How To Change Engine Air Filter on a Porsche 911 Turbo (2010-2013)

Maintenance Interval 4 Years or 40,000 Miles (60,000 Kilometers)
Estimated Dealer Cost $200
Estimated Independent Mechanic Cost $120
Estimated DIY Cost $70
Repair Time 0.2 hours
DIY Difficulty Easy

The engine air filter plays a vital role in protecting your engine as it stops various debris particles from entering and causing damage. As debris adds up with every mile traveled, the air filter will reach its maximum dirt absorption capacity at some point. When this happens, the air flow resistance rises and affects the engine’s performance. So, it is important to replace the air filter at your vehicle’s specified maintenance interval. However, you may need to change your air filter sooner depending on your driving conditions.

Changing out the air filters on a 997 Turbo is so easy that it’s not really worth taking to a mechanic to perform. For an overview of how to perform this DIY procedure, check out the tutorial above from drdrank. While the video covers a 997.1, the procedure is nearly identical for the 997.2. More detailed instructions can be found below.

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Step 1: Prepare your vehicle and work area

  • Ensure engine is cold, so you don’t burn yourself.
  • Put on eye protection and gloves.
  • Gather parts and tools.
  • Open engine cover.

Step 2: Remove the engine air box cover

  • Remove the engine air box cover to gain access to the air filters.
  • Simply grab the air box cover on both sides through the air inlet holes, then gently pull up.
  • Set aside the air box cover.

Step 3: Replace the engine air filter

  • Unscrew the air filter, which is held on by four T25 Torx screws.
  • Pull the air filter towards the back of the vehicle, then pull the air filter up.
  • Inspect the engine air box for dirt and debris; clean it out if necessary.
  • Ensure the new air filter is identical to the old one.
  • Insert the new air filter into the air box and ensure it is properly seated.
  • Hand tighten the T25 Torx screws.

Step 4: Reinstall the engine air box cover

  • Snap the engine air box cover back into place.
  • Clean up your work area and put away your tools.
  • You’re all done!

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