cargirl29 Wrote:I want to change my own oil on my 2002 Chevy Cavalier. My boyfriend has attempted it once and it was very difficult to get to the oil filter. What is the easiet way?
You might want to take a look at the different oil filter wrenches available. There are 3 different kinds that I have seen, each working best in different situations:
The first is the old-fashioned loop with a handle. You slip the loop over the oil filter, and as you turn it with the handle it tightens against the oil filter and lets you loosen it. This is the cheapest, and works great when you have room to maneuver to the side of the oil filter (especially older style rear-wheel drive cars)
The second is a variation on the first. There is still a loop, but instead of a handle, there is a place for you to insert a 3/8" socket wrench drive. YOu put a 4 or 6 inch socket drive extention into it, then slide it over the oil filter. YOu then use your socket wrench to loosen the oil filter from the top. This works great when there is no room on the side.
The last is a "Cap" that fits over the end of the oil filter with indentations that match the finger-grips on the end of the oil filter. There is no band, it relies upon the indentations of the cap fitting onto the end of the oil filter well. You also use a socket wrench with this one.
My favorite is style 2. Style one is hard to get any leverage with in most newer cars. Style 3 has a tendency to slip and invoke multiple 4 letter words. Style 2 tightens up nicely and still works in tight quarters.
When putting on the new filter, always remember to fill it with oil first, and put a LIGHT coating of oil on the rubber gasket around the fitting. Hand-tighten only - otherwise you risk twisting that gasket and causing it to leak. More importantly, you at least have a fighting chance of getting it off again for the next change.