Yep, that's what I do as well, and it's still a PITA. Sometimes I fantasize about going turbo just so it would be so much easier to change the oil filter! :jester:They help but I always just undid the sc coolant tube and push it to the side. Put a 1-1/4 short socket up under sc neck onto the oil filter cover. Stick an extension behind the sc and down into socket and loosen cap. Remove in same order and pull everything out.