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Anyone have info on how to change the engine air filter? I think one must first remove the the inside top cover over the engine. from .
 

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It's a 500 mile round trip to the nearest dealer for me. I'm not impressed with dealer service centers. See my post on the info I received from a "gold" certified tech at the Portland, OR dealership, post: "DIY Oil Change". My guess is that he has not changed oil in a 718 yet, but didn't want to admit it. I do my own service work not to save money, but because once I understand the procedure I can do it better. I know my limits as well. In those cases I try to find a mechanic that is smart and that I can trust.
 

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It stinks that you are so far away from a dealer. I thought I had it bad being 86 miles away. I guess if you can do most of your own maintenance and you enjoy doing it that's great! No Porsche dealers in the Tri Cities or Yakima?
 

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Wow, 500 miles! I thought 50 miles was far. I agree with you about dealer service. You can always do it better yourself if you have the tools and know how. My neignbor down the street remove the engine and transmission on a 2008 Boxster to repair a cracked head. He is not a mechanic and it took him about 2 months on weekends. You can imagine how much money he saved.
 

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Yes that's right, no dealers in Yakima or Tri-Cities. Very few Porsches here too. I don't exactly enjoy working on autos, but I do enjoy the satisfaction I get when I know the work I did was the best it could be.
 

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I have been using K&N filters in all of my cars. They don't have one yet for our car.
I'm thinking of getting one when it's available....so I only have to buy it one time.
Are you just going to replace it with the OEM...is the part available yet?
 

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The air filter for the 718 is available. I have one but have not attempted to install it yet.
 

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I'm not a big fan of oiled filters like K&N. If you get too much oil you can ruin your MAF sensor. Not enough oil and they don't filter as well. I plan to stick to the OEM. I trust that Porsche has engineered their filters for the best performance for filtration and power.
 

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BMC makes an oiled air filter for the 718 if you are so inclined to use one. Some people say they are better in quality than K&N. BMC AIR FILTER FB926/20. Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Audi R8 Performance Exhaust Systems & Parts
I just installed this today in my 718 cayman - the instructions to get to the engine bay are very similar to this (all the same trim pieces need to come off in the same order, they just look marginally different):


Tools needed:
Small trim tool (maybe not needed, but it helped on the pieces by the seatbelts)
T30 bit (4 screws on metal cross bar, 10 or 12 screws on engine cover)
T25 bit (4 screws on airbox)
Pliers (if you don't have a T30 allen key you can use pliers to turn a T30 bit. Though, you're likely to lose your bit somewhere in the interior doing this)
Screwdriver (for the 2 bits)


Highly Recommended:
T30 allen key (2 bolts are in a position that makes them impossible to get with a screwdriver, you need a lowprofile ratchet that can hold your T30 bit, or an allen key)


Notes:
- The video does not show this as that is a 981.1, but on the 718 (981.2) there is metal in the way of 2 of the bolts for the engine cover - this is why you need the allen key.
- Trim pieces were relatively easy to take off - watch for the small plastic "cone" looking things - those go on the ends of the trim connectors.
- The metal cross bar is easy to take off, and much harder to put on - it bends a little so I would recommend not fully tightening all 4 bolts until you have them all threaded (might make it easier). This required me using a ratchet with a T30 bit just so I could tighten, I didn't have enough torque with a screwdriver.
- I found it more comfortable to stand / squat in the rear "trunk" area to screw/unscrew the engine lid :)
 

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Just letting everyone on here know that we can completely service the 718 and all other Porsche models. We are the Porsche dealer alternative of south eastern Washington. We also host the PCA cars and coffee every 2nd Saturday of the month.

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