Even an experienced technician at the dealer had difficulty removing and replacing the oil filter on my 718.
My 718 Boxster has a manual transmission. You must be very talented mechanically. First, removing and replacing the engine underbody panel is tedious. That was not necessary on the 987.2. Then removing and replacing the oil filter cover is at best, tedious. I watched the dealer technician do the job and spoke with him about why the process was taking so long. His response was the Porsche recommended removal tool did not work so he had to find and alternative tool to remove the oil filter cover. Of course he had the car on a lift and was standing up which made the job a lot easier than laying on your back with jack stands. I commend your ability to complete this process without assistance and I am glad someone has been able to perform the oil filter change on the 718.Are you folks that are saying the oil change is difficult have the PDK transmission? I hear there is a trans cooler near the oil filter that makes it tough to get to. I have the manual and have changed oil 3 times now. Not really that hard, at least with the manual transmission. Specifically what problems are you experiencing with the manual transmission models? Maybe I can shed some light on it.
Pretty much agree with Agent 86. The under-body pan is not technically difficult, just a bit cumbersome and slow. I might try a video next time I do it. Agent 86: Any info or pics on changing trans oil? What oil brand and weight did you use?I also successfully changed the oil in my manual transmission 718CS. As I wrote in an earlier post, IMO, it's a 6 out of 10 for someone with basic mechanical skills.
Floor jack, 4 Jack stands, 76mm filter wrench and a couple hex bits. 1 hour drain. 45 minutes everything else (maybe a little longer the first time).
Removing and reinstalling the pan is the most time consuming part.
Pretty much agree with Agent 86. The under-body pan is not technically difficult, just a bit cumbersome and slow. I might try a video next time I do it. Agent 86: Any info or pics on changing trans oil? What oil brand and weight did you use?
Don't quote me on this, but I believe the rod you are talking about is there to control headlight leveling as the suspension compresses.Hi. Excellent help and thanks so much.
Still not clear on one thing. Is there an issue with the sensor rod. Some say yes; some no. I saw photos on one thread of how the rod moves on lifts, but I can’t tell the significance or purpose. A brief primer on the sensor rod would be much appreciated. Thanks!!
Nice ramps!!! Yeah, the bottom tray was the biggest challenge for me. Having the rear wheel in place would almost certainly make removing/replacing the filter harder. I had the wheel removed. I'm about 4 months away from my next oil change. Experience make all the difference.With the 718 at 2,900 miles, I changed the oil yesterday. It was a hassle, due to the splash shield and its 16 fasteners, and the filter housing that is very hard to access. This is nowhere near as straightforward as the 981 models.
The old oil was very dark, but smelled fine. There were filings at the bottom of the filter housing; I guess this is normal for a new engine. Also with 6 quarts out and 6 back in (Mobil-1 0w-40), not much was burned, as can happen with new Porsche engines. I really miss not having a physical dipstick, as the electronic one is a real nuisance.
The homemade ramp worked okay, but these models are clearly not designed for DIY maintenance without an overhead lift.