I was always curious where and how the oil filter change would go for the new 2012 engines, so since I just did my first change I thought Iíd share just for fun. I read on other posts about how easy it was and man is it. You can actually change the filter without spilling a drop.
First remove the engine cover. It just lifts off with little effort.
Now the filter is exposed.
A 15/16-inch socket is needed to unscrew the filter canister.
Hereís what it looks like with the filter removed.
This is how it comes out, no dripping oil at all.
Just pull the old filter out from the cap and snap in the new one. You will also need to replace the o-ring, which comes with the new filter.
Hereís a comparison pic of the 3.8 and 3.6 oil filters.
Thanks Jim. That battery has the terminals on the opposite side as the previous JKís which along with the wiring screws things up a bit. Iíll tell about the problem I ran into later. I havenít looked into a dual set-up yet so I really donít know but if not Iím sure it wonít be long till one is available.
A side benefit of the cartridge style filter is you can easily inspect the filter pleats to see if there's anything passing through the oiling system. The Boxster guys often find pieces of cam chain tensioner in the filter and it gives them a warning sign that they need to do some work on the motor.
I was just looking at where the filter was today. Thanks for helping me with the info. you posted.
Side question......I usually use K&N filters and Royal Purple oil. I believe I still can use the oil, what about the filter part. Do I have to use something different now?
I only have 1200 miles. Would that be too early to change already?
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