Slide the drain pan underneath the front end directly below the oil filter.
Climb under the engine with the filter claw or cap wrench, the socket wrench and the extension. An oil filter claw is a tool that mounts on the end of a socket wrench and has three arms that can grasp the top of an oil filter. These arms tighten onto the filter in direct proportion to the amount of torque you apply with the wrench. An oil filter cap wrench is similar, but lacks the tightening feature the claw possesses.
Attach the oil filter claw or cap wrench to the socket extension. Attach the socket extension to the socket wrench and then put the claw or cap wrench onto the top of the oil filter. Due to the oil filter's positioning, you will not be able to access it from the side with a standard oil filter wrench.
Turn the socket wrench counter-clockwise until the oil filter comes free. Remove the filter by hand so that it doesn't fall down into the drain pan and splatter used oil all over the place.
Spray brake cleaner around the suspension underneath the oil filter housing to remove any old oil that drips down.
Lubricate the O-ring on the replacement oil filter. You can accomplish this by dabbing your index finger into the oil and wiping it around the O-ring. Put the replacement filter in position and tighten it down in the reverse order of removal.
Monday, December 6th, 2010 AT 6:38 AM