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Always wear protective gloves and eyewear when working with motor oil. Be careful if your car has been running recently as the engine, transmission and exhaust may be very hot. Keep rags or towels nearby to wipe up any spills.

Use a 17 mm socket, or box end wrench, to loosen the oil drain plug by turning it counter-clockwise until you can turn it by hand.

Finish removing the oil drain plug by hand.

Watch the draining oil for shiny specks. The shiny specks may be metal flakes and could mean that there is a serious problem with your engine internals.

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