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Old 12-09-2007, 09:29 PM   #21
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The location isn't all that bad. Really reminds me of changing the oil filter on my W-Bodies. Only problem is the last knucklehead who did the oil change and filter screwed it on too dang tight!

That's a problem I'll never have to deal with again! First time working on anything with a newly acquired used car is always the worst, I've noticed. Some greasemonkeys are just too gung-ho about torquing things down, it seems.

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Old 12-09-2007, 09:30 PM   #22
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Hey at least it wasn't a Hyundai excel on those cars if the engine mounts are anything less than brand new you cant get the filter out it gets pinched between the engine and the frame before even being halfway untheaded.

last one of those i did involved lifting the engine with a fork lift to get the filter off. the oil change was a complete wast of time becaus it burned more oil than gas

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Old 12-10-2007, 08:15 PM   #23
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i had the same problem.. oil filter wrenches dont work.. theres no space to dick around at ALL.. i found the almighty channel locks and screwed that summ***** off.. but yea, the oil filter placement on the newer sl's were a bad idea

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Old 12-10-2007, 08:25 PM   #24
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i had the same problem.. oil filter wrenches dont work.. theres no space to dick around at ALL.. i found the almighty channel locks and screwed that summ***** off.. but yea, the oil filter placement on the newer sl's were a bad idea
In my 5 years at the Saturn dealership I never had trouble using a filter wrench on any S-Series car.

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Old 12-10-2007, 09:18 PM   #25
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laying in one's driveway and standing under a lift are two different things my Saturn Tech friend.

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Old 12-10-2007, 09:25 PM   #26
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laying in one's driveway and standing under a lift are two different things my Saturn Tech friend.
They most certainly are. All of the oil changes I did on my '92 SC were done on my back, on ramps, in my driveway. I still had no difficulty in changing the oil filter. At least on my own car it was installed properly and no filter strap was necessary to loosen it.

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Old 12-10-2007, 09:43 PM   #27
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Why! It took him an hour to do the oil change, and you want him to drive up on ramps, and then lift the back of the car too? That'll add another 15 minutes to the job by the time you raise and lower the car.

Like someone else said, just turn the wheel all the way to the left reach in with your left hand and a strap style filter wrence and you'll be able to do the entire job in 15 min.
my Saturn is lowered and has 4 inches of ground clearance. the oil drain plug and filter aren't coming off unless it's jacked up or on ramps

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Old 12-11-2007, 08:31 AM   #28
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laying in one's driveway and standing under a lift are two different things my Saturn Tech friend.
done it both ways never had a problem and all i need to get mine off is a rag.
if you need a tool its on too tight. from underneath there is lots of room to get it.

the problem is controlling the mess. for me i loosen the bugger and let it drain into the cute little gutter and to this point all is good but then once it stops dripping i remove it and make a mess. atleast my frame wont rust there.

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Old 03-08-2015, 08:56 AM   #29
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Once again SaturnFans and the search engine have come to my rescue. I've been hunting for this sucker for days.

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Old 03-08-2015, 10:30 AM   #30
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You sure do have a knack for resurrecting ancient threads.

I generally make a "gutter" out of a piece of cardboard and lay that over the axle so that the oil coming out runs off to the side and into my catch bucket. Otherwise it gets all over the axle, CV joint, and subframe and makes a big mess. Now that 3D printers are all the rage, it would probably be trivial to print something out of plastic that you could snap on to the axle before loosening the filter that would redirect the flow to the side. I don't have my Saturn anymore so I'll leave that exercise up to the next gearhead with an IT streak. Submit that idea to Dorman and then remember me with a case of beer when you make your first million.

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Old 03-08-2015, 11:32 AM   #31
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Is a good idea, but I believe it has been thought of and used. My S10 has a plastic gutter below the filter which drains right next to the drain plug. although the down side of them is unless you run a towel through it when you're done, oil sits in it and drips all over your driveway.

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Old 03-08-2015, 12:36 PM   #32
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You sure do have a knack for resurrecting ancient threads.

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Old 03-08-2015, 12:46 PM   #33
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(for the guy who posted on this thread about 8 years ago )
I couldn't loosen my filter by hand last oil change but I have an older version of this filter wrench which does the trick. Note, it grabs the filter from the end and will only loosen it, not tighten it.

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-unive...p-02820523000P

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Old 03-08-2015, 01:20 PM   #34
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Filter pliers (which Fram makes and is sold at Walmart) will also do the job. I had to use a pair of them when I changed the filter on my SL2 for the first time.

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Old 03-08-2015, 01:22 PM   #35
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Filter pliers (which Fram makes and is sold at Walmart) will also do the job. I had to use a pair of them when I changed the filter on my SL2 for the first time.
I generally use the "cap" type that just pops on to the end of the filter and then you can just use a 3/8" ratchet to loosen/tighten the filter. When tightening, I generally spin it on by hand until it stops and then do another 1/2 turn. That's worked for me since the 70's.

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Old 03-08-2015, 05:55 PM   #36
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You sure do have a knack for resurrecting ancient threads.

I generally make a "gutter" out of a piece of cardboard and lay that over the axle so that the oil coming out runs off to the side and into my catch bucket. Otherwise it gets all over the axle, CV joint, and SUBFRAME and makes a big mess.

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Let the oil soak that sub frame, that's what keeps the pass side from rusting away, for those of us that live where there is snow, or lot's of dampness. Maybe I should change the transaxle oil more often, and let it run all over the driver's side subframe

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Old 03-08-2015, 06:23 PM   #37
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thank god for once a year oil change

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Old 03-09-2015, 09:14 PM   #38
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Richpin has a video that shows you how to cut and trim an old quart oil bottle into a neat little oil catcher so the oil does not run everywhere when changing the filter.

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Old 03-10-2015, 01:25 AM   #39
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Changing filter every other oil change is making more sense to me. Buy oversized, quality oil filter. With my Fumoto valve one oil change will be a matter of opening Fumoto valve then closing it. That is what I plan to do this week.

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I have no problem driving up a couple planks, chocking the rear tires and sliding under and getting some quality time with my Goldie. I got a few PSL20195 filters that I may use for 2 OCIs of between 3.5k & 5k miles. I have a magnetic drain plug so I can loosen it all the way and not make a mess. Then take some pliers to grab the plug and pull it away. How fast does the Fumato drain? It seems a faster drain would empty out more contaminents??

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