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How to change engine oil & filter on a Porsche Cayenne V8

Maintenance Interval: 1 year or 5k miles (7.5k km)

Dealer Cost: ~$250

DIY Cost: ~$80

Skill Required: Beginner

Repair Time: 1 hour

To maintain your vehicle's health, it is important to change your engine oil and filter regularly. Porsche recommends changing the engine oil and filter every 1 year or 10,000 miles. However, we recommend a replacing your engine oil every 5,000 miles if you want to keep your engine healthy for years to come. While it may be intimidating to work on your Porsche, changing the oil and filter isn't much different than on other vehicles. This is a great entry-level maintenance procedure that you can perform yourself and save yourself money on year after year. To perform this DIY, check out the tutorial above from YouTuber, CarFanatic. Detailed steps can be found below.

This service applies to: 

2008 - 2010 Porsche Cayenne S, GTS, Turbo, Turbo S

Vehicle-specific parts & tools you'll need for the job:
2008 - 2010 Porsche Cayenne S, GTS, Turbo, Turbo S
↗️Mobil 1 0W-40 (10 quarts)
↗️Oil filter
↗️Oil drain plug
↗️Oil drain plug crush washer
↗️36mm oil filter cap socket
↗️8mm oil drain plug socket
  1. Gather required tools and parts and put on gloves and eye protection.

  2. Position vehicle on a flat surface.

  3. Raise vehicle via vehicle ramps or jack stands; be sure to engage parking brake.

    Note: If you have air suspension, simply raise your car to the highest ride height. If you have air suspension and decided to jack up the car, you will need to lock the air suspension by starting the car and holding the air suspension button up for 10 seconds. You will see an indicator pop up on your gauge cluster.

  4. Remove underbody trays, which are held on by several T25 Torx screws; the panel cover the mid section of the vehicle is also uses two 10mm bolts.

  5. Locate oil drain plug and place drain pan underneath.

  6. Remove oil drain plug using an 8mm allen bit; be sure to grab the plug so it doesn't fall into the drain pan.​​

  7. While the oil is draining, remove the oil filter cap and filter, which is located underneath the engine and forward of the oil drain pan.​ Be sure to place a small oil drain pan underneath to catch any dripping oil.

  8. Replace oil filter with new filter; be sure to use new a new o-ring seal, which should be included with your new oil filter.

  9. Re-install the new oil filter and cap; tighten the oil filter cap to 19 ft-lbs using a torque wrench.

  10. After allowing the oil to drain for 30 minutes, re-install a new oil drain plug and crush washer; tighten the oil drain plug to 37 ft-lbs using a torque wrench.

    1. While Porsche recommends using a new oil drain plug, you can re-use your old one as long as it is in good condition and you use a new crush washer.​

  11. Add engine oil, but fill to 0.5 quart less than capacities below​.

    1. 2008 - 2010 Porsche Cayenne S, GTS, Turbo, Turbo S: 9 quarts

  12. Ensure there are no oil leaks, then re-install underbody panels.

  13. Take the car for a short drive, then allow the car to sit off for 20 minutes.

  14. Check the engine oil level using the dipstick; wipe it off first, then re-insert it and remove.
  15. Top off engine oil as necessary. Note: The difference between "min" and "max" is ~1.6 quarts, so add ~.25 quarts at a time, then re-check. You don't want to overfill the oil.
  16. Collect all of your tools and clean up; you're all done!