How to engine air filters on a Porsche Cayenne Base (2011-2018)

Maintenance Interval 4 Years or 80,000 Miles (120,000 Kilometers)
Estimated Dealer Cost $200
Estimated Independent Mechanic Cost $125
Estimated DIY Cost $25
Repair Time 0.25 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.

This is an easy DIY that can save you a lot of money. For an overview of the procedure, check out the video above from YouTube channel, gtpiston04. While this video covers a GTS model, the process is the same for the base model except there’s only one air filter located on the left-hand side of the engine bay. You can find the parts and detailed instructions below.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1: Prepare your vehicle and work area.

  • Ensure your engine isn’t hot so you don’t burn yourself.
  • Park on a flat surface.
  • Open the hood.
  • Put on eye protection and gloves.

Step 2: Gain access to the engine air filter.

  • As shown in the video, remove the plastic engine on the left side of the engine bay.
  • The panel is just held on with plastic clips that can be removed with a flat head screwdriver.
  • With engine panel removed, you should see both engine air filter housing.

Step 3: Open the air filter housing.

  • Separate the plastic engine air intake hose from the air filter housing by removing two T30 pins.
  • To do this, rotate the left pin clockwise and the right pin counterclockwise until the pins line up with the visible notches; if you turn each pin the wrong way, you will break off a part of the pin.
  • Once the pins are lined up with the tabs on the air filter housing, use pliers to pull them out.
  • Next, pop off the two metal clips that hold the air filter housing together.
Open the air filter housing.

Step 4: Replace the engine air filter.

  • Separate the engine air intake hose from the air filter housing cover and pull the air filter housing cover off.
  • Remove the old engine filter.
  • Vacuum the air filter housing to prevent any debris from getting into the engine
  • Insert the new engine air filter.
  • Re-install everything.

Step 5: Repeat the prior steps for the remaining engine air filter housing.

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