Mechanics

OIL CHANGE

2005 Saturn L300 • 6 cylinder FWD Automatic •

Was changing oil on 2005 l300 saturn sedan v6 front wheel drive automatic. The oil cap was on too tight and in process of unscrewing it the entire oil filter housing turned (canister filter). I can't get the housing to turn back. Did I mess up something due to the turning of the housing ie alignment of the oil flow holes etc.
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Mjmc
January 4, 2011.




So did you ever get the cap off?How far did the whole housing turn in degree's?The housing is held on by a 12mm head allen bolt if you take the bolt out you can make sure the housing isn't damaged and check the oring for damage.
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Saturntech9
Jan 4, 2011.
Yes I got cap off by placing chain strap wrench around housing and then breaker bar on the cap, pulling in opposite directions. Not sure how much I turned entire housing, perhaps b/w 180-360 degrees before I realized what was happening. Housing is secure, went back to try and turn more using strap wrench but it would not move. I'm not inclined to try take another bolt out if it's not necessary. Is there a need to align it to a certain position. If so I guess I'll have to tackle another bolt. Otherwise I'm ready to proceed with replacing the cap/filter.

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Mjmc
Jan 4, 2011.
The best thing you could do is to remove the housing for inspection. You could have a bad oring damaged housing etc you can take a chance and just replace the cap and filter and run the risk of a oil leak or major oil leak. That is up to you removing the 12mm head allen bolt is no big deal it come's right off never had one give me trouble taking it off. The most common reason for the whole housing turning is when people over tighten the oil filter cap when they change the filter. If you don't over tighten it it's pretty easy to replace the filter and no oil filter housing turning.

Saturntech9
Jan 4, 2011.

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