Re: DIY Oil Change: How-To Guide w/Pics
I just finished my first DIY oil change on my 3. Overall, it was very easy, so much better than my 93 Saturn. I know I'll have my 3 for a good 10 years so I bought the official Mazda filter wrench. I think all the problems are caused because the size is actually 14 flutes at 75.6mm. The 76mm is too big and the 74mm is too small. Apparently Mazda likes to use something unique. If you're going to keep your 3 for a while, just get the real tool. I paid $14.75 from mazdastuff.com and received it in less than a week. My car also does not have the plastic retaining clips, only 7 screws. Apparently the dealer must have broken them during a previous oil and not replaced them. The shield is very sturdy with only the screws so I'm not worried.
04 Lava Mazda3s 4-door
5-speed, Leather, Sport, Xenons, Sunroof/6-CD, ABS/SAB/SAC, Auto mirror w/Homelink