OIL FILTER

  • Tiny
  • zzzzzz90
  • 2001 Saturn L100
  • 4 CYL
  • 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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Sunday, March 13th, 2011 AT 11:27 PM

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  • PROTECH1980
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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.

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Sunday, March 13th, 2011 AT 11:31 PM
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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.

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Monday, March 14th, 2011 AT 12:05 AM
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  • PROTECH1980
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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.

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Monday, March 14th, 2011 AT 12:09 AM
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Sounds good. Thanks a lot.

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Monday, March 14th, 2011 AT 12:11 AM
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  • saturntech9
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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

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Monday, March 14th, 2011 AT 2:16 AM
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Thanks saturntech, I dont recomend pliers either but like I said last option and if you dont have the socket.

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Monday, March 14th, 2011 AT 2:30 AM
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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.

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Monday, March 14th, 2011 AT 4:41 PM
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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.

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Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 AT 12:59 AM
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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

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Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 AT 1:04 AM
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Sorry zz90, I forgot to tell you to open relay center, the red reset button will be in there.

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Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 AT 1:07 AM

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