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The first-generation Porsche Cayenne is an affordable and fairly reliable SUV easily found on the second-hand market, and that can be maintained at home. Brake jobs and oil changes are achievable in the driveway with no need for special tools. However, depending on the model, there is an often forgotten procedure that will allow you to lift the car without damaging it. If your Cayenne has PASM air-suspension, you can use this Tech Tip to keep the suspension computer happy while you work on it.


Porsche models and years applicable:

  • 2003-2010 Porsche Cayenne
  • 2003-2010 Porsche Cayenne S
  • 2003-2010 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
  • 2006-2010 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S
  • 2008-2010 Porsche Cayenne GTS
  • 2010 Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia


What is Porsche Jack Mode?

Air-suspension was an available option on every Cayenne model unless it was a Turbo or Turbo S, which came equipped with the air-suspension as standard. Porsche designed the air-suspension as a self-leveling unit with a "jack mode" that disengages the leveling and allows you to lift a corner of the car without freaking out the suspension computer. Thumb through the owner's manual, and you'll read that jack mode needs to be activated anytime a wheel comes off the car or when it's put onto a lift.


How do I put my Porsche Cayenne into Jack Mode?

Putting your Cayenne into jack mode is an effortless procedure. Take the suspension height switch and hold it forward for 5-10 seconds.

Tech Tip 955/957 Cayenne Jack Mode pushing the suspension height switch forward

Once you've held it for long enough, the car will beep, and a message reading "Regulation Switched Off" will appear on the instrument cluster. 

Tech Tip 955/957 Cayenne Jack Mode jack mode message on the instrument cluster

The self-leveling is now disengaged, and you are free to lift your Porsche Cayenne.

I hope this helped you along with your Cayenne ownership journey. If you're interested in more DIYs and Tech Tips for your Porsche, you can visit porsche.fcpeuro.com or subscribe to our YouTube channel. 

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Christian Schaefer

Owner of a flat-six swapped 1998 Impreza 2.5RS and a 1973 Porsche 914. Horizontally opposed views, only.

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