I changed the oil on my 2013 '55' back in February because I was taking it to a 'Track Day' and wanted to run it with fresh oil. I couldn't find the oil filter via the internet either, so went to the dealer and bought two. The Part number for the filter is 'A 278 180.00.09' (cost here in Houston was $26.00 + tax, each). I also purchased 11 qts of Mobil 1 0W-40 European Formula from Advanced Auto Parts and via the internet got a 'large' Mighty Vac to suck the oil out. I did quite a bit of research and the Mobil 1 seemed to be the oil of choice for our cars. I asked the dealer what type of oil they use and the guy told me that unless I specify Mobil 1 (which will be an upcharge), they use some Valvoline formula. The spec for the car is 10 qts, but I actually had to add a bit more in order to get it up to max level. I also probably shouldn't bring up that I used the 'Vacuum' method here because there are some folks who are pretty passionate that you should only change the oil on a 55 via the drain method (it has to do with the fact that the 55 has a 'split' oil pan and the vacuum method might not get every drop out - however, because I needed more than 10 qts, I'm not at all convinced that I could have left much in either of the pans!). Whichever method you choose, this was one of the easiest oil changes I've ever done. The oil filter housing is right on the top-right hand side (driver's side) in the front of the engine bay - it requires a 22mm socket (? I think - if you have a decent metric socket set, you should have the right size) to remove the filter cover from the housing. I had to disconnect the driver's side air intake so I could more easily get the filter assembly out. You might need to pull on the filter a bit to get it out as it has a lip at its base that fits very snugly into the bottom of the housing (you'll be able to see it on the new filter and know what I'm talking about). Installation of the filter is absolutely fool proof - the single o-ring installs on the screw 'top' and the filter body can only be inserted one way (it 'snaps' into place so you need to make sure you feel a small 'pop' when you put it in). Go easy on torquing back the filter top, too - I can't recall the spec, but it's not that tight and you don't want to mess up the filter housing (it's some kind of plastic). Also, I should have mentioned this before - you'll want to get the engine up to operating temp before using the vacuum (if you use a vacuum) - if draining, you may want to rethink the warm up because it will be very hot and tight under the car. If you vacuum, unless you can find a very large capacity vacuum pump, you will need to drain it at least once before you can get all of the oil out - that was a bit of a pain, but not too bad. Anyway, you shouldn't be doing this for a while, should you? But you can keep this for future reference.
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Last edited by slk55_kt; 09-18-2013 at 07:20 AM.
Reason: Typo in Oil Weight!