If you plan to do your own maintenance and repairs on your Porsche 911, you will inevitably need to raise the car off the ground. This comes in handy for routine maintenance jobs like oil changes, spark plug replacements, and various fluid changes. While raising a Porsche 911 onto jack stands isn’t difficult, it does require a specific procedure.
Before you get started, check out this tutorial video from Car Fanatic:
Tools You’ll Need
|4 Jack Stands: You will need 4 high quality jack stands. We recommend the ESCO 10499 Shorty Jack Stand because its unique flat top design works perfectly on the Porsche 911.|
|2 Floor Jacks: If you are going to lift your Porsche 911 onto four jack stands, we highly recommend using two floor jacks like this Torin aluminum floor jack. While you can use just one floor jack, if done improperly, the car could slide off the jack stands.|
|4 Wheel Chocks: When raising your car, you will need to use wheel chocks like these to prevent the car from rolling.|
1. Park your vehicle on a flat and even surface.
2. Chock off the wheels
3. Set the jack stands to the appropriate height
4. Jack up one side of the vehicle using the rear jack point
5. Lower the car onto the front jack stand
6. Keep the rear end supported using the floor jack
7. Raise the rear of the car using the rear subframe
8. Lower the car onto the rear jack stand
9. Repeat the steps above on the other side of the vehicle.
10. Lower your car
As you can see, the process for getting a Porsche 911 onto jack stands is a bit more complicated due to having only four jack points. However, once you learn the process, it is straight forward to get a Porsche 911 onto four jack stands. Here at eCarGuides, our goal is to help car owners make the best decisions possible when it comes to maintaining their vehicles. For more tips, check out our detailed DIY guides or find a highly-rated Porsche mechanic near you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I just support my car with floor jacks?
NEVER! Floor jacks are designed for lifting and not for prolonged supporting. Never get under a vehicle that isn’t properly supported by a car lift, jack stands, or vehicle ramps. If you are unsure on how to properly support your car, we recommend you visit a professional.
Which jack stands do you recommend?
Because the Porsche 911 uses flat jack points, the ESCO flat top jack stand works best. The built-in rubber pad also adds grip and prevents damage to the lift points. Other common jack stands are the ratcheting and aluminum racing styles. We don’t recommend these other types of jack stands because their saddle designs aren’t ideal for the Porsche 911’s flat jack points. As a result, we only sell the ESCO jack stands on our website.
What if I just want to get the front on jack stands?
Getting just the front of a Porsche 911 onto jack stands is even easier. Starting on one side, jack that side of the vehicle up using the rear jack point. Slide a jack stand under the front jack point and lower the car down until the front is supported by the jack stand. Repeat this on the other side and you’re done!
What if I just want to get the rear on jack stands?
Chock off the front wheels. Then raise the rear of the vehicle by jacking up one side the rear subframe member. Place a jack stand under the rear jack point and then lower the floor jack until the car is resting on the jack stand. Repeat this on the other side.
3 comments on “How To Properly Jack Up a Porsche 911 (996, 997, 991)”
Neal Prabhu says:
What if I just want to get one side up on jackstands? Can I use a jackstand on the front and leave the locked Jack at rear?
Yes you can. If you want to get a jack stand on one front corner, jack up the rear corner on that side of the vehicle, place a jack stand under the front corner, and lower the jack down. Do the opposite if you want to get a rear corner up.
Hi, Just wondering if you have a picture for rear structure for 2017 cayman to use as jacking point? I’m looking to get all four tires off a the same time.