Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Calgary, Canada
Take off the plastic accoustic engine cover ("ECOTEC" on it, and take off the oil filler cap first). It just pulls off once the oil cap is off. Then look down where the dipstick is, there is what looks like a PVC pipe drain plug for a sewer drain in your basement. That's the cap to the oil filter. You'll likely need to bend a wrench or go out and buy an appropriate crow's foot to get in there but removing that cover will reveal the paper cartridge. It's a dry sump so there shouldn't be any oil in there and the cartridge will be only a little damp. If it's your first oil change you might see the odd bit of metal filings from when the engine was machined that didn't make it out in the break in they did at Tonawanda. Just dig them out and chuck them. The replacement filter is about $13 Canadian from the parts department.