How to Change the Oil Filter on Chevrolet Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The oil filter on a Chevrolet car pickup is located on the underside of the engine block and filters small particles out of the engine oil. Because of the tight tolerances in modern automotive engines, relatively small particles can cause serious damage to valve train and/or crankshaft bearings if allowed to circulate freely within the oil system. In years past it was advised to change the oil filter with every other oil change; but because oil filters are relatively inexpensive, they are normally replaced at every oil change.

Under The Hood:

 How to Change the Oil Filter on a Chevy Cavalier

Raise the front of your Cavalier with a jack and support it on a set of jack stands. Position the jack stands under the frame and be sure they are sitting on flat, solid ground so they will not fall over while you are working.

Place an oil drain pan under the oil drain plug beneath the car. Remove the oil drain plug from the oil pan with a socket and ratchet. Allow the oil to drain until it stops. Replace the drain plug and tighten it with a socket and ratchet.

Move the drain pan so that it is under the oil filter. The filter is located on the side of the engine block near the fire wall of the car. Loosen the filter with an oil filter wrench and remove it from the car. Place it upside down in the drain pan so it can drain.

Coat the gasket on the new oil filter with fresh oil and smear it around the gasket with your finger. Insert the new filter up into the space at the back side of the engine and screw it onto the block. Tighten it by hand until it is snug.

Remove the jack stands from under the car and lower it to the ground with the jack. Fill the engine to capacity with the recommended oil and verify it is full by checking the level on the dipstick.

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Oil drain pan

  • Socket set

  • Oil filter wrench

 How to Change an Oil Filter on a Colorado

Park your Chevy Colorado on a level spot. Crawl under your driver's side of the engine and locate the oil drain plug on that side of the base of the engine block. Unscrew it with the 14 mm wrench and allow all the oil to drain into the oil drain pan. Screw the oil plug back in tightly.

Slide over to the front of the engine block on the passenger side of your Chevy Colorado. Unscrew the oil filter counterclockwise. Keep the oil filter upright while you remove it so you don't spill any oil on yourself or the truck engine.

Rub oil around the rubber gasket on the new oil filter. Screw the new oil filter on by hand. Once it gets tight, turn it one more complete turn to seal the rubber gasket to the engine.

Get out from under the truck. Pop the hood, open the oil lid and fill it with 6 quarts of 5W-30 oil.

Items you will need

  • 14 mm wrench

  • Oil drain pan

  • 6 quarts 5W-30 oil

  • Oil filter

 How to Change the Oil Filter on a 2006 Chevy Impala

Find the oil filter by lying on your back under the front of vehicle. The filter is located on the bottom of the engine beside the coolant reservoir. The filter is covered by a metal bracket secured by a screw. Use your screwdriver to remove the screw. Slide the oil filter mounting bracket to the side with your hand.

Turn the oil filter counter clockwise until it disconnects from the mount. Using the excess oil, lubricate the threads of the new oil filter. This will allow the new oil filter to be installed with ease.

Using the oil filter wrench, install the new oil filter by turning it clockwise until secure. Make sure the arrows on the new oil filter match the arrows on the mount. This will ensure the oil is flowing in the correct direction.

Reposition the oil filter mounting arm over the oil filter and secure using your screwdriver.

Items you will need

  • New oil filter

  • Oil filter wrench

  • Towel

  • Phillips screwdriver

 How to Change the Oil Filter in a 2007 Chevy Impala

Jack the front of the Chevy Impala off the ground using the floor jack; support the front end on a pair of jack stands. Get under the engine and position the drain pan under the oil pan. Remove the plug on the bottom of the oil pan using the ratchet set; let the engine oil drain into the drain pan. Replace the plug to the bottom of the oil pan.

Place the drain pan under the oil filter. Place the oil filter removal tool over the oil filter and twist the oil filter off of the engine in a counterclockwise motion. Allow the remaining engine oil to drain into the drain pan and pour the engine oil inside the filter into the drain pan.

Fill the new oil filter with new engine oil. Rub some of the engine oil around the rubber seal and screw the new oil filter into the engine. Slide out from underneath the front end and bring the drain pan with you.

Lift the front end of the Chevy Impala using the jack and remove the jack stands. Lower the Chevy Impala back to the ground.

Items you will need

  • Floor jack

  • Jack stands

  • Ratchet set

  • Oil filter removal tool

  • New oil filter

  • New engine oil

 How do I Replace the Oil Filter on a Lumina?

Replacing the Filter

Once loosened, oil will leak through the mounting base's threads. Place a drip pan below the filter so this oil can be caught and then properly recycled. There will be oil within the filter that will need to be dumped out. A new filter can easily be screwed into place, but the top of the filter should be coated with uncorrupted motor oil first.

Pair Replacement with an Oil Change

It makes no sense to replace the Lumina's oil filter without draining out the oil first. It is the same oil, no matter if its collected around the filter or sitting in the Lumina's oil pan. Motor oil can be changed by removing the oil pan's drain plug with a socket wrench.

Warnings

Do not attempt to change the filter or the oil while the Lumina's engine is running. Also, never attempt to change the filter or the oil while the Lumina is only supported by a scissors jack. Safe ways to lift a Lumina include hydraulic lifts, jack stands or portable service ramps.

 How to Change the Oil and Filter on an 06 Chevy Cobalt SS

Open the Cobalt's hood and remove the oil filler cap to provide ventilation while draining the oil.

Raise the front of the Cobalt with a floor jack and slide jack stands under the vehicle's subframe. Lower the Cobalt onto the jack stands.

Crawl under the Cobalt and locate the drain pan on the base of the engine. Position the drain pan under the plug on the drain pan.

Loosen the drain plug with a combination wrench, and remove the drain plug by hand. Allow the oil to flow from the drain hole.

Wipe the drain plug off with a clean, lint-free cloth and hand-thread the drain plug into the drain hole. Tighten the drain plug to 18 foot-pounds with a torque wrench and six-point socket.

Raise the Cobalt from the jack stands, using a floor jack, and remove the jack stands from under the vehicle. Lower the car to the ground.

Locate the oil filter cap, the plastic cap nearly 4 inches in diameter. The 2.4-liter engine's oil filter cap is in plain view on the front driver's side of the engine. The 2.0-liter engine's oil filter cap is on the front driver's side of the engine as well, but underneath the supercharger.

Loosen the oil filter cap using ratchet and a 32 mm socket, on the 2.4-liter engine. On the 2.0-liter engine, loosen the oil filter cap using a 32 mm socket and a flex-handle ratchet.

Remove the tools from the oil filter cap and pull the cap from the oil filter housing. The oil filter remains attached to the cap when you removed it.

Pull the old filter from the oil filter cap. Press a new oil filter onto the oil filter cap and hand-tighten the cap onto the oil filter housing. Tighten the oil filter cap to 18 foot-pounds, using a torque wrench and 32 mm socket on the 2.4-liter engine. Substitute the torque wrench for a flex-head torque wrench on the 2.0-liter engine.

Insert a funnel into the oil filler hole and pour in 6 quarts of 5W30 conventional engine oil in the 2.4-liter engine or 5 quarts of 5W30 synthetic oil in the 2.0-liter engine.

Wait about two minutes and pull the dipstick from the engine. Wipe the dipstick off with a clean, lint-free cloth. Reinsert the dipstick into the engine and pull it from the engine. Check that the oil level is showing on the dipstick.

Remove the funnel from the filler hole and tighten the oil filler cap onto the engine.

Start the Cobalt's engine and allow it to run for about two minutes. Shut the engine down and wait another two minutes. Check the oil level again. The level should be at the "Max" mark on the dipstick. Add more oil, if needed.

Insert the funnel in an empty oil bottle and pour the old oil from the drain pan into the bottle. Close the bottle once it is full. Repeat this step until you transfer all of the old oil from the drain pan to the bottles. Take the old oil and filter to a used oil recycling center, many auto parts stores take old oil free of charge.

Items you will need

  • Floor jack

  • Jack stands

  • Drain pan

  • Combination wrench set

  • Clean, lint-free cloths

  • Torque wrench

  • Six-point socket set

  • 32 mm socket

  • Flex-head ratchet (2.0-liter engine only)

  • Flex-head torque wrench (2.0-liter engine only)

  • Funnel

  • 6 quarts 5W30 conventional engine oil (2.4-liter)

  • 5 quarts 5W30 synthetic engine oil (2.0-liter)

 How to Change the Oil Filter on a Chevrolet S-10

Removing the Oil Filter

Raise the vehicle using an automotive jack, and support it with jack stands placed underneath the front frame.

Locate the oil pan drain bolt on the oil pan on the underside of the engine. Place a waste oil collection pan underneath it.

Unscrew the oil pan bolt using a wrench. (Be aware that oil will begin to drain from the pan as soon as the bolt is removed.) Allow the oil to drain completely.

Locate the oil filter on the underside of the engine block. Place the waste oil collection pan underneath it.

Unscrew the oil filter using a strap wrench. Allow all the oil to drain from the oil filter mount.

Clean the oil filter mounting surface using a rag. Be sure the old gasket is removed completely.

Installing the Oil Filter

Completely coat the rubber gasket on the top of the new oil filter with fresh motor oil, using your finger.

Fill the oil filter with fresh motor oil.

Screw the oil filter onto the oil filter fitting. Hand tighten the filter only.

Screw the oil pan bolt into the oil pan using a wrench.

Lower the vehicle using an automotive jack.

Filling the Engine With Oil

Open the hood.

Locate the oil filler cap on the valve cover.

Remove the oil filler cap by turning it counterclockwise with your hand.

Use a funnel and fill the engine with the appropriate amount of fresh motor oil as specified by Chevrolet.

Reinstall the oil filler cap.

Run the engine and visually inspect for leaks.

Items you will need

  • Automotive jack

  • Jack stands

  • Waste oil collection pan

  • Wrench set

  • Strap wrench

  • Rags

  • Replacement oil filter

  • Funnel

  • Motor oil