with a pad that covers most of the stressed area. Steep wooden wedges around the tires must be used so no movement of the car is possible. If the car moves or settles on the jack or stands, you most likely just lost a chunk of fragile and expensive Porsche.
October 24, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the input on this one. We appreciate the help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
Traveller Comments: To Carrera 993: Porsche must have had a reason for not not using the engine as a jacking point. As already stated, that is right out of the Porsche Owner's Manual.

Lifting about 2000 pounds of car the 993 has a 65% rear weight bias using a thin engine casting might not be the best idea...Porsche didn't think so either. Yeah I know, many have already done let them.
July 29, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the input on this one. We appreciate the help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
4PorscheOwner Comments: Why not just back it up onto ramps? Then you are just using the tires as a lifting mechansim.
June 29, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Backing onto ramps is a good option as well. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
carrera 993 Comments: Still comprehensive of using engine for a jacking point.Can someone ease my fears?
June 19, 2012
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you jack on the transmission bellhousing it should be OK. Avoid placing the jack under the oil pan or any fragile components. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Corey747 Comments: Is there any way of jacking up the 993 with the engine cover on that still provides access to the jack points for jack stand placement?
December 28, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you jack on a suspension component or pinch weld you can. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
rbp Comments: Interesting. The owners manual for my 1996 993 states never use the engine to raise the car, use only the jack points designated in the manual, those being the ones in front of the rear wheels and behind the front wheels.

Also I find when using the jack provided by Porsche it slips out from the bottom when loading, I think it is dangerous. I have a lift in my garage and when using this jack on the metal surface of my lift this is what was happening. I suspect the jack would be OK on concrete or pavement. Anyone else find these jacks somewhat scary?
November 30, 2011
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: The factory jack is a bit scary. it is made for emergency situations, not general service work. I would get a good reliable jack. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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