Mechanics

OIL FILTER

2001 Saturn L100 • 4 cylinder 2WD Manual • 120,000 miles

I was wondering how to change the oil filter on a 2001 saturn l100. Ive changed oil and filters before, but Ive never seen one like this before.


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Zzzzzz90
March 13, 2011.



It is a catridge filter front of engine right side below intake/ unscrew plastic (has molded nut on top) cap take out filter and replace, also replace o-ring, screw housing back in carefull not to overtighten.

PROTECH1980
Mar 13, 2011.
Ok so now that I found it do you have any suggestions on how to get it off? I think whoever changed the filter last time definately overtightened it. And I dont have a lot of tools.

Tiny
Zzzzzz90
Mar 14, 2011.
Your going to have to find a socket to fit that plastic nut/ or last option find a good pair of channel locks that will fit down there and with steady moderate pressure loosen it.

PROTECH1980
Mar 14, 2011.
Sounds good. Thanks a lot.

Tiny
Zzzzzz90
Mar 14, 2011.
Just to add to this answer i wouldn't use plier's to remove the cap it's plastic and doesn't take much to damage them.I would use a socket made for it like this one.

http://www.amazon.com/Lisle-14700-Filter-Wrench-2-2L/dp/B0009OMYAQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=automotive&qid=1300068865&sr=8-1

Saturntech9
Mar 14, 2011.
Thanks saturntech, I dont recomend pliers either but like I said last option and if you dont have the socket.

PROTECH1980
Mar 14, 2011.
Alright I just didn't want zzzzzz90 to take it as go ahead and use pliers. The best way to do it is get the 2.2L gm engine oil filter socket made to fit the nut on the oil filter cap they sell them all over the place. If your going to be doing the oil change's on that car you might as well just get one.I have one they work great.

Saturntech9
Mar 14, 2011.
Thanks guys, I was able to get it off and get the oil filter out no problem. One last thing though, could you tell me how to reset the change oil light on the dash? It's coming on everytime I start the car and it's starting to bug me.

Tiny
Zzzzzz90
Mar 15, 2011.
1. At the under-hood relay center press the Red reset button and hold for 5 seconds.

2. The change oil light will flash.

3. The next key cycle the light should remain out. If not, repeat the procedure

PROTECH1980
Mar 15, 2011.
Sorry zz90, I forgot to tell you to open relay center, the red reset button will be in there.

PROTECH1980
Mar 15, 2011.
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