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I too purchased this same scanner. Has anyone had success on downloading updates? I can't seem to get the scan tool to talk with the web site. Are there any updates available? Does anyone know?
 

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I too purchased this same scanner. Has anyone had success on downloading updates? I can't seem to get the scan tool to talk with the web site. Are there any updates available? Does anyone know?
I may be wrong but I thought that you remove the memory chip and install the update to that.
I don't think the scan tool communicates directly or via PC.

I also noticed that the website doesn't list version & update info, that I could find.
 

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So I finally did my first oil change on my 718 cayman GTS with PDK. It was a total bear. Just no room to work.

I do quite a few oil changes and as a point of reference I can do my 987 Boxster S oil in about 30 mins. I think this took me four hours...I lost track of time and was pretty frustrated.

I thought having a four post lift would make life easy....well not really.

First, taking the bottom tray off is pretty straightforward. I like the design and the fasteners are well made so when you put it back it goes together well. I've dealt with bottom panels that seem like they were meant to be one time use only with a bunch of crappy plastic fasteners and those really suck. This one wasn't bad at all.

I was hoping to avoid taking the headlight level sensor off. I had seen a number of write-ups and I though maybe if there was weight on the rear tires that the sensor wouldn't be in the way. No such luck.

Definitely could have used a LONG 10MM wrench for the top bolt ( as mentioned above) . I only had a standard length handle and it was brutal trying to get to the bolt head. A long ratchet wrench would have been even better. I did use a standard ratchet box end but it was troublesome. I could not get a ratchet with a standard socket to fit.

I got the filter off pretty easily with a 74MM filter tool and a ratchet handle ( no extensions) I used a hose with a 5/8" inner diameter to connect to the drip cup. Worked fine.

Here was the killer. I couldn't get the filter housing out without jacking up the car. Sure it was on a 4 post lift but I needed to get the weight off the rear left wheel so the axle would angle down and let the filter housing pass through. There I was with a jack on my lift taking the load off the wheel. That was not on my list of things to do.

Getting the new filter and housing back on was tough because there was very little room for my torque wrench. The handle was just too long to work easily. I eventually was able to hold the 74MM filter wrench with one hand and maneuver my torque wrench with the other but it was tedious.

Finally when I was trying to put the headlight sensor back on, the top bolt fell out and it took me 20 minutes to find it. It didn't fall on the floor but got stuck somewhere in the chassis and it was tough to locate. I think it was stuck behind a piece of heat shield.

Now I am off to take a nap and pretend this never happened.
 

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Must be the weekend for it, completed my first oil and filter change on my 718S , on jack stands none the less, and everything everyone says is true, but next time could knock it over in under an hour, frustrating yep, but local Porsche centre wanted $1000, so a $40 genuine oil filter and half price mobil one, means I’m $900 better off, car is out of factory warranty. This week doing front rotors and pads and brake fluid flush, total cost to me $750, price from PC was $2250. My 986 and 987 were so easy to work on compared to this thing though...


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Must be the weekend for it, completed my first oil and filter change on my 718S , on jack stands none the less, and everything everyone says is true, but next time could knock it over in under an hour, frustrating yep, but local Porsche centre wanted $1000, so a $40 genuine oil filter and half price mobil one, means I’m $900 better off, car is out of factory warranty. This week doing front rotors and pads and brake fluid flush, total cost to me $750, price from PC was $2250. My 986 and 987 were so easy to work on compared to this thing though...


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It’s a shame Porsche made this so difficult, particularly the oil filter placement. I’m used to doing my own oil changes (on previous bimmers) but don’t think i will attempt it on the 718.
 

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a $40 genuine oil filter and half price mobil one
I got the genuine Hengst filter for $9 online and $23 per 5 quart jug of Mobil 1 at walmart.

I'm not sure what everyone's gripe is. I found the filter change to be a little annoying but not difficult and it certainly didn't take very long. I did do my research first, though. And i have a manual car so i don't have to remove 1 bolt for the headlight sensor.
 

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I got the genuine Hengst filter for $9 online and $23 per 5 quart jug of Mobil 1 at walmart.

I'm not sure what everyone's gripe is. I found the filter change to be a little annoying but not difficult and it certainly didn't take very long. I did do my research first, though. And i have a manual car so i don't have to remove 1 bolt for the headlight sensor.
Do you have any tips/tricks which helped you out? I have a manual too which sounds like it’s a little easier.
 

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@gatorfast get the correct oil filter cap socket. Get the 5/8" hose to plug into the bottom of the drip tray under the oil filter so it doesn't drip all over the car. get the carsoft gizmo to reset the oil change interval in the computer. everything else is straightforward.
 

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My gripe is I have black and blues on my forearm from doing an oil change because of the limited space and extra steps required. Never had that after changing oil on any car before.

With my other cars, sometimes I would just take them around the corner to my local service station to change the oil if I was too lazy to do it myself. Typically charged me .5-.75 hr labor. Not sure I would trust him with this procedure since he’s not a Porsche specific shop.
 

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I got the genuine Hengst filter for $9 online and $23 per 5 quart jug of Mobil 1 at walmart.

I'm not sure what everyone's gripe is. I found the filter change to be a little annoying but not difficult and it certainly didn't take very long. I did do my research first, though. And i have a manual car so i don't have to remove 1 bolt for the headlight sensor.
In Australia there are no after market options for oil filters and ordering online is dearer when you add in international parcel postage, so genuine porsche it is. Same goes for so many 718 parts, there is very very little options...

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Plus my iCarsoft Por2 device was able to reset oil change message and set interval to May 2021. Worthy investment...

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And i have a manual car so i don't have to remove 1 bolt for the headlight sensor.
Guess I'm a bit dense and/or don't have too much car maintenance experience with Porsche. Nonetheless, much has been written about diy oil change and there seems to be a bit of contradicting information, at least to me. So, is the headlight sensor arm on all PDK cars or only cars with PDLS. Obviously, I don't know its function so anyone care to educate me? Thanks much.
 

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So, is the headlight sensor arm on all PDK cars or only cars with PDLS. Obviously, I don't know its function so anyone care to educate me? Thanks much.
Yes all PDK models have the headlight sensor arm, nothing to do with PDLS option


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Yes all PDK models have the headlight sensor arm, nothing to do with PDLS option


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Hi Guys,

In preparation for doing an oil change at 3000 k's ( after the run in period ), I bought a filter, sump bolt and crush washer from the Dealer I purchased the car from, before I drove it home. After reading all the posts on here about the difficulty of doing an oil change, I decided to have a " dry run " and see if I could actually get to the filter with the tools I have.

I'm 300k's from my nearest Porsche Dealer, so I am going to have to get used to doing the simple stuff.

I have a Quickjack, so I lifted the car yesterday and crawled under for a look. I can get the same 74mm , 14 flat oil cartridge socket that I used on my Audi RS3 onto the filter canister, and although my 2020 PDK equipped base Cayman has the headlight leveller setup, it is not in the way of the filter housing. Two bottom cover securing screws would have to be removed BEFORE you raise the car, as the Quickjack is in the way for easy access. These are two at the rear outer end of the cover, in front of each of the rear wheels.

But...it looks like it is a job I'll be able to do ( I usually do all my own oil changes up till now ), although the oil filter housing is going to be fiddly to deal with. I also intend to remove the back left hand wheel...easy to do and it gives you a bit more working space.

If I make any discoveries that are worth knowing, I'll put them up on the Forum after I do the oil change.
 

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Hi Guys,

In preparation for doing an oil change at 3000 k's ( after the run in period ), I bought a filter, sump bolt and crush washer from the Dealer I purchased the car from, before I drove it home. After reading all the posts on here about the difficulty of doing an oil change, I decided to have a " dry run " and see if I could actually get to the filter with the tools I have.

I'm 300k's from my nearest Porsche Dealer, so I am going to have to get used to doing the simple stuff.

I have a Quickjack, so I lifted the car yesterday and crawled under for a look. I can get the same 74mm , 14 flat oil cartridge socket that I used on my Audi RS3 onto the filter canister, and although my 2020 PDK equipped base Cayman has the headlight leveller setup, it is not in the way of the filter housing. Two bottom cover securing screws would have to be removed BEFORE you raise the car, as the Quickjack is in the way for easy access. These are two at the rear outer end of the cover, in front of each of the rear wheels.

But...it looks like it is a job I'll be able to do ( I usually do all my own oil changes up till now ), although the oil filter housing is going to be fiddly to deal with. I also intend to remove the back left hand wheel...easy to do and it gives you a bit more working space.

If I make any discoveries that are worth knowing, I'll put them up on the Forum after I do the oil change.
Hi again Guys,

I was left wondering why the headlight leveller arm on my 2020 base Cayman was not in the way of the oil filter housing when the car is up on a lift. In some pictures posted here on this forum, it appears to be in the way of removal of the housing, and it is a PITA apparently to remove the arm. Down here in Australia we drive on the left...so the headlights are aimed in the reverse to what I'd expect in the USA...presumably, the UK would be the same as Australia. Anyone think this may be the reason that my
headlight adjusting arm is not in the way on my car, but apparently is on US cars ? Food for thought.
 
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