2002 Chevy Cavalier 2.2 L engine (the most common cavalier engine)

How do I remove an oil filter that’s on like a leech? There’s one problem though, the only part left of my filter is the part that screwed into the engine block. I found this tool on Bogertaviation.com that could work, its the tool that slides into the holes on the part of the filter that screws into the engine block. And this tool enters from the back side obviously so that you can unscrew it like that. Mind you this is a 02 cavalier and the oil filter is already a pain in the butt to reach. Is this tool my only option before I just call a tow truck and take it to the shop?

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  1. When you come across that oil filter that just won’t come off there are a few things you can try. Most of the things you can try may be limited to the amount of space you have available to access the filter.

    You can always try the screwdriver method. Hammer a screwdriver through the side of the filter and turn. If it is really stuck you may end up just tearing the outside of the filter off and leaving you with a worse case scenario.

    Damaged oil filter

    You can try and put the edge of the screwdriver at the base and smack the end with a hammer to drive the filter base loose but in most cases there isn’t enough room to accomplish the task at hand.

    So now what do I do? Now you look at that fancy specialty tool and smile because you are going to be able to do it yourself and not have to explain to the neighbors why there is a tow truck in your driveway. If you don’t have one of these… get one, they’re less than $20 and well worth it.
    You just use a 3/8 ratchet and extension and it will fit into just about any space and grip like you wouldn’t believe.

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