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.
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.
- Raise the car
- Remove the oil plug
- Replace the drain plug
- Take off the oil pan
- Remove the drain plug on the oil filter
- Remove the oil filter
- Remove the O-ring
- Put on the new O-ring 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.
- Replace the oil filter
- Put the new filter in the car
- Check the fit
- Add the oil
- Start the car
- Replace the oil pan
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.
Place the oil pan under the oil plug and remove the plug using a socket or wrench. Allow the oil to completely drain.
Replace the drain plug once all the old oil drains.
Remove the oil pan using the hex wrench. The filter is under the oil pan.
Remove the oil filter drain plug and allow the oil to drain.
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.
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.
Slide the new filter onto the shaft of the filter housing.
Screw the oil filter housing back onto the car. Tighten to 22-foot pounds.
Check everything for a tight fit before adding the oil. Check the drain plugs and the filter housing.
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.
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.
If there are no leaks, replace the oil pan.
Remember to recycle the used oil and properly dispose of the old filter. Lower the car.