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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 and exhaust may be very hot. Keep rags or towels nearby to wipe up any spills.

Use a 17 mm box end wrench to loosen the drain plug 3/4 of a turn.

Loosen the drain plug by hand until it comes free and oil begins to drain out of the oil pan.

Watch the draining oil for shiny specks. Metal flakes in the oil are a part of normal engine wear—but, an excessive amount of metal flakes could indicate a serious problem. Consider saving your oil and sending a sample to a lab for analysis.

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