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How do you change the oil in your Mazda?

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Changing the oil in a Mazda requires gathering the right tools, lifting the front end of the car and removing the old filter and draining the oil. Then comes adding the new oil and filter and lowering the car. The oil should be changed every 7,500 miles for best performance.

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How do you change the oil in your Mazda?
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Before changing the oil, gather the necessary supplies.

  • Oil filter wrench
  • Ramps or a jack and jack stand
  • Ratchet set with 10 and 17 millimeter sockets
  • Oil drain pan
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • 6-millimeter hex key wrench
  • 4.5 quarts 5W-20 motor oil
  • Oil filter

With practice, changing the oil on a Mazda becomes easier. The procedure is the same every time.

  1. Raise the car
  2. Use ramps or a jack and jack stand to raise the front end of the vehicle. If using a jack, raise the passenger side of the vehicle using the rear A-arm mount. Be sure the vehicle is secure before proceeding.

  3. Remove the oil plug
  4. Place the oil pan under the oil plug and remove the plug using a socket or wrench. Allow the oil to completely drain.

  5. Replace the drain plug
  6. Replace the drain plug once all the old oil drains.

  7. Take off the oil pan
  8. Remove the oil pan using the hex wrench. The filter is under the oil pan.

  9. Remove the drain plug on the oil filter
  10. Remove the oil filter drain plug and allow the oil to drain.

  11. Remove the oil filter
  12. Remove the oil filter using the oil filter wrench. Keep in mind that this step is messy so use the oil pan to catch the oil.

  13. Remove the O-ring
  14. Remove the O-ring on the filter drain plug. There will be a new one included with the new filter. Use the flathead screwdriver to remove it.

  15. Put on the new O-ring
  16. Install the new O-ring on the drain plug by slipping it over the lip of the drain plug. Take care not to scratch the surface of the plug.
  17. Replace the oil filter
  18. Slide the new filter onto the shaft of the filter housing.

  19. Put the new filter in the car
  20. Screw the oil filter housing back onto the car. Tighten to 22-foot pounds.

  21. Check the fit
  22. Check everything for a tight fit before adding the oil. Check the drain plugs and the filter housing.

  23. Add the oil
  24. Once secure, refill the engine with oil. Unscrew the oil fill cap and begin by adding 4 quarts of oil. Check for leaks inside the engine compartment and underneath the car.

  25. Start the car
  26. If there are no leaks, replace the oil fill cap and start the car. Let the engine run for about 30 seconds to circulate the oil and shut the engine off. Again, check for leaks.

  27. Replace the oil pan
  28. If there are no leaks, replace the oil pan.

  29. Finish
  30. Remember to recycle the used oil and properly dispose of the old filter. Lower the car.

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