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How to change engine oil and filter on a Porsche Macan (2015+)

Applies to: 2015-2019 Macan S, GTS, & Turbo

How Often: 5,000 miles or once a year

Dealer Cost: ~$400

DIY Cost: ~$100

Skill Required: Easy

Repair Time: 1 hour

Recommendation: Do-it-yourself

Engine oil is vital to your car’s engine. It’s primary function is to protect internal moving parts by providing lubrication to reduce friction and metal on metal contact. Over time, the oil loses its critical properties, so regular replacement of the oil and filter are essential to maintaining your vehicle’s engine.

Porsche recommends replacing your engine oil and filter every 10,000 miles or once a year, whatever comes first. However, we recommend a 5,000 miles or once per year interval to help extend the life of your vehicle’s engine. Replacing the engine oil is a simple job that doesn’t require many tools, making it suitable even for novice do-it-yourselfers. Before getting started, take a look at video from the YouTube channel, D Wray's Garage, to get an overview. Detailed step-by-step instructions along with tools, parts, and exact specifications can be found below.

  • Oil drain plug: 18 ft-lbs

  • Oil filter housing: 22 ft-lbs

  • Engine oil capacity: 8.5 quarts

Torque Specs & Fluid Capacities


  1. The oil will drain more efficiently if it’s hot, so run the engine for 10 minutes to get it up to temperature.

  2. Put on your gloves and eye protection.

  3. Open your hood and remove the oil filler cap, which will help the oil drain faster.

  4. Remove the plastic engine undertray. There are 16 torx screws with T20 head that hold it in place, and two plastic push pins at the rear side of the undertray. Use a flathead screwdriver to gently pry these pins loose.

  5. Place all necessary tools, oil pan and gloves within your reach while working under the car.

  6. Slide underneath the car from the front side and locate the oil drain plug. Using an 8mm hex socket and ratchet, loosen the drain plug. However, don’t remove the drain plug all the way. 

  7. Position the large oil catch pan underneath the oil drain plug. With rubber gloves on, unscrew the drain plug and remove it quickly so it doesn’t fall into the oil catch pan. Let the oil drain for at least 15 minutes.

  8. Meanwhile, place the small oil catch pan under the oil filter housing and remove the oil filter housing using a 36mm oil filter socket.

  9. Using a small flathead screwdriver, carefully remove the old rubber gasket on the oil filter housing. Be careful not to scratch the oil filter housing in the process.

  10. Slide the new gasket onto the housing and smear a small amount of oil over it to lubricate the seal.

  11. Install the new filter element and make sure the central part of the housing fits onto the filter element properly.

  12. Reinstall the new oil filter and oil filter housing. Torque it to 22 ft-lbs using a torque wrench.

  13. Reinstall the oil drain plug along with a new crush washer and tighten it to 18 ft-lbs.

  14. Now, from the top of the engine bay, locate the oil cap. Using a funnel, add 8 quarts of new oil. Check under the car to ensure there are no oil leaks.

  15. Reinstall the plastic engine undertray.

  16. Lower your car back down. If you’re using vehicle ramps, you can just put your car in neutral and let it roll back down. 

  17. With the vehicle on a flat surface and level, start the engine and leave it running for several minutes. Once it warms up, you can check the oil level on the onboard computer. 

  18. Turn off the engine and, depending on the oil level readings, add more oil to the engine if needed. Just add about 0.125 quarts at a time until the oil level is in between the minimum and maximum level.

  19. To reset the service indicator, you can use a diagnostic device like the Foxwell NT520 Pro, iCarSoft or something similar.

  20. Clean up your workspace and you’re all done!