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- 34 ft-lb (46 Nm) for the upper bolt if it's an M10x145 (8.8) bolt
- 48 ft-lb (65 Nm) for the upper bolt if it's an M10x145 (10.9) bolt
- The lower pulley bolt is tightened to 17 ft-lb (23 Nm) only
Since its introduction in 1997, the Porsche Boxster has earned itself a reputation as one of the world's best sports cars. Building upon Porsche's nearly 40 years of experience building production and race cars, the Boxster has been designed and improved over the years to a state of near perfection. It has also garnered a huge, loyal following of people who love to drive them. Boxster owners tend to adore their cars and also enjoy restoring, modifying, and maintaining them to perfection. If you're one of these people, this book was written especially for you.
Information is the key to success in any project or endeavor. Without the proper knowledge, you can make costly mistakes and waste your time as you trudge through the learning process. The projects in this book aim to eliminate any guesswork that you may have while working on your Boxster. My slogan has always been, "Let me make the mistakes and warn you about them, so you won't do the same." Believe me, I've made many mistakes and learned the hard way the best and worst way to repair, restore, and modify these cars. My lessons, as well as the lessons learned by the expert mechanics I've consulted with, are compiled here for you.
Who am I? I am the owner of one of the largest European online parts retailers, PelicanParts.com. I designed and built Pelican Parts especially for the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mechanics who love to work on their own cars - people just like me. Our website has hundreds of Porsche technical articles that are the foundation for most of the projects in this book. If you like what you see in this book, then you will definitely enjoy more of the same at our website, PelicanParts.com.
The projects in this book are written in a format and style that should empower anyone to work on his or her car. One of the principal drawbacks to owning a Porsche is the high cost of maintaining it. You can literally save thousands of dollars in mechanic's costs simply by performing the work yourself. It is the goal of this book to get more people out working on their Boxsters - it's too much fun not to! Plus, when you personally complete a job on your Boxster, you get the added satisfaction of having done it yourself. Working on your own car can give you that emotional attachment to your Boxster that is common with Porsche owners.
This book is divided into 11 sections, each focusing on a particular system of the Porsche Boxster. The "backyard" mechanic can perform almost all of the projects contained within these pages over a weekend or two. In an attempt to appeal to everyone, some of the projects are basic, and some are more advanced. Some of the projects are simply overviews of systems found on the Boxster. For example, Project 18, which covers superchargers and turbochargers, is simply meant to give you an inside look into what happens when you take your engine's performance to the next level.
Most projects follow a distinct how-to format. Step-by-step instructions tell you how to perform the job, what tools to use, and what costly mistakes to avoid. The photos that accompany the projects tell a story of their own. I've spread hints and tips throughout each project, so make sure that you read all the text and captions in the photos before you start.
In addition to this book, I've also created a bonus website that contains additional information and photos that I didn't have room to publish here in print. This bonus content is available for free at the main website for this book, 101projects.com. In addition, I've setup the site with a discussion forum so that you can ask questions and get feedback regarding any of the projects in the book. You can often find myself and many other Boxster experts there, ready to share knowledge and exchange ideas.
Please don't be afraid to get this book dirty - take it with you underneath the car. Get it greasy. Compare the pictures in the book to your own car. Follow along step by step as you tear into each project. If this book gets dirty, then I will sleep well at night knowing that it's being put to good use.
While this book is a great guide for determining what upgrades and maintenance you need to perform on your Boxster, it's not meant to be the only book for your car. Limited by a fixed page count, I can't provide the detailed diagrams, torque settings, and factory procedures that are documented in the original factory workshop manuals. If you are planning to work on your own car, I recommend that you invest as much as you can in books and information that will help you along the way. Make sure that you review the Information Resources section in the next section of this book for my recommendations of the best places to find additional technical information for the Boxster.
This book is not meant to be read from cover to cover, but is designed to be flipped through so that you can get an idea of what projects interest you for your Boxster. I've structured the projects so that you can simply open up the book and start working on your car. I do recommend, however, that you read the "Tools of the Trade" section in the first part of the book, and also Project 1, "Jacking Up Your Car," before you start working on any of the projects.
One of the features in this book that I have taken special care with is the index. I find it especially frustrating when a good book has a lousy index, where you can't find anything useful. For that reason, I've personally indexed the book according unique words found within each project, and also listed each index item under multiple names. This way, if there are different names for a part or procedure, it will still be easy to locate it within the body of the text. For example, brake discs are listed as both brake discs and brake rotors, as they are sometimes called. Please feel free to use the index as one of your primary guides to the book.
Finally, remember that safety should be your Number One concern. It's very easy to get so intimately involved with working on your Boxster that you forget how fragile and vulnerable the human body can be. Have patience, and think about every action you make. Think ahead as to what might happen if you slip, or if something breaks. Using your head a little will go a long way toward protecting yourself.
I hope you enjoy the book, as I have spent a long time compiling this information and filtering it so that it's easy to understand and follow. If you have any feedback or questions for me, you can contact me at this book's dedicated website, 101projects.com. Enjoy! --This text refers to the paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
- ASIN : B08S33QB28
- Publisher : Motorbooks (January 8, 2011)
- Publication date : January 8, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 237076 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 314 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0760335540
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #926,661 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I'd like to point out too that Wayne's website 101projects.com and his firm pelican parts.com are invaluable resources for materials and information. The author is dedicated to helping the Boxster owner community and we should all tip our hats to him for his commitment and service to us.
I have a 987.2 and find this book still very much relevant for all minor repairs. This book has helped me withmultiple DIYs:
- Serpentine belt replacement
- spark Plug Repairs
- Lift trunk struts and frunk struts replacement
- oil change
- Bumper uninstall
Very well written, easy to read and contains valuable advice.
I have a pretty decent workshop and have always worked on my own cars (I own & restored several vintage cars and motorcycles). When I began considering the purchase of my 2005 Boxster I was somewhat apprehensive due to the lack of information available outside the official Porsche channel. The thought of being at the mercy of my local dealer sent chills up my spine. In fact, this thought greatly delayed my purchase of what turned out to be a great car.
With this book, I am happy to say this situation has changed. This manual goes a long way in taking the mystery out of working on your own Porsche. It is very well organized with clear text and many great photos and tips. I am still reading through it all but already the car looks much less complex to me and my mind is more at ease in terms of what I can do myself to keep ownership costs reasonable.
I also like that the author points out known problems with the cars (problems Porsche will not admit to) and solutions available in the aftermarket. Engine design flaws and failure modes are discussed (such as the itermediate shaft bearing failure problem) and the models most affected are identified. I really enjoyed reading the various innovative solutions people have come up with. Photos of various "shop made" tools were also helpful. An example is the the cam shaft holder tool that locks the cam shaft in place within the head when the cam cover is removed.
Many owners/enthusiasts of sports cars enjoy being able work on their own cars. Why does Porsche (of all companies) not get this? Cheers to the author (an MIT Engineer)for a job well done!
BTW, there are some very good boxter engine rebuild videos on utube... again great to see the information getting out on these cars.
I have use Chilmers book in the past and they were way better.
I know Porsches very well and have worked on 911 and 924-944 for many years.
She your money and buy a better manual.
Top reviews from other countries
I have a 2003 'S' and have made many visits to the various on line forums to sort out the little worries and issues that you have to expect when owning one of these types of cars. Whenever I have looked a pelican parts or similar, this book would be quoted and showed the really clear, COLOUR, pictures with clear descriptions, step by step directions and arrows showing the various points you need to look at. It's written in plain English at a level that keen amateurs will understand and gives you confidence to tackle the jobs that maybe you wouldn't have before.
It shows each project with a panel at the beginning showing the level of expertise needed, the time it will take and the cost. It also shows the benefit of each project and what, if any, additional mods or additional work you can do while you are 'in there'.
Don't think this is about messing about with your car, souping it up or turning it in to some kind of racing car, it's not. These are the kind of jobs you would be likely to reach for the Haynes manual to do in any case for the normal jobs you'd want to do just to keep your Porsche in top order.
If you own a Porsche and have had it serviced at a main dealer, you'll know they perform a top to toe check and advise you on all the jobs they think you may want to consider on your car. An example of this is the drive belt, Porsche wanted £90 to change it but using this book, buying an OEQ (Original Equipment Quality) belt for £12.50, I did it in 30 mins EASILY, following the clear simple instructions in the book. When you consider I bought this book for around the same price as the belt, I saved £65 on that one job alone!
The book is quality throughout and is far superior to anything else out there for these cars. I'm sure that if, like me, you own an older Boxster and cannot afford to spend thousands sending it of to the dealer but don't want to entrust it to some multiple chain with spotty 'technicians' having a go at it, or a backstreet garage who've never seen one on the ramp before, then this gives you an excellent alternative and allows you to know what you are doing.
Otherwise very useful if you are not familiar with this Porsche model ( Boxster / Cayman )
The book covers simple to very difficult projects to which most readers will be able to relate, or like me, you just want to understand a little more about your car.
Have since used it to help me diagnose/fix/replace and maintain several other issues in the last 6 months.
Working on these cars can seem quite daunting at first but with this book with it's step by step pictorial guides for reference there are so many jobs you can do yourself.
And other that may have had you heading straight to the main dealer can be trusted to a local garage once you understand what's involved,
A real must have for any 986 or 987 Boxster owner.
I only brought this book as the listing said buy now for same day 7pm delivery, but it turned up the following day. Amazon I accept are under pressure for prime etc, but just stop making promises you cannot hold, then I could have spoent a bit more time considering what to buy.