I recently bought a 2005 GM vehicle (Sunfire) and now realize it uses a
canister oil filter. Can someone explain to me why GM uses this type of
filter. Also, is it easy to service by a backyard mechanic like me? Any
precautions when changing the filter/oil? Any special tools required?
Please reply to the group, not the email.
I'm not sure what the reasoning is by GM for using the canister
style filters, but it's essentially the same filter anyway. It does exactly
the same job. The Ecotec engine that you have is actually really
simple when it comes to changing the oil filter. You can see the
oil filter cap right under the intake manifold. You use a 1.25 inch
12 pt socket, preferably chrome as they are thinner. You can use
the socket to loosen it, then remove the socket and spin the cap
off by hand. The filter plugs into the cap, so it comes out with
the cap. If you let the engine sit for a bit, no oil will spill out,
other then what is in the filter element and cap. You just pull
the element off the cap, snap on a new one (which comes with
the necessary o-rings, and screw the cap and filter element back
in to the cannister. You don't have to torque the living daylights
out of the cap, just snug is fine.
Very simple really, and quite DIY'er friendly.
Trade your GM in on a Subaru Forrester.
I have a 7 year old Subie that is a breeze to
change the oil filter on. (right up in front
easy 2 reach and a Fram aftermarket unit costs
just $3.75 at WalMart) Best of all my Subie has
never been in the shop/dealer service center
ONCE for any major repairs. (well...if you count
new plugs installed at 50K miles and routine change
of the timing belt, then it's been there once and they
gave me 40% discount on P&L with a coupon!)
By comparison, my Caddy STS needed a head gasket
replacement at 41K and a new radiator 60K. Traded it
at 61K for my Subaru as I had enuf of GM made crap.
> Trade your GM in on a Subaru Forrester.
Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha! Good one Harrrrrrvey! You traded an early model STS in
on a Subaru! Ya right!!! Talk about indecision. Do I want an STS or a
"Subie"? Yep, they're in the same class!! I'll bet that you're gender
confused too! You almost had me believing you! Ha, Ha, Ha! Oh stop - my
sides are hurting!!!
Ha, Ha, Ha! There you go again Harrrrrvey! Oh stop - I'm laughing so
hard! You prefer your "Subie" over the STS because your "Subie" needed
new plugs at 50K miles! Oh stop - you're killing me! Ha, Ha, Ha! And
they gave you a discount on P&L!!! I'll bet it was a bigger discount
when you came in for your next set of plugs! Ha, Ha, hee, Hee!
Oh man, I can't stop laughing Harrrrrrvey! You're too funny for one man.
It's good to hear that you're now driving an econobox that you can
afford to maintain. There's a good lesson here for all of us. Don't buy
a car you can't afford to maintain!!!
I had cannister filters on my old BMW 325is. They were a joy to
replace - never spilled a drop of oil. (Unlike my current Impala and
Colorado, which require major wipedowns after filter changes.)
-= Larry A.
On Sat, 11 Jun 2005 22:13:39 GMT, "Nino NoSpam"
What year Impala? Do you have a 3800 in the Impala? If its like the
3800 in my Buick the Oil Filter is in clear as far as spilling oil over
Unlike my Bonneville where the filter is above the frame rail. A simple
plastic deflector made from an old Prestone bottle solved that problem.
05 Park Avenue
91 Bonneville LE, 303,555 miles
This fad started in Europe where the theory is that by only replacing
the element and not the outer can one is being more environmentally
friendly. GM uses the same basic 4 cylinder motor in both the US and
Europe, which explains the element only type filter. Seems like a real
No big deal to change.
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