Originally Posted by jvr
I guess it's probably best tojust drain it a bit as a precaution. But why remove the filter?
Draining the oil from the pan and trying to just remove a pint of oil will be tricky.
The filter will most likely have close to a pint of oil in it, and simply removing/draining it would be less messy than trying to juggle the drain plug and place it back in place while the oil is pouring out.
But if you have a clean drain pan to capture the oil, you could just drain it all out, and put most of it back, but that may be tricky as well.