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How do i change oil on a 2003 saturn vue

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I have changed oil in the past and never had a problem! Now i cant seem to find anything! Please tell me where the oil filter and oil pan are and how you replace the filter.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  autodoc_2000 replied 11 years ago.

2.2 liter


NOTICE: Do not use a universal type oil filter wrench to remove oil filter, damage to oil cap and engine may result.

NOTICE: When performing an oil change, If the oil filter cap being serviced has a 10 mm yellow dot located on top of 32 mm. hex (P/N 24460712), use only oil filter (P/N 24460713).

IMPORTANT: Either a 68 mm (14 Flute Oil Filter Wrench) or a 32 mm socket must be used to loosen oil filter cap assembly.

Using a 14-flat 68 mm (2.68 inch) oil filter wrench or 32 mm (1.26 inch) socket, fully unscrew oil filter cap from housing. Allow oil to drain back from cap/filter housing assembly.

  1. Remove oil filter cap assembly with filter.
  2. Gasp oil filter cap with filter element attached and gently tap filter off into an approved recycling container.
  3. Inspect the O-seal on the cap assembly. Replace if worn, cut or damaged.
  4. Raise vehicle.

  5. Remove engine oil drain plug and drain oil into an approved container.
  6. Inspect engine oil drain plug. Replace drain plug if sealing surface is worn or damaged.
  7. Remove engine oil drain plug and drain oil into approved container. Torque: Oil Pan Drain Plug - L61: 25 Nm (18 ft. lbs.)
  8. lower vehicle.

  9. NOTICE: The oil filter must snap into the oil filter cap. If a snap does not occur, verify correct oil filter element is being installed or engine damage may occur.

    1. Snap a new oil filter element into oil filter cap.
    2. Install oil filter cap with element into casting in block and tighten. Torque: Oil Filter Cap - L61: 25 Nm (18 ft. lbs.)

    3. Remove engine oil fill cap.
    4. Fill engine with 4.73 L (5 qts.) of new SW-30 engine oil. Engine Oil - L61: 4.7 L (5 qt.)
    5. Install engine oil filler cap.
    6. Start engine and check for leaks.

    7. Check engine oil level after engine is Off for 5 minutes. This will allow engine oil to drain down into oil pan from cylinder head.
    8. Reset "CHANGE OIL SOON" tell tale lamp.


  1. Raise vehicle.
  2. Using a 24 mm wrench or 3/8 drive ratchet, loosen the oil filter cap while draining oil into approved container.
  3. Remove the oil drain plug and drain the oil into a container.
  4. Remove the oil filler cap and element.

IMPORTANT: Make sure the oil filter cap O-ring seal is not stuck on oil filter housing.

  1. Grasp the cap and lightly tap the element into the recycling container or trash receptacle.
  2. Install the new element onto the oil filter cap.
  3. Inspect oil cap seal for damage, replace if necessary.
  4. Lightly screw on the oil cap and filter element until resistance is felt.
  5. Using a 24 mm wrench or 3/8 drive ratchet, tighten the oil filter cap. Torque: Oil Pan Filter Cap - L81: 15 Nm (11 ft. lbs.)

  1. Inspect oil drain plug for damage, replace if necessary.

    1. Clean and install oil drain plug. Torque: Oil Drain Plug - L81: 25 Nm (18 ft. lbs.)
    2. Lower vehicle.

    3. Fill the engine with new engine oil. Capacities Engine Oil - L81: 4.7 L (5 qt.)
    4. Start engine and check for leaks.

    5. Check engine oil level after engine is off for two minutes; add oil if necessary.
    6. Reset "Change Oil Soon" tell tale lamp.