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Engine Oil Change

Casey Gervig

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$30 to $130

Talent:

*

Tools:

15mm Socket, 8mm Allen socket, 19mm socket, 27mm wrench, 5 gallon drain bucket, oil filter socket tool, ratchet, fluid extraction device or turkey baster, floor jack, jack stands, wheel chocks, safety glasses

Applicable Models:

Porsche 996 GT2 (2002-05)
Porsche 996 Turbo (2001-05)
Porsche 996 Turbo S (2005)

Parts Required:

Engine oil, engine oil filter, cleaning spray, and seal washers

Hot Tip:

Counter hold the reservoir when loosening and tightening the oil reservoir drain plug

Performance Gain:

Reliable power plant

Complementary Modification:

Magnetic drain plug upgrade

Every 5,000 miles or 12 months, you should change the engine oil and filter in your 911. Engine oil not only lubricates, it also cleans the oil passages and acts as a hydraulic fluid for valve lifters, chain tensioners, and variable valve timing components.

Due to the engine oil filter being on top of the engine, I like to open the engine oil filter canister and let it drain into the crankcase before removing the filter.
Figure 1

Due to the engine oil filter being on top of the engine, I like to open the engine oil filter canister and let it drain into the crankcase before removing the filter. Using the oil filter socket unscrew the filter lid (red arrow) until the threads are fully disengaged from the filter console (blue arrow).   You can usually hear the oil start to gurgle as it drains out of the filter housing. Then just leave it sitting there until we are ready to pull the filter out and replace it.

Raise the vehicle and support it safely on jack stands.
Figure 2

Raise the vehicle and support it safely on jack stands. (See our article on jacking up your 996.) The oil change is more effective if performed on a warm-fully warmed up engine. Once up in the air locate the four drain plugs (green arrows and blue arrow), and drain them one at a time. The 19mm reservoir drain plug (blue arrow) will contain the most engine oil so I like to do this one first. The hotter your engine is, the harder that oil will spray out so be cautious on a fully warmed up engine. 

If your car has not yet had the magnetic engine case drain plug installed now is a good time to do that.
Figure 3

If your car has not yet had the magnetic engine case drain plug installed now is a good time to do that. On the left side of this picture you can see the non-magnetic plug, and on the right you can see the magnetic plug. This is a very easy upgrade to do while doing the oil change.

Using your 27mm wrench and 19mm socket, loosen the oil reservoir drain plug with your 19 mm socket, while holding the counter nut (blue arrow) with your 27mm wrench.
Figure 4

Using your 27mm wrench and 19mm socket, loosen the oil reservoir drain plug with your 19 mm socket, while holding the counter nut (blue arrow) with your 27mm wrench. Let the reservoir drain for about 10 minutes or until you see the flow drop to a few drips per minute. If you have multiple drain buckets you can do the engine case, reservoir and turbo oil reservoirs at the same time. If not I recommend draining them one at a time. Always replace the drain plug sealing washers and torque each drain plug to the specified torque. The turbo oil reservoirs may not have sealing washers when you drain them but, it is important to install seal washers after draining them. After all the oil drain plugs have been torqued, make sure to clean them thoroughly with brake spray.

Moving back up to the top of the engine, now replace the oil filter cartridge.
Figure 5

Moving back up to the top of the engine, now replace the oil filter cartridge. Have a few rags handy in case the filter drips oil. Pull the filter and lid assembly (red arrow) out of the console (green arrow). There will usually be a bit of oil left in the filter console after the filter cartridge is removed. Then use a fluid extraction tool or turkey baster to get that last bit of old oil out.

Now slide the old oil filter cartridge off the oil filter lid.
Figure 6

Now slide the old oil filter cartridge off the oil filter lid. The new oil filter kit will come with a new oil filter lid O-ring (red arrow). Make sure to replace this O-ring. At the other end of the filter lid is an O-ring (green arrow) that can be damaged after years of oil changing. Make sure to inspect this O-ring as well and replace if it looks damaged. The part number for this O-ring is: 999-707-465-40-OEM. It might be a good idea to order this one and keep it handy for when you need to replace it.

Next, lubricate the inner lip (green arrow) of the oil filter insert on both ends with either fresh engine oil OR an O-ring grease like: 000-043-205-10-M100.
Figure 7

Next, lubricate the inner lip (green arrow) of the oil filter insert on both ends with either fresh engine oil OR an O-ring grease like: 000-043-205-10-M100. Then slide the new filter cartridge until it bottoms out on the lid.  Install the new oil filter lid O-ring (red arrow) and lubricate it with engine oil or the O-ring grease mentioned above. Re-install the oil filter cartridge assembly to the console and torque it to spec. 

Now open the oil cap (red arrow), and pour in the initial fill of engine oil to the oil filler neck.
Figure 8

Now open the oil cap (red arrow), and pour in the initial fill of engine oil to the oil filler neck. Use of a funnel here can be helpful, but is not absolutely necessary. I like to start with seven to eight quarts. Then start the car, check for leaks around the oil filter lid and around the drain plugs. Let the car idle on a level surface in a well-ventilated area.

Once at operating temp (green arrow) you can initiate the oil level measurement via the instrument cluster.
Figure 9

Once at operating temp (green arrow) you can initiate the oil level measurement via the instrument cluster. If the car is not yet warmed up enough you will receive a message that the oil level measurement is not possible. Simply allow the car more time to warm up.

Using the On Board Computer stalk (red arrow), press the stalk forward to access the main menu on the left side of the digital display for the On Board Computer (green arrow).
Figure 10

Using the On Board Computer stalk (red arrow), press the stalk forward to access the main menu on the left side of the digital display for the On Board Computer (green arrow).

Now use the stalk to scroll up or down to highlight OIL (green arrow), and then press the stalk forward to select OIL.
Figure 11

Now use the stalk to scroll up or down to highlight "OIL" (green arrow), and then press the stalk forward to select "OIL".

Then push the stalk forward to select Start measurement (green arrow).
Figure 12

Then push the stalk forward to select "Start measurement" (green arrow).

The measurement will take a few seconds.
Figure 13

The measurement will take a few seconds...

Continue to add engine oil until the reading is between the upper and lower marks (green arrows).
Figure 14

Continue to add engine oil until the reading is between the upper and lower marks (green arrows). For reference it takes about one quart to raise the oil level from the minimum mark to the maximum mark. You do not have to turn the engine off to add oil, but it is a good practice to wait a minute or so between adding oil and initiating the oil level measurement again. 

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Comments and Suggestions:
Mark Comments: Hello, I would like to buy the oil filter and the 4 crush washers I need to change the oil on a 2003 911 turbo porsche. Can you please give me a kit# or a list of parts that I need.

Thank You
July 22, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: See here:

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