Nope. They are not. And for the purpose of warranty, you will be denied a claim for using non-licensed oil.Yes it is. Other brands like Eneos or Idemitsu are Dexos 2 approved
Yes on still hot. Got a couple slight burnsYes . . especially if that exhaust is still hot. Not to mention trying to keep a good grip with an oil filter wrench.
I finally got a couple of "claw" type wrenches and they worked best. But I can't tell you how many times I crushed an oil filter getting it off using my over sized channel lock pliers.
I know I'll catch it from RIT333 for saying this - -GM really placed the oil filter and drain plug on both 4 cylinders 1.5 & 2.0 motors in nice easy locations, at least IMO