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Pelican Technical Article:

Oil and Filter Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$120

Talent:

**

Tools:

T25 Torx, 10mm socket, 8mm Allen, 36mm socket or wrench, bucket and rags, floor jack, jack stands, wheel chocks, safety glasses, torque wrench

Applicable Models:

Porsche 955 Cayenne GTS (2008-10)
Porsche 955 Cayenne S (2008-10)
Porsche 955 Cayenne Turbo (2008-10)
Porsche 955 Cayenne Turbo S (2009-10)
Porsche 970 Panamera 4S (2010-14)
Porsche 970 Panamera 4S Executive (2014)
Porsche 970 Panamera GTS (2013-14)
Porsche 970 Panamera S (2010-14)
Porsche 970 Panamera Turbo (2010-14)
Porsche 970 Panamera Turbo Executive (2014)
Porsche 970 Panamera Turbo S (2012-14)
Porsche 970 Panamera Turbo S Executive (2014)

Parts Required:

Oil, filter, O-ring and crush washer

Hot Tip:

Warm the engine before draining oil

Performance Gain:

Clean fresh oil

Complementary Modification:

Change transmission fluid

One of the most common tasks to perform is replacing your engine oil. Frequent oil changes are perhaps the most important procedure you can do to maintain and prolong the life of your engine. With the better oils that are available today, the requirement for frequent changes is diminishing. Even though Porsche recommends oil change intervals that are much further apart than in the past, I usually recommend that you keep the changes under 15,000-miles. If you don't drive your car too often, you should change the oil at least once a year to keep things fresh.

Make sure to properly dispose of your used motor oil. Most oil change shops will accept your used motor oil at no charge.

The first thing you need to do is to make sure that you have everything that is required for the job. Nothing is more frustrating than emptying your oil, only to find out that you don't have a replacement filter or enough oil. You will need oil, an oil filter, O-ring (some filters will come with a new O-ring for the housing cap) and crush washer, a roll of paper towels, a very large oil pan or bucket. Start by driving the car around, and let it heat up to operating temperature. You'll want to empty your oil when it's hot, because the heat makes the oil flow a lot easier, and more particles of metal and dirt will come out when the oil is emptied.

You will need to safely raise and support the vehicle. Please see our article on safely jacking up and supporting your Porsche Cayenne.

There are two areas on the top of the engine that you will be working on; the oil fill cap (red arrow) and the dipstick (yellow arrow).
Figure 1

There are two areas on the top of the engine that you will be working on; the oil fill cap (red arrow) and the dipstick (yellow arrow).

You will start by draining the oil and changing the filter.
Figure 2

You will start by draining the oil and changing the filter. With the car safely raised and supported you will need to remove two under panels or trays from the front. Begin by using a T25 Torx and removing the eight fasteners (red arrows).

Slide the panel back and down (red arrow).
Figure 3

Slide the panel back and down (red arrow).

There is an additional panel under the one you just removed.
Figure 4

There is an additional panel under the one you just removed. Use a 10mm socket and remove the 9 bolts holding the panel on. There are two bolts on each end partially hidden up in the body (red arrows). Make sure to remove these before trying to lower the tray.

With the trays off you can see the filter housing (red arrow) and the drain plug (yellow arrow).
Figure 5

With the trays off you can see the filter housing (red arrow) and the drain plug (yellow arrow).

Use an 8mm Allen and remove the drain plug.
Figure 6

Use an 8mm Allen and remove the drain plug. Make sure the socket is well seated before starting, as you don't want to strip this plug (red arrow).

On the Cayenne the oil comes out with a surprising volume.
Figure 7

On the Cayenne the oil comes out with a surprising volume. Make sure you are prepared for it.

Check the drain plug for any metal shavings or debris.
Figure 8

Check the drain plug for any metal shavings or debris. Install a new crusher (red arrow). Once the oil has finished draining reinstall the plug. Do not over tighten the plug!

Using a 36mm wrench or socket, loosen and remove the housing cap (red arrow).
Figure 9

Using a 36mm wrench or socket, loosen and remove the housing cap (red arrow). There will be a fair amount of oil in the cap, filter and housing so be prepared for it when removing the housing cap.

Usually the filter will come out with the cap but if it doesn't just reach up and remove it with your hand (red arrow).
Figure 10

Usually the filter will come out with the cap but if it doesn't just reach up and remove it with your hand (red arrow).

Make sure to check the filter for any metal or debris as well.
Figure 11

Make sure to check the filter for any metal or debris as well.

Clean the inside of the cap and install a new O-ring (red arrow).
Figure 12

Clean the inside of the cap and install a new O-ring (red arrow). Some filters will come with the new O-ring so be sure to check your order and parts before beginning.

Install the new filter into the cap and push it down until it is seated.
Figure 13

Install the new filter into the cap and push it down until it is seated. Installation is the reverse of removal.

Move to the top of the engine and pour in 8 liters of oil.
Figure 14

Move to the top of the engine and pour in 8 liters of oil. Close the filler cap and start the motor and let it run for a few minutes to circulate the oil. Shut the motor off and let it settle for a few minutes. Check the level with the dipstick and add oil as needed and repeat the process until the level is correct. Always dispose of the old oil and filter properly and in accordance with the regulations in your area.



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Comments and Suggestions:
bbdhull Comments: Nick, was just pointing that there is a typo to warm in hot tip :
November 12, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: AHH. I missed that. Thanks for catching it and following up with me. Appreciate it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
bbdhull Comments: Wayne, is the hot tip only for Cayenne, I tried on my 911 but she did not answer :
November 5, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, it applies to all cars. Warming the engine oil before replacing it helps to thin it out and remove more from the engine. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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