Do I have to remove all the skid plates?? I know there are at least two metal plates. I was able to remove the rear one and found the drain plug. There's also a plastic cover with center push pins that is easy to take off. I'm having trouble with the skid plate up towards the front of the engine. Help!!
Sorry I had to step out and just recieved your reply.
The FORWARD skid plate is what has to be removed here.
See these illustrations:
At the very front of the skid plate you will see 2 small 10mm bolts that hold the front bumper cover to the skid plate, remove these 2 bolts and the clip in the center.
Now remove the 4 bolts shown here (12mm) and the sid plate will swing downward to give you access to the filter.