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    Have a 2007 cayman, would like to do my own oil changes. Any tips or pitfalls ?? Are there instructions for this somewhere on-line ?? does the sump only have one drain plug ??

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    Look in the articles- it's easy. One plug- I think 37ft lbs, and the filter- I think 19 ft lbs. Don't spill on your carpet!
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    Simple change. You'll need a 74mm filter wrench, 8mm hex socket, torque wrench, & drain container of sufficient capacity.

    Oil Filter Insert: 996 107 225 53
    Oil Filter Torque: 18.5 ft/lb (25 Nm)
    Oil Drain Crush Washer: 900 123 106 30
    Oil Drain Plug Torque: 37 ft/lb (50 Nm)


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    And you can find the oil filter wrench cup (74mm 14 flats IIRC) at a discount auto parts store (in my case a 74/76mm 14 flats) for less than $5. Or you can get the official wrench for about $25.

    I did it 2 weeks ago. The hardest part was waiting for all the oil to drain out. Even though it was hot, the oil was still dripping after 90 minutes.
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    My dealer said its one and a half hours of labor...I wonder why?

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    Here is the official (and expensive) filter wrench Suncoast Porsche, Audi, & VW: Oil Filter Wrench - everyone should have one, no?

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    Everybody should change their own oil if only for the excuse to lie on your side and look underneath the rear of the car. Mechanical artwork! And I agree with the previous post that it takes forever to stop dripping. Pull the plug, change the filter and have a beer and relax for a while....

    Oh - aside from the proper filter wrench, get one of those screw on plastic valves for the top of a oil container. Makes it easier to put the oil in without having an accidental spill. My 987 Boxster had a pull out spout when you took the oil cap off but the CS has no such thing - bummer. I thought that was a nifty idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjij View Post
    My dealer said its one and a half hours of labor...I wonder why?
    They have to wait for the oil to drain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cortf View Post
    Have a 2007 cayman, would like to do my own oil changes. Any tips or pitfalls ?? Are there instructions for this somewhere on-line ?? does the sump only have one drain plug ??
    If you use ramps, car won't be quite level and won't drain completely. It is not really a problem to have a few ounces of old oil left in, but makes it easy to overfill with new oil, so only add 8 quarts, then check before adding any more.
    There is only one drain plug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j_copeland View Post
    If you use ramps, car won't be quite level and won't drain completely.
    Or live on a hill like me and when up on the ramp, it's level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rrosen View Post
    Or live on a hill like me and when up on the ramp, it's level.
    Man, I feel sorry for you. You live on a hill? I live in a house......
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    oh hai!
    after growing up in the garage of family (Volvos) and neighbors (BMW track cars and Fords - different neighbors *smile*) i am ready to turn in my “handing you the tools girl” hat and get my hands dirty.

    i am on the verge of conducting my first oil change. i need some advice on what products to get which will be most efficient and economical over time. i would like to get the best tools to use on a variety of European cars, as we have a SAAB and Porsche, and tend to like Audis as well. i have very limited car related tools aside from a bunch of star key and metric nut fittings for a screwdriver, an air compressor and a couple of designated funnels. also, i have limited car tinkering experience - i put in a short shifter a few weeks ago, but that is it aside from replacing lights, fuses and such.

    i am going to change the oil in the SAAB first (practice!), then change the Cayman in a few months around 6-7,000 mi. i have read the Article on oil changing, and am revving to go.

    some things i need to purchase:

    • safe set of ramps for backing the car onto. our driveway plus a set of ramps should just about level her out - but i need a good ramp that will not, well, collapse and kill me.
    • filter wrench(es) - may i get a universal wrench (metal strap+handle) or do i really need to get specific filter cup wrenches for each car?
    • torque wrench Set - i’ve searched the site and came upon a few individual wrenches, but is there a good set out there that would be more usable than a single wrench?
    any opinions on what i should get? are there any starter grease monkey essentials i am missing?

    i have a case of Mobil 1 0w40 for the Cayman, and will get oil filter, gasket and lock washer. are there air filters that i should change at the same time? i’ve read about the passenger cabin air filter - are there any more i should be thinking about?

    thankyouverymuch!
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    One torque wrench will do the job. You just need different size sockets. Get a set of those and a good socket wrench (3/4" with a long handle for breaking wheel nuts when you want to remove the wheels). Make sure you get wheel chocks for saftey. I prefer individual filter wrenches to make the job that much easier. Get the correct filter and not a knock-off of course. Don't forget to get a pan to catch the oil and a container to transport it to a disposal site. Plenty of rags help also. And I always forget Mechanics gloves but they come in handy here.
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    The Lift-n-Jack article shows a floor jack available at Sears for a reasonable price that has two jack stands. The jack stands are deployed with the jack, leaving the stands in place afterwards.

    That way, you can jack up the right rear, then jack up the left rear. Then with both jack stands in place, crawl under and start the oil to drain. After many minutes, it will slow down - but the car isn't level. So, you use the jack pad plate that comes with the jack, and jack up on a front pad ( I choose the left front ) to raise the front to level. You don't need to raise the other side as the frame design of the car will make the other side also raise pretty close to even.

    (Don't crawl under the car now as the front is only secured by the jack.)


    Then when the oil stops dripping, lower the front, go back under the car, install the drain plug - new crush washer - torque to 37 ft lb.

    The remove and replace the filter, per the manual, torquing to 19 ft lbs.

    A half-inch drive torque wrench is what I use - think longer wrench, more leverage, less strain. An 1/2" drive 8mm hex is what I use for the drain plug.

    The filter housing wrench is 74mm, but the one the local Porsche dealership mechanics use is a tool for Mercedes, rather than the Porsche tool.

    I tried one of the FLAPS tools that was a combination 74/76mm and it tightly went on, but not far enough to engage the filter. YMMV.
    The main thing is that you don't want to damage the housing.

    The view from under the car is pretty cool - alien technology at its finest.
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    Man, this is great stuff. I just had mine changed at the dealer but next time ...
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    Thank you both for your advice - the task is not as daunting as it seems - !
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    SALE - Oil Change Schtuffs

    oh hai -

    just a heads up to some sales going on today (Oct 31st) at Suncoasticon and automotion (please see Ken's thread)

    i just picked me up some oil change supplies and other goodies at suncoast - !
    Porsche Touch-Up Paint
    Wheel Mounting Guide Bolt
    Factory Oil Filter Kit
    Oil Filter Wrench

    also noted that automotion sells Mobile 1 oil buy the case - i already have one on order from elsewhere, but with %15 off this may be something to look in to.

    still need to pick up the Craftsman jack set, a l0o0ong torque wrench, some wheel chucks, and a draining receptacle. but it is all coming together - thanks guys!
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    Make note that the oil filter at Suncoasticon is roughly 50% off what the local dealership is charging!!
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    Just to make sure you understand the torque wrench is only for the final adjustment, you need a proper socket wrench to take off nuts and bolts. Sears has a sale going on and Craftsman tools are terrific.

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    A follow up question. I just changed my own oil, no problems or issues except it took me about a week to find the right oil. I found M1 0w-40 at several places but it said on the cartons that it was made especially for turbo deisle engines. My first thought was that M1 0-40 was M1 0-40 then I decided I didn't want to use oil with any strange additives in it and kept looking.

    Did it matter?
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