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Too much oil in my car

I put in to much oil and don't know how to drain it and how much to put back in ......

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There is a bolt on the bottom of the oil pan that allows the oil to drain out. Take out this bolt until the oil has drained out. From empty put 4-4.5 qts into the engine (on a level surface) then start and let it run for 20-30 sec, then turn off the engine and let it sit for 1 min or more before checking the oil level. The crosshatched area of the dipstick indicates one quart.

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Bolt Tightening to keep pan seal from slipping out of place:
1 ----- 9 ----- 6 -----4 ' ' 7 8 ' ' 3 ----- 5 ---- 10 --- 2

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If you have never changed your oil before use care:

0.) Safely Jack up vechile
1.) remove oil filler cap
2.) remove oil drain plug on oil pan
3.) Let oil drain into a container
4.) Flush a quart of through with the drain plug removed to get any deposits out.
5.) remove and drain oil filter
6.) install new oil filter(make sure you put some oil on the filters gasket by hand)
7.)Install oil drain plug
8.) Re-fill with oil
9.) Put oil filler cap back on

Hope this helps and again use with care if you have never turned a wrench before, people get hurt easily by being careless while working under a car.

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