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Learn everything you know to maintain your own 911

Already own a 911 or interested in purchasing one, but aren't sure about how much maintenance they require? This section is dedicated to helping you understand what maintenance is required and how to do your own maintenance yourself, so you don't get ripped off by dealerships and independent shops.

How's the maintenance on a 911?

In this video, I'll give you an overview of the recommended maintenance interval for a 911. Maintaining a 911 is actually very reasonable if you're a DIY type of person. Overall, my 2010 997.2 Carrera S has been a dream to own and maintain. It is now just over 70k miles and has only had one issue early in its life, which was part of a technical service bulletin. Check out what maintenance is required!

How to jack up 911

Learn how to jack up your 911 properly, so you don't damage your vehicle and can work on it safely.

Pair of flat top jack stands: Buy on Amazon for $106

Before you get started, learn the fundamentals

5 key tools you'll need

 

Before you get started working on your car, it's imperative you have the correct tools. When doing your own maintenance on a 911, here are some tools you'll need.

Pair of flat top jack stands: Buy on Amazon for $106

36mm socket for Oil Filter Cap: Buy on Amazon for $12

8mm Allen Socket for drain plug: Buy on Amazon for $5

Tekton 1/2" Torque Wrench: Buy on Amazon for $28

Sunex low profile jack: Buy on Amazon for $122

Clearing service indicator yourself

 

Tackling maintenance yourself is great, but manufacturers make it difficult to clear the service indicator. Fortunately, you can get a iCarsoft POR II system to clear your service indicator along with several trouble codes and access vehicle data. Check out my review.

iCarsoft POR II System ($149): 

Porsche recommended maintenance interval

Change engine oil

Annually or 10k miles

Parts:

Oil Filter: Buy on Amazon for $18

Drain Plug: Buy on Amazon for $8

Drain Plug Gasket: Buy on Amazon for $5

Mobil 1 0w40 synthetic oil: Buy on Amazon (10 quarts needed)

Tools:

Oil filter cap socket (19 ft-lbs): Buy on Amazon for $12

8mm Allen Socket (37 ft-lbs): Buy on Amazon for $5

Tekton 1/2" Torque Wrench: Buy on Amazon for $28

Flush brake fluid

Every 2 years or 20k miles

​ATE Typ 200 brake fluid: Buy on Amazon for $16

Motive Power bleeder: Buy on Amazon for $57

Motive brake fluid catch cans: Buy on Amazon for $21

Replace cabin air filter

Every 2 years or 20k miles

Mann filter: Buy on Amazon for $24

Replace engine air filters

Every 4 years or 40k miles (inspect annually)

Mahle Air Filters (2 needed): Buy on Amazon for $50

Replace spark plugs

Every 4 years or 40k miles

I don't have a DIY video for this, but here's how to remove your mufflers, which you'll have to do to get to the plugs.

Bosch Spark Plugs (6 needed): Buy on Amazon for $50

Replace drive belt

Inspect annually for cracks, replace every 6 years or 60k miles

I don't have a DIY video for this, but here are instructions: Pelican Parts DIY

Replacement drive belt: Buy on Amazon for $20

Replace brake pads & rotors

Inspect annually for wear

 

Parts for 997.2 Carrera models with big red calipers:

Front TRW Ceramic Brake pads: Buy on Amazon for $63

Rear TRW Ceramic Pads - Buy on Amazon for $86

Front Brake Pad Sensor (qt: 2) - Buy on Amazon for $10

Rear Brake Pad Sensor (qt: 2) - Buy on Amazon for $9
 

Brembo brake rotor, front left: Buy on Amazon for $167

Brembo brake rotor, front right: Buy on Amazon for $138

Bosch brake rotor, rear left: Buy on Amazon for $87

Bosch brake rotor, rear right: Buy on Amazon for $82

 

Tools & Accessories:

Brake pad spreader: Buy on Amazon for $14

Tekton 1/2" Torque Wrench: Buy on Amazon for $28

Loctite Anti-Seize: Buy on Amazon for $8

Permatex Brake Lube: Buy on Amazon for $5