do the job with engine cold or barely warm, do not do hot. do not touch the airbox or the a/c compressor. i use a tool with adjustable jaws (super graphite 10627F from Flotool Corp.} - go in under the chassis & grip the filter body in the correct direction to loosen the filter on its threads. have a bucket positioned uder the filter yo catch the drip. go in from above with both hands (it helps to have small hands) & unscrew the filter. hold it with the threaded base upward. use your filger in the threaded hole to get a grip on the filter. pull it out past the rubber hoses, pulling toward the reaf of the engine. this will require some wiggling. i use the following filters - bosch 72189, fram PH16, AC PF 1180, Ford FL300. there is no point in using the alfa factory filter, its capacity is too small. installation is the reverse of what you just did. smear a little oil on the new rubber gasket first. use the pliers to tighten the filter from under the car, hand tightening is not sufficient. add new oil, run the engine & check for drips.