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Pelican Technical Article:

Oil Change

Jared Fenton

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$80

Talent:

***

Tools:

8mm hex wrench, Oil filter tool, oil pan

Applicable Models:

Porsche 955 Cayenne S (2003-08)
Porsche 955 Cayenne Turbo (2003-08)

Parts Required:

Oil Filter Kit, 9 quarts of oil

Hot Tip:

Warm up the engine before draining the oil

Performance Gain:

Maintaining engine longevity

Complementary Modification:

Replace air filters

One of the most common tasks to perform on your vehicle 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. However, with the better oils that are available today, the requirement for frequent changes is diminishing. Even though Porsche now recommends oil change intervals that are much farther apart than in the past, I usually recommend that you keep the changes under the 5,000-mile limit. If you don't drive your car too often, you should change the oil at least once a year to keep things fresh.

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 an oil filter kit; two drain plug seals, the special Porsche oil filter removal tool, a roll of paper towels, a very large oil pan or bucket, and between 7-9 quarts of oil. You'll also need an 8 mm hex socket tool to remove the drain plug from the bottom of the engine sump. 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.

Once you get the car parked, you will need to remove the undertrays from the front of the Cayenne.

Now place the oil pan bucket underneath the oil sump of the car. The Cayenne uses two oil drain plugs to remove all of the oil. This is because of the shape of the oil pan. Without both drain plugs, some of the oil would still be trapped in the upper part of the pan. NOTE: 2008 Cayenne Turbo has only one drain plug.

Begin by draining the oil from the lower drain plug using the 8mm hex tool. Remove this plug carefully, and make sure you have a very large oil pan: at least a 10-quart capacity - under it, with a drip pan under the bucket in case you underestimate. The oil will be very hot, and will empty out extremely quickly, so be careful not to burn yourself (wear rubber gloves). There will be no time to grab any more buckets or oil pans if you underestimate, so make sure that the one you choose is big enough.

While the oil is draining, it is a good time to remove the oil filter. You want to make sure that you remove the filter with the oil pan still under the car because the oil filter is full of oil, and this oil will have a tendency to drip down out of the filter into the engine and out the drain hole. The Cayenne filter is a cartridge-type filter, which is contained within a plastic oil filter housing next to the bottom sump underneath the car. You will typically need the factory oil filter housing removal tool, or Hazet number 2169 in order to remove the housing. If you do not have either, you can use a small strap wrench to remove it. Remove the plastic housing, and underneath you will see the cartridge filter. Simply pull on it to remove it from the engine: it will be stuck on a pipe pointing down out of the engine. Have plenty of paper towels on hand, as oil will spill from the filter if you're not careful.

While all of your oil is draining, take the drain plug from the engine, and carefully clean it with a paper towel. When the plug is clean, replace them metal sealing ring, install the drain plugs and tighten the plugs until you feel them seat.

Now install the new oil filter. Simply take the filter cartridge and place it on the oil pipe exiting the bottom of the engine. One side of the filter should be slightly beveled to enable you to easily slip the filter onto the pipe. Clean out the inside of the oil filter housing and replace the O-ring with a new one before installing the new oil filter cartridge. Slightly lubricate the O-ring with some fresh motor oil prior to installing it. Now, screw on the filter housing and make it snug tight. Torque it to 25 Nm (19 ft-lb).

Now it's time to fill up your Porsche with motor oil. A lot of people aren't really sure what motor oil to use in their car. Traditionally, the characteristics of motor oil were linked closely to its weight. Heavier-weight oils protect well against heat; lighter-weight oils flow better in cold. In general, if you live in a cold climate, you should use a 0W-40 or similar oil. Check your owners manual for more information.

Fill your oil tank from the oil filler hole located on the left side cylinder head (looking at the engine). Add about 7 quarts to the engine, Let the oil get down into the engine for about 5 minutes and check the dipstick. Continue to add about a half a quart at a time and keep checking the level (total capacity should be about 9 quarts). Fill it up until it reaches the top mark of the dipstick or gauge - the engine oil level will automatically lower when the oil filter fills up with oil. Make sure that you put the oil filler cap back on the top of the filler hole; otherwise, you will end up with a messy engine compartment when you drive away. While you're at it, also check the seal in the oil filler cap. A vacuum leak in this cap will cause rough running when you go to start the engine.

If you had the car up on jack stands, lower it down to the ground. Now, start up the engine. The oil pressure light should stay on for about a second or two and then go out. Take a quick look underneath the car. Verify that there's no volume of oil seeping out of the engine. Take the car out for a drive and bring it up to operating temperature. Shut the car off and then recheck the oil level (careful, the car will be hot). At this point, I like to top the oil off at the top point on the dipstick. Make sure that you dispose of your old oil at a respectable recycling station.

Once you have removed the undertrays on your car, locate the two drain plugs.
Figure 1

Once you have removed the undertrays on your car, locate the two drain plugs. You'll want to drain the lower drain plug first (green arrow). Once completely drained, remove the upper drain plug (yellow arrow). When re-installing the drain plugs, always use a new metal sealing washer. In our case, someone had re-used the old ones, leading to oil leaks as you can see in thePicture.

Shown here is the oil filter housing cover (green arrow).
Figure 2

Shown here is the oil filter housing cover (green arrow). Use the factory oil filter tool or a strap wrench to loosen and remove the housing cover. Once removed, pull the old oil filter off the engine.

Remove the rubber O-ring from the outside of the oil filter housing cover and replace it with the new one that is included in your oil filter kit.
Figure 3

Remove the rubber O-ring from the outside of the oil filter housing cover and replace it with the new one that is included in your oil filter kit. Now place the oil filter on the engine and re-install the cover, torqueing it to 25 Nm (19 ft-lb).

Shown here is the oil filler hole for the Cayenne on the right side cylinder head (green arrow).
Figure 4

Shown here is the oil filler hole for the Cayenne on the right side cylinder head (green arrow). Add about 7 quarts of oil to the engine, Let the oil drain into the engine for about 5 minutes and check the dipstick. Continue to add about a half a quart at a time and keep checking the level (total capacity should be about 9 quarts). Fill it up until it reaches the top mark of the dipstick or gauge - the engine oil level will automatically lower when the oil filter fills up with oil. Make sure that you put the oil filler cap back on the top of the filler hole; otherwise, you will end up with a messy engine compartment when you drive away. While you're at it, also check the seal in the oil filler cap. A vacuum leak in this cap will cause rough running when you go to start the engine.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Mark Comments: How many quarts of Mobil One 5W30 "esp" does a 2016 V6 "Base" Porsche Cayenne use. What kit can I purchase from you with removal tool to do my own oil changes? Any tricks to doing the job properly and as best as possible? Thank You!
October 27, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Approximate 7.08 quarts (6.7 liters)

Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Samuel Comments: What size and how many crush washers are need to change oil on 2004 turbo Porsche?
October 7, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am not sure of the size, there should be two. Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Ken Comments: Is a scan tool required to reset the service indicator for an oil change on the 2008 porsche cayenne turbo?
October 4, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Pete Comments: The first Oil change on my used Cayenne taught that the Germans specify torque setting for a reason. My main Oil Plug was damaged and I was fortunate not to have it fail completely before I removed it. Unless your arms are gifted torque-wise use a torque wrench.
September 14, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Porsche lists the torque spec in the repair manual. I don;t have the info to share. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Westech Comments: Does a 2009 Cayenne S 4.8l V8 have one or two oil pan drain plugs?
August 28, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: One. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
phil Comments: Two of the studs that hold the sump cover plate on are broken. Do you guys sell replacements?
August 21, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes. Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Andrew Comments: Which oil filter kit for a 2016 Porsche Cayenne V6 Base model not turbo? Is it different from other year models? Also, are two drain plug seals necessary for the 2016?
April 29, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff:




I’m not the best with part numbers.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
sunman20 Comments: Do you guys sell the porsche Scan tool to reset it? If so what is the part number so I can order it
March 18, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Durametris should be able to handle it. Check the functions here:

http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/ksearch/pel_search_2014.cgi?SUPERCAT_FLAG=Y&make=&Context_make=&please_wait=N&LastVisited_input=&Previous_Section=&forumid=&threadid=&command=DWsearch&description=durametric&I1.x=0&I1.y =0

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799.

- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
sunman20 Comments: how do you reset the service indicator on a 2004 Cayenne turbo?
February 26, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will need a Porsche scan tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Tim Comments: I was looking for help on resetting the service reminder on a 2011 Cayenne.
November 30, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: This model can only be done using a Porsche scan tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Tim Comments: Any insights on how to reset the service reminder for the next oil change?
November 27, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: On what model? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Mycaye Comments: As you may know by now I'm doing a "full" service mantainance oil change air filters and cabin air filter all the step by step instructions are perfect and well thought out.

Just a heads up for the tools needed a 74.4 mm oilfilter wrench may also be needed.
Thanks again!!!
November 8, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Turbonator5000 Comments: 2008 Cayenne Turbo - has only one drain plug.
July 23, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Correct. 8-cylinder turbo models have one. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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