You can leave the plastic air deflector off. AWDs don't even have them.Okay so just finished changing my fluid. I accidentally knocked over an open quart like a dumbass but luckily the 3.8 I had left was enough for it to start leaking out.
I removed just under 4 qts of used oil and it was fairly dark. Overall wasn’t too bad, the annoying part was having to get the plastic shield off. And of course my replacement clips got delayed but I was able to secure the shield back with the previous clips and screws for now.
here’s a photo of my oil.