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First let me say my wife and I love our Equinox, best vehicle I've bought not including my '08 Silverado :) So I went to go do my first oil change last night and it took my quite awhile beneath the car (along with a few cuss words) before I popped the hood and found the oil filter canister. I've done my fair share of oil changes over the years and I have to say I've never seen it located here before. I did get the oil changed and the new filter in, but there HAS to be a special tool or something for removing the oil filter top. All I can think of would be to get a 1 1/4 crows foot with an extension and 3/8 ratchet. Has anyone found the correct tool for removing the oil filter cap?
 

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Hey thanks man. Sorry, I found this forum site yesterday and am new the whole forum thing alltogether. Appreciate the help!
 

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NP, welcome and enjoy!
 

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Wow! I had no idea people actually changed their own oil anymore. :eek:

Do you have to charge yourself the tax for safely disposing of the spent oil? I think I'll be in big trouble when the nuclear blight strikes - I have no personal auto skills left. I can't grow food either.
 

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Normally don't change my own oil, strange since I am a mechanic in the Army, but wanted to take a peek under the car. Plus pretty easy since they have a place on the installation that has lifts and tools for us to use between 2.50 to 3.00 a hour. Made it really easy to conduct mods on the other vehicles, just bitting at the bit to switch to dual exhaust!
 

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Today was the day for the first oil change on the 10 Nox. Got out all the necessary supplies and tools and ramps. Up on the ramps and then down on the creeper. I will bet I put on nearly 6 miles on the creeper looking for the oil filter!!! Now Im tired of creeping and I havent even started. Back in the house and on the forum site and found out exactly why I cant find the filter. Its not underneath!. Then to figure out exactly the best way to attack it. Rachet and NO extension. Next time I will try not to use the ramps so that the oil filter reservoir will drain better. Mobil 1 in and Im good for 7500 miles.
 

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jer, I have always changed my oil on my bikes and cars....always will..... until I can't get back up off the ground? LOL

This way I know what is going in and the right amount and that the drain plug is tightened correctly. I've heard too many horror stories about oil changes and don't want to take any chances. Plus I get to take a look around down there for something out of the ordinary.
I even offer to help members of my HOG chapter change their oil if they buy the oil from me ... at my cost.
I'm sure someday I will have to have someone else change my oil.
 
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