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post #1 of 119 (permalink) Old 11-16-2010, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Oil and filter change for the 4 cylinder engine. Step by step with Pictures.

Well I did my first oil change on the terrain and I thought I would share some pictures.

Step #1 drive onto a 2x12 to lift the front of the car. If you have a beer gut you might want to drive onto a pair of 2x12's or ramps.


Step#2 gather your tools and supplies. You will need the following. 5 quarts of oil, a quality filter (wix), oil pan, oil filter cap socket, 15mm wrench for the drain plug, 3/8 drive ratchet for the oil filter socket, a funnel and some rags.




#3 get under the car with the 15 mm wrench, the oil bucket and a rag. The oil plug is behind the oil pan. Just a heads up!!!!! The oil shot out two feet when I removed the plug so aim better than I did with the pan



#4 While the oil is draining you can change the filter. The oil filter is right behind the dipstick.

Place the special filter cap socket on it along with a 3/8 drive wrench and take off the cap. I had a rag ready but I did not spill a drop. This is what it looked like out of the car.



#5 pull the old filter from the cap and install the new filter. If the O-ring is bad change it. Mine was only a month old so I left it alone. The old one is green in the picture.




#6 install the new filter in the engine and install the cap.

#7 By this time the oil should be done dripping into the oil pan. Replace the drain plug and get ready to add the fresh oil.

#8 Take off the oil fill cap and insert the funnel. Since the 4 cylinder calls for 5 quarts I bought a 5 quart container at the store. Pour it in slowly.


#9 Record the mileage and date for your records.

#10 dispose of the old oil. I take mine to the oil change shop


#11 inspect the old filter for signs of engine wear. I found a few metal shavings in mine but that is expected with the first oil change.


#12 Reset the oil life monitor. I turn the key to ignition and hit the gas pedal 3 times and it does the trick or you can reset it at the DIC page.

Congrats you are done!

I went with regular oil at 1070 miles and will change to synthetic at 2500 miles.
I hope this helps you out with your oil change. This car by far is as easy as it gets as far as oil changes go. Very easy to do.

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Re: Oil and filter change for the 4 cylinder engine. Step by step with Pictures.

This is great guide, thanks!

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Re: Oil and filter change for the 4 cylinder engine. Step by step with Pictures.

Yea, its rather straight forward. I did ours on a slight incline at our old apartment complex with no ramps. Tight, but I fit.

BTW, what type of OEM filter did you have?

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Re: Oil and filter change for the 4 cylinder engine. Step by step with Pictures.

I would add another important step :

Reset the Oil Life Remaining Indicator.

Otherwise, excellent job. Thanks.

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Re: Oil and filter change for the 4 cylinder engine. Step by step with Pictures.

Well Done. Extremely helpful Post. Thank You!!

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Re: Oil and filter change for the 4 cylinder engine. Step by step with Pictures.

Where did you get the oil filter socket

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Re: Oil and filter change for the 4 cylinder engine. Step by step with Pictures.

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Where did you get the oil filter socket
Amazon. Search for Ecotec 2.2 or 2.4 oil filter socket. Its all the same. Lisle makes it.

You can get it in a parts store but Autozone charges $19 and you can get it for $7 on amazon IIRC.

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Re: Oil and filter change for the 4 cylinder engine. Step by step with Pictures.

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Where did you get the oil filter socket
Ebay

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Thanks guys. I got it from Amazon, $6& change,free shipping. I'm ready for first change.

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Re: Oil and filter change for the 4 cylinder engine. Step by step with Pictures.

Its not your conventional filter I see. Is it available at Walmart and what is the price. I thought I read too that you are supposed to use a new (dexros) oil. Is the o-ring readily available too?
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